Even though Balikpapan is not a capital city, Balikpapan has a vital role for East Kalimantan. The city becomes one of the economic for Borneo island. For Indonesia, Balikpapan is the lifeblood of the oil industry. Since a long time ago, Balikpapan had become the operational base for a lot of the world's oil and gas companies. It is not a surprise that the city has an official nickname City of Oil.
Although classified as an industrial city, Balikpapan has a sustainable natural charm. The city's tourism offers a beach, along with delicious seafood culinary, and nature conservation.
To support the business and tourism activities, Balikpapan provides Sultan Ali Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport. The airport, which is often called Sepinggan Airport, is the busiest airport in Kalimantan. This airport is also one of the best in the country with an environmental friendly concept. Flight tickets to Balikpapan can now be ordered through Traveloka. Ticket reservations are available from all the best airlines in the country.
This city of oil still able to pamper people who want to travel. It offers a charming beach, along with a refreshing nature destination.
Location: Jalan Pantai Manggar Segarasari, Manggar Baru, East Balikpapan.
Manggar can be said to be the best and most complete in Balikpapan. This beach provides the beauty of the coast with white sand and shady trees. The waves are quiet enough and friendly for children. Adding to the excitement, this beach provides food stalls and souvenir stalls, along with rental facilities for water sports equipment, such as jet skis, inflatable boats, and banana boats.
Location: Jalan Handil KM 44, Samboja, Kutai Kartanegara, Margomulyo, Kutai Kartanegara Regency.
The place that managed by Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) specifically treats and conserves orangutans in the forest which is made as closely as possible to its natural habitat. Here, tourists get the experience of traveling while learn to love nature. Tourists will be invited to see the activities of taking care orangutans and sun bears on artificial islands, as well as watching funny gestures of orangutans while practicing their skills in the Forest School. Lodging in the middle of nature is also provided to support conservation tourism experience.
Location: Jalan Letjen Suprapto, Marga Sari, West Balikpapan.
Don't be tricked by the name. This market is not a fresh vegetable market but a center for souvenirs of East Kalimantan. This shopping place that located on the side of the road is the best place to hunt various unique souvenirs in a traditional market atmosphere. Here, tourists can buy various jewelry, souvenir beads, gemstones, and Borneo batik. Pasar Kebun Sayur also offers a variety of Dayak handicrafts that are suitable for souvenirs.
Due to the location close to the Makassar Strait, Balikpapan has a special culinary in form of fresh and delicious seafood. Some of the best culinary places are:
Location: Jalan Marsma Iswahyudi nomor 71, Sungai Nangka, Gunung Bahagia, South Balikpapan.
Open every day, 09:00 - 22:00 WITA.
Crab is the most famous food from Balikpapan. The best place to taste fresh and delicious crabs is in Dandito Restaurant. Usually, people come here to taste Crab Dandito Sauce which is spicy and savory. More interesting is visitors can bring these special foods as souvenirs to their hometown. Everything is well-packaged, neat and safe.
Location: Komplek Rukan Bandar Balikpapan Blok M 18.
Ocean's offers the concept of a seafood restaurant by the sea. Here, seafood dishes are very diverse and visitors can choose their own raw marine animals before cooked. In addition to seafood, Ocean's also offers a variety of Asian and Western foods, along with a variety of tropical fresh drinks. The most romantic dining atmosphere at Ocean' can be enjoyed during sunset time.
Lokasi: Jalan Mulawarman nomor 14, Batakan Manggar, East Balikpapan.
As the name implies, this restaurant offers a place to eat with a tropical house concept on the beach. The dining atmosphere is guaranteed to be very romantic and refreshing with a seating arrangement in the middle of a rocky garden surrounded by trees. Completed with a view of Makassar Strait, it enhances the atmosphere of eating outdoor. In terms of taste, The Beach House serves various of seafood and popular western specialties such as steaks, pasta and pizza.