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Dive Review of Borneo Cottages in
Indonesia/Maratua Island, Kalimantan

Borneo Cottages: "Budget diving at Maratua island Kalimantan", Nov, 2019,

by Andrew Falconer , Bunbury, AU (Top Contributor Top Contributor 38 reports with 22 Helpful votes). Report 11246.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments BUDGET DIVING AT MARATUA ISLAND, EAST KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA by Andrew Falconer

Maratua island is a bit off the radar for most Australian divers, with most visitors being Asians and a few Europeans, although this may change as the Indonesian government is promoting it as a future tourist destination, having recently built an airport and a network of new roads on it.
Currently however, access is mostly by speed boat from Berau on the mainland in East Kalimantan (duration 3 hours), with Berau being served by Wings Air from the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda.
Accommodation is currently in a few expensive resorts, although more are construction, some cheap home stays, and something in between where I stayed namely Borneo Cottages www.borneocottagemaratua.com . Most of the resorts offer diving as does Borneo Cottages ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, France, Colombia
Closest Airport Berau Getting There From Balikpapan or Samarinda fly with WingsAir to Berau, then get 9am regular speed boat to the island, about 3 hrs trip

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 25-28°C / 77-82°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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