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Borneo is the third largest island in the world and hosts three countries, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The Indonesian portion, known as Kalimantan, occupies nearly 75%. Borneo has a whole is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet with hundreds of new animal and plant species discovered in the last decade alone. Many ancient Malay and Indonesian tribes within Borneo continue to live uninfluenced by modern man. A cluster of islands in the Celebes Sea just to Kalimantan’s northeast is considered by many to be one of Indonesia’s most under-celebrated diving hotspots.
With such great biodiversity happening within its shores, under the sea is a fantastically fitting match. The island cluster off KabupatenBerua, particularly the islands Maratua, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Derawan and Samama, offers divers and filmmakers an amazing variety of venues to experience yet another perfect Indonesian diving experience.
Each of the islands features a unique attraction for divers. One of the most talked about destinations isKakaban with its isolated salt water lake teaming with four different species of non-stinging jellyfish, anemone, flatworm, crustaceans & a few species of gobies including the curious looking Mohican Goby.
Graceful manta rays are star attractions at Sangalaki, while picture perfect cliff and drift diving at the Maratuaand Mauara Atoll feature big-eye trevallies, eagle rays, leopard sharks and the always beautiful green turtle. The biggest school of barracudas in S.E. Asia can also be seen in this area. With its bounty of pint sized creatures including pigmy sea horses and nudibranches, the area in and around Samana features great opportunities for micro enthusiasts. The seas surrounding Nabucco and Derawan islands are also known as the home of an abundance of picture ready creatures such as ghostpipe and frog fish, scorpion fish and a variety of shrimps.