Indonesia’s wealthiest city with the honey bear mascot! Balikpapan is known as the oil city of Indonesia… but don’t be fooled. Balikpapan’s natural reserve and many attractions create a haven for its inhabitants and visitors!
One of the most visited natural attractions in town is the Margomulyo Mangrove Forest. Close to the city center, this site is where majestic mangrove conservations and animal shelters reside! Visitors can walk in this park through the forest on the wooden bridge made for a stroll. As a city near the ocean, Balikpapan has plenty of gorgeous beaches to offer as well! Manggar Segara Sari Beach, Lamaru Beach, Kemala/Polda Beach, and Melawai Beach are a few of the many famous beaches worth visiting in the city.
As a city with beautiful scenery, Balikpapan created plenty of fun-filled attractions to make your visit worthwhile! The Bangkirai Hill Nature Tourism and the Wanawisata Forest offer safe and breathtaking adventures into Balikpapan’s vast forest landscape. Balikpapan also has Kampung Atas Air Margasari Balikpapan—a floating village above the sea!
Don’t worry about what to bring home from Balikpapan! The Balikpapan Tourism Shopping Market and Klandasan Market offer tourists plenty of things to buy. Fresh produce, clothes, jewelry, trinkets, and even traditional handicrafts are all available at these markets!
Balikpapan is served by the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport. From the airport, visitors can travel through the city by buses, taxis, or shuttles. The taxi fares range from Rp 70,000 to Rp 115,000; the bus fares range from Rp 90,000 to 150,000 per passenger; the shuttle fares range from Rp 100,000 to Rp 200,000.
Balikpapan has a plethora of halal cuisine! Visitors might be interested in a culinary tour at Bandar Ruko Balikpapan! Other Muslim-friendly restaurants in town are available as well! Rumah Makan Torani, The Beach House, Bebek Goreng Jumbo Pak Asman, Soto Banjar Kuin Abdhu, and Warung Haur Gading Balikpapan are there to name a few.
The Masjid Madinatul Iman inside the Balikpapan Islamic Center is the largest mosque in the city. The architecture of the mosque itself resembles that of Masjid Nabawi, Madinah. Other mosques in town are Masjid Jami' Al-Ula and Masjid Agung At-Taqwa.