I heard they call it Jellyfish Lake because there is Jellyfish inside the lake. Wow! That's a brilliant name!
Kakaban Lake - Yes, it's a huge lake. But when I'm not so busy, I can easily swim it from one corner to another corner. However, I'm so busy lately.
The main attraction of Kakaban and sometimes constitute a main reason why people visit Derawan Archipelago. Just like in Palau (I've never been there actually), the lake in Kakaban was isolated from the ocean long ago & it significantly affect the creatures within. Perhaps due to the lost connection with the ‘outer’ world, the jellyfish predators begun to decline & this gives impact for the jellyfish capability to sting. Well, it is basically only my assumption and I don’t know (and don’t really care, perhaps) whether it is correct or not. Wikipedia surely has a better explanation for this and I am to lazy to copy + paste it here (What a Blog!!). What I do care is, it’s damn cool to swim with maybe thousands of jellyfish without being afraid to get stung. The sensation to touch the soft jellyfish is soo.. how to explain it, is so.. Awww
When she touched it, she said "Awwww". That's what I mean.
Actually, this kind of jellyfish lake is not the only one in Indonesia. I’ve heard some info that there is another jellyfish lake available nearby, in Maratua. It was such a pity for me because I couldn’t make it to visit there since the road access through that lake were temporarily closed during my time there - due to the airport construction works.
I also noticed that there is another tiny pond inside a small sand island in Komodo National Park which also have some jellyfishes species inside. Just like the above environment, the pond was isolated from the sea and causing the jellyfish to lost their ability to sting. I was there during my visit in 2015 but unfortunately I didn’t swim inside. Why? Because the ship crews just gave me the info about those stingless jellyfish existence only after we set sail to leave the island. WTF! They were just smiling and said sorry since they forgot to tell me about this earlier. Okay, No problem mate… No problem at all (Now give me back my money!!)
Let’s get back to business in Kakaban. Upon arriving in this jellyfish lake, there is a rule which strictly forbid you to use a swimming fin while having snorekeling inside. This is quite make sense actually because your fin can simply slap the unfortunate jellyfish that swim behind you (C'mon dude, get slapped by the fins does hurt I believe. Try to cheat your girlfriend while she's carrying a fin). Your fins - if it reach the seabed - or at least if it is swayed against the seabed - could worsen the visibility since almost all the seabed is consisting of soft loose sand.
I am not a good swimmer so initially, I expect that I could use my dive gears on & had a lovely dive with those jellyfishes. However, it just remains a hope for me since diving on that lake is not allowed - at least for now. Then it ended up for me to see all of those jellyfishes only from the surface, because I didn’t dare to open my life-vest during snorekeling. Hei, I’m not a coward you know.. I just had an unpleasant memory for almost getting drowned during snorekeling (Still, you are a coward!!).
I'd try to avoid rainy season if I want to go here. Because when the visibility is bad, means that you can't see anything.