Balikpapan Travel Guide


Balikpapan, an introduction


Until now, Balikpapan is known well as the producer of petroleum. The tourism of this city is as interesting as the industrial sector, though. For example is Klandasan Beach, Kemala Beach, Sungai Wain Protected Forest and many other tourism spots you don’t want to miss while visiting Balikpapan City.

Balikpapan History

According to the book of F. Valenjin in 1724, he stated that there was a village named Bilipapan located at headwaters of a bay, 3 miles away from the beach. The village is believed as the village near Balikpapan Bay. According to the folklore, the name “Balikpapan” was taken from Pasir Kuleng tribe’s language which is the original tribe of Balikpapan. They lived along the beach of Balikpapan Bay and has the same ancestor, Kayan Uleng and Papan Ayun. By the descendants, it’s abbreviated into Kuleng Papan. Kuleng in pasir language means Balik.

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Balikpapan on the map

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things to see

Things to see

Bekapai Balikpapan Park is a park located at the heart of Balikpapan City. This park has become the proud of Balikpapan citizen for the park is usually used as hangout place at night. Right at the centre of this park there’s a bronze statue completed with fountain. If there’s ray passing through this fountain, it will form a silhouette like oil spray. There’s Bendali Dam which has a function as a flood controller. Though this dam is not one of tourism object, we can see the beauty of natural lake while fishing.

things to do

Things to do

Bukit Bangkirai os one tourism spot located 58 km away from downtown of Balikpapan City. This spot is 1,500 hectare tropical forest. Besides, you can see rare animal which only exist in this forest like drongos (usually called as heaven bird) and enggang bird. Then there’s Manggar Segarsari Beach. This white sandy beach is one main destination during holidays also weekdays. This beach has clear water and small wave. We can do many kinds of activity here at the beach like beach volleyball, jetskiing, and banana-boat.

things to eat

Things to eat

For you who love seafood culinary, you will be pleased by the typical culinary of Balikpapan City. There’s Resto Kenari. The main menu of this restaurant is black pepper crab. This crab is cooked with black pepper and sweet sauce. Then there’s special sauced crab, crab cooked with sweet seasoning like sweet sour sauce. It will be perfectly served with particular codiment.

Things to see and do near Balikpapan

Airport at Balikpapan

Balikpapan is served by the Sepinggan Airport.

The Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan is the largest airport and busiest airport in Kalimantan on the Indonesian side of Borneo. It is located about 4,5 km east of Balikpapan. The airport was named after Sepinggan, the village near the airport.

Entering the city from the airport

The airport is located on the coast just outside the city. Taxi's charge a fixed fare depending on the destination; to the city center is about Rp 55,000. Or you can take the angkot, route 7, on the highway just outside the airport gate, heading for Damai Terminal. Transfer there to route 1 or 3 for central Balikpapan.