It was a very long and tiring trip from South Africa to reach Derawan Island. The location of the Dive Lodge is magnificent - right on the beach. The accommodation was very nice and comfortable. The only bad side of our stay, was the food. They did not cater in any way for Western food which meant going diving on 1 or 2 slices of bread with smooth jam - if you were not prepared to eat the spicy noodles or rice for breakfast. Our request for eggs dit not materialise. The service in the dining room was not up to standard.
The highlight of our dives from Derawan was the barracuda dive at Maratua and the snorkeling with the non-stinging jellyfish at Kakaban. It is a different kind of diving than for instance the Red Sea or Maldives. There are not that many coral fish, but rather macros and critters (nudibrancs; frog fish etc.). The Dive Masters were excellent and tried their best to provide an excellent service.
The food and drinks that they take with on the boat for the day out diving, was very basic and again only spicy food and some fruit.
The trip to Derawan was an experience, but I believe not worh the cost and long hours of travelling unless they upgrade on their food and provide for the tastes of the Western public.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique dive destination for big fish, stingless jellyfish lake, Mantas, turtles and muck diving. Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime with Tasik Divers and stay with Derawan Dive Lodge. 10 room property with a good standard management. We offers PADI/NAUI and NITROX ... more less