Gusung or Gosong Island in North Panajam Paser District, East Kalimantan

Spending a vacation in Derawan Archipelago is a good idea. It is because many options of islands are available to explore. One of them is located in North Panajam Paser District and the name is Gusung Island. The locals also call it Gosong (burnt) Island. The location is within Tanjung Jumlai Beach and it is popular for beach walking and diving. Featuring unspoiled nature and lucrative sea creatures, the island becomes a favorite location for diving and sightseeing! No one lives on the island, so it provides a serene atmosphere. The thing is the island is only available during the low tide, as it may disappear during the high tide, covered by seawater.

The Nuance
As mentioned before, the island only appears during the low tide. It consists only of white sand and there is no other feature. The texture of the sand is soft and it is suitable for beach walking and playing around. When it comes to seawater, it is crystal clear and blue. Such mesmerizing sea lures visitors to enjoy swimming and snorkeling there. Next, some boats are seen coming near the island during the low tide. The high traffic of visitors shows how popular the island is, after all.

Exploring Gosong Island
The thing is visitors can only reach Gosong Island at noon (during low tide). No wonder, their skin might get burnt by the sun ray when spending enjoying a vacation there. This explains why the name of the island is Gosong or “burnt”. Many types of fun activities can be done on the island, after all. These include relaxing, swimming, photography, and diving. As for the tip, it is better to apply sunblock cream to the skin. Not to mention tourists should consider wearing a hat and sunglasses.

According to tour guides, Gusung Island has an excellent formation of coral reefs. However, they are only visible during the low tide. The fact is most of them are rare live corals. Moreover, researchers have confirmed there are about 56 types of corals and more than 40 species of fishes living that area. Some of the fishes even have a high economic value, like snappers, groupers, and baronang. No wonder, some local fishermen often come to the area for fishing. There are another popular species living in that location, called Napoleon! It is a rare and protected species, actually.

The size of Gosong Island is quite small and it consists only of white sand. Such beautiful sand combines well with flawless seawater and superb sea scenery. Tourists often drop by on the island before heading to other parts of Derawan Archipelago, after all. They consider it as a resting place for photography and playing around on the sand. Some of them even come for snorkeling.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tanjung Jumlai Beach
  • Derawan Island

How to Get There
First, tourists should visit Balikpapan by airplane. Their next destination is Berau District and they should use a boat from Tanjung Batu Port to reach Derawan Island. From there, the next destination is Gusung Island, which takes about 20 minutes by speedboat. It takes longer if they choose Kelotok boat instead of such fast boat.

Where to Stay
Derawan Dive Lodge

Latest News

Maratua Island, Berau – East Kalimantan

  Maratua island is one of the outer islands in Indonesia that located in Sulawesi Ocean and it bordered with Malaysia. Maratua island is administratively located on Berau regency, East Kalimantan. Maratua is a small and long island, and it … Continue reading

Bangkirai Hill, Balikpapan – East Borneo

Bangkirai Hill Bukit Bangkirai is a natural tourism area which is managed by PT. Inhutani I Unit I Balikpapan. This tourist area is located in Samboja District, Kutai regency, East Kalimantan. Bangkirai hill can be reached by traveling overland for … Continue reading

Bontang, Another Rich City

Bontang Bontang is a city in East Kalimantan province, Indonesia. The city is located about 120 kilometers from Samarinda, directly have border to the East Kutai regency in the north and west, Kutai Kartanegara regency in the south and Regency … Continue reading

The Very Rich Balikpapan

Balikpapan “Gawi Manuntung Waja Sampai Kaputing”, this is the Balikpapan slogan taken from Banjar language which mean, when starting a job should be accomplish perfectly. Balikpapan, is Indonesia city part of East Kalimantan province. A resource-rich region well known for … Continue reading

Hotel Deals of the Day
Interesting Links
Indonesia Map HD
Find Us on :
Find Us on :