About Balikpapan East Borneo

About Balikpapan East Borneo

Balikpapan is the gateway to explore of East Kalimantan province.

Balikpapan has grown in importance for the tourism industry since the opening of the International flight routes. This town has a population of about 600.000 . Outwardly, Balikpapan presents two different faces. The first is the old Dutch-built section of the town. The other is the newer part that as gown as a result of recent development efforts in the oil industry.

Most destinations, such as the Dayak settlements in the hinterland along the big rivers, can be reached from Samarinda. The forests of East Kalimantan contain a wealth of rare flora and fauna. The black Orchid (Clogena pandurata), Nephents Amularia and Rattan vines growing in the forest up to 200 meters long. So do various species of valuable tropical hardwoods trees. Among the animal species typical of Kalimantan, living in the forests are Orang Utans, chimpanzees (Pongee pygmaeus), bekantan (Nasalis Larvatus), Mahakam fresh – water dolphins or pesut (Orcela fluminalis) and many bird varieties.

The cultural and artistic traditions of the island’s indigenous Dayak population are still preserved in this region, especially in the hinterland of East Kalimantan. Sailing up the streams near the Malaysian border, one can still meet Traditional Dayak settlements than seem to have been little touched by the modernity.

The name Balikpapan is from an overloaded ship, which capsized near Tukung Island. A Dutch geological map of 1870 singes a small village with the name Balikpapan bay. Now-a-days Balikpapan is East Kalimantan’s leading oil town, and a very important in Indonesia, Balikpapan was during World War II the target of assaults by both the Japanese and the Allies.

It has grown in importance for tourists since the opening of the International flight routes. Balikpapan town has beach house restaurant, unique leisure along the balikpapan beach in an artful creature Sungai Wain & Sunbear Rehabilitation with an education center Sungai Wain is an conservation area, with swamp and mangrove forest, home to orangutans, and sunbears. The Sun bear as the mascot of Balikpapan City, is a threatened animal now-a-days, and lost about 30% of it’s population over the last 20 years at Borneo. The Rehabilitation center at 28 kilometers from Balikpapan, is an few hectares of forest where up to five sun bears can be rehabilitated in a natural habitat, beside the Rehabilitation center there is an education center to learn more about the sun bears and their nature instincts

Black river canoeing searching for wildlife around balikpapan city, mangrove forest canoeing tour. Black River ( Sungai Hitam ) Located about 35 kilometers from Balikpapan, a small River called Sungai Hitam, with lowland and mangrove forest, which streams into the Balikpapan bay. The area covereved with forest, is home to wildlife creatures as the proboscis species, only found at Borneo. Birdwatchers will enjoy the mangove bird life here with kingfishers during your pleasant canoeing tour . The animal could be found, including monekys lizards and birds along the mangove forest.

Bukit Bangkirai Hard wooden hill forest A 10.000 hectares of hardwooden trees of the Bankirai species, at a hill-top located about 38 kilometers from Balikpapan City on the way to Samarinda. The Tree-top bridge hanging about 40 meters high in the trees give you a beautiful view over East Kalimantan Rain forest hills.

Sungai Wain & Sunbear Rehabilitation with an education center Sungai Wain is an conservation area, with swamp and mangrove forest, home to orangutans, and sunbears. The Sun bear as the mascot of Balikpapan City, is a threatened animal now-a-days, and lost about 30% of it’s population over the last 20 years at Borneo. The Rehabilitation center at 28 kilometers from Balikpapan, is an few hectares of forest where up to five sun bears can be rehabilitated in a natural habitat, beside the Rehabilitation center there is an education center to learn more about the sun bears and their nature instincts

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