Arrive at Maratua
Things to consider
Welcome to Maratua Atoll, the place where all the jewelries are laying across. This island is certainly my favourite among others simply because there are much more tourism spot diversities here. The beach line is amazing. The island also has various choices of spectacular underground blue lagoons. Note as well that jellyfish lake is also available in Maratua.
The island is also strategically situated close to Kakaban & Sangalaki, makes Maratua become a smart accommodation choice due to its short sailing distance between each islands. And the other ultimate reason why I spent most of my days here during my last visit is because the underwater scenery beneath Maratua water is too damn gorgeous. You need to be informed as well that there are several outstanding choices of deluxe resort available either in Maratua, Nabucco & Nunukan island - which all of them are located in Maratua Atoll.
Beach Walk at Maratua Paradise
Despite of those exceptional tourism destination, I could understand well why this Maratua doesn’t get as much as popularity as other island. Perhaps the first reason is because the island is located remotely far from main land - makes the transportation cost become more expensive rather than to visit & stay in Derawan. From Tanjung Batu, you need to spend around 1500k IDR to charter a 3-pax speedboat for 2-2.5 hours sail distance.
Well, seems that you come to the right blog. Why? because you don’t need to worry about this anymore since I managed to find another cheaper way - actually far more cheaper - to get to the island. Yes, people of Maratua basically have a regular speedboat run from Berau to Maratua which costs you only around 250k. Sweet, right? More explanation is available on the last page, so stay tune until we meet up again there
Plenty of accommodation choices are available at Teluk Harapan Village
There is another concern also about the accommodation price here in Maratua which is seen a bit more pricey than in Derawan. A regular homestay on the beach area is priced for 350k / night where in Derawan you can possibly get a comfortable cottage by the sea with the same budget. Why so expensive? Well, this happens actually with a reason. For most of the area in Maratua - especially in Teluk Harapan Village - electricity is not supplied by the government so they need to use their own generator to provide this needs. Means that there is more operational cost and note that electricity only available from 6PM - 6AM, except on the Maratua Paradise Resort & other resorts. Now you get it right?
Bohe Silian Kid
From Teluk Harapan Village, keep heading north until you reach the corner. Then you will find a small cargo port which is also good for sunset view.