Borneo in Indonesia

Borneo in Indonesia is an enormously large island, the world's third largest and in total the island is shared by three countries. Malaysia with Sarawak and Sabah. The Sultanate of Brunei and the Indonesian part in the south and east called Kalimantan. To the east of the island lie a number of small islands out in the Makassar straits and the waters here are divided by very great depths. This means that here there is a border zone between what you usually see of marine species further east, the so-called Wallacea line.

The marine life here in Borneo, like most places in Indonesia, is rich and as diving becomes more and more popular, more resorts are popping up. South of the perhaps better known Sipadan in Malaysia is an atoll called Maratua. Here you will find a diving paradise that did not become really popular until recent years when you can now fly here*. In addition to diving resorts, some tours are sometimes also included live board over here.

* The flights were unfortunately withdrawn during the pandemic and will hopefully start again. For the time being, the boat to Maratua applies.


The islands of Nunukan, Nabucco and Virigin Cocoa today offer a good standard of accommodation and fantastic diving. Here you can experience huge shoals of fish and various sharks, turtles but also a rich macro life. Also the islands of Sangalaki, Kakaban and Derawan can be visited here, Derawan you can stay on separately, with day trips. It gives you a great variety of diving and the opportunity to go here several times and experience something completely new. Here you will find large shoals of tuna and barracuda.

Here there are plenty of reef sharks and even the shy thresher shark is sometimes seen here. Other large sharks and rays such as hammerhead sharks, manta rays, eagle rays are also frequently seen. The rich waters also have rich macro life and lots of fine corals. The neighboring island of Kakaban with its small lake where hundreds of thousands of jellyfish live is very special and Sangalaki is known for its large collections of mobulas. Derawan is known for great macro diving and they also run boat trips to the nearby islands.

In addition to diving when you are here, it is possible to combine with a few days out at a jungle lodge. Experience orangutans, Malayan bears and a rich insect and birdlife. Take the opportunity to stay a few days on the road and experience the exciting world even above the surface.

Travel information Borneo

  • Time zone: GMT +8
  • Currency: Rupiah
  • Language: Indonesian (Bahasa) is the most common language in the Indonesian part of Borneo.
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Buy bottled water instead
  • Visa: As a Swedish citizen, you get a visa at the border and it is valid for up to 30 days.
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure Chamber: Available in Denpasar and Jakarta or Singapore
  • Country code: +62
  • Electricity: 220 volts. Most electrical sockets correspond to our sockets in the Nordics.
  • Weather: The climate is warm and tropical, the temperature varies between 25-34 degrees depending on the season. The rainy season usually lasts between November and April, when short showers usually occur in the afternoon.
  • Current water temperature and average sea temperature per month
  • Tip: About 10% of the bill is usual.
  • Clothing recommendations: Casual clothing is appropriate in all situations, even when visiting the finer, trendier restaurants. Covering clothing is mandatory when visiting temples.