A flight with Silk Air
first brought us (George from Vincent´s,
another diver and me) to Balikpapan and from there to
The local flight was very interresting and due to the
one could sea the magnificent landscape of the Borneo
I once read the book from Hans Harrer about Borneo and
it´s one of the last adventures to explore the
The Punan people still live quite undisturbed although
cutting down of trees is a problem.
We didn´t have any problems despite the riots between
Dajak and Madurese people going on. It´s such a
folks can´t live in peace since they have such
a beautiful island.
But one can´t survive just from a countries beauty...
It doesn´t seem that far, but it takes around ten
hours to get there, mainly
because of the time waiting between transportation. Close
to the famous
one could expect the best in underwater views.
But don´t just concentrate on diving, the islands
and Indonesia have
more things to offer, and best of all, it´s pretty
affordable at the moment.
Once you change a hundred Sing-Dollars, you´r almost
a millionaire ;-)
Derawan itself is teardrop shaped and not bigger than
a few hundred
meters in diameter. The locals (yes, the have local inhabitants
are friendly and very curious about the pale skinned
visiting their island.
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