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…
Top Choice Mosque in Samarinda

Islamic Center

The western skyline of Samarinda is dominated by this must-see complex containing an ornate and colourful mosque with adjacent observation tower. The latter is the highest point in the city, offering panoramic views…
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…
Archaeological Site in Merabu

Goa Beloyot

Indiana Jones would feel right at home ascending to this alcove in a limestone cliff above the forest, 5km from Merabu village, where travellers left their mark some 10,000 years ago. These hand stencils and animal …
Lake in Merabu

Danau Nyadeng

This vivid turquoise spring full of fish at the base of the limestone mountains begs you to dive in. Best enjoyed after the short but gruelling hike to Puncak Ketepu. The lake can be reached by longboat or on a half…
Historic Building in Mancong

Mancong Longhouse

This exquisitely restored 1930s longhouse is flanked by intricately carved totems. Those with chickens represent a healing ceremony. The souvenir shop across the car park can rustle up blankets and mosquito nets if …
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 …
Museum in Tenggarong

Mulawarman Museum

The former sultan's palace, built by the Dutch in 1937, is now a decent museum chronicling the culture, natural history and industry of Indonesia's oldest kingdom – as evidenced by 5th-century Sanskrit engravings (t…
Historic Building in Tanjung Isuy

Lamin Batu Bura

Few lamin (the local word for longhouse) around here are occupied outside of community ceremonies, but this Benuaq Dayak house is an exception – you may find resident women sitting on the split bamboo floor weaving …
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…