Hello backpackers friend. Have you ever tried exploring a hidden paradise in East Kalimantan? This island is often dubbed as “The Divers Heaven”. Can anyone guess what this hidden paradise island is?
Yup 100 for those of you who guess Derawan Island. Derawan Island is an island in the Derawan Islands. You must be confused, right? So, the Derawan Archipelago is an archipelago located in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.
Derawan Islands itself has at least 31 islands in it. Four of the most popular are Derawan, Sangalaki, Maratua, and Kakaban Islands.
What makes this island attractive to many tourists is because of its coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests (mangrove forests) and their captivating small islands.
For those who are interested in traveling to Derawan, a backpacker style, to see first hand the charm of its maritime beauty in 2020, watch and follow these tips!
1. Choose the Most Affordable Transportation
If you come from outside Kalimantan, such as Surabaya, Bandung, Jakarta, use transportation via air. You can take a plane from Jakarta to Balikpapan first, then continue with a flight to Berau.
Arriving in Berau, the journey will continue to Tanjung Batu, namely by taking a public travel car which costs around 75 thousand with a distance of 2.5-3 hours.
Arriving at Tanjung Batu, take a speedboat to cross to the Derawan Islands, it costs around 100 thousand.
Now for those who live in Kalimantan, the land route is the cheapest alternative. You can take a bus from Banjarmasin to Samarinda and then continue to Tanjung Redeb, Tanjung Batu, and finally the Derawan Islands. The cost for land routes is approximately 600-700 thousand.
But there is also another alternative, namely using a plane directly from Jakarta to Tarakan. But for the cost, it’s a bit expensive, friend.
2. Departing During Low Season
As Always, these tips should not be missed on your itinerary. Wherever you are on vacation, choose a time that is not crowded with visitors. In addition to saving budget, you will be more flexible in exploring your destination.
Also avoid weekends, maybe you can take time off during weekdays. We guarantee you will feel like you are on a private island.
3. Find Cheap Lodging
Solo backpacker? Better looking for lodging on Derawan Island. There you can get lodging for 100 thousand. Or if you are traveling with friends, you can choose a homestay with prices starting from 250 thousand.
We suggest that if you only want to take a vacation for 3 days 2 nights, it’s better to choose the cheapest one. so that your backpacker agenda can run optimally. To be able to find reviews of these inns, you can read and read on the Kaskus forum.
4. Of course, which tours will be visited
It is really difficult to determine which locations are worth visiting. Because everything’s good, men. Especially the water tourism, it really bewitches anyone who saw it.
Now because it is limited by cost, you must be selective about which one captivates your heart the most. Of course from now on, don’t be impromptu, just decide when you are there. That’s one point of the itenerary.
5. Prepare Holiday Support Supplies
Match your supplies to your destination for Derawan. For example, you go to Derawan because you want to dive or snorkel, bring your equipment from home. Yes, even though there is a rental place, if you rent it, you will definitely spend money.
If you have it, it’s better to bring it from home, so it’s more economical, you don’t have to spend money. So the money can be used for other purposes.
6. Diving in Kece Spots
Apart from Derawan Island, which is a beach with very exotic underwater views, there are also other spots that are no less cool for diving and snorkeling activities. You can go to Sangalaki Island, where the sea water is blue and clear. There you will find lots of hawksbill turtles, manta rays, and green turtles.
Besides that, you can also go to Derawan’s Maldives. Yups! Maratua Island is the name. Why is it called Derawan Maldives, because besides being very comfortable for diving, above the sea there are floating resorts at affordable prices. So it looks like Maldives, right?
7. Bring Sufficient Cash
Because you are going on vacation to the Islands, finding an ATM is rather difficult. Therefore, sufficient cash preparation. Adjust it with your estimate that has been compiled therein. It is not recommended to bring too much money.
Apart from keeping you from being extravagant, these tips are to avoid you from unwanted things. Stay safe, guys!
8. Bring Personal Equipment
Apart from diving equipment that you cannot miss is personal equipment. Sometimes there are backpackers who choose to buy personal equipment while on location. This is a step that is not quite right, because this method is wasteful.
So it’s better for you to bring personal equipment from home, such as toiletries, food, medicine. Especially if you have certain complaints and you can’t find the medicine there, it’s dangerous. Oh yes one more thing, don’t forget to bring sunscreen, guys!
9. Relax in Labuan Cermin
Have you arrived in Derawan but haven’t gone to Labuan Cermin? Loss! This lake is very beautiful, the water is very clear and clear. Even ships that float on top of it float so clearly.
The lake, which is located in the district of Big Dipper, Berau Regency, is perfect for relaxing. The natural atmosphere is really beautiful. It was as if the burdens of life had melted away in an instant.
Plus the panorama is really cool, apart from diving and snorkeling, you can take selfies on the boat like celebgram hits. So epic!
10. Remember the True Traveler Guidelines
Wherever and wherever you are on vacation, be a backpacker who is smart and humane. Not a few cases that tell about the damage to the sustainability of nature due to human naughty hands. You don’t want to be labeled a bad human?
Therefore, you should always hold onto the guidelines for true travelers, namely “Don’t take anything other than pictures, don’t leave anything but traces, and don’t kill anything except time”.
So, here are some backpacker-style vacation to Derawan tips without a tour package. What are you waiting for? Pack your backpack now!