The chain of islands and atolls running parallel to Kalimantan’s central coastline are fast becoming one of SE Asia’s most exciting dive destinations. From Sangalaki with its manta rays and turtles, Derawan with its muck diving and whale sharks, to Maratua's ripping currents, schools of fish and sharks - the Derawan Archipelago has something for every diver.

SCUBA JUNKIE SANGALAKI HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore Borneo's newest diving frontier.
  • Stay in a water bungalow perched above the Celebes Sea.
  • Scuba Junkie is at the forefront of marine conservation and sustainable tourism in Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Participate in Scuba Junkie's whale shark week - a unique opportunity to learn more about the local whale sharks.
  • Eat in a local restaurant every night and help support the local economy.
Ideal For
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Overview

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!

Rooms

WATER BUNGALOW

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.

WATER DORM

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

Resort Facilities

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.

General Airport transfers
Food & Drink Restaurant Bar Vegetarian options
Outdoors Sunset terrace
Dive Centre Facilities

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.

Equipment Equipment rental Equipment storage Camera wash tanks

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Scuba Junkie Sangalaki

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.

Sustainability

ENVIROMENT

Scuba Junkie Sangalaki has been built to minimise any adverse environmental impacts and, whilst a new resort, has already been taking steps to ensure the resort employs sustainable business practices. Plastic waste is kept to a minimum and the resort 

EXPERIENCES

The resort recently held its first 'Whale Shark Week' and will be running further themed events in the future. Guests also have the opportunity to participate in regular beach and underwater cleanups.

ECONOMIC

Scuba Junkie Sangalaki whale shark trips are run in collaboration with local boat owners and guides and the resort's guests eat out every night in the local restaurants. From the start, SJ Sangalaki is working to ensure the local community benefits directly from tourism on the islands.

MARINE

Scuba Junkie Sangalaki is run much like the other Scuba Junkie resorts. Guests and staff alike must adhere to strict responsible dive practices, in particular when it comes to snorkelling with the whale sharks.

More options
STANDARD PACKAGES

Dive Sangalaki, Kakaban, Derawan and Maratua and stay in Scuba Junkie's shared dorm

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$750

Stay in Scuba Junkie's dorm rooms - for those who want to dive in style, but stick to a budget. Each 4 bed dorm comes with 24-hour electricity, fan, fresh towels and shared bathrooms with showers, and like the water bungalows, they also have their own balconies - a perfect place to relax between dives.

The 8 day, 7 night package includes 18 dives at Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Semama and the atoll of Maratua, at the edge of Borneo's continental shelf. Day trips in search of whale shark encounters are also possible!

  • Full equipment rental
  • All dive fees
  • Breakfast, tea, coffee and water. Lunch is included on dive day trips
  • Shared accommodation in the Scuba Junkie dorm
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Dinner is not served at the resort. Guests can dine out in different warungs in the village.
  • If guests are traveling at times and dates other than the scheduled transfers, an additional fee may be charged. Minimum for additional transfer is 5 people.
  • Transfer to / from Tarakan at specified time
Diving

Snorkel with manta rays, turtles and even whale sharks!

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$620

Stay in Scuba Junkie's Water Bungalows - a little bit of luxury at an affordable price. Each bungalow comes with 24-hour electricity, fresh towels and ensuite bathrooms with showers. They also have a private balcony with sun loungers - perfect to watch the sunset and perhaps spot a turtle swimming in the shallows beneath.

The 8 day, 7 night snorkelling package includes 3 day trips to locations such as Sangalaki, Kakaban, Semama and the atoll of Maratua, at the edge of Borneo's continental shelf, as well as unlimited snorkeling around Derawan. Day trips in search of whale shark encounters are also possible!

  • Full equipment rental
  • All dive fees
  • Breakfast, tea, coffee and water. Lunch is included on dive day trips
  • Twin share accommodation in a water bungalow
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Dinner is not served at the resort. Guests can dine out in different warungs in the village
  • Transfer to / from Tarakan at specified time
  • If guests are traveling at times and dates other than the scheduled transfers, an additional fee may be charged. Minimum for additional transfer is 5 people.

Snorkeling

Explore the incredible marine life of Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$850

Stay in Scuba Junkie's Water Bungalows - a little bit of luxury at an affordable price. Each bungalow comes with 24-hour electricity, fresh towels and ensuite bathrooms with showers. They also have a private balcony with sun loungers - perfect to watch the sunset and perhaps spot a turtle swimming in the shallows beneath.

The 8 day, 7 night package includes 18 dives at Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Semama and the atoll of Maratua, at the edge of Borneo's continental shelf. Day trips in search of whale shark encounters are also possible!

  • Full equipment rental.
  • All dive fees.
  • Breakfast, tea, coffee and water. Lunch is included on dive day trips.
  • Twin share accommodation in a water bungalow.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Dinner is not served at the resort. Guests can dine out in different warungs in the village.
  • Transfer to / from Tarakan at specified time.
  • If guests are traveling at times and dates other than the scheduled transfers, an additional fee may be charged. Minimum for additional transfer is 5 people.
Diving