This seaport city on Borneo’s eastern coast showcases a blend of various cultures including Bugis, Javanese and Dayak. A once sleepy region, Balikpapan has slowly embraced modernity and continues to lure many international oil companies to set up their headquarters there. Its airport is one of the busiest in Indonesia.
Must ExperienceView all
Diving at Derawan
Balikpapan is the gateway to the popular diving spot in Derawan, Berau. Take a domestic flight (1 hour) followed by a boat ri...
Go jewellery hunting at Kebun Sayur Traditional Market Centre. Balikpapan is known for its gemstones, which make great souve...
There are also many opportunities to reconnect with nature in Balikpapan. At the Samboja Lodge, you can spend a few days to w...
Take a cruise down the Mahakam River on a wooden houseboat through rainforests and witness how the indigenous Dayak live. The...
Spend a day at the many beaches in Balikpapan. Manggar beach features wide shores lined with coconut trees. The beach has man...
Useful TipsView all
Every Sunday morning from 6am-9am is car-free hours around the area of Lapangan Merdeka. Be sure to avoid driving when you’re...
- Flying time from Singapore2 hours 25 minutes
- CurrencyIndonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Airport to city12 kilometres
- Airport taxInternational flights IDR225,000
- ClimateTropical climate, with hot and wet seasons. Wet season (October to April); dry season (May to September)
- Best time to goDry season May to September
- ActivitiesDiving and snorkeling in Derawan, jungle trekking, visit to the Dayak cultural village, cruise on Mahakam River, shopping for local handicraft