Let’s drop the talk about South Korea for now. I feel like sharing about Kakaban, which I visited on July 2015. Ah, it was a year ago. We held this family trip to Derawan Islands due to school’s holidays. All of the home’s members were joined the trip, except my oldest niece because she had her own interest. A teenager’s issue when spending time with friends were much better than family.
We needed about an hour from the main island (Derawan Island) to Kakaban. For me, it was the longest one hour speed boat ride that I’d ever took because I was so nervous riding the small speed boat in the middle of sea.
The sky was covered with bright blue sky on our way to Kakaban and sometimes few dolphins were cutely jumping above the sea level surface, which lessened my nervousness somehow.
However, my worrisome and nervousness were all vanished at the time we arrived at the simple wooden pier that led us to the lake where the jellyfish existed. Besides that, I loved the three tone colors formed by the sky and the sea. It was exquisite and soothing.
The only way to reach to lake was taking the prepared narrow path through the mangrove forest. It might be a bit steep at first, but imagining what laid at the end of the path shut our nagging mouths.
Along the way, there were notification board which provided general information about the lake, the jellyfishes, what to do and don’t around and inside the lake. A nice information and reminder.
In about five minutes (it was quite short anyway, kekekeke), we arrived at the main point of the lake and we were welcomed by the tranquil sight of huge and warm lake.
Without wasting so much time, my niece, nephew, sister, and I swam among the jellyfishes. We didn’t have waterproof camera back then, so we had no picture while diving, but it sure one of the greatest snorkeling experience I ever had.
We were just like the other visitors who were feeling more contentment with one or hundreds pictures with the infamous jellyfish, so I asked my dad to take our picture from the lake’s pier and we were so careful not touching the jellyfishes, in case it might harm them (and yes, I guessed, it might harm them).
It was said that there were four types of stingless jellyfishes which could be found in Kakaban and I thought I saw three of which: Aurelia aurita with transparent body, Cassiopea ornata which is upside-down jellyfish with their tentacles upright, and last I hardly identified whether it was Tripedalia cystophora which only has a tip finger size or Mastigias papua is likes a green-brown bulb. 😀
Feeling content and enough, we then headed back to the pier where we came for taking another snorkeling time around the pier.
It was one of few times I really enjoyed playing in the water. Mostly because I adored what was laid beneath the sea surface. It was a complete reverse with my old self who was often afraid of what laid beneath the water surface, especially the limitless one, like the ocean.
It took two hour for us to enjoy the whole thing around Kakaban, before heading to the other islands, not because two hours was enough, but we had so many people with the different interest on boat, so we had to say goodbye that fast with the amazing Kakaban.
It was one wonderful swimming experience, but somehow, deep inside my heart, I felt that I might harm the harmless jellyfishes in the lake, which made me afraid, it could revive its sting as a defensive action from the aggressive visitors. However, like what I’ve said above, the whole visit time to Kakaban was one of few times I really enjoyed playing in the water, so I think if it was for Kakaban, I would love to visit it again and again.
9 thoughts on “Playing with the Jellyfishes in Kakaban”
one of my bucket list trip.. 😀
Since u like saltwater a lot, sure, it has to be on your list! 😀
Wah! this sounds fun, one hour is not so bad, why are you afraid? I love the one with cassiopea in their name, the person who gave them this name must have considered the jelly fish to look like stars in the water.
Ndieeen, i just noticed this comment…I am to afraid for everything under the water… I am a coward. 😥
Ah, the person might have considered the starts.
Namaskaram Yuna from South India. In my younger days I lived for 3 “short” wonderful years in Trinidad/W.I. and of course took every possible free day to go out on my friends boat and swim in the beautiful waters of the Carribean, but…….having been stung very very badly all over my body by Jellyfish once (in fact had to stay in Hospital for a couple of days) – this pleasure was somewhat curtailed. So Jellyfish and Bees (same reason) and I are not exactly friends. Enjoy reading your articles – thank you. Btw – follow you now. Carina
Oh Carina, sorry to hear that.
I don’t have any bad experience related both jellyfish and bee, but I basically afraid of being underwater. This one was my first experience and it was amazing. You might try it someday. To erase that bad past experience. 😀
Thank you for the compliment. I see your blog. 🙂 🙂
that looks like an awesome experience, swimming with jelly fish ! The lake looks so pristine too !
It’s indeed awesome.
Yes, i does and I hope it would never be polluted even from popularity and tourism. Thank you for stopping by. ❤