43 days in East Kalimantan Itinerary

43 days in East Kalimantan Itinerary

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43 days in East Kalimantan Itinerary

Start: Samarinda
1
Samarinda
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bontang
— 8 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Pulau Kakaban
— 7 nights
Travel:  3​h
4
Derawan Islands
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
5
Balikpapan
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Samarinda

7
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Samarinda

Samarinda
The capital and most populous city in Borneo, Samarinda entices tourists with its traditional foods, religious and historical artifacts, and markets.
Head to Plaza Mulia and BIG Mallfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Samarinda: Tenggarong (Kedaton Kutai Kartanegara, Kumala Island, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque, don't miss a visit to Mahakam Lampion Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Tanah Merah Waterfall, and have some family-friendly fun at NAV Karaoke Samarinda.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Samarinda road trip planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Samarinda. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bontang.

Things to do in Samarinda

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Tenggarong
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Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
BIG Mall ©
BIG Mall
Plaza Mulia ©
Plaza Mulia

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Bontang

Bontang ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Beras Basah Beach and Segajah Beach. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Kutai National Parrk.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Bontang trip builder .

You can drive from Samarinda to Bontang in 3 hours. You will leave for Pulau Kakaban on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Bontang

Parks Nature Beaches
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Kutai National Parrk ©
Kutai National Parrk

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Pulau Kakaban

Pulau Kakaban ©
Pulau Kakaban is known for wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Sting-less Jellyfish Lake and step off the mainland to explore Kakaban Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pulau Kakaban trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bontang to Pulau Kakaban. You will leave for Derawan Islands on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Pulau Kakaban

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kakaban Island ©
Kakaban Island

9
nights
Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands ©
Derawan Islands sit in the Coral Triangle, which contains one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world.
Derawan Islands is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Derawan Archipelago.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Derawan Islands route planner .

Explore your travel options from Pulau Kakaban to Derawan Islands with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Derawan Islands can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Balikpapan on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Derawan Islands

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

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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.
Family-friendly places like Bangkirai Hill Nature Tourism and Lamaru Beach will thrill your kids. Head to E-Walk Balikpapan Superblock and Vegetables Garden Inpres Marketfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Penajam (Jumlai Beach & Nipah-Nipah Beach). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Balikpapan Botanical Garden. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Balikpapan Plaza Shopping Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Japan-Lamaru Tomb, kick back and relax at Melawai Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kemala Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Balikpapan route planner .

Explore your travel options from Derawan Islands to Balikpapan with the Route module. When traveling from Derawan Islands in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Balikpapan: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Penajam
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Lamaru Beach ©
Lamaru Beach
Plaza Balikpapan ©
Plaza Balikpapan
Kemala Beach ©
Kemala Beach