We upgraded from Derawan Fisheries Cottage to Fisheries Eco Villa, and for the price, we got VIP room which was big, a clean bathroom, and our own balcony facing the ocean. At night, we fell asleep as the sea rocked the watervilla very gently. The crew at Fisheries were very warm and welcoming. My friend got seasick on the journey to Labuan Cermin, and the crew were very helpful. They even taught me skindiving. The highlights of our journey were snorkeling at Kakaban Pier, Sangalaki beach (very clean and warm water), and the whale shark. We swam with three whale sharks! Labuan Cermin was beautiful but the journey was very far, hence the seasick! Next time we will try looking for the manta ray, of course we will stay again at Fisheries Eco Villa.
The room was actually quite decent but there was only one person caring for several rooms and guests. The adjacent property and restaurant has nothing to do with the villa, people there seem to be friendly and take your requests but actually does nothing other than serve your set meals - which tastes below average btw, you'd do better eating outside.
Our stay on Derawan was amazing and our stay at the Fisheries was part of that. Harry - the owner - and his team arranged a very smooth pickup at Berau airport and as soon as we arrived on Derawan everyone was super welcoming. The houses are on stilts above the water which gave us sort of the Maldives feeling :D and when you wake up in the morning you can directly jump from your balcony into the water where at least 1-2 gigantic turtles are already waiting for you to snorkel with them... such an amazing place, couldn't have been any better! They also organized a daytrip to the surrounding islands - Kakaban, Maratua, Sangalaki and a Sandbank w/o a name - which was one of the best days we had while traveling for 5 months already! Really, can't recommend it enough, we will definitely come back next year!…
Bad security they steal from your locked room and lock it again. Lousy breakfast only 2 donuts. No restaurant. No cleaning. You have to ask for everything. But no english. Rooms are okay. View was good
What an amazing view to see sea turtles swimming directly under the balcony! Great day trips from here to see whale sharks, dolphins, jellyfish and more! Breakfast was very basic and as it was low season it was not possible to arrange diving or trips directly with property, we needed to arrange with a 3rd party (which was fine, easy and the trips were fantastic) Transfers a from Tarakan airport arranged through Eco Fisheries was very expensive, recommend questioning the quote from the property for future bookings