Scuba Junkie Sangalaki is situated on Derawan Island, which is in the Berau region in East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.
You can reach us by flying into one of two airports:
If you're coming in from Scuba Junkie Sipadan then the best route is to transfer to Tawau airport (TWU) and then take the MAS Wings flight to Tarakan.
The flight departs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and on Mondays and Saturdays we have a transfer service between Tarakan and Derawan. If you're diving with SJ Sipadan before your trip to SJ Sangalaki your Sipadan / Mabul package should end on a Friday or Sunday, and then you will need to stay one night in Semporna. Check out more details of the combo trip here.
The MAS Wings flight lands at 11:10 am, from Tarakan airport we will have a driver waiting for you, you'll take a short transfer to Tarakan port where you'll board the transfer boat. Tarakan to Derawan by boat takes 2.5-3 hours, depending on the conditions.
If you're bringing a group of five people or more and would like to charter a Tarakan transfer on a day other than a Monday or Saturday, please email us for more details.
Tarakan boat transfers are dependent on the weather. All transfers are operated by a third party (not by Scuba Junkie). We cannot accept responsibility for any damage to personal items, injuries or any lost flights in the unlikely event of a cancelled transfer or longer journey time due to circumstances outside of our control, such as bad weather conditions / mechanical issues.
You can also reach Tarakan by ferry from Tawau.
This is for the more adventurous traveler who has more time. It involves a longer journey with several car and boat trips.
From Tawau (Sabah, Malaysia) you can catch a boat to Tarakan (Kalimantan, Indonesia) on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 11am (approximately), the journey takes around 3 hours and costs RM130. Please note you should arrive at the port between 0900-0930 in order to get a ticket.
Once you reach Tarakan you need to take the longer route to Derawan via Tanjung Selor which takes most of a day:
Due to the long transfer time we advise staying the first night in Tarakan and then starting the next morning so that you can do the journey all in one day. If you go straight from the airport it is likely that you would be stuck in Tanjung Selor or Tanjung Batu, and there is very limited accommodation options in both places.
From Balikpapan airport (BPN) there are daily flights to Berau (BEJ) with three Indonesian airlines:
|Departure time||Arrival time||Airline||Luggage allowance||In time for our transfer?|
|10KG||Only if on time - (*) see below|
|20KG||Only if on time - (*) see below|
|20KG||No - (**) see below|
|10KG||No - (**) see below|
|20KG||No - (**) see below|
From Bali (DPS) you can fly to Berau (BEJ) with connections in two airport along the way, Balikpapan and either Makassar or Surabaya. This route is operated by Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air. You can purchase the journey as one ticket, you just need to change planes.
From Jakarta you can fly in to Berau (BEJ) with a connection in Balikpapan with Garuda Indonesia, Lion / Wings air or SwiWijaya Air (see above Balikpapan options).
From Jakarta you can fly in to Tarakan (TRK) and take our Monday or Saturday transfer boat service from Tarakan to Derawan. With any of the following direct flights you will be in time for the transfer boat:
With all of these flights the meeting time for our driver is 12 noon (midday) outside the international arrivals door at Tarakan airport.