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Balikpapan

Balikpapan is a seaport city and second-largest city on the east coast of the island of Borneo, in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan. Two harbors, Semayang and Kariangau (a ferry harbour), and Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport are the main transportation hub to the city.

As a coastal city it has many beaches including Manggar Beach, Segara Beach, Monument Beach, Kemala Beach, and Brigade Mobile Beach near the police academy and Melawai Beach is the most popular beach for the citizens.

Balikpapan is a departure point for nature tourism. There are wildlife exhibitions nearby such as the Samboja Lestari orangutan conservancy, sun bear sanctuary and crocodile breeding park at Lamaru. There is also well-known forest site which has been developed for visitors at Bukit Bangkirai rainforest around 45 mins by car away from Balikpapan.

 

A mangrove forest at Kariangau site is also nice spot for tourism at Balikpapan city. There is still some sites of Japanese Artillery of World War II. Also you can find a Military Monument at Kampung baru.

The nearest International airport is Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport, located about 8 km south east from the city centre and 7 km from Permai Bus Terminal. Airport taxis operate from the terminal; there is a fixed fare depending on the destination. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport to city centre, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have counter in the Airport.

Popular attractions in Balikpapan:
 

• Samboja Lestari Orangutan Conservancy

• Crocodile Farm

• Manggar Beach

• Melawai Beach

 

   

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