Diving Nabucco with Extra Divers | Maratua Atoll, East Kalimantan

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The resort can now be reached by plane directly from Balikpapan! The exclusive Extradivers charter flight will be operated by Garuda Indonesia’s ATR-72 aircraft with 65 seats, directly from Balikpapan to Maratua and back. You will be picked up from the airport to Maratua harbour and the boat transfer to Nabucco Island takes 5 -10 minutes only.

Nabucco Island Resort is located on a private picturesque island off the coast of Kalimantan. From here, you can dive the key sites of the Maratua Atoll including Kakaban and Sangalaki.

The resort features 8 duplex and one single bungalow dotted around the tropical island, most with a waterfront location, all traditionally built. Each room is furnished with twin or a double bed with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, a mini bar, balcony and en-suite bathroom.

The resort offers a tranquil setting and a natural charm, with plenty of local wildlife inhabiting the island. It is perfectly located to dive some of Indonesia’s best spots throughout the year. There are set arrival and departure days and the transfer involves a boat journey from the mainland. A visit to this remote paradise can be incredibly rewarding.

7 Nights
From SGD 1,943Per Person

Nabucco Island Resort

Nabucco Island Resort is located on a private picturesque island off the coast of Kalimantan. Dive the key sites of the Maratua Atoll from here including Kakaban and Sangalaki.

The resort features eight duplex and one single bungalow dotted around the tropical island, most with a waterfront location, all traditionally built. Each room is furnished with twin or a double bed with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, a mini bar, balcony and en-suite bathroom.

Facilities include a restaurant built on stilts over the water where guests can enjoy panoramic views with their made to order meals. Close by there is a bar serving cocktails and local beverages, perfectly located to watch the sunset. In addition to diving and snorkelling, other activities include massage, cooking course, snorkelling, volleyball and island visits.

The resort offers a tranquil setting and a natural charm, with plenty of local wildlife inhabiting the island. It is perfectly located to dive some of Indonesia’s best spots throughout the year. There are set arrival and departure days and the transfer involves a boat journey from the mainland. A visit to this remote paradise can be incredibly rewarding.

Extra Divers Nabucco

The dive centre is located on the jetty and features a reception and equipment room. The welcoming and experienced team offer a full range of courses (SSI & PADI) and up to four boat dives daily from one of the three modern, diver friendly fibreglass boats.

Both DIN and international/yoke valves are available on the 12L aluminium tanks. A full range of well maintained Aqualung kit is available to rent. Nitrox is available.

Dive Sites

Most dive sites are within 15 minutes of the resort on the Maratua Atoll. One of the most renowned, ‘Big Fish Country’ is only five minutes away. This channel dive is famous for its schooling barracuda as well as other pelagic species enjoying the nutrient-rich currents. Expect to be captivated by the marine life here, at the heart of the Coral Triangle, whether it’s seahorse, nudibranch and frogfish or turtles, sharks and rays that excites you.

Whilst there are regular sightings of eagle rays, jacks, bumphead parrotfish and schools of dolphin accompanying the boat, the underwater highlights include the wonderful walls and a snorkel at Kakaban’s non-stinging jellyfish lake as well as the turtles and manta rays at Sangalaki. Trips to these sites are a full day trip. Snorkellers are welcome.

Seafront Bungalow

  • EUR 1,148 per person in Double occupancy
  • EUR 1,372 per person in SINGLE occupancy

Inclusions

  • 7 Night (Saturday-Saturday) accommodation in Seafront Bungalow
  • Full board meals
  • 10 dives including 01 day trip (3 dives) to Sangalaki or Kakaban
  • Boat, belt, tank, weights & guide

Exclusions

  • Return Balikpapan/Maratua airfare @ EUR 350 per person; charters are on Saturdays only, and need to be pre-booked with full payment upon booking.
  • Additional dive excursions such as night dive, diving at further dive sites
  • Nitrox fills
  • Dive equipment rental
  • All personal expenditure like soft/hard drinks, phone calls, laundry, massages, tipping, etc.

Extras payable locally

A surcharge will be applied in addition to the House-reef dive package for the following trips …

  • €5 per dive ~ Early morning or sunset/night dive (before 07.30 or after 17.00)
  • €40 per diver ~ Extra day trip “Sangalaki & Kakaban” (2-3 dives; min. 4 persons))
  • €6 per tank ~ Nitrox tank (on request)
  • €2 per tank ~ 15-litre tank (subject to availability)
  • €40 per diver ~ Extra day trip to Sangalaki & Kakaban (min. 4 persons to go)
  • €45 per dive ~ Private guide (max. 2 persons per guide, subject to availability)

Dive equipment rental

  • €26 per day ~ full set dive equipment including wetsuit, BCD, regulators, computer, mask, snorkel, fins, SMB, Reefhook.

Chartered flights to/from Maratua on Saturdays only

Operated on Garuda Indonesia’s ATR-72 aircraft with 65 seats.

Airfare of @EUR 350 per person includes

  • Return flights between Balikpapan and Maratua
  • Land and boat transfers between Maratua and Nabucco Resort on charter dates.

Flight bookings and one-way flights

  • Charter flights must be pre-booked with full amount payable upon booking.
  • One way charter flight is also available to book.

Flight schedule. Balikpapan (BPN); Maratua (MRT)

  • BPN/MRT 14.15/15.30
  • MRT/BPN 16.00/17.15

As for connecting flights, we recommend …

For Arrival

  • Arrival on Saturday morning in Jakarta, for example by QR0958 @07.50 or SQ950 @07.05. Connect with GA570 @10.15 from Jakarta, arrival Balikpapan 13.30.
  • Arrive Friday evening with Singapore Airlines in Balikpapan, and the next day fresh and relaxed to Nabucco.

For Departure

  • From Balikpapan with GA571 @17.55, arrival Jakarta 19.00,
  • Or more comfortably, GA575 @20.00 from Balikpapan, arrival Jakarta 21.00.
  • On Monday, for example, continue with Singapore Airlines to Singapore.

Of course, a stay at Samboja Lodge (orangutans) in Balikpapan is still recommended.

Luggage can be checked through from Jakarta to Maratua and back.
As this is a charter flight it is only bookable through us and not found online.

Our midweek shuttle boat service will remain.

  • Arrival Berau-Nabucco on Wednesday, the boat will leave Berau at 15.00 or earlier if everybody is there already. If there is some waiting time our driver will take the guests to a hotel lobby where they can wait comfortably with AC, WC and wifi.
  • Departure Nabucco-Berau on Tuesday, the boat leaves the island early morning to connect with GA693 @11.00.

Deposit and Balance Payment

  • Deposit of 30% of dive package price is payable immediately
  • Balance payment must be made 48 days before arrival at the resort

Cancellation Policy by Resort

Cancellation must be given in writing to info@cango.sg. The cancellation fee to be charged depends on the number of days the notice is given before the arrival at the resort.

  • 30-15 days: 25%
  • 14-07 days: 50%
  • 06-01 days: 75%
  • No show: 100%

Cancellation Policy by Cango Dive

  • An administration fee of SGD 200 per diver will be charged for all cancellations.
  • Refund amount, including the respective cancellation fee to be deducted, will be advised
  • Bank payment charges and currency exchange gains/losses will be borne by the customer
  • Cango Dive will deduct our Cancellation Fee of SGD 200 per person before returning the balance to the customer
  • Please note that the refund process can take up to 6 months