Have you heard of Sangalaki? Located off the East Coast of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), the islands of Sangalaki, Maratua and Kakaban offer some of the most remote, uncrowded and untouched diving spots visited on any liveaboard trip. The Raja Manta Explorer is one of the few liveaboards to visit these islands, where guests are treated to spectacular diving away from the crowds and packed with plenty of ‘Big Fish’ sightings. Check out this video by PJ Widestrand taken onboard week last month.
Here’s what to expect:
Sangalaki – large aggregations of manta rays that use the islands and surrounding colourful reefs as a cleaning station and breeding ground.
Kakaban – a stunning fresh water Jelly Fish Lake fringed by virgin mangrove forest, sheer drop offs and walls that attract huge schools of trevally and barracuda along with the possibility of hammerhead, grey reef and black tip sharks.
Maratua – one of the most action-filled destinations in the region. The walls that surround this island provide some great Big Fish dives, massive schools of chevron barracuda, hunting trevally and thresher sharks.
Whale Shark Point – weather & conditions permitting, the boat also visits the local fishing Bagans at Talisayan, the best place in the area to dive with whale sharks.
The 2018 season has sold out but there is still availability in 2019 and 2020. The season for Sangalaki runs May through August. Also worth considering… back to back Komodo and Kalimantan… double wow.
Pricing: 6 nights: US$2250pp ensuite; US$1850pp non-ensuite; 7 nights: US$2600pp ensuite; US$2100pp non-ensuite. Marine Park and Harbor fee: $180pp.