26 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

26 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

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Fly
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Pontianak
— 3 nights
Fly
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Palangkaraya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banjarmasin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Balikpapan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Samarinda
— 2 nights
Fly to Kalimarau Airport, Drive to Pulau Kakaban
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Pulau Kakaban
— 1 day
Drive
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Derawan Islands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tarakan
— 1 night
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Pontianak

Kota Khatulistiwa (Equator City)

Pontianak boasts a delightful blend of cultures, which live separately in their own sections of the city but come together amiably and often intermarry.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orangutan Museum and Tua Pek Kong Pagoda. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Equator Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Keraton Kadriah, make a trip to Kapuas Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Joseph Cathedral.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Pontianak is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Pontianak due to the time zone difference. In January, Pontianak is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Palangkaraya.

Things to do in Pontianak

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

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Palangkaraya

Palangka Raya is the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, also famously known as Central Borneo situated between the Kahayan and the Sabangau rivers. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sebangau National Park Central Kalimantan and Bukit Doa Karmel Tangkiling, Palangkaraya. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kawasan Arboretum Nyaru Menteng, snap pictures at Kahayan Bridge, don't miss a visit to Palangka Raya City Monument (Soekarno Monument), and see the interesting displays at Balanga Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Palangkaraya online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Pontianak to Palangkaraya with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Banjarmasin.

Things to do in Palangkaraya

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

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Banjarmasin

City of a Thousand Rivers

Banjarmasin sits within a delta formed by the Barito and Martapura rivers, so life here generally happens along its waterways.
On the 18th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Siring Watch Towers Martapura River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabilal Muhtadin Great Mosque, and then appreciate the history behind Taman Siring 0 Kilometer. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jami Mosque Banjarmasin, then browse the different shops at Duta Mall Banjarmasin, and then pause for some photo ops at Bekantan Statue.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Banjarmasin trip maker.

You can drive from Palangkaraya to Banjarmasin in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Palangkaraya to Banjarmasin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Balikpapan.

Things to do in Banjarmasin

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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Balikpapan

Oil City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Batu Dinding and Bekapai Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bangkirai Hill Nature Tourism, kick back and relax at Melawai Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Museum Kodam Mulawarman, and look for gifts at Plaza Balikpapan.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Balikpapan using our trip planner.

You can drive from Banjarmasin to Balikpapan in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Balikpapan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Samarinda.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

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Samarinda

The capital and most populous city in Borneo, Samarinda entices tourists with its traditional foods, religious and historical artifacts, and markets.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stop by East Kalimantan Center Oleh-Oleh Khas Kaltim, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque, and then don't miss a visit to Mahakam River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kutai Sultan's Palace and then buy something for everyone on your list at BIG Mall.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Samarinda vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Balikpapan to Samarinda takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pulau Kakaban.

Things to do in Samarinda

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

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Pulau Kakaban

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sting-less Jellyfish Lake.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pulau Kakaban trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Samarinda to Pulau Kakaban. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Derawan Islands.

Things to do in Pulau Kakaban

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

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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 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Sangalaki Island and then head off the coast to Maratua Island. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Derawan Archipelago.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Derawan Islands trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pulau Kakaban to Derawan Islands. January in Derawan Islands sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Berau.

Things to do in Derawan Islands

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

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Berau

Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Segah River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baitul Hikmah Great Mosque, and then hunt for treasures at Pasar Sanggam Adji Dilayas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Merabu Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berau online holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Derawan Islands to Berau. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tarakan.

Things to do in Berau

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Tarakan

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Masjid Al-Mubarak and then kick back and relax at Amal Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tarakan trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Berau to Tarakan by car takes about 54.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Tarakan can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Tarakan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Kalimantan travel guide

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Nature & Wildlife Tours · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
The sheer abundance of nature, culture, and activities can't be ignored in Indonesian Borneo, a region of the third-largest island in the world. Orangutans and other species (including many endemic to the island) live in protected areas of rainforest, but the region also features varied landscapes, making it a prime spot for nature tours and adrenaline-fueled experiences. The area's main urban centers draw visitors looking to experience its impressive mosques, authentic markets, and other cultural heritage highlights, including museums, government buildings, and traditional villages.