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Derawan, an island close to the shores of Kalimantan, is considered to be one of the muck diving areas in the world.

Name Dive Site:Derawan
Visibility: 5-20m (16-65ft)
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Derawan is a small oval shaped island nearby mainland Balikpapan, Kalimantan. Visibilities are often not as good as other islands further offshore but the tranquil waters surrounding this island provide for one of the richest marine habitats in Indonesian waters. Muck diving is very popular under the jetty where all sorts of fish and critters live their lives. There are excellent wall dives, caverns and green turtles use the nights at Derawan to lay their eggs on its brilliant white shores, often just next to the resorts and restaurants. There are reef sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, horse-eyed jacks and many of the common reef fish. Hard corals are prolific as well since more than fifty species of Acropora hard coral have been cataloged by Dr. Carden Wallace of the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

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