Balikpapan Botanical Garden

Balikpapan Botanical Garden, a part of conservation forest of Wain River, is located in Karang Joang Village, North Balikpapan. Offering people with natural attraction of rain forest ecosystem in East Kalimantan, it functions as a specifically purposive forest with a number of documented collections of plants with a total area of + 309 acres. The future development will be inviting local, regional and international developers to participate in conservation, research, education, tourism and environmental services.

Bangkirai Hills

One fine exotic place to visit during holiday in Balikpapan is Bangkirai hills. It offers tourists with various attractions of typically rainforest wonders and beauty. Being wellknown for its canopy wood bridge as high as 30 metres, Bangkirai hills serves the trully natural beauty of rain forest in East Kalimantan.

Bangkirai Hills covers the area of 1,500 acres with marvelous natural beauty of Bangkirai trees which are approximately 40 to 50 metres in height with a diameter of 2.3 metres and they have been living for at least 150 years. Inside the Bangkirai hills, the rain forest lies among the hills providing visitors with many exploration activities for either educational or touristic purposes. The forest also functions as a conservation to develop rain tropical forest monument

Batu Dinding

Have you been enjoying sunrise at stone wall? It’s the time for you to enjoy the scenic memorable view of sunrise at the stone wall.The stone wall is located in one of villages at Merdeka hills, Samboja, East kalimantan. You will reach the stone wall at km 45 heading from Balikpapan to Samarinda.

Lamaru Beach

At Lamaru beach, you will enjoy authentic coastal cool breeze and tranguil atmosphere due too grown widespread green pine trees. You can lay down on the white sands to feel the sparkling water. Lamaru beach is located in Tritip village , East Balikpapan, around 24 km

Derawan Island

Derawan Island is located in Derawan Islands, Derawan District, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. This Island can be reached by air transportation to berau, continue by 2 hours driving to Tanjung batu by car then by boat to the island.

Derawan Islands has three districts namely, Derawan Island, Maratua, and the Biduk biduk, Berau. There are at least four famous islands in this Archipelago, which is Pulau Maratua, Derawan, Sangalaki, and Kakaban. The Islands in Derawan archipelago is about 31 island, which is some of them are bar (gosong) and atoll.

In addition to its coral and fish diversity, the Derawan chain contains Indonesia’s largest nesting site for endangered green sea turtles, which emerge from the sea every night to lay their eggs on the white sand beaches of Sangalaki and Derawan Islands. Another island in the chain, Semama, is an important bird sanctuary, and Kakaban Island contains the world’s largest and most diverse jellyfish lake, with four unique species of stingless jellyfish. Kakaban is being considered for nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.In the surrounding waters there is marine park and is renowned as a tourist submarine for diving spot with a depth of about five meters. There are a wide variety of marine life here, such as squid (cuttlefish), lobster, ghostpipe fish, octopus (octopus bluering), nudibranchs, sea horses, ribbon Eels and scorpion fishes.

On a coral rock at ten meters depth, there is coral rock known as “Trigger Blue Wall” because of the reef with a length of 18 meters there is a lot of trigger fish (red-toothed trigger fishes). Beside, in Derawan Islands there are several small islands and coastal ecosystems which are very important such as the coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests. In addition, many protected species in the Islands of Derawan like green turtles, hawksbill turtles, whales, dolphins, clams, coconut crabs, mermaids, barracuda fish and some other species.

Sangalaki, The Home Of The Mantas

Sangalaki island, one of those destinations that amazingly hidden among the Indonesian exotics. Sangalaki has 15.9 hectare area, located in Derawan Islands, Berau regency, East Kalimantan. It has morphologically flat coastal plain . The island has lagon, based shallow sand and overgrown by corals and seagrasses.In the eastern part of Kalimantan and about 45 km from the Berau river, estuary out in the Makassar strait, lie several reefs ideal for scuba diving. The dive sites are famous for the large gatherings of manta rays and jellyfish lake. There are several dive resorts, all are relatively easily reached from either Balikpapan or Tanjung Redeb.

Sangalaki is a superb dive spot that can be visited by live aboard where big numbers of manta rays frolic all year round. At Sangalaki Diving Site the familiar set of Manta Rays emerges from all directions. Their wing tips breaking the surfaces at regular interval.

Sangalaki is surrounded by a shallow lagoon and the reefs start a distance out from the Island. The island itself is a breeding ground for green turtles. At night female turtles come ashore and lay their eggs and small baby turtles can be seen regularly, when they hatch. The island and its surrounding reefs are protected as an Indonesian Marine Park.

