Balikpapan is a seaport city on the eastern coast of the island of Borneo, Indonesia, in the East Kalimantan province, a resource-rich region well known for its timber, mining, and petroleum export products. Two harbors, Semayang and Kariangau (a ferry harbour), and the Sepinggan International Airport are the main transportation ports to the city.
It is a relatively clean, small city, with clear blue skies but not much by way of nightlife. Attractions include some beautiful beaches such as Manggar and Lamaru, located just outside the city. Kebun Sayur Traditional Market Center offers good shopping for stones, gems, jewellery and diamonds. The Plaza Balikpapan is also worth a visit.
Things to See & Do
* Plaza Balikpapan
* Dapur Bunda
* Crocodile Farm
* Lamaru & Manggar beaches
* Kebun Sayur Traditional Market Center
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Rupiah (IDR)
Language - Indonesian
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Population - 480,000 approx
Land Area - 503.3 kmÂ²
Time - GMT plus hours seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - +62
Port Location - The seaport at Balikpapan is called Semayang.
Travel Links - Most people arrive by air. Balikpapan's Sepinggan International Airport has frequent flights from Jakarta, as well as commercial services from Surabaya, Banjarmasin and Makassar. There is also an international flight from Singapore operated by SilkAir a few times a week.