Indonesia, Kalimantan, Tanpa kategori, Travel

East Kalimantan Trip|Day2/4 : Kakaban Island

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Hello! So here I am, still talking about the trip from April.. (sry,been very very busy last month)

So Kakaban Island was the last island to be visited on that day. This island is famous with its stingless jellyfishes. When we arrived there, the island was surrounded by many dead corals at the seashores. It was impossible for us to walk by fin too and we decided to wear our slippers, actually mountain / hiking slippers are recommended.

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The Dead Corals

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I took it with underwater camera

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We needed to walk about 15 minutes to the inside of the jungle to meet jellyfishes. While we were walking, my boss told me that Kakaban island previously was underwater. As time goes, Kakaban uplifted from under the sea and became an island. So the lake in the middle of the island is actually ‘sea’ that is trapped inside the mangrove jungle & limestone cliff. That’s why Kakaban Island has jellyfishes in the middle of the island.

‘-in the local dialect Kakaban means “hug” as the island hugs the lake from the surrounding seawater.’ – Wikipedia

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Walk through the jungle

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Finally!

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Posed with boss before snorkel

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Small fishes swam around the deck

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Aurelia Aurita, jellyfish with transparent body

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Mastigias Papua,green-brown bulb jellyfish

As I read in the wikipedia there are actually 4 types of jellyfishes in Kakaban Island. I met 2 types (as you can see in the images above) and the others are Tripedalia cystophora which only has a tip finger size and Cassiopea ornata which is upside-down jellyfish with their tentacles upright. They can’t sting human but still have poison and sting their prey.

The water was unclear blue-greenish color and very very salty (IMO, saltier than the sea). The area was very breezy but hot too.

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Big jellyfish

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Tiny jellyfish

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Hello fishes!

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Group photo before heading back to the boat

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It was a hard to leave this place

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Back to Derawan Island

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It was hard to leave these islands as I love beaches & sea waters but it was a great experience to visit these islands.

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