On the eastern coast of Borneo island, Balikpapan is the Kalimantan region's gateway city. Prior to early 1900s oil boom, Balikpapan was an isolated Bugis fishing village, now it is a major headquarters for international oil companies operating out of eastern Kalimantan. It is a relatively clean, small city, with clear blue skies but not much by way of nightlife. Plaza Balikpapan isthe most popular shopping mall in the city and at Kebun Sayur Traditional Market Center you will find handicrafts, gems and jewelry. There are also some good beaches - Lamaru Beach, Manggar Beach and Dapur Bunda and the Crocodile Farm may be worth a visit.
You may also visit a jungle trail, trekking through dense foliage beneath the rainforest canopy or the Wanariset Samboja Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. You can also cruise on the Mahakam River and visit a Dayak community in Pampang, and see the unique structure of a longhouse community.
There are no cruises currently listed for this port of call.