Tarakan is an island off the coast of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is a marshy island situated in the eastern Celebes Sea, off the northeastern coast of Borneo. The island is a mixture between protected forest, hills, forest conservation, fisherman village, plantations, beaches and historical heritage.
Attractions on Tarakan island include the Japanese monument, Australian monument, curved roof house, bunkers, observation post, old mining tourism and Amal beach. Tarakan is also near to Derawan island in Berau.
Things to See & Do
* Japanese & Australian mnuments
* Amal beach
* Derawan island
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Rupiah (IDR)
Language - Indonesian
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Population - 180,000 approx.
Land Area - 303 km2
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - +62
Travel Links - To travel to Tarakan there is a ferry service which plies a few times a day between Nunukan and Tawau, and a twice daily flight that goes between Nunukan and Tarakan. To get into Tawau this way, take the 11AM ferry (which usually waits to depart until it's full, which can mean it leaves at noon) from Tawau to Nunukan. The Labuan Express is a goodoption because it is cleaner than the other ferries. The journey will take 45 minutes to an hour.