Kalimantan, this part of Borneo, is a relatively unknown tourist destination and remains undeveloped. The area's best attractions are tied to its waterways. Journeys along its canals, visits to the floating markets imbue tourists with a taste of its culture. The region has a mesh of mountains, forests and rivers.
Tanjung Puting National Park
The Tanjung National Park encompassing an area of 415,040 hectares, is home to many animals such as gibbons, sun bears, wild boars, macaques and sambar deer. It also includes species of reptiles, pythons, insects and birds.
Pulau Derawan (Derawan Islands)
The Derawan Islands are positioned in the Sulawesi Sea on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan. They incorporate Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, Panjang, Samama Island, submerged reefs and islets. These islands are the habitat of 872 species of reef fishes and 507 species of coral and invertebrates.
Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan, an Indonesian Province, is an industrial city occupying an area of 107.82km² in the delta of the Kapuas River. Because of its unique location on the equator, the city is known as the Kota Khatulistiwa (Equator City). Amongst the tourist attractions include, The Mujahidin Mosque, which is the biggest mosque in the province. Close to the mosque lies the Sultan Palace of Khadariyah, the monument constructed in the Portuguese style.
Balikpapan, a seaport city, in the East Kalimantan province. Well-known for its timber, mining, and petroleum products, this is a resource-rich region. The city is famous for its two harbours, Semayang and Kariangau (a ferry harbour) that are excellent means of transportation.
Gunung Palung National Park and Nature Reserve
The Gunung Palung National Park is located in West Kalimantan. It is one of the renowned places in the world where you can watch orangutans in their natural habitat.
Kutai National Park
The Kutai National Park is a small section of the earlier Kutai Game Reserve, preserved since 1970s. It is situated in East Kalimantan province and extends over an area of 2,000km². This lowland national park was established in 1982, but massive Borneo fires engulfed almost 60% of the forest. It has 958 species of flora, 300 species of birds and 90 species of mammals. Over 2,000 orangutans are inhabiting the park.
Samarinda lies on the bank of the Mahakam River. It is the capital of East Kalimantan, the Indonesian Province, on Borneo Island. The city is well-known for its traditional food amplang, as well as the cloth sarung Samarinda.
Palangkaraya (Palangka Raya)
Palangkaraya (Palangka Raya), is well-known as 'Honoured and Sacred Great Place'. It is a medium-sized city as well as the capital city of the Indonesian province Central Kalimantan. The city is famous for its tropical jack-fruits. Palangkaraya is popular for eco-tourism. Explore the nature, magnificent fauna and the orangutan by riding traditional riverboats.