Nunukan Island - Kalimantan, Indonesia | Scuba Travel

Nunukan Island - Kalimantan, Indonesia - Far East

  • Guests Tropical paradise for 50 guests
  • Rooms 22 stylish bungalows are located directly on the white sand beach
  • Restaurants Eat over looking the sea at the Nunukan Restaurant or grab a drink at the Gekko bar
  • Food and Drinks Enjoy a 4 course meal of tradition a la carte Indonesian cuisine, with Asian and International dishes as well
  • FacilitiesSpa and Wellness centre, visit the local villages or sign up for an Indonesian Cooking Class
  • Diving Dive with Extra Divers, a PADI and SSI dive centre
  • Diving Extras PADI and SSI courses, shore and boat diving, drift diving, nitrox available
  • Internet Access WIFI in the lounge area is free of charge, but please be aware the signal can be unreliable

About Nunukan Island - Kalimantan

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Just east of the Indonesian island of Kalimantan/Borneo, you find a remote chain of islands. On the very southern eastern tip of a Lagoon you find the hidden gem that is Nunukan and Extra divers. This is a diver's paradise, where you can mix up sublime reef diving with adrenalin pumping Shark dives and gaze on Manta being cleaned. It's time to forget about the rest of the world. Dive, eat and enjoy the remote isolation of Nunukan Resort.

Nunukan has been lovingly built into a small island - the island and resort are 1! Nunukan boasts 22 comfortable and spacious Bungalows, touching the island's sandy southern shores with views over the Lagoon. The Bungalows all have air con and a sea view patio and day bed, that opens out onto the white sandy beach. Take your siesta in the shade or lap up the warm Indonesian rays! All of the Bungalows are en suite.

To the north of the island you find the main buildings, with shaded paths leading you between the verdant gardens, right up to the water's edge. The restaurant is open air, and handily right next to the bar. The food is Asian Pacific - you can chose between half board or full board, although we recommend you enjoy the benefits of full board for the ultimate experience. There is a small shop, stock with essentials, and of course the all important dive centre. Grab a tank - it's time to explore that exceptional 4km long house reef! Spa massage services are available on request.


The stylish bungalows are located directly on the white sand beach. All bungalows are equipped with a four-poster bed with mosquito net, air conditioning, minibar, safety box and veranda with a large bed for relaxing, toilet and shower with hot & cold water. For sun junkies there are beach chairs waiting in front of the bungalows


The restaurant built on three levels connected together by small wooden bridges is located on the northeast side of the island. During the delicious meals you have a wonderful view over the sea. Breakfast and lunch are served "a la carte". In the evening the stars in the sky over the Celebes Sea enchants the perfect atmosphere to the freshly prepared 4-course meal.


Immerse in a state of absolute relaxation. Various traditional massages are offered to ease away stress, fatigue, and anxiety, providing the body with a delight full variety of sensations.

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.

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

View entry requirements here

Bali, Jakarta and Manado have re-opened borders with visa on arrival for vaccinated travellers only. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your vaccination record when entering Indonesia. You will need to present both soft and hard copies of your NHS vaccination certificates at various stages of your journey.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Indonesia as follows:
Visa on arrival is idr 500,000 pay at airport by cash notes (no coins) or credit card - please bring cash as back up - cash notes must cover the whole amount or round up the cash

Travellers who have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster do not need to have antigen/PCR test to travel domestically. Travellers who have not received any booster vaccination may need to show negative antigen/PCR test to travel domestically.

show proof of a full course of vaccination (travellers under 18 years old or those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are exempt)
download and install the Peduli Lindungi app to perform the e-Hac registration
show proof of health insurance which covers COVID-19 and medevac
Covid-19 insurance for visitors to Indonesia can be purchased at .It must be purchased 24 hours before arrival.
undergo a temperature check upon arrival and, if showing COVID-19 symptoms and / or a temperature above 37.5 degrees, a RT-PCR test. If negative, fully vaccinated travellers can continue their journey
There are no domestic tests required for domestic flights
From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 22 APR 2022

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugely 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

Regular Entry Requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. 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


Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other 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 is very limited so it is best to switch off and relax!

Plugs and electricity

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


Hire equipment

To avoid disappointment, please le us know some time in advance if you require any rentals - 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


6 per dive


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Nunukan is is 30% of your holiday cost, 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. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. We do not take AMEX. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

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 on a full board basis in a garden room (2 people sharing), breakfast with fresh juice, tea and coffee, lunch and a 4 course dinner)
A popular dive package is 20 house reef air dives.
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, additional dives, kit hire, private guides, nitrox and special trips). Water, soft drinks and alcohol are all available in resort for a local charge. A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases.

Upgrade locally to include special trips to Kakaban or Sangalaki. Recreational nitrox is available for a fee 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 your booking.

Nunukan is the place to head for outstanding reef diving. Long dives along lavish coral gardens await. Take a special trip to Sangalaki to watch Manta being cleaned or head to Kakaban for the Jelly Fish lake. From big to small, the diving is diverse and nobody knows it better than the team at Extra Divers Nunukan.

  • 4km of house reef to explore with boat drop off/pick up service
  • Manta at Sangalaki and Jelly Fish lake at Kakaban accessible by boat - local surcharge applies
  • 2 speed boats
  • Range of PADI & SSI courses
  • Nitrox available for a local charge

The team at Nunukan are professional, experienced and passionate about their corner of paradise. You can take PADI and SSI courses in the resort or simply enjoy their eagle eyes as the guides show you around. House reef dives are usually unguided but for a small local surcharge you can be accompanied by your very own spotter!

One of the undeniable highlights at Nunukan is the house reef. At 4km long, it feels endless underwater - As standard your diving package will include unguided house reef diving so just grab a tank and enjoy! As you'd expect from Indonesia, the Macro life is spectacular, with all manner of small critters to hunt out. It's also a great spot for Turtles and Rays cruise by. The "Tuk-Tuk" boat service will drop you off or pick you up along the house reef. Mix things up with a special trip to Sangalaki to see the Manta or swim with Jellyfish at Kakaban. The northern pelagic sites such as Big Fish Country are also accessible as day trips.

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