Sangalaki Island, Borneo’s Derawan Archipelago

Not many people know that in the northern part of East Kalimantan province, that is in Berau district, there are many beautiful islands called Derawan Islands. These islands consist of 28 small islands, and one of the islands is Sangalaki Island.

The Sangalaki island, Derawan archipelago
The Sangalaki island, Derawan archipelago (Source :

Sangalaki Island is a small island that covers an area of 13 hectares. You can go around the island in only 30 minutes by walking slowly. All along your walk, you can see the beach with its white sand and beautiful sea. Also, every day you can enjoy watching the incredible sunrise and sunset. You can get to Sangalaki Island by air and land. To get there by land, you go from Samarinda towards Tanjung Redeb in a distance of about 700 km. You can also rent a car for Rp 3 million for return trip. The public transport available is a bus that seats 25 passengers and costs Rp 125,000 per passenger.

Sangalaki island, Derawan islands
Sangalaki island, Derawan islands (Source :

Sangalaki Island is also famous for its sea turtles. Every night and all year round, 10-30 turtles nest on this island. To see and enjoy this sight, you must spend the night on the island because the turtles do their activities at night. Another interesting thing about the island is that there is aggregation of manta ray fish. There are many things you can do on the island such as Diving and Snorkeling, Wild Animal Watching, Tracking, and Swimming. How about the facilities on the island? Sangalaki Island has 12 units of cottage, restaurants/cafetaria, and kiosks that sell souvenirs. A cottage room rate is $50 per night.

To enjoy your visit at Sangalaki Island you need to spend relatively much money, but the tour experience that you get there is really worth it.

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