The jellyfish lake of Kakaban. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2013.

How to swim in the middle of jellyfish without being stung?

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  Borneo: Indonesia + Malaysia - July 2013

Borneo, it's an adventure! I saw the island of Kakaban and its mysterious jellyfish lake again. I even went back for a swim. The proof on video.

Back to Kakaban

2009-2013. Four years separate these two photos ...

Kakaban in July 2009.
Kakaban in July 2009.
Kakaban in July 2013.
Kakaban in July 2013.

At the game of the seven differences, we notice that a wooden bungalow, painted blue, was built at the back, but especially that my Tribord top and my swimsuit are indestructible... 😂

I invite you to reread the article I wrote at the time on Kakaban:

Kakaban, the island of jellyfish [July 2009]

Four years later, the place has become very popular. Groups of Asian holidaymakers arrive every day, strapped into beautiful orange lifejackets - as many do not know how to swim.

You must now pay a small entrance fee of IDR 10,000 (less than one euro) and sign a register to access the lake. It is also now forbidden to swim with fins, so as not to risk cutting in half the famous jellyfish.

Jellyfish that do not sting

It seems incredible, but in fact, these jellyfish do not sting! The explanation would be this: About 10,000 years ago, a geological phenomenon raised the island, trapping marine animals, including jellyfish, inside a crater. These, finding themselves without predator, have ended, over the millennia, by losing their urticating power.

The proof in pictures, with the video below!

You will note, in the 15th second, the kindness and the good humor of one of our Indonesian dive guides, who did not want to let me carry on the wooden footbridge, sliding in places, my heavy waterproof box, containing my 7D (see page Equipment my equipment for underwater photography).

In any case, I had a lot of fun making a little film almost similar to the one I did, Four years ago.

Lake side and sea side

There are other jellyfish lakes around the world. Those of Kakaban (Borneo, Indonesia) and Palau (Micronesia) are the best known.

In Indonesia, there are some in Raja Ampat (West Papua) and also in the Togian Islands (Sulawesi).

As for jellyfish, I will have the opportunity to dabble with them several times, between two sea-side dives, during this stay of 2013because the resort Derawan Dive Lodge We regularly take bubbles around the island, along the coral reef, splendid (I'll show you that in a future post).

Between dives, our small group lunch on the pontoon, before or after the jellyfish tour.

And we take advantage of the sea view ... Beautiful!

The Kakaban pontoon. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2013.
The Kakaban pontoon. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2013.
Kakaban Island. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2013.
Kakaban Island. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2013.

😎 👌

  Borneo: Indonesia + Malaysia - July 2013