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About Balikpapan

If you want to see the real side of Balikpapan, then be sure to engage a local tourHQ guide before you head out to sample the nightlife, fish crackers and cosmo energy of this Kalimantan oil city.

Bustling, well-to-do Balikpapan is hardly what travellers would expect of a city that started life in the early 20th century as just a sleepy fishing town clinging to the coastal stretches of the Makassar Strait. But one oil boom later and the crooked timber huts and makeshift jetties have now been replaced by the mechanised port districts of Semayang and Kariangau, the surrounding jungles play host to the runways of the new Sepinggan Airport, and chic condominiums of oil suits, ex-pats and moneyed locals dot the shores. And with Balikpapan’s newfound wealth so too came energy and cosmopolitanism; inspiring nightlife complete with soaring rooftop bars, beachside barbeque huts and rowdy karaoke dives where Brit pop echoes until the early hours. In the town centre, locals stroll through the walkways of Bekapai Park while munching on crispy amplang fish crackers (the ubiquitous local delicacy), surrounded by sprawling shopping centres buzzing with energy. Further afield, Balikpapan tour guides recommend trips to the swinging bridges of Bukit Bangkirai to the north, or the mangroves of Margomulyo, which sway in the sea breeze as orang-utans glide between the canopies.

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Top Guides in Balikpapan

Alex Afdhal

Alex Afdhal

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Nila Warti

Nila Warti

  i am the tour operator also a tour guide at Kalimantan Tour Guide, we provide ...More more

Remallya Ismoyo

Remallya Ismoyo

I was born in Java and moved to East Kalimantan when I was ten years old. From that moment on I ...More more

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Tour & Activities in Balikpapan

Cross Borneo East to West Borneo

From IDR 35

Cross Borneo East to ...

17 Days

This Special Interest Tour is offering the real life in two parts of Borneo land. Meet the local people, pass some wilds rapids, walks through the river; mud; rocks; and hills in the deep of primary ...


From USD 350


3 Days

Feeding Orangutan Tour is real activity where you can feed and see orangutan less than 3 meter distance. This trip occupied boat and jungle walk 1-2 hour to the feeding site


From USD 2550


21 Days

21 days crossing Borneo end to end overland from Pontianak in the west to Balikpapan the East Coast offers super adventure; bus riding, river boating, and jungle walking. It suitable for those ...

With Italian guest, at Samboja Lodge, Visit orang utan and sun bear, Balikpapan, East Borneo

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1 Day

Orang Utan, Sun bear, kalimantan

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