Kakaban Island (Jelly Fish Lake)
The lake is located in the middle of the island, and was once a lagoon (around 2 million years ago) Over 1000s of years the rocks rose above the sea level creating the lake, which again over 1000s of years turned from salt water to brackish water. As a result the jelly fish and other marine life within the lake evolved separately from the rest of the world creating a truly unique habitat of stingless Jellyfish!
We take you to the lake during the surface interval (we believe this is the most unique surface interval in the world!) It's a short 10 minute walk through the island to get to the lake where you can swim with 1000s of stingless jelly fish (see video) Please note that as the lake has an entrance fee on arrival which is IDR25'000 (a bit under USD$2). To preserve the lake we adhere to the local rules: No fins, no sunscreen (you can wear your wetsuit!), and no jumping from the jetty.
Kakaban is not only about the Jelly Fish Lake-the diving around Kakaban Island is WORLD CLASS as well and will leave even the most seasoned divers speechless!
Strong currents and steep walls are the hallmark of diving at Kakaban Island. Sharks are a virtual guarantee, from solo White-tip Reef Sharks cruising the wall to schooling Grey Reef Sharks hunting in the deeper plateaus. For the lucky ones, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and even Great Hammerheads can emerge out of the deep and put on a show never to be forgotten. Thresher sharks are also seen fairly regularly here. But sharks aren't the only large pelagics to roam the waters of Kakaban - eagle rays are common, as are devil rays. Manta Rays make an appearance when the deep-water currents bring plankton from out of the blue, as do whale sharks. The residential schooling barracuda and big-eye trevally are a couple of the highlights on every diver's wish-list, which often gather in the thousands forming spectacular tornado-like formations. If you can take your eye off the blue for a few minutes and spend some time looking at the wall you'll find a wealth of macro-life from Pygmy Seahorses and hairy-squat lobsters to lionfish and moray eels. In short, Kakaban offers something for all divers, from pelagic lovers to small-critter hunters. Due to the strong currents we recommend that Kakaban is dived by Advanced Open water divers or above or Open Water divers with a minimum of 20 logged dives.
To guarantee* going to Kakaban Island you will need to sign up for a minimum 4 day dive package. Click here to find out about our great dive packages
(*) Factors out with the company control such as bad weather, permission from park authorities, mechanical issues etc excluded.