Balikpapan is a port city located on the eastern coast of Borneo island, Indonesia. This is the gateway city of Kalimantan region. Prior to the oil boom in early 1900s, Balikpapan was a small Bugis fishing village. Today here are headquartered major oil companies from all around the world operating from eastern Kalimantan.
The city is relatively clean, tiny, with clear blue skies but not much nightlife. Plaza Balikpapan is the city's largest shopping mall. At Kebun Sayur Traditional Market tourists will find gems, jewelry, handicrafts. Among the most popular beaches are Manggar, Lