Nunukan Island Resort
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- Kilometres of white sand, mangrove forest, tropical gardens, and kaleidoscopic coral reefs available for self-guided exploration
- Rustic-chic guest rooms equipped with contemporary furnishings and all the comforts of home
- Close access to some of Indonesia’s most incredible and off the grid diving in Maratua Atoll
- Straightforward half and full board options and flexible diving packages to suit every budget and travel style
Miles from any hint of mass tourism, Nunukan Island Resort is a picturesque private island getaway on the far-flung outskirts of Maratua Atoll. Surrounded in all directions by virgin reef, the resort allows visitors to explore rich ecosystems teeming with life and dive sites suited to every level. The resort was built to blend seamlessly into nature, with traditional Indonesian design elements and sustainable construction, leaving as much of the island’s natural beauty intact. For visitors, this adds an extra element of escape to the property’s luxurious amenities, including delicious chef-prepared meals, spa services, sports, and exciting scheduled activities.
About Nunukan Island Resort
Located on the far southeastern edge of Maratua Atoll, Nunukan Island Resort offers the ultimate private island experience. Miles from civilisation, yet boasting modern toes-in-the-sand luxury, the resort was built on four acres of tropical vegetation, using stylish classical Indonesian architecture to maximise guest privacy. A collection of 22 bungalows are well-spaced across the entire length of the western beachfront, with uninterrupted views of the stunning lagoon. Bungalows connect to the resort’s on-site restaurant, spa, and dive centre through short, tranquil boardwalks weaving through the island’s dense jungle.
The island’s most stunning feature, a four-kilometre long pristine house reef is easily accessed from the jetty, allowing swimmers and snorkelers to jump right in and swim with turtles, sharks, eagle rays, schooling fish, and more. Rent a tank and explore these waters unguided, or join one of the dive centre’s scheduled trips to the area’s most unspoilt sites, exploring the outer reaches of the Maratua Atoll - almost inaccessible from anywhere else in the region. Plenty of other activities are available including island hopping and village tours, trips to Kakaban’s Jellyfish lake, cooking classes, beach volleyball, or just lazing on the beach without another soul in sight.
Explore the resort
Nunukan Island Resort blends rustic yet luxurious design with remote island charm, offering guests a genuine taste of paradise. The restaurant is separated into three intimate dining areas, connected by small wooden bridges, and serves delicious meals with panoramic views over the sea. Breakfast and lunch are served a la carte with a freshly-prepared four-course meal offered in the evening. Beside the restaurant, guests will find the cheerfully chilled-out Gekko Bar which is the perfect spot to enjoy a tropical cocktail. Keep the indulgent relaxation going with a trip to the on-site Indonesian spa, offering to immerse guests in a state of absolute tranquillity.
A variety of land and water-based activities are easy to organise, including PADI courses and guided diving, snorkelling, and more. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball, explore the island on foot, or join the chefs for a class in classic Indonesian cuisine. The house reef also provides plenty of opportunities for self-guided adventure, with kilometres of coral open for swimming, snorkelling, and scuba. After a long day of fun in the sun, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed in a spacious and well-appointed guest room, outfitted with modern appliances and furnishings for a perfect balance between rustic ambience and creature comforts.
Diving from Nunukan Island Resort
The resort’s on-site dive centre provides multiple boats per day and flexible scheduling to help guests experience the very best sites in the Maratua Atoll. Their passionate and professional team of PADI and SSI instructors and divemasters offer a variety of courses, plus, hands-on coaching and guidance during leisure dives. You’ll have access to high-quality rental equipment, modern facilities for photographers, and comfortable custom dive boats. Plus, expert local spotters to help you find the region’s coolest wildlife.
Highlights in this remote region include pristine coral reefs clouded by colourful fish, famous dive sites like Big Fish Country - named for its resident marine predators, and Sangalaki, with its legendary resident manta rays. But, thanks to its location deep in the heart of the Coral Triangle, literally anything can pop up in this atoll. If you aren’t interested in boat diving, keep the adventure close to home. The island’s house reef is easy to access from the jetty and offers over four kilometres of stunning reef and wall to explore. Eagle rays, leopard sharks, nurse sharks, and sea turtles are among the island’s most thrilling finds. Most of the area’s sites have extensive shallow zones, and the dive centre welcomes snorkelers along for any trip.
- This resort welcomes guests of all ages, but its facilities are best enjoyed by adventurous couples and dive buddies.
- Don’t miss out on above water adventures like local village tours, jungle trekking, and a trip to Kakaban’s famous Jellyfish Lake.
- Pack lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and sun protection for exploring the island on foot.
- Bring plenty of cash and all the essentials from home - shops and banks are scarce in this remote region!
Nunukan Island Resort was designed and constructed to exist in total harmony with the surrounding natural environment. Built to strict ecological standards, the project was guided by the island’s existing vegetation, without a single tree felled to make way for building. The property’s hot water is generated by solar energy, and sewage is treated ecologically to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding waters. Well-run composting practices and rainwater collection facilities complete Nunukan Island Resort’s sustainably-focused operations.
Diving in Derawan, Sangalaki and Maratua
Whale sharkFebruary - December
SharksFebruary - December
Leopard sharkFebruary - December
Thresher sharkFebruary - December
Manta RaysFebruary - December
TurtlesFebruary - December
BarracudaFebruary - December
Bumphead parrotfishFebruary - December
TrevallyFebruary - December
Exotic cuttlefishFebruary - December
Rare OctopusFebruary - December
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI and SSI Resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water