Calm water: Yachts of the participants of Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally 2017 is docked in Debut, Manyew district, Southeast Maluku. (JP/P.J. Leo)
Participants of the ongoing Sail Indonesia 2017 made a stop in Tarakan, North Kalimantan on August 30. While they were there, the group traveled to Derawan Islands that is located in Berau regency, East Kalimantan.
“This is a very alluring place, it has a clean beach that houses plenty of coral reefs and fish […] Some of the yachters told me that Derawan is very beautiful, the water is clean and houses plenty of fish species. They said that they would like to visit Indonesia again soon,” said tourism ministry's marine tourism acceleration team head, Indroyono Soesilo.
Derawan Islands consists of four main islands: Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaba and Maratua. To reach the Derawan Island, tourists need to travel by sea from Tarakan or Balikpapan.
To travel to the other three islands, tourists need to rent a speed boat from Derawan. The rent price for a boat is Rp 1,500,000 ($112) and they are able to utilize the boat for one whole day.
The travel time from Derawan to Kakaban is around 45 minutes whilst from Kakaban to Sangalaki takes around 30 minutes.
There are two interesting sites that tourists shouldn’t miss while visiting these islands. One is the turtles captive breeding in Sangalaki and another one is Jellyfish Lake in Kakakban.
The latter tourist attraction is one out of the only two jellyfish lakes in the world with the other one located on Palau Island, Micronesia, a thousand kilometers away from the Philippines.
International yachters of Sail Indonesia 2017 is currently sailing across the archipelago before their final meeting at Sail Sabang 2017 that will be held on November 28. (asw)