A little tip before we start: bring your own equipment (fins, mask, life jacket, snorkel, etc), bring drink supplies (mineral water), and rupiah bills. Draw your cash at ATMs in Tarakan airport, or change your foreign bills to rupiah in Jakarta. The only working cellular provider is Telkomsel (EDGE network), so either you roam on Telkomsel or buy Telkomsel SIM card in Jakarta or Tarakan.
I'm brought here by a louzy tour operator, so every flaw is actually his, not this resort's. I'm planning to return to this place in near future.
Maratua, Kakaban, and Sanglaki Islands are the place you want to explore, and are part of the Derawan Archipelago. Maratua has many diving sites. Kakaban has the jellyfish lake. Sanglaki has seaturtle conservation site. There are also many other interesting islands/sites to go. The possibilities are endless, I should've stayed here at least a week.
The resort provide basic amenities (no TV, no internet, basic food, so suck it, high maintenance travelers), but it sure does offer the resort-like ambience at much cheaper cost (and no, they do not publish their rate, so it is better to have personal contact with their manager, slash their rate at half and just said that a friend of yours have been offered similar rate).
This resort's dive shop has little to offer, so bring your own equipment. Apparently a decent dive shop, or just any shop, does not exist in the Derawan Archipelago. Everything is more expensive, even compared to Bali, Bunaken, or Sabang. Crappy equipment is charged highly. A sarong in Derawan Island shop will cost 3-4 times, so are the soft drinks in the resort.
Rather than go by tour operator, you might want to come and arrange your own diving/snorkeling itineraries with the resort's dive masters. The diving/snorkeling experience will compensate the hefty prices and the basic accommodation.
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