25% OFF | 9 Days Around Derawan, Sangalaki, Kabakan and Maratua | May 24 – June 1

Destination: Derawan Islands
Departure date: May 24, 2024
From: Tarakan
Arrival date: June 1, 2024
To: Tarakan
Regular price: 3660 USD / Person
Promotion price: 2745 USD / Person

Located off the north-eastern coast of Borneo, the Derawan archipelago is a lesser known destination, even though it is a scuba diver’s paradise! You can now join this trip with a great discount and discover this hidden gen.

Trip Details

  • Departure: May 24th, 2024, Tarakan
  • Arrival: June 1st, Tarakan
  • Minimum certification level: Advanced Open Water or equivalent, 75 logged dives

Available cabins and Price

  • Only 1 space left in Superior twin cabin (male share): USD 2,745 instead of USD 3,660
  • Fuel, harbour and marine park fees: USD 280


  • Day 1: Arrive at the ILIKE, crossing to Sangalaki Island
  • Day 2: Sangalaki Island, 3/4 dives. Green turtle nesting and research station tour.
  • Day 3: Kakaban, 3/4 dives. Jellyfish Lake.
  • Day 4: Maratua 3/4 dives
  • Day 5: Maratua 3/4 dives
  • Day 6: Sambit Island 3/4 dives
  • Day 7: Bagans, Whaleshark 3/4 dives
  • Day 8: Derawan Island 2 dives
  • Day 9: Disembark ILIKE in Tarakan

We embark in Tarakan, one of the most important cities situated in the Borneo Island, North Kalimantan province. This area has not been discovered yet by many divers, due to diffi cult access, making the diving exquisite, uncrowded and virgin.

From here we will sail south to Sangalaki, a small island with white sand beach that is surrounded by an extended reef top and
gentle sloping down to nice plateau with coral bommies. Making it perfect for Mantas to feed and green turtles to nest. Even sometimes Leopard Sharks can be seen. Sea turtle monitoring and a research station is situated on the island, the rangers will explain us all about Green Turtles on our afternoon visit. Sangalaki is the biggest turtle nursery in Indonesia.

Kakaban island is very different than Sangalaki just being 6 NM a part. Steep walls drop to the deep where up currents bring pelagic fish and sharks to more shallow water. Above, limestone cliffs covered by jungle hugs a massive brackish mangrove lake, were thousands of harmless jellyfish made their habitat. Up to four different species can be found here.

Very close lies Maratua island, vertical deep coral walls form the atoll. In the channel, dives can be very exciting as big school of
Barracuda likes to patrol the area.

Towards the south of Kalimantan almost at the eastern tip there is a shallow area that attracts plankton blooms and spider boats fishing anchovies are there regularly for a good catch. Opportunistic Whalesharks frequent the boats for an easy snack.

Derawan island would be our last visit before heading Tarakan for disembarkation. Amazing coral garden slopes and kindy muck diving below a
traditional jetty will put the icing on the cake.

What’s Included

  • VAT
  • Airport Transfer
  • Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks
  • Diving Package
  • Land Excursions
  • Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

What’s Excluded

  • Trip fees (Including fuel charge, Port fees, local communities support, eco projects, etc…) : USD 35 per day, to be paid on board
  • Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soft drinks
  • Nitrox (USD 70 per trip)
  • Private Dive Guide
  • Rental Gear (USD 260 / trip)
  • Laundry / Pressing Services
  • Massage

About The Ilike Liveaboard

The ILIKÉ was built on Sulawesi in Bira in 2010 in the traditional Indonesian way.
The hull is made of ironwood and the body is teak.

MSY likes to cater to up to 14 guests. It has 7 cabins that have AC with an ensuite bathroom and hot shower, toilet, and sink. Indonesian and International meals will be served in the spacious saloon with an open kitchen, or in the outdoor sitting area at the stern of the boat, well protected from wind while sailing. The comfortable dive deck in front of the boat is one of the most spacious on Indonesian liveaboards. As a diver, you can choose to dive on Air or Nitrox from our membrane Nitrox compressor. Between dives, you are invited to catch some sun on our sun deck, where you will also enjoy spectacular sunsets while sipping a cool drink!

About The Ilike Liveaboard

Maximum passengers: 14
Number of cabins: 7

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