Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
June 1997 Vol. 12, No. 6   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
What's this?

Sangalakki Saved 

from the June, 1997 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

In the July 1993 issue of In Depth, our correspondent reported on the recently opened resort of Sangalakki in Indonesian Borneo. He described Sangalakki as having a jellyfish lake like Micronesia, more turtles than Sipadan, and mantas like Yap. If you read about it and went there, you were quick; within a year the resort was closed -- not due to the lack of divers or funds, but because of government politics.

After the Indonesian government closed the resort, Borneo Divers, the operators of Pt. Sangalakki (and another resort on Sipadan), in a Hollywoodstyle response, flew in a large amphibious cargo plane and scooped up everything that wasn't bolted down, including dive boats and the resort staff. Ever since, rumors of Borneo Divers reopening have been circulating around the dive world -- always just over the horizon.

Now my hat is off to Borneo Divers. They wanted Sangalakki with a passion. For three years they persisted in their efforts to get permission to reopen the resort -- and they succeeded. It is now officially open.

Turtles, cuttlefish, mantas, and a host of weird creatures are Sangalakki's strong suit, but because of its lack of beach diving and a 20-minute boat ride to nearby Kakaban Island for wall dives, I still recommend Sangalakki as an addon to Sipadan (allow yourself plenty of travel time). A wecome-back special of $1,325 (seven-day package) is valid through July.

(Island Dreams Travel, 800-346-6116, fax 713-973-8585; Tropical Adventures, 206-441-3483 or 206-247-3483, fax 206-441-5431.)

J. Q.

I want to get all the stories! Tell me how I can become an Undercurrent Online Member and get online access to all the articles of Undercurrent as well as thousands of first hand reports on dive operations world-wide

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.