Bunaken & Derawan Underwater Paradise

Bunaken is a legend and its come-back is even more tantalizing. Conservation is underway and caring divers would love to reminiscence the old times underwater. Fukui still leaves you awesome memories and worth the plunge. Derawan, a few nautical miles to the west, is a conservation area for marine life. It consists of small islands, namely Kakaban, Sangalaki, Maratua, and Derawan itself.
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In Derawan, there are more turtles than divers. Very often, these turtles swim along among local children playing on the beach as they are used to interact with human. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Home to over a quarter of the world's marine life, the Indonesian Archipelago is famous for its world class diving and exciting underwater beauty.

A black nudibranch dotted with bright zits is crawling on its feeding ground. A nudibranch is a shell-less snail growing strapping ‘branches’ on its back.

A black nudibranch dotted with bright zits is crawling on its feeding ground. A nudibranch is a shell-less snail growing strapping ‘branches’ on its back.

Derawan is a 1.2 million-hectare marine conservation area, within which 5 out of 6 known species of turtle in the world live peacefully. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Derawan, Indonesia, is a million-hectare marine conservation area.

Our friendly neighbor, the hawk-bill turtle, poses sedately in the most wanted photo session. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Our friendly neighbor, the hawk-bill turtle, poses sedately in the most wanted photo session. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Photo taking in Derawan is an excellent choice as its superb visibility offers a good clearance or a framed picture like this. Photos taken by Cipto - www.indonesia.travel

Photo taking in Derawan is an excellent choice as its superb visibility offers a good clearance or a framed picture like this. Photos taken by Cipto - www.

An upward shot under the surface of Lake Kakaban is striking when the jellyfish float around the ‘depth of field’ of the underwater camera. Photos taken by Cipto - www.indonesia.travel

An upward shot under the surface of Lake Kakaban is striking when the jellyfish float around the ‘depth of field’ of the underwater camera. Photos taken by Cipto - www.

Lake Kakaban offers a clear underwater view during an excellent day light. The stingless jellyfish rest upon a cozy bed of underwater ferns. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Lake Kakaban offers a clear underwater view during an excellent day light. The stingless jellyfish rest upon a cozy bed of underwater ferns.

The hawk-bill turtle hunts soft corrals and alike to keep growing and reproducing. Derawan is a heaven for turtles to continue their species survive. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

The hawk-bill turtle hunts soft corrals and alike to keep growing and reproducing. Derawan is a heaven for turtles to continue their species survive. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Kakaban is a prehistoric lake in an island with the same name around Derawan Island. The murky water still has good visibility that provides excellent scenery like this split surface image. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Kakaban is a prehistoric lake in an island with the same name around Derawan Island. The murky water still has good visibility that provides excellent scenery like this split surface image. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

A robust ‘ghost pipe fish’ moors amongst the leafy sea grasses. The visibility in Bunaken can reach up to 30 meters and an up-close is exceptionally crystal clear. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

A robust ‘ghost pipe fish’ moors amongst the leafy sea grasses. The visibility in Bunaken can reach up to 30 meters and an up-close is exceptionally crystal clear. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

A wondrous giant clam or ‘kima’ at Sangalaki is a reason why divers plunge in Derawan marine conservation area. This one was sighted more than a decade ago and never ceases to amaze. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

A wondrous giant clam or ‘kima’ at Sangalaki is a reason why divers plunge in Derawan marine conservation area. This one was sighted more than a decade ago and never ceases to amaze. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Lake Kakaban covers 390 hectares with maximum depth of 17 meters. To get there, a 400-meter hike is a ‘warm-up’ before one cools off. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Lake Kakaban covers 390 hectares with maximum depth of 17 meters. To get there, a 400-meter hike is a ‘warm-up’ before one cools off. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Sightseeing down in the water of Bunaken is an up-close and personal meet-up with indescribable creatures. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Sightseeing down in the water of Bunaken is an up-close and personal meet-up with indescribable creatures. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Although it bears the moniker of a ‘lobster’, a Squat Lobster is yet only an inch long, adorned with furry soft shell. Its bluish appearance is hard to miss. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

Although it bears the moniker of a ‘lobster’, a Squat Lobster is yet only an inch long, adorned with furry soft shell. Its bluish appearance is hard to miss. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

A shy inhabiting shrimp on a seemingly translucent bubble coral is a strike of luck. Only with careful divers, if not a sheer luck, can this little one be found. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

A shy inhabiting shrimp on a seemingly translucent bubble coral is a strike of luck. Only with careful divers, if not a sheer luck, can this little one be found. Photos taken by Cipto - http://www.indonesia.travel

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