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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 But one oil boom later and the crooked timber huts and makeshift jetties have now been replaced by the mechanised port districts of Semayang and Kariangau, the surrounding jungles play host to the runways of the new Sepinggan Airport, and chic condominiums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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Private Tour Guides in Balikpapan


Alex Afdhal

I am a professional tourist guide base in Borneo’s western port city of Pontianak since 1994 has ... More more


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


Eko Harwanto

I live in South Sulawesi, but I organise a tailor made trip to every region in Indonesia, trekking ... More more


Nila Warti

I am a tour guide also tour operator at Borneo Island, I provide adventure, wildlife ... More more

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Komodo Flores Holiday

Komodo Flores Holiday

Komodo flores holiday is a tour organizer based in Labuan Bajo, flors - Indonesia.We have made tour package for everyone who want spend their holiday around Flores ... More more

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See Bali Tours

Greeting from Bali Paradise Island.We are a local tour company based in Bali, providing fully experienced local private driver including guiding in Bali.  We have been ... More more

Lhuna Adventure Mount Rinjani

Lhuna Adventure Mount

Welcome! You would like to have experience hiking in Mount Rinjani ? We will help you with a snapshot overview of what’s likely the two best cercuit for trekkers ... More more

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Private Tours, Excursions & Sightseeing in Balikpapan


From IDR 35

Hike in Borneo

17 Days

 As you hike, meet locals, pass some wild rapids, walk through the river, mud and rocks, and trek through the hills in the deep primary rain forest. For meals, you will taste some local ...


From USD 2550

CROSS BORNEO ADVENTURE (East to west or west to East)

17 Days

17 DAYS CHALLENGE A CROSS BORNEO TREKKING ADVENTURE (From east to west  /west to east)  We sleep in the simple houses of the villager with basic facilities, Jungle Camp and on the house ...


Wehea Forest

5 Days

Wehea forest has 5 officials Tours program ; Eco Tour, river trail, Towers ( Fire , Monitoring forest ), 600 meters and 4,625 k but with total hectares which is 38.000 hectares , it still has ...


Kutai National Park

3 Days

tour in fun Park to see wild orangutan, macaque, Giant Lizard, owl, tarantula , Pale blue fly catcher bird and litle spider hunter bird, last time I saw also weasel in kutai National ...

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