Derawan Island, Borneo
June 2, 2009 by Luka
Derawan island was on the top of our wishlist when we were planning our trip. We heard so many nice things about the island and also that it is really remote and it takes days to get there. Everything we heard is true, also the part of getting there. Here you can read what it takes to get to Derawan.It took us four days to get there but as soon as we reached Derawan all the bad things were forgotten. We were staying at Derawan homestay – a friendly family-run place – where we had a room on the stilts just on the shore. I can only recommend it!
Storm approaching. The weather is really unpredictable on the East of Borneo. There are regular showers but fortunately they last for an hour or so and then again the sun is shinning and the light is even more beautiful.
Sandy beach. A great place for a pleasant walk.
There are millions of sea shells that we never saw before.
At our homestay it was a jetty that was popular with children. Every afternoon whey were jumping to the sea and they were a great fun to photograph.
Children were not the only frequent visitors to our jetty. Sea turtles were swimming in a shallow waters looking for some leftovers from the restaurant.
Just a few hundred metres away there is a lone beach where sea turtles lay their eggs. They come to the shore at dark nights when they feel safer. They are easily scared away so I urge you not to disturb them too much. Do not use your flash and stay quiet as possible. Stay there for a short time only. I didn’t listen to these warnings and I scared away this poor turtle with my flash. Even now i feel bad about it and I will never do it again.
Derawan village from the jetty.
A future mechanic.
Children at Derawan island are pure fun! They are always keen models for a photographer and sometimes you just cannot get rid of them:)
Next time i will post some photos from an amazing trip to Sangalaki and Kakaban islands where we went for a day trip. Stay tuned;)
And do not forget to check my other posts on Borneo!
And here is some literature we read during our trip: