The boat we use from Tarakan to Derawan and our island hopping the next day. We had a really bad experience with this boat. One of the engine failed to start, not enough life jackets for everybody and a captain who refused to speak to us. My friends had terrible experience when coming back to Tarakan with this boat but I’m not going to write about that here.
Lesson learnt is: take the Berau route! And it is after this trip Hubbie and I bought our own life jackets and always carry them wherever we travel. We just don’t have faith anymore on the safety awareness of people dealing with tourism industry in Indonesia