51 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

51 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Balikpapan
— 7 nights
2
Derawan Islands
— 2 nights
3
Berau
— 4 nights
4
Bontang
— 3 nights
5
Samarinda
— 5 nights
6
Tenggarong
— 3 nights
7
Sekolaq Darat
— 1 night
8
Palangkaraya
— 3 nights
9
Banjarbaru
— 4 nights
10
Pangkalan Bun
— 3 nights
11
Sintang
— 1 night
12
Singkawang
— 3 nights
13
Pontianak
— 5 nights

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pentacity Shopping Venue and Balikpapan Botanical Garden. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tukong Hill Lighthouse and Dahor Heritage Balikpapan. Change things up with a short trip to Jumlai Beach in Penajam (about 2h 30 min away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Manggar Segarasari Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Alpha Hill, see human ingenuity at work at Manggar Reservoir, and explore the wide array of goods at Transmart Carrefour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Balikpapan trip itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Balikpapan is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central Indonesia Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Balikpapan: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Derawan Islands.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jumlai Beach
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Lamaru Beach ©
Lamaru Beach
Dahor Heritage Balikpapan ©
Dahor Heritage Balikpapan
Museum Kodam Mulawarman ©
Museum Kodam Mulawarman

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nights
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 21st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Derawan Archipelago and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whale Shark Point. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Maratua Island and then head off the coast to Manimbora Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Derawan Islands road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Balikpapan to Derawan Islands. In July, daily temperatures in Derawan Islands can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Berau.

Things to do in Derawan Islands

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Derawan Archipelago ©
Derawan Archipelago
Whale Shark Point ©
Whale Shark Point
Maratua Island ©
Maratua Island

4
nights
Berau

Berau
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baitul Hikmah Great Mosque and Sambaliung Palace. Get some cultural insight at Merabu Village and Rayatul Ikhlas Great Mosque.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Berau driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Derawan Islands to Berau. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Bontang.

Things to do in Berau

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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3
nights
Bontang

Bontang ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Segajah Beach and Bontang Kuala Village. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Kutai National Parrk.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bontang online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Berau to Bontang in 9.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Samarinda.

Things to do in Bontang

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kutai National Parrk ©
Kutai National Parrk
Beras Basah Beach ©
Beras Basah Beach

5
nights
Samarinda

Samarinda ©
The capital and most populous city in Borneo, Samarinda entices tourists with its traditional foods, religious and historical artifacts, and markets.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muladharma Monastery and Weaving Village. Step out of Samarinda to go to Tanjung Limau and see Pangempang Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Taman Tepian Mahakam Samarinda, take in the dramatic scenery at Berambai Waterfall, browse the different shops at Samarinda Central Plaza, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Citra Niaga Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Samarinda trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bontang to Samarinda takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tenggarong.

Things to do in Samarinda

Shopping Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pangempang Beach
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BIG Mall ©
BIG Mall
Muladharma Monastery ©
Muladharma Monastery
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque

3
nights
Tenggarong

Tenggarong ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Kutai Sultan's Palace and Tuah Himba Wood Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Planetarium Jagad Raya Tenggarong and Ambalat Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tenggarong trip planner.

You can drive from Samarinda to Tenggarong in 1.5 hours. August in Tenggarong sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sekolaq Darat.

Things to do in Tenggarong

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Kumala Island ©
Kumala Island
Planetarium Jagad Raya Tenggarong ©
Planetarium Jagad Raya Tenggarong
Kedaton Kutai Kartanegara ©
Kedaton Kutai Kartanegara

1
night
Sekolaq Darat

Sekolaq Darat ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kersik Luway.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sekolaq Darat online visit planner.

You can drive from Tenggarong to Sekolaq Darat in 7 hours. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palangkaraya.

Things to do in Sekolaq Darat

Wildlife Parks
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Kersik Luway ©
Kersik Luway

3
nights
Palangkaraya

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balanga Museum and Bukit Doa Karmel Tangkiling, Palangkaraya. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Taman Wisata Alam Tangkiling, don't miss a visit to Site of Banama Rock, take in the views from Kahayan Bridge, and take a leisurely stroll along Kereng Bengkirai Pier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Palangkaraya trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Sekolaq Darat to Palangkaraya takes 11 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sekolaq Darat to Palangkaraya due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Banjarbaru.

Things to do in Palangkaraya

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Taman Pasuk Kameloh ©
Taman Pasuk Kameloh
Balanga Museum ©
Balanga Museum

4
nights
Banjarbaru

Banjarbaru ©
Banjarbaru is a city in the province of South Kalimantan in Indonesia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Al-Karomah Great Mosque and Sultan Adam Forest Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lambung Mangkurat Banjarbaru Museum and Monumen ALRI Divisi IV Pertahanan Kalimantan. Get out of town with these interesting Banjarbaru side-trips: Pelaihari (Kayangan Mountain & Rimpi Hill) and Pertokoan Cahaya Bumi Selamat (in Martapura). There's much more to do: get outside with Lapangan Dr. Murjani Banjarbaru, take a stroll through Rainbow Village, stroll around Amanah Borneo Park, and don't miss a visit to Rumah Jomblo.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Banjarbaru travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Palangkaraya to Banjarbaru takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time to Central Indonesia Time is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pangkalan Bun.

Things to do in Banjarbaru

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Martapura, Pelaihari
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Waduk Riamkanan ©
Waduk Riamkanan
Lambung Mangkurat Banjarbaru Museum ©
Lambung Mangkurat Banjarbaru Museum
Al-Karomah Great Mosque ©
Al-Karomah Great Mosque

3
nights
Pangkalan Bun

Pangkalan Bun or Pangkalanbuun, is a city in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo in Indonesia. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Tanjung Puting National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Arut River, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Camp Leakey.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pangkalan Bun online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Banjarbaru to Pangkalan Bun. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Western Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Sintang.

Things to do in Pangkalan Bun

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Sintang

Sintang ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kelam. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Hutan Wisata Baning, thencontemplate the long history of Istana Al Mukarramah, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gua Maria Bukit Kelam.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sintang trip app.

Getting from Pangkalan Bun to Sintang by car takes about 15 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Singkawang.

Things to do in Sintang

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hutan Wisata Baning ©
Hutan Wisata Baning
Gua Maria Bukit Kelam ©
Gua Maria Bukit Kelam
Istana Al Mukarramah ©
Istana Al Mukarramah

3
nights
Singkawang

Singkawang ©
Singkawang or San Khew Jong in Hakka, is a city located in the province of West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Explore hidden gems such as Mimi Land Beach and Lemukutan Island. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kura-Kura Beach, don't miss a visit to Tjhia Family House, step off the mainland to explore Randayan Island, and stroll around Bougenville Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Singkawang trip planner.

Drive from Sintang to Singkawang in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pontianak.

Things to do in Singkawang

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lemukutan Island ©
Lemukutan Island
Mimi Land Beach ©
Mimi Land Beach
Kura-Kura Beach ©
Kura-Kura Beach

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orangutan Museum and Long House Kampong Saham. Your inner history buff will appreciate Makam Juang Mandor and Jami Mosque. Pack the 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at ParadisQ Waterpark. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tua Pek Kong Pagoda, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pusat Souvenir Pontianak, examine the collection at Museum Negeri Pontianak, and make a trip to Betang House.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pontianak trip planner.

Getting from Singkawang to Pontianak by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pontianak can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pontianak

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tua Pek Kong Pagoda, Long House Kampong Saham
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ParadisQ Waterpark ©
ParadisQ Waterpark
Makam Juang Mandor ©
Makam Juang Mandor
Jami Mosque ©
Jami Mosque