Media gives a publicity to a place which owns special value. It happens as well in Derawan. As soon as its beauty was smelled by the people from the big towns - even from around the world - there is significant raise on the visitors and there are more investors come to join this tourism business opportunity. It is a good news for the locals. There are more jobs for them, even this great condition transforms them to be great businessmen. But everything surely comes with consequences.
Derawan, despite of the facility & transportation advancement it had, there a major concern especially on regards to the over-development in the shore area. There are many accommodation which were built on the beach line for the last few years, resulting a noticeable loss for its white sand beaches. In my point of view, Derawan has lost a big portion of its value & makes me move my attention to Maratua. In other words, if I come back & certainly I will come back to this archipelago, I directly set my aim to Maratua, not Derawan anymore.
Maratua Beach - To preserve the condition of Maratua Beaches, local government established a policy to forbid any residential structures / resort to be constructed within the beach area.
But, that is simply a taste, my taste, and I won’t curse this kind of matters since everybody shall realise that things always move to degrade. There is cost which lies on every advancement, just like an airport which is currently constructed on Maratua that invites a lot of new cottages on its shore line.
But again, I won’t complain about this and even I think that we are not supposed to blame this condition. They said that tourism tend to damage the environment. It may be right but we simply can’t deny this situation because human always try to take advantage for any opportunity that may arise. It is not their fault, it is only because everything advances for degradation. Then it is our government that we rely to control the degradation level. It is their policies & enforcement that we hope can minimise the potential risk.
Derawan Shore - With a massive development of resorts within the shore line, currently there is not much beach area left in Derawan Island.
One thing that we, as a traveler, can do to participate on this kind of campaign is just to adapt our mindset. We are there to appreciate the destination, to feel gratitude towards the wonder of nature, so it is not merely for having fun. We shall be responsible for not making the environment dirty or get damaged. We have to nurture its beauty. Traveling should enrich our humility and sense of emphatic, instead of becoming a more arrogant creature.
I know that sometimes, some of us feel that they can do whatever things they please because they have paid a good amount of money only to be there. Such kind of persons will always exist in this earth and nothing we can do except only to change our own mindset. We are only responsible for our own actions. So it is expected that we can be a kind of traveler who enjoy their time but still capable to retain the values of the place that they visit, therefore this destination will be still available - and good - for our next visit, perhaps with our kids, in near future.