Maratua Island

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 has sharply curve at the edge and it located at the south side of Tarakan city and also part of Derawan Islands.

By the strategic location and the richness of its marine, Maratua island is now popular by the Travelers from many countries. The tourists who give visit to this island are mostly spending their time by doing swimming, snorkeling and diving. Hence, this Maratua island is popular by its name of Paradise island.

Kakaban Island: Come Swim among Stingless Jellyfish

Kakaban Island is a large coral atoll in the Derawan Archipelago in the Regency of Berau, off the east coast of East Kalimantan Province, covering 774 hectares of uninhabited terrain. Its most distinctive feature is a huge land-locked lake, which makes up almost two thirds of the island. This brackish lake is alive with several species of endemic marine life, including millions of stingless jellyfish that only exist in one other place on the planet which is at Palau in Micronesia.

At Kakaban Island in East Kalimantan, you can , not only swim unharmed with this fascinating creature, but you can actually touch them since the island is one of only two places on earth where you can find stingless jellyfish.

Labuan Cermin

Cool tourist attractions in East Kalimantan that are hits among hunters of natural beauty. The lake which is located in Biduk-biduk, Berau Regency has just been introduced as one of the tourist destinations in Indonesia. Although it is still newly introduced, due to its beauty, many tourists are willing to go far to East Kalimantan to stop by Labuan Cermin.

To reach it closer by air. Through Balikpapan (Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Airport) to Berau (Kalimarau Airport) with 60 minutes travel time. Ticket PP Balikpapan - Berau ranges from 1 million, depending on the promo and peak season. From Kalimarau Airport you can go to Kijang Terminal (in front of the Old Terminal), there are a lot of Travels (Avanza, Xenia cars, etc.) that are ready to take to Biduk-biduk with a cost per person that is 150,000 one way, whereas if you want to charter, it costs 900,000 per car . The condition of the road has been on the asphalt, so prepare the body in a fit condition, because of the long and winding journey. Along the way there are still many unspoiled forests interspersed with oil palm plantations. What makes it special is the clarity of the water in the lake that makes the boat above it look like it is floating. In addition, the lake has two different flavors of water, namely fresh water on the surface and salt water at the bottom of the lake. Biota that live in it also differ according to the type of water. On the surface of live freshwater fish and under lakes live marine fish.

Margomulyo Mangrove Forest

Margomulyo Mangrove Forest is a city forest in Balikpapan located very close to the city center. At this one tourist spot, there is a wooden bridge that visitors can use to enjoy the location of the green mangrove forest. The wooden bridge stretches for 800 meters.

In addition to the wooden bridge, other facilities found here are the tower of the reconnaissance. Through this tower, you can see a variety of birds that inhabit the Margomulyo Mangrove Forest. For those of you who want to see bekantan, come to Margomulyo Mangrove Forest in the morning or before sunset. If you have entered the tourist area, we are obliged to maintain cleanliness and not just throw garbage. To enter a tourist location, you do not need to pay for a ticket.

Liang Mangku langit

This travel destination located in Desa Muara Kuaro, Paser, East Borneo. It can be reach by 5 hours field transportation from Bandara Internasional Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan-Balikpapan. Liang Mangkulangit means Cave which Lifting the Sky. The name is very suitable because the shape is jutting up as if lifting the sky. Liang Mangkulangit is a rock formation that serves as a wall and roof for the Kandilau River. In addition to the splendor of the walls and rock cliffs that are quite high, the natural charm in this region is still natural and beautiful. Including various animals that exist and rows of large trees. Some rocks are covered with green moss. Not to mention the sound of water droplets falling from the rocks, increasingly adds the charm of this region.

Lamin Etam Ambors

Lamin Etam Ambors is one of the attractions located on Samarinda-Balikpapan km 28 road, the distance from Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport Balikpapan is about 3 hours via land transportation. There are many kinds of outbound and entertainment such as Flying Fox, water bikes, cushion pillows, water balls, rowing boats, ATVs, horse riding, etc. This tourist spot is perfect for gathering with family and friends. The area was very wide. The facilities at Lamin Etam Ambors are also very complete such as toilets, cafes, very large parking lots, prayer rooms and gazebos for where you rest with family or friends. In one place, you can enjoy a lot of games and outbound. Lamin Etam Ambors tourism object also provides a free fish therapy pool to be enjoyed by tourists for tourists who like reflection. In the pool, tourists only need to put both feet into the pool and in an instant the legs are covered with small fish that eat dead skin cells on the legs. Fishing is also available here for tourists who like fishing.

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