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Maratua Island, Exploring Underwater Life of Island by Diving in East Kalimantan

Maratua Island is one of island among four famous islands in Derawan Archipelago. The three islands are Derawan Island, Sangalaki Island, and Kakaban Island. Because each of the islands has beautiful panorama, they are well-known as Paradise Island. Maratua Island itself is comparable to other islands because Maratua has incredible underwater life and so popular for professional divers around the globe. They consider underwater life of the island become one of hidden paradise for divers.
Most of visitors who come to Maratua Island love to snorkel and dive. So, it’s not surprising if the island becomes one of favorite spot for diving and snorkeling around Derawan Archipelago. And as a Paradise Island, you can enjoy and want to stay longer to explore the area that has sharp and pointed shape at the south of Tarakan City.
Administratively, Maratua Island is located at Maratua sub-district, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. The island is adjacent to Malaysia and Philippine. To reach the island, it will take more time. If you start your journey from Balikpapan City, you can take a flight to Tanjung Redeb, the capital of Berau Regency. Then, continue your trip by renting a speedboat to Maratua Island and it takes around 3 – 4 hours.
However, if you like to through Tanjung Batu or the capital of Derawan Island, you have to take a land transportation which takes 2 hours from Tanjung Redeb. Then, take a speedboat for about 30 minutes. Along the way, you will be attracted by stunning panorama, like blue ocean, green scenery, and attractive birds. 

Actually, there are many resorts with international class around Maratua Island.  They offer the cottage right on the water and united to the beauty of the island. Thus, the visitor can enjoy marine life right on the deck. However, mostly tourist will stay in Maratua Paradise Resort.
But, if you like to be a backpacker, you can stay in the guesthouse and live with local resident. They offer their rooms at home with affordable cost. And if you like to stay in Balikpapan, you can choose hotels or villa, like Swiss-Belhotel Balikpapan, Ibis Balikpapan, favehotel MT. Haryono – Balikpapan, Aston Balikpapan Hotel & Residence, Swiss-Belinn Balikpapan, The New Vilabeta Resort.

Maratua Island is one of marine destination in East Kalimantan. The beauty of natural scenery will fondle you because you can do many water sports. Underwater life has crystal water with exotic panorama, especially when sunset. The stretch of the coastline and white sand are like the guardian of the island.
Snorkeling and diving are the main attraction in Maratua Island. To support these activities, there are some dive operators to provide the equipment of diving and snorkeling. Only by diving for about five meters, you can enjoy the panorama of underwater. The marine life here are various, like cuttlefish, ghostpipe fish, bluering octopue, pigmy seahorses, ribbon eels, scorpion fishes, barracuda, white tip sharks, hammerhead sharks, and many more.

Although Maratua is a small island, but it has around 21 popular diving spots. Each spots offer different experience, challenging, beauty, and diversity. They are Second Channel Shark City, Midnight Snapper Run, Sea Wall, Sea Wall Garden, Big Fish Country, Small Fish Country, Leo Point, Turtle Paradise, Divers Delight, Batfish Alley, Mid Reef, Turtle Traffic, Fusilier Paradise, Lumanlang, Maratua Reef, and many more.
          Turtle Traffic is a spot that are fulfilled by green turtle. Their age can be hundred years old and most of them swim in the deep of water while searching food. Maratua Island itself is the most favorite place for turtle to lay eggs and feeding. Thus, it’s not surprising if Maratua well-known as the Turtle Capital of Indonesia. 
Besides that, you also can play with jellyfish freely and safely because they don’t have sting. This is can be unforgettable moment because you can swim so close with them and even touch them with your bare hands. Yes, this is one of uniqueness of Maratua Island and it won’t be easy to find this kind of spot. Just have fun and ask your friend to take your pictures as you diving or snorkeling.
After you satisfy exploring underwater life at Maratua Island, next you can sit and relax at the coastline while enjoying the breeze. Waiting the sunset can be interesting activity because you will witness the silhouette at the west. Don’t forget to capture the picture because it can be incredible picture you have in Maratua because the gradation of colors and the background of the sun is so amazing.
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