Location : Maratua & Gusung Sanggalau, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.

Maratua Island, located in the Derawan Archipelago, off the north coast of East Kalimantan. Maratua is a large tropical island partially encircling a massive lagoon on one end and fringed with sheer rocky walls and coral reefs along the other end. This giant upside down U-shaped island covers about 384 square kilometers of sandy white beaches and mangrove forests and 3,735 square km of territorial waters which scientists believe contain the third highest level of marine biodiversity in the world after Raja Ampat and the Solomon Islands. (Indonesia.travel)

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The map of Maratua

After the visit to Kakaban Island we moved on to Maratua the boomerang shaped island that always attract turtles to its rich sea grass and friendly nesting sand.

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Lots of turtles in Maratua

Our first stop was at the main jetty of Kampung Payung-Payung where we had our packed lunch break.Pulau Maratua, Kampung Payung-Payung, Bajau village, backpackers, Destination, exploration, hidden paradise, holiday, Berau, East Kalimantan, Wonderful Indonesia, objek wisata, travel guide, Trans Border, Borneo, Derawan Archipelago, pasir putih, white sandy beaches, Kampung Payung-Payung, exploration, nature, vacation, Berau, objek wisata, tourist attraction, travel guide, Trans Border, Borneo, 婆罗洲东加里曼丹, 印尼马拉图娃岛Kepulauan Derawan, white sandy beaches, Pasir Putih, Kampung Payung-Payung, Bajau village, nature, holiday, vacation, Pariwisata, Tourism, travel guide, Trans Borneo, 穿越婆罗洲游踪, 印尼东加里曼丹, 马拉图娃岛旅游景点,

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Shuttle boat service for island hoping
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The beaches at Maratua are much cleaner than Derawan’s

After launching my drone and seeing an airstrip behind the village, I quickly made my way there for a quick look at the airport. According to my local friend Mr Ivan, Susi Air flies every Wednesday from Tarakan with its 9 seater ATR plane, as of now. The quickie visit this time did not do justice to what Maratua had to offer.

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Berthing at the main jetty of Maratua
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Kampung Payung Payung
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Sorry for the misty lens due to high humidity in Borneo. Runway of Maratua Airport
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Control tower at airport

My first overnight visit 4 years ago was a lot more fun where we visited the 4 Bajau villages Harapan, Payung Payung, Bohe Silian and Teluk Alulu by motorbikes. You may read more of our first trip from this link https://bombasticborneo.com/2016/05/maratua-island-indonesia-borneo-hidden-paradise-travel-part-2/
From the main jetty we moved on by boat to the nearby Maratua Paradise Resort for our coffee break. Blue sky and sea, a perfect moment to behold.

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Paradise Resort of Maratua
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Misty lens issue again

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Sun tanning

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Coffee break

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After a failed sighting of manta rays, just as well

It was just as disappointing as my first visit here. No show. Could have been more fun if we had just landed and spent our time at the Sangalaki Dive Resort. I did know it was going to be a hit or miss thingy. It was really frustrating after failing twice. I always envy those who get it on their first try. So folks we do not have any photos to show yet again.
Our final visit of the day was to watch the sunset at the Gusung Sanggalau sandbar near Derawan. It was crowded when we arrived. The soft white sand was not as great anymore. It was cloudy as the sun was setting. Hmmm……

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Gusung Sanggalau Island

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Quite a crowd at the Gusung
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Derawan in the background

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Sunset at best

Next…..Visit to a soft shell crab farm.

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