22 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

22 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

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22 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  37​h
1
Derawan Islands
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
2
Pulau Kakaban
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Samarinda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Balikpapan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Banjarmasin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Pangkalan Bun
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Pontianak
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Paris

1
night
Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands ©
Derawan Islands sit in the Coral Triangle, which contains one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): head off the coast to Maratua Island, then step off the mainland to explore Sangalaki Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Manimbora Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Whale Shark Point and then step off the mainland to explore Derawan Archipelago.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Derawan Islands trip maker site .

Paris, France to Derawan Islands is an approximately 37-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Derawan Islands at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Pulau Kakaban.

Things to do in Derawan Islands

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Derawan Archipelago ©
Derawan Archipelago
Sangalaki Island ©
Sangalaki Island
Maratua Island ©
Maratua Island

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Pulau Kakaban

Pulau Kakaban ©
On the 13th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Kakaban Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sting-less Jellyfish Lake.

Discover how to plan a Pulau Kakaban trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Derawan Islands to Pulau Kakaban with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Samarinda.

Things to do in Pulau Kakaban

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kakaban Island ©
Kakaban Island

2
nights
Samarinda

Samarinda ©
The capital and most populous city in Borneo, Samarinda entices tourists with its traditional foods, religious and historical artifacts, and markets.
Get out of town with these interesting Samarinda side-trips: Tenggarong (Ambalat Beach, Tuah Himba Wood Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque, browse the different shops at BIG Mall, make a trip to Mahakam River, and stop by Plaza Mulia.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Samarinda road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pulau Kakaban to Samarinda. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Balikpapan.

Things to do in Samarinda

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tenggarong
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BIG Mall ©
BIG Mall
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Mahakam River
Mahakam River

4
nights
Balikpapan

Balikpapan ©
Used as a hub for international oil and mining companies, the small city of Balikpapan boasts a blend of cultures making a comfortable home in this clean and relaxed environment.
Balikpapan is known for shopping, beaches, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Bangkirai Hill Nature Tourism, delve into the lush surroundings at Wehea Rainforest, explore and take pictures at Teritip Crocodile Farm, and deepen your understanding at Sun Bear Education and Conservation Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Balikpapan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Samarinda to Balikpapan takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Balikpapan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Banjarmasin.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Lamaru Beach ©
Lamaru Beach
Plaza Balikpapan ©
Plaza Balikpapan
Kemala Beach ©
Kemala Beach

3
nights
Banjarmasin

Banjarmasin ©
Banjarmasin sits within a delta formed by the Barito and Martapura rivers, so life here generally happens along its waterways.
When in Banjarmasin, make a side trip to see Al-Karomah Great Mosque in Martapura, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sabilal Muhtadin Great Mosque, stop by Pasar Terapung, pause for some photo ops at Bekantan Statue, and browse the different shops at Duta Mall Banjarmasin.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Banjarmasin day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Balikpapan to Banjarmasin. In July, daily temperatures in Banjarmasin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Pangkalan Bun.

Things to do in Banjarmasin

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Al-Karomah Great Mosque
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Lokbaintan Floating Market ©
Lokbaintan Floating Market
Duta Mall Banjarmasin ©
Duta Mall Banjarmasin
Pasar Terapung ©
Pasar Terapung

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nights
Pangkalan Bun

Pangkalan Bun ©
Pangkalan Bun or Pangkalanbuun, is a city in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo in Indonesia. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Tanjung Puting National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Camp Leakey, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arut River.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pangkalan Bun road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Banjarmasin to Pangkalan Bun with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Banjarmasin to Pangkalan Bun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pontianak.

Things to do in Pangkalan Bun

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Central Kalimantan
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Tanjung Puting National Park ©
Tanjung Puting National Park
Camp Leakey ©
Camp Leakey
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Pontianak

Pontianak ©
Pontianak boasts a delightful blend of cultures, which live separately in their own sections of the city but come together amiably and often intermarry.
Pontianak is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, spas, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Equator Monument, examine the collection at Museum Negeri Pontianak, don't miss a visit to Kapuas Square, and browse the different shops at Ayani Mega Mall.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pontianak trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pangkalan Bun to Pontianak. In July in Pontianak, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pontianak

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tua Pek Kong Pagoda
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Masjid Raya Mujahidin ©
Masjid Raya Mujahidin
Kapuas Square ©
Kapuas Square
Keraton Kadriah ©
Keraton Kadriah