Location : Pulau Kakaban, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.

Kakaban island is part of the Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The island has an area of 774.2 hectares (1,913 acres). The most distinctive feature is the huge brackish water lake in the middle of the island, in the local dialect Kakaban means “hug” as the island hugs the lake from the surrounding seawater, where thousands of jellyfish live, making it interesting for diving. The jellyfish consist of four different species which do not have the ability to harm humans with their stinging cells. They are Aurelia aurita with a transparent body, Tripedalia cystophora which is fingertip size, Mastigias papua is like a green-brown bulb, and Cassiopea ornata which is an upside-down jellyfish with upright tentacles. (Wiki)

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On the right is the sea. On the left is the fresh water lake

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The jetty at Kakaban Lake

Weather in the islands could change abruptly but luckily the shower was short lived just as we were about to depart for Kakaban island famous for its stingless jellyfish. Kepulauan Derawan, Danau Ubur-Ubur, Stingless Jellyfish Lake, adventure, nature, backpackers, Snorkelling, East Kalimantan, Pariwisata, Tourism, Cross Border, Borneo, 穿越婆罗洲游踪, 印尼东加里曼丹, 卡卡班岛水母天堂,Kepulauan Derawan, Kakaban Island, Stingless Jellyfish Lake, nature, destination, exploration, mangrove forest, Berau, Kalimantan Timur, Pariwisata, Tourism, travel guide, Trans Borneo, 印尼东加里曼丹, 卡卡班岛水母天堂, Derawan Archipelago, Danau Ubur-Ubur, nature, destination, diving, Snorkelling, hidden paradise, East Kalimantan, Pariwisata, Tourist attraction, travel guide, Borneo, 印尼东加里曼丹, 卡卡班岛旅游景点, 婆罗洲水母潜水天堂,Nothing much had changed since our last visit. The sand was white as always and spotless thanks to no human inhabitation in this island. Thousands of years of being locked out from the sea water had rendered the jellyfish here stingless.

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Taking the 5min walk to the lake

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The stingless jellyfish of kakaban can held in one’s hands without itching

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The cats of Kakaban

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Berthing at Kehe Daing at the western end of Kakaban
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According to our guide Ricky, there is an opening behind these 3 riocks to a tunnel going into Kehe Daing. So it should be a meromictic Lake.

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The Tourism guys of Kaltara.

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Emerald pool of Kehe Daing Lagoon

I would prefer this over the first lake if not for the very unsafe ladder that was used to allow passengers from the boat to alight especially with the boat bobbing up and down with the waves. Something the tourism office should work on before and disaster happens.

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Alighting from boat to Kehe Daing

The other shortcoming is also the wooden staircase to the toilet at the jellyfish lake near the entrance. It should be replaced with a concrete one. It was too steep, slippery and almost falling apart. Otherwise, Kakaban Island is perfect.

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Flimsy wooden steps to the toilet. Very dangerous spot here. The tourism board should replace this with a concrete staircase.

Next……..Maratua island

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