Virgin Cocoa - Kalimantan, Indonesia | Scuba Travel

Virgin Cocoa - Kalimantan, Indonesia - Far East

  • Guests Island paradise for just 40 guests
  • Rooms 18 bungalows with breathtaking views of the Celebes Sea
  • Restaurants Eat over the water at the Breeze Restaurant or relax with a drink at the Breeze Lounge or Pool Bar
  • Food and Drinks Indulge in Indonesian cuisine, sophisticated fish or meat dishes and delicious offerings of homemade desserts and cakes
  • FacilitiesSpa and Wellness centre, try Indonesian cooking classes or visit the Jellyfish Lake
  • Diving Virgin Cocoa is an SSI training centre
  • Diving Extras Shore and boat diving, day trips, nitrox, SSI courses
  • Internet Access WIFI in the lounge area is free of charge, but please be aware the signal can be unreliable

Virgin Cocoa - Kalimantan

Upgrade your Kalimantan diving experience with a stay at the luxurious Virgin Cocoa. Virgin Cocoa is a hideaway island surrounded by fine, white sandy beaches and a stunning reef, located at the south end of the Maratua atoll, Kalimantan. This resort is perfect for active explorers as well as those looking for the quiet enjoyment of a private island.

Virgin Cocoa has 18 stylish bungalow suites, only a few steps from crystal clear waters, with breathtaking views of the turquoise ocean or the magnificent lagoon in the romantic sunset. The superior suites are spacious (70m2) designed and feature all the amenities you could wish for: king beds come as standard and each bungalow has air con, mini bar, kettle, organic hot beverages, hair dryer, en suite, a terrace with sun bed and breath taking clear views of the sea. The deluxe suites are located directly on the beach of Signature Cocoa and additionally have a little more privacy, comfort and an espresso machine.

Virgin Cocoas looks like it was designed by Robinson Crusoe! The bungalows and buildings are hidden behind coconut palms. strol along the white sandy beach or take a nap in a hammock as you listen to the sea lap the shores. There is a 20m pool with sun loungers and pool bar. If you've sampled a bit too much of the delicious food, freshly cooked to order, why not go for a walk around the 2.5km jogging route. There's a daily yoga programme from sun rise to sun set at the Yoga Pavilion. Or simply lie back and let the massage therapists do their worst!

Superior Suite Bungalow

The 18 bungalows have about 70 sqm of living space. They were built with carefully selected, sustainable materials and are equipped with all the desirable amenities. Superior suites enjoy the views of the lagoon.

Deluxe Suite bungalow

In all the spacious bungalow suites, you can enjoy the total peace and quiet of the paradise island and withdraw to the cozy, secluded private terrace. The Deluxe suites lie directly on the beach


Local Indonesian specialties, much is grilled or gently fried in the wok, are prepared with great dedication by our kitchen team whose focus is on health-conscious dishes. Even the delicious meatless creations are impressive. You have the choice to enjoy these delightful dishes at various places on the island. If you like, it can be very romantic and private on the terrace of your bungalow suite.


Each treatment is individually carried out in your bungalow or on your terrace. All necessary equipment is available. So you can enjoy a treatment in privacy while listening to nature whenever you want to.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

Covid Information for Virgin Cocoa - Kalimantan

Covid-19 update coming soon: once this destination reopens, we will update you with the in resort requirements

Country Covid Travel Information

International travel from the UK has resumed using a traffic light system. The colour designated lists will be updated every 3 weeks by the UK government.
View the up to date list here

Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th JUL 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Covid Travel Information

International travel from the UK has resumed using a traffic light system. The colour designated lists will be updated every 3 weeks by the UK government.
View the up to date list here

Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th JUL 2021

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.


Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.


With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.



Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


All our prices are listed in Euro. All extra costs (drinks, tips, extra dives and so on) can be paid in Euro, USD & Rupiah. Please consider that foreign banknotes have to be in perfect condition otherwise Indonesian banks will not accept them for change or reduces their value to a bad currency exchange rate. US-Dollar notes are only accepted if they are from 2009 or younger and with no damages. The resort is unable to accept any credit card payments.

Phone coverage

Phone coverage can be limited. Free wifi access is available in the central reception, but the signal can be weak, and there is no 3G. It is best to switch off and relax, forgetting the outside world

Plugs and electricity

24h electricity and 220 volt - the power socket is standard European 2 prong (type F)


Hire equipment

A full range of scuba and snorkelling equipment is available on site - please ask for a local charge price list


PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking


The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site


Free for all certified divers


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Virgin Cocoa is £600-£1000 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


A standard resort package includes 7 nights in a deluxe room on a full board basis (2 people sharing),
A popular dive package is 10 house reef dives with free nitrox.
Domestic flights between Balikpapan and the resort return are included on fixed departure days. Excess baggage on domestic flights has to be paid locally in IDR to the airline


Excluded from your package are any additional local services (spa, land tours, laundry). Water, soft drinks and alcohol are all available in resort for a local charge. Upgrade locally to include special trips to Kakaban or Sangalaki. Recreational nitrox is available for a fee in resort. A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases.

Additional dives, kit hire, private guides and special trips are organised and paid for in resort

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Please ask for a competitive quote to add international flights from the UK to Jakarta to your booking.

There's no place better to relax than Virgin Cocoa. But this does mean the diving is boring! Like the nearby Nunkan resort, the reef diving in this area is spectacular. And you are only a boat ride away from the manta cleaning station or jelly fish lake.

  • Sensational house reef
  • Manta at Sangalaki and jelly fish lake at Kakaban accessible by boat - local surcharge applies
  • 2 boat taxis for house reef diving
  • 1 speed boat for special trips to mantas, sharks or jelly fish lake
  • Range of PADI & SSI courses
  • Nitrox available for a local charge

Extra Divers are on site to offer all diving services at Virgin Cocoa. The multi lingual team offer diving courses for all levels, and are attentive to the small details that make a dive centre stand out. Free nitrox anyone? But the main focus of operations is the day diving that draws most people to Kalimantan.

The house reef is a great place to start your diving adventure. There are 2 boat taxis to pick you up and drop you off as you explore the vast expanse of pristine reef just steps away from your cottage. If you want to get further afield to the manta of Sangalaki or the jellyfish lake at Kakaban then there are 2 comfortable speedboats. There's nothing ordinary about the diving from Virgin Cocoa.

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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Virgin Cocoa - Kalimantan.

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