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Fact Sheet Nabucco Island Resort


Where is Nabucco Island Resort?

We are located on our own private island in the protected lagoon of Maratua Atoll (before the Island was called Pulau Papahanan) approximately 60km east of the Indonesian state East-Kalimantan in the middle of the Celebes Sea.

The approximately 2 hectares big island was built in 2001 with great view of its lush island vegetation and the buildings are carefully integrated into the nature.


How do you get to Nabucco?

From Europe to Singapore and from there to Balikpapan with Silk Air

Then with the domestic flight from Balikpapan to Berau with Garuda Indonesia. During the flight you enjoy the wonderful rain forest of Kalimantan from the bird's perspective. After one hour flight you will land in Berau Tanjung Redeb.


How long is the oversea trip with the speedboat?

The last part of your adventure trip will finally end with a drive of 3 to 4 hours with the resort own speedboat. During the first third of the way to Nabucco Island Resort you can get an impression how the people life along the river. The last two thirds of the trip will be open sea and with a bit of luck you can watch dolphins accompanied the boat.


How can you book the domestic flight?

If you book with a tour operator your flight ticket should already be included.

If you are coming on your own, we would be pleased to help you whilst booking the flight tickets.

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When is the best time for holidays on Nabucco Island Resort?

Nabucco Island Resort is open all year long. We propose a shuttle transfer with the speedboat 2 times a week

Arrivals: Wednesday & Saturday

Departures: Tuesday & Friday


What is included in the price?

  • You can book your stay with half or full board
  • Half board includes breakfast and 4-course dinner
  • Full board includes breakfast, 3-course lunch and 4-course dinner
  • You can book a 10 or 20 dive package in advance. The boat drive to the dive site, guide, weights and tank are included
  • Wi-Fi in the longhouse lounge or laptop in the office are available free of charge
  • What is not included in the price?
  • Dive equipment rental
  • Activities, as snorkeling, trekking, excursions
  • Drinks in the restaurant/bar or mini bar
  • Massages
  • Laundry
  • Tips are not included in our prices


Which currency is accepted?

All our prices are listed in €. All extra costs (drinks, tips, extra dives and so on) can be paid cash in €, US$, CHF & Rupiah. Please consider that foreign banknotes have to be in perfect condition – otherwise Indonesian banks will not accept them for change or reduces their value to a bad currency exchange rate. US$ notes are only accepted if they are 2009 or younger and with no damages. Credit Cards cannot be accepted.


What happens when I arrived in Balikpapan?

In Balikpapan an employee of our travel agency will welcome you as soon as you have paid your visa (25US$ per person) and passed the passport control, he will help you whilst checking in on the domestic flight


How is it going on from Berau?

After arriving in Berau another employee of the travel agency will welcome you and drive you with the car to the jetty, where the speedboat is waiting for you


What should I bring with me?

  • Everything you will need for the duration of your stay – we are very far from the next dive shop, supermarket, or pharmacy
  • Please bring an insurance-copy of your diving insurance and your dive certification card with you
  • Your complete dive-equipment incl. dive torch, surface marker buoy, dive computer, wetsuit and all other well-maintained equipment
  • Your passport has to be valid 6 month over your entry date and have to have at least one empty page for the visa. Nationals of most countries will be granted a 30 days Visa on arrival for 25 US$
  • A light sweater or jacket. Evenings can be brisk
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Light colored clothing. For some reason, light colors are generally less appealing to mosquitos then dark ones
  • Please bring also all your hygienic articles with you, such as sun lotion, shaver, tampons, toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, etc.
  • The Maratua Atoll is remote. We are happy, if our guests could bring one or another thing.


What is the baggage allowance for the domestic flight between Balikpapan and Berau?

At the moment the airlines allow 20kg per person. Excess luggage fees are around US$ 1.00 / US$ 1.20, depending on airline


What sort of power do you have?

We have 24h electricity and 220 Volt


How do I get accommodated at Nabucco Island resort?

We can accommodate 34 people, in 8 double bungalows and one single bungalow

The bungalows are built with natural, local materials

Most of the rooms have a direct entrance to the sea. All rooms have a ceiling ventilator and AC, mosquito net, mini bar, balcony as well as shower (warm & cold water) and a toilet. We provide hand, shower and beach towels in the room


What kind of food can I expect?

  • Meals are served in our airy and roomy restaurant. It’s constructed on stilts directly over the sea. While enjoying delicious meals, your eyes can feast fantastic views of Maratua Atoll
  • You can choose between half and full board
  • The day starts with a great breakfast including coffee & tea, fresh bread, fruits, fruit juice and many different dishes, which you can choose à la carte
  • If you booked full board, we will serve you a 3-course lunch. If you booked half board you can choose your dish from a small menu, which will change every day slightly
  • In the evening, the starry sky over the Celebes Sea is the perfect ambience to enjoy the freshly prepared 4-course dinner
  • Please let us know in advanced if you have any food allergies or if you need any kind of dietary menus. We can easily accommodate vegetarians
  • Drinking water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice and alcoholic drinks as beer and wine are for sale in our restaurant/bar


How and where will I dive?

  • Our dive center is situated at the jetty in front of the island
  • We offer 3-5 dives a day, single dives, half day trips (2 dives) and daytrips (3 dives), early morning & night dives on request. The boat rides to the dive sites are 10 to 60min
  • Our local dive guides know the area as their own home
  • In our small remote diving paradise, you can see not only small stuff, (pygmy seahorses, nudibranches, leave fishes, etc). Also quite often we see big creatures (sharks, rays, barracudas, jack fishes and many turtles)
  • The dive sites around Maratua atoll are remarkable for their colorful walls and channels
  • Only 10 min. by boat from Nabucco Island is „Big Fish Country“. A flow channel where you can see eagle rays, sharks and a huge school of barracudas
  • The highlight is Sangalaki, with a beautiful coral garden and nearly the whole year around manta rays and Kakaban Island with the unique jellyfish lake


Which kind of equipment is used by the diving center?

  • 70 x 12l aluminium Tanks with DIN Valves
  • BCD, regulator, masks & fins from Aqua Lung
  • Suunto dive computer
  • 3mm suits
  • Emergency oxygen on the island and on dive boats


Does Nabucco Island also provide NITROX

If you like to dive with Nitrox please let us know, surcharge per Tank is 6 Euro


What can I do at Nabucco, if I do not dive?

  • An amazing adventure will be a trip to the jellyfish lake at Maratua. After a small jungle trekking you can snorkel with the non-stingy jellies in the brackish water
  • Snorkeling on the outside reef of the Maratua Atoll, as well as around the island, especially snorkeling around the jetty is great
  • Beach volleyball
  • Visiting a local village with a small trek through the jungle to the beach on the other side of the island
  • Traditional Massage in our cozy massage room
  • Indonesian cooking course


What animals are living on Nabucco?

Nabucco is a small paradise also for unique animals. With a bit of luck you can see eagles, king fisher, monitors, and the coconut crab, as well as our cat


What, if I get sick or hurt while I am there?

The closest decompression chamber is located at Balikpapan, to reach Balikpapan from Nabucco we need around 24h by boat/land

On Maratua Island is a little hospital where small injuries can get treated

At Nabucco Island Resort we have a quite well equipped pharmacy

In the event of a general medical emergency you will be immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital in Berau

In case of a dive emergency, your dive insurance provider will advise us on the appropriate course of action

You must have a health insurance as well as dive insurance, if you plan on diving. We recommend DAN or AquaMed insurance as they cover emergency evacuation


Should I take precautions against malaria?

Until now their is no malaria known at Maratua Atoll

We recommend that you sleep under the mosquito net, use mosquito repellent during morning & evening hours


How can I stay in touch with my family while I am at Nabucco Island Resort?

We have a Satellite-Internet connection, which you can use

If you do not like to open your e-mail account during your holidays, your friends and family can send a massage to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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