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Located on the island of Derawan off Kalimantan’s central coast, Scuba Junkie Sangalaki is well positioned for exploring one of SE Asia’s most exciting dive destinations. From Sangalaki’s manta rays and turtles and Derawan’s muck diving and whale sharks, to Maratua with its ripping currents, schools of fish and sharks - the Derawan Archipelago has something for every diver.
Scuba Junkie Sangalaki Resort is the latest venture by the award-winning Scuba Junkie dive team. Originally started in Sabah, Malaysia, Scuba Junkie has developed into a respected eco- dive resort developer. The company now has operations in Kota Kinabalu and Mabul in Sabah, and Komodo and Sangalaki in Indonesia - all of which are well known for their professional dive operations, high-standards of safety and training, and conservation work.
Scuba Junkie Sangalaki is located on the island of Derawan, positioned to explore the nearby islands of Kakaban, Sangalaki, Semama and Maratua. Although the Sangalaki area has been dived for a number of years and has several existing resorts, the tourism in the area is very low-key - you may not see another boat during your stay.
Take advantage of Scuba Junkie's free scheduled transfer boat every Monday!
Scuba Junkie's water bungalows offer a bit of luxury at an affordable price. Each comes with 24-hour electricity, fresh towels, ensuite bathrooms with shower and a private balcony - perfect to watch the sunset or spot a turtle in the water beneath.
Scuba Junkie's Water Dorms are great for guests that are looking for comfort at a budget price. The 4 bed dorms have fans, fresh towels and an ensuite bathroom. And like the water bungalows, they also have their own balconies - the perfect place to relax between dives
Scuba Junkie Sangalaki was built with affordable comfort in mind and designed to minimise any impact on the island environment. All the water bungalows and dorm rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, balconies equipped with sun loungers, fans and 24 hour electricity - a bonus in this remote location. And being built out over the sea means there is no need for AC - natural sea breezes and fans are enough to keep you cool at night.
Above the dive centre is Scuba Junkie’s ‘Chillout Zone’, equipped with bean bags and tables and chairs and offering 360 degree views of the surrounding Celebes Sea. Breakfast is served here every morning whilst in the evening, guests can relax in the breeze, share a beer and meet other divers. The resort does not serve dinner, leaving visitors free to explore the different options in the local village - a great way to support the local economy.
Scuba Junkie Sangalaki’s awarding-winning PADI 5 star dive centre has plenty of new and regularly maintained rental equipment for use by the guests, as well as storage lockers and fresh water wash tanks to rinse dive and camera gear. Given the small size of the resort, the dive centre is as much a place to socialise as the ‘Chillout Zone’ above and the dive guides are normally on hand to answer any questions or discuss the next days diving schedule. The resort dive boats are fully equipped with a range of safety equipment and are capable of carrying up to 12 guests and 3 guides - guaranteeing small groups and making the diving a lot more enjoyable.
The different Scuba Junkie dive resorts have become well known for their sustainable business practices and involvement in and development of local conservation projects. In fact the company could well be considered the leading eco- dive resort developer in both Sabah and Kalimantan. Scuba Junkie Sangalaki is no different and in the short time since the resort opened its doors, it has already begun work on several projects.
At the end of June 2017, the resort ran its first ‘Whale Shark Week’ with guest speakers, learning opportunities and of course, trips to the local fishing pontoons where the whale sharks gather. These trips are run in collaboration with and for the benefit of the local community. Guests hire the local boatmen and guides directly, providing an alternative source of income for the villagers and ensuring that these incredible animals - the largest fish in the world - will be protected for the future. In addition, Scuba Junkie Sangalaki enforce a strict ‘No touch’ policy when snorkelling with the whale sharks.