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This resort definitely has potential, but isn't quite there yet. The entire resort was recently rebuilt, and the design is great. Rooms are very spacious and well-equipped, and we were impressed at the artsy detail. Unfortunately, the dark walls, dark room, and high ceilings really...More
Excellent stay 3 nights two days in Derawan Dive resort. The diving guide and its team (Tasik Diver) is excellent. They use real diving boat fully equip. The room is clean and spacious. Food is okay. All are sea view rooms. The only down side...More
Our experience of Derawan dive lodge was very disappointing. 2 dive boats just left sunk on the beach. Broken glass just off the beach so didn't want to risk swimming . 3 sun beds which we couldn't use because a dog with fleas & a...More
You most likely go to Derawan to explore Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua. Derawan itself has a large amount of turtles swimming around, but there are just a few small places with some corals and any dives we did were made at the other islands. The...More
I've been with Tasik divers resort once in Manado (which was great) and unfortunately this one in Derawan is subpar.
- Good food
- Friendly staff
- Room facilities work well
- Dive trip management. We hardly saw any mantas in Sangalaki which...More
Hi, can someone tells me how to get Derawan starting from Balikpapan? what will be the common norm by backpackers to go from Balikpapan to Berau, Tanjung Batu and to the island itself. Step by step please. I plan for shoestring diving trip with my buddies. thanks.
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Most divers fly from Balikpapan to Tanjung Redeb and then arrange with the dive resort to pick them up and take them the rest of the way by minibus and boat. If that's outside your budget, or you are thinking of staying in... More
Most divers fly from Balikpapan to Tanjung Redeb and then arrange with the dive resort to pick them up and take them the rest of the way by minibus and boat. If that's outside your budget, or you are thinking of staying in the village rather than the resort, then try contacting the person who runs the backpackerborneo website for advice. He/she does speak English. There are buses via Samarinda to Tanjung Redeb, but I'm not sure of details. I suspect the total journey will be around 15 hours or more even if you get good connections
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"This could be a very nice place . With a lot of small changes TLC. Not worth the time & money to go..."