Check out the new Tasik Divers News Letter
Happy Chinese New Year
Banded Sea Snake, picture taken on the beautiful reefs that surround Manado Tua
We thought we would let a few days pass before the usual “Happy New Year”
messages…Now we are fully into the new year and still wish you all a great
We have been busy over the last few months, Derawan is fully up and running,
although those that visited last year were welcomed by Nadine & Frankie, we are sad to say they are no longer with us there, but very happy for them cos’ they now have a beautiful little boy!!! So good luck and best wishes to
them for the future…
There is still the same Tasik Divers welcome there and we hope to see you there again or for the first time this year.
Last week in Manado, we had the pleasure of having Alex Mustard stay with us, hope you got some great shots Alex, under & above the water, and we look forward to having you back with us whenever you can…. Not sure if he brought the good luck (& great weather!!) with him, but on
the first days diving we were all graced with several Orca’s..then the next
day a sleek hammerhead went cruising by the boat…..definitely
unusual…but then hey it’s a great big sea!!!
So if the colds getting to you, or you simply need a break from the
desk….we will all be waiting to give you the great Tasik experience……
Dan Green & some of our guests
Nick Rawson’s Derawan Trip Report
“Finally, 8 years after over flying the Sangalaki archipelago I’ve arrived! I saw the islands on a return flight from Manado to Singapore & thought that I would like to visit, but after reading some very disappointing trip reports, I decided to wait.
Last year my two friends D1 & D2 from Tasik Ria told me they were planning to open a dive lodge on Derawan, one of the islands of the archipelago, so knowing that the accommodation & dive operation would be first rate I knew my wait was over.
Friny from Tasik Ria booked flights for us, by us I mean me, Nick, my Wife Jill & our very good friend Jennifer.
We spent 10 days at Tasik Ria, diving most days, the day off-gassing before the morning flight to Balikpapan was spent chilling in the resort.
We had an early start, leaving Tasik Ria @ 4:50AM, stopping along the way to pickup Dan Green (D2), who was joining us on the trip. We arrived at Manado Sam Ratalungi Airport at 5:45, where we boarded Batavia airlines flight to Balikpapan. After the short and pleasant flight we arrived at Sepinggan Airport on the east coast of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). We had a 3 hour wait before the next leg of our journey to Barau, so we decided to spend the time chilling out in the BlueSky Lounge, the service in the lounge was great, they rechecked our baggage and kept us informed about the flight status.
The second flight was also with Batavia, this time it only lasted 40min. On arriving in Barau, we quickly collected our luggage & were picked up by our driver, who would take us on the road trip section of our adventure.
The trip to Tanjung Batu was very interesting, for much of the journey we traveled beside the impressive Barau River, the road then passes through the jungle & eventually to the port where we boarded the speed boat that was to take us to Derawan Island.
We sped across the calm turquoise water and after about 30 minutes were greeted with the sight of the white sand beaches of Derawan
The resort is situated on the beach surrounded with palm trees, an idilic tropical retreat!
The day we arrived was a BBQ night so we got to feast on freshly caught crab, delicious! A note about the food, my wife doesn’t like most Indonesian food, so the staff made meals to her liking throughout our stay, thanks 🙂
Our first day’s diving was around Sangalaki island, on a site named Manta Run, we dropped down, in the low-ish vis water, to 12M and waited, after about 10 minutes the first Manta I’d ever seen underwater went cruising past, only to be followed by a second and a third! I’ve seen Mantas from the boat before but nothing had prepared me for being so close to these magnificent creatures. We did three dives that day, I spent most of my time watching and photographing the mantas but we also saw a large green turtle, a Spotted Eagle Ray & a very big Giant Clam.
In part 2, Night Dive @ The BMI Jetty, Kakaban & the jellyfish lake, Maratua Island & more about the Lodge”
Nice report Nick, We’re so glad you all had a good time! Looking forward to part 2
More Of Nick’s manta pictures
“My main reason for going to Derawan was to see the Mantas, and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s the first time I’ve seen them whilst diving and they’re absolutely amazing!!”
We’re glad you had a good time, thanks for sharing your pictures.
Cheers from everyone at Tasik! See you soon.