Attractions

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Balikpapan

Samboja Lestari

A Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation project, Samboja Lestari houses more than 150 orang-utans on a series of islands, along with a separate sun bear sanctuary. Half-day morning and afternoon tours include lunch o…
Wildlife Reserve in Balikpapan

KWPLH Sun Bear Conservation Center

This informative sun bear conservation centre is surprisingly straight to the point about the heartbreaking plight of all of Kalimantan's animals. Seven resident bears reside in the 1.3-hectare walled enclosure; wal…
Waterfront in Balikpapan

Ruko Bandar

This waterfront development is unique in Kalimantan and offers everything you need for a night out, including above-par restaurants, live music, lounge bars and a dozen fun but easy-to-miss waterfront cafes (at the …
Forest in Balikpapan

Bukit Bangkirai

Standing 30m up on the canopy bridge among old-growth dipterocarp trees offers an impressive view and an adrenaline shot, but it's hard not to feel sad about the countless other trees no longer standing nearby – cle…
Forest in Balikpapan

Sungai Wain Protection Forest

In the mid-'90s, 82 orang-utans were released in this protected primary lowland forest, but fires and illegal logging have taken their toll. Get a 6am start to maximise wildlife viewing. Guides (compulsory) can be a…
Beach in Balikpapan

Kemala Beach

A cleanish beach lined with a few cafes and restaurants, and a laid-back vibe. If you need a break from the jungle (urban or natural), this is your best local option. Although it gets hot at midday, you probably won…
Mosque in Balikpapan

Masjid Agung At-Taqwa

An impressive sight, this mosque is adorned with a complex sheath of Islamic geometrical patterns, and is lit up in multicoloured splendour at night.