|About the island|
Maratua Island is one of the six Berau islands located on the eastern coastal shelf of Indonesian Borneo. One of the world's only salt water lakes is nestled in this region and the white sand beaches of the Berau Islands are one of the largest green turtle nesting sites in Indonesia. Maratua Island itself consists of four fishing villages. These communities, as well as others in the area, depend heavily on marine resources for income and food. The last few years there have been a lot of efforts to help fishermen become less dependent on reef resources by building Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). These simple devices attract pelagic fish species, and existing FADs have contributed to local fishermen's income as well as prevent illegal and destructive techniques such as dynamite and cyanide fishing.
From Maratua Paradise Resort it is an easy walk to one of the villages. Stroll around, play with the children, go to the jetty to see the fisherman, etc. It will give you a good idea of how the people live on Maratua. If you feel like it, you can also walk for about 30 minutes across the land to have a splendid view on the Maratua laguna. It is worth the trip!