Tarakan city is located on the island of Tarakan and located just across the border from Sabah, Malaysia. It is considered as the new province in North Kalimantan. Back then during the Dutch colonial era, Tarakan was once a big-scale oil-producing region. The location of the city is very strategic and play a great role during the Pacific War and becomes the target among the Japanese during the war. The remains of the battle and great wars can still be discovered around the city. Peningki Lama Site at East Tarakan, the Museum Roemah Boendar (Roundhouse Museum), Pillbox/Stelling Post, The Australian Monument at the Kodim (Military Command Center) on Pulau Kalimantan Street, and The Japanese Ash Monument are among the remains that can be explored here in Tarakan.
Juwata International Airport, which is located on the island of Tarakan, is an international airport that serves Tarakan, a city in North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Airlines such as Batik Air, Lion Air, Malaysia Airlines (operated by MASwings), NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air, TransNusa, Xpress Air and Wings Air offers domestic and international flights from this airport. You can take a direct flight from Tarakan to various cities in Indonesia and neighboring countries such as Balikpapan, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Makassar, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Tawau, Samarinda, Bunyu, Long Apung, Long Bawan, Maratua, Malinau, Nunukan, Tanjungselor, Berau, Malinau, Nunukan, and Tanjungselor. The airport is just a few kilometres off the coast of Borneo and located near to Tawau which is located in Malaysia. The airport is expected to receive an increase in the number of passengers once the new capital of Indonesia moves to the nearby region.
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Tarakan experiences a tropical climate like the rest of Indonesia. There is a significant amount of precipitation during the year. Thus, making it the best place to visit the whole year-round. However, if you are looking forward to enjoy some outdoor activities, you should avoid flying there in July and during the last three months of the year, as it is the rainiest months of the year.
Amal Beach - While you are in Tarakan, don't forget to visit the Amal Beach. It is located about 30 minutes away from the city centre. The beach is very popular among locals and tourists. Enjoy strolling the sandy beach while listening to the pleasing waves. You will notice the beach snails that clearly visible crawl in the sand. It is usually corded in the afternoon. If you are travelling with kids, they will absolutely enjoy playing sandcastle and swim at the beach. Don't miss out on the beautiful sunset from Amal Beach. The admission price is around RM 1.50 and it opens 24 hours.
Conservation Area of Mangrove and Bekantan - Located near the city centre, the Conservation Area of Mangrove and Bekantan area covers about 22 hectares. The environment here is so calm, comfortable and you will enjoy listening to the birds chirping. The conservation area is popular among the locals as well as tourists coming to Tarakan. Take a walk along the wooden bridge, and you will see various types of mangroves and also Bekantans (a rare species that can only be found in Kalimantan) that relax on the trees. The admission price is RM 1.50.
Ladang Park is an oval-shaped park that is famous among the youngster in Tarakan. It is easy to reach here as the park is located near the city centre. The park is surrounded by green trees and very nice sculptures which is a good place to relax and unwind yourself.