Welcome to East Kalimantan
The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan occupies an area of 145,000 square kilometers, and is the largest province of Borneo island, with a population of more than four million.
East Kalimantan with the international airport is the tourist entrance gateway to other destinations in Kalimantan Island. Over the big river channels you can access the deep interior of Borneo towards the jungle Dayak settlements, as the authentic culture spots in the dense rain forest filled with wildlife, and Derawan as Borneo beach archipelago of tropical white palm beaches and crystal clear blue lagoon sea make Kalimantan an uncomplete tourism destination without a visit to East Kalimantan.
The forests of East Kalimantan contain a wealth of rare flora and fauna. The black Orchid (Clogena pandurata), Nephents Amularia and Rattan vines growing in the forest up to 200 meters long. So do various species of valuable tropical hardwoods trees.
Among the animal species typical to Borneo endemic animals in Kalimantan forests are the wild orangutans, chimpanzees (Pongee pygmaeus), proboscis monkey also known as bekantan (Nasalis Larvatus), Mahakam River Irrawaddy fresh - water dolphins or locally called “pesut” (Orcela fluminalis) and many water and jungle bird varieties.
The animism cultural and artistic traditions of the islands indigenous Dayak population are still preserved in the hinterland region of East Kalimantan. Sailing with the tourist houseboat you can cruise up the streams of the Mahakam river to almost the Malaysian border of Borneo, to visit the Traditional Dayak settlements in the jungle, that seems to have been little touched by the advent of modernity.
Samarinda is the provincial capital of East Kalimantan province, which is planned to become the satellite city for the new Capital of Indonesia. The city is connected by a toll road with Balikpapan and the main Mahakam river infrastructure channel which mark the start for tourist trips to visit the Dayak settlements along the river banks in the deep interior of Borneo ‘s jungle.
Samarinda itself is worth a visit for tourist, with the second largest mosaic artful Mosque in Indonesia, scattered at the Mahakam River bank. The traditional Sarong hand weaving home industry famous of its high quality in Indonesia.
Balikpapan is the modern oil town, located at the sea coast of East Kalimantan, has developed several tourism attractions, as Samboja Lestari park, a rain forest rehabilitation center for Orangutans.
At KM22 a Sun-bear rehabilitation with botanic garden, not to forget Bukit Bankirai hard wooden forest, a jungle hill side with many diverse hard wooden species, and a Tree Top Tower bridge to enjoy the view over the top of Kalimantan ‘s emerald jungle.
The nearby Black River as the mangrove dark water peatland forest river system of the Balikpapan bay, where you can spot proboscis monkeys and various birds with a canoe sail journey through the mangrove forest
Berau, as the entry point for a tropical leisure escape of Borneo ‘s bounty islands Derawan Archipelago. The Derawan island with the nomadic Bajau tribe sea stilt sea houses, Kakaban Island with its fringe yelly fish lake, Sangalaki Island know of its turtle beach and huge manta ray, and Maratua island with its tropical white palm beaches and crystal clear blue lagoon sea scenery. Berau main land region has wide rain forest blocks with diverse flora and fauna as the largest wild orangutan population, and along the rivers many different Dayak tribal settlements can be found.