The Maratua Atoll delivers immense underwater experiences. Expect huge schools of barracuda, several species of shark, turtles, non-stinging jellyfish, manta rays and a plethora of critters on the colourful reefs.
Like so many remote locations in the world, the Maratua Atoll is extremely rewarding, both in terms of marine life and its paradise location on a tropical island.
Most dive sites are less than 20 minutes from resort. Here you’ll find colourful reefs with plenty of inhabitants and no other divers, as well as regular sightings of eagle rays, leopard shark and turtles. Channel diving in ‘Big Fish Country’ is where the huge schools of barracuda and other pelagic species can be found and, for the lucky ones, hammerhead sharks are also visitors.
This suggested itinerary includes time at one resort on Nabucco Island, however it's possible to arrange a twin centre with others for example nearby Nunukan, which boasts a four kilometre long house reef. Day trips to Sangalaki and Kakaban are available from both.
Day1: Depart the UK for Indonesia
Day2: Arrive Kalimantan, overnight stay
On arrival in Balikpapan, make your way to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay. Rest of day at leisure.
Day3: Fly to Maratua
This morning, fly to Maratua where you will be transferred by boat to Nabucco Island Resort for a ten night stay. Rest of day at leisure.
Days4-8: Dive Kalimantan
Your diving package begins today. It includes a day trip to Sangalaki and Kakaban, two signature dive spots on the Maratua Atoll. Most other sites are within 20 minutes of resort and offer a fantastic mix of colourful reefs with tiny residents as well as common sightings of eagle rays, bumphead parrot fish, turtles and leopard shark. Spectacular sightings of huge schools of barracuda and other pelagic species can be enjoyed on the channel dives in ‘Big Fish Country’ just a few minutes away.
Days9-12: Relax in paradise
Take time to unwind and relax on your paradise island or continue diving. The daily schedule is subject to change due to local conditions, so we’ve allowed for this. Further diving can be arranged locally for additional charge.
Day13: Fly to Balikpapan, overnight stay
Due to flight schedules, it is likely you will need an overnight stay in Balikpapan on your return journey.
Day14: Continue journey back to UK
Transfer back to the airport for your flight to Singapore and onto the UK.
Day15: Arrive UK
You should note: The flight to Maratua operates once a week. Speak to the Dive team about land based activities during your stay in Balikpapan.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 daysfrom £2,675 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec
Included in the price/package:
Return flights from the UK
2 nights hotel accommodation (including breakfast)
10 nights dive resort (half board)
10 boat dives
Day trip Sangalaki/Kakaban
Tanks and weights
Transfers to resort
This remote area of Indonesia is worth the journey for intrepid divers. Highlights include Big Fish Country, the channel dive at Maratua Atoll, manta ray encounters at Sangalaki and non-stinging jellyfish at Kakaban; all part of the Derawan Archipelago.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, barracuda, leopard shark, manta ray, giant frogfish
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Manta ray
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Located off the east coast of Kalimantan on the island of Maratua, this resort comprises eight beach chalets and five water bungalows and offers some of Indonesia’s most remote and pristine diving.
A tropical island paradise off the coast of east Kalimantan, this small exotic resort is ecologically sound and perfectly located to dive the signature sites of the Maratua Atoll including Sangalaki and Kakaban.
Located on the south eastern tip of the lagoon on the Maratua Atoll, this resort offers guests lavish bungalows and provides adventurous divers with access to some of Indonesia’s finest diving.