About Kalimantan

Rivers play an important role in communication and economy aspects of the inhabitants of Borneo. The rivers flow to the ocean with beautiful beaches. The island also has many nature reserve and national park for wildlife. The local wisdom will give us a lesson about harmony in life.

Getting Around

Kalimantan has several domestic and international airports. Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan; Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Syamsuddin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan; Supadio International Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan.
Public bus is available from other islands in Indonesia as well as from Kuching, Malaysia to Pontianak.
Ships are connecting Kalimantan with other islands in Indonesia, including Jakarta.
Speedboats depart frequently from Nunukan in East Kalimantan to Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia.

10 Most Amazing Tourist Destination in Kalimantan

The largest island in Indonesia and the third largest in the world that will be a perfect destination for adventure lovers. The island is also known as Borneo and it is the largest biological resource center in Indonesia, and one of the largest in the world, besides Amazon.

Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands

Kakaban, Maratua and Sangalaki are part of Derawan Islands in East Kalimantan that have beautiful underwater. Swim with turtles and giant manta and snorkeling in a lake full of millions of stingless jellyfish.

City of Singkawang

City of Singkawang

Home to many gorgeous beaches, such as Samudera Indah Beach, Omong Beach, Pasir Panjang Beach and Batu Payung Beach. Visit Taman Bukit Bougenville, dazzling Blue Lake also Sinka Island Park at Simping Island.

Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park

One of the most famous national parks with orangutan conservation that is known as Camp Leakey. Find more than 800 species of plants, 250 species of birds, and 30 species of mammals in the wild. Adverture down the river which divides the forest with klotok boat.

Muara Teweh Water City

Muara Teweh Water City

At the edge of the Barito River in Central Kalimantan, you can see various buildings and houses floating on water, as well as the daily life of its unique inhabitants. You can also enjoy the attractive natural landscape of green forest.

City of Martapura

City of Martapura

A paradise for lovers of gemstones. There are two trade center processed gemstones, which are Batu Market and Cahaya Bumi Selamat Market. Various jewelery studded with precious stones can be found in this market as well as traditional Sasirangan cloth.

Muara Kuin Floating Market

Muara Kuin Floating Market

Market that characterizes South Kalimantan is not far from the center of the city of Banjarmasin, precisely in Kuin River. Find the floating boats selling things like vegetables, fruits, and the famous Banjarmasin traditional cuisine, Soto Banjar.

Mount Kelam Expedition

Mount Kelam Expedition

An adventure to satisfy your dream to reach a remote exotic destination. Bukit Kelam Park in Sintang saves a mysterious legend,  the story of Bukit Kelamand the unique rocks that are suspected as meteor fragments.

Dayak Tribe Expedition

Dayak Tribe Expedition

Dayak Tribe of Kalimantan has an interesting culture to explore. You can witness the beauty of Lake Jempang, Ohong River, Long Iram, meet the Dayak Benuaq tribe. Stay overnight on a boat and sail the Mahakam River by kayak.

Penjamur Hill

Penjamur Hill

900 m high hill in Bengkayang, 4 hours far of Pontianak, it is the star among nature lovers in the province. It has easy tracks for trekking and this hill offers views of the sea of clouds and spectacular sunrise.

Mananggar Waterfall

Mananggar Waterfall

A beautiful waterfall that is located in Serimbu, Porcupine, 5 hour drive from Pontianak. Enjoy the scenic view with unspoiled jungle of Borneo, and meet the Dayak Tribe that will make it a memorable holiday.

Tips for Traveling to Kalimantan

What can you do in Kalimantan?

  • Diving with green tortoise in Derawan Island or Maratua Island
  • See jellyfish at a lake in Kakaban Island
  • Find out what’s make Lake Sentarum famous
  • See sunset at Melawai Beach
  • Meet orangutans at Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Feel the sensation of bargaining on a klotok or ces (kind of boat) while your shopping at Muara Kuin floating market
  • Take eco-tour to Bangkirai Hill or Kembang Island
  • Paragliding at Kelam Hill
  • Enjoy the sunny day in Beras Basah Island
  • Take klotok in Mahakam River to get around Kalimantan
  • Witness Cap Go Meh Festival in Singkawang and learn about local wisdom from Dayak (tribe in Kalimantan)

What should you eat in Kalimantan?

  • Soto Banjar, patin baubar, lempok durian, es lidah buaya (aloe vera ice), mie sagu (sago noddle), pengkang, lemang, gagodoh, gangan, bubur pedas (spicy porridge), ayam cincane (chicken), sayur rotan (rattan vegetable), amparan tatak pisang, pisang gapit, udang galah (shrimp), juhu umbut sawit, lontong orari, and kapah. 

What should you know about transportation in Kalimantan?

  • It is comparatively easy and quick to move from one provincial capital to another in Kalimantan. There are regular flights between Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin, Pontianak and Samarinda.
  • Taxis and trishaws (becak) are available in big towns only.
  • You can rent motorboats by hour to get around Kalimantan since the island consist of rivers and jungles.
  • Water taxis (small boats) is one of the main means of transportation.
  • For more adventure, you can rent klotok.
  • Number of roads in Kalimantan are in bad condition. So, it is better you rent a vehicle that can pass on the full of holes or muddy road.

What should your know about Kalimantan?

  • Wear boots if you have a plan to visit villages. Many areas in Kalimantan are peat and clay.
  • Bring also repellents if you want to go to forest.
  • Basically, local people are friendly. Still, you have to act in good manner. Some traditional villages have rules that you should respect.
  • An experienced tour guide can help you to explore Kalimantan safely and comfortably.