P aradise is not right around the corner. From Germany it took us four flights and four stops in Dubai, Jakarta, Balikpapan (for those who are wondering, it is an Indonesian city in East Borneo) and Berau until we finally arrived to the Derawan islands. But going on such a long journey can also mean being far away from touristic spots. We arrived in our own personal paradise with heavenly beaches just for us. Borneo is still a secret among travelers who rather stay in crowded Bali but who needs that when you can go back to untouched nature.
Just off the cost of east Kalimantans, the Indonesian part of Borneo, the island tempts with white beaches, a turquoise sea and another hidden paradise- the world under water with dazzling coral reefs and it´s inhabitants. It is the perfect place to get lost in nature and find yourself. Whenever I am at sea I immediately feel completely balanced.
My cousin Nan´s and my original plan was to travel to Palau to meet and explore the Jellyfishes. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the Jellyfish Lake in Palau are mostly gone. Due to high heat and a lack of rain most of the former 8 million jellyfish have died out. But somehow we managed to find the world´s last remaining Jellyfish lake in Derawan and fell in love with it.
We stayed at the Derawan fisheries for seven days. They did not only host us, but also took us on adventures both over and under water. We lived in simple cottages on stilts in a group of locals and Indonesian tourists. The crystal clear water under the houses was a great host for big turtles who swam there all day long. The guys were great and didn’t only offer their service but their friendship.
At first the two social media addicts that we are were a little concerned about the absence of internet but then we figured- there is no time to be bored in a place as beautiful as this.
Our base camp on the stilts was the starting point for speedboat tours to the surrounding islands where we explored other beaches and the magnificent world under water. One of the best trips was the tour to Kakaban to visit the last jellyfish lake. We were so happy to be in a place that is tiny but still so diverse and exciting- a real paradise. It was one of those places that make you realize how small you and your problems are. Just imaging swimming next to huge whale sharks and beautiful manta rays!
Derawan is a place of quiet and cosines and since there are mostly locals it is the perfect territory to explore untouched nature. At first the two social media addicts that we are were a little concerned about the absence of internet but then we figured- there is no time to be bored in a place as beautiful as this.