The Derawan Archipelago
The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan is home to the Derawan Archipelago. A group of 31 islands scattered across the Celebes sea. It stretches 150km along the edge of the continental shelf with the Berau Delta to the west and deep water of the straits of Makassar to the east. This culminates in very productive waters with a number of unique ecosystems, marine megafauna encounters and stunning seascapes. 460 different species of corals have been found here, ranking this area second only to the Raja Ampat in West Papua. The Nature Conservancy and a team of international scientists also found more than 870 species of fish here ranging from tiny pygmy seahorses to giant Whale Sharks. A truly tantalising destination for any diver or underwater photographer.