Derawan Islands is located in East Kalimantan. It’s a beautiful place. And I am lucky to have been there (February 6 - 8, 2016). This is a special trip because I was with my Depsos team. Our friendship started when we worked for the same department in Depsos BEM STAN, the major student league in our campus STAN. Having posted to different units in Ministry of Finance, we now live in different cities. Andre, Mumus, and Dewi live in the capital city Jakarta. Tony lives in Sampit, Central Kalimantan. Dhini lives in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. I don’t mind flying faraway from Manokwari to see my Depsos team. We don’t mind travelling far to see each other. I think that’s really sweet.
We met at Balikpapan airport. The brand new spacious airport is now called Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport. I went here last 2010 and it’s good to see Balikpapan again. I have been waiting for this day when I come back to Balikpapan. There’re five of us, including me, Dhini, Mumus, Dewi, and Andre. From Balikpapan, we took a flight to Berau. We would meet Tony in Berau airport, the closest airport to our destination spot, the Derawan Island. About 2 PM, the team was complete with Tony, who have travelled overnight from Sampit by an overnight car trip and two flights.
For this trip we hired a tour agent. Two cars from the tour agent picked us in Berau Airport and took us to the harbour. I enjoyed the car trip. We went trough the woods and the woods looks so beautiful and magical. Though it’s worth mentioning that parts of the jungle have been burnt. I thought the car trip will take only fifteen minutes. But actually it took two hours. That’s fine. I had longer time to observe the woods trough the car window. We proceeded our journey with a speedboat. We stayed in cottages.
We went to Sangalaki Island, Kakaban Island, and Maratua Island. These islands are very beautiful with the clear bright turquoise beaches. We observed the turtles babies on Sangalaki Island. We swam with the jellyfishes in Kakaban Island. And we talked all night. Our highlight topic is marriage that made me feel mixed up. We had a great time. A very special three days trip.
Mumus, Dewi, Dhini, Andre, Me, and Tony. See you in our next trip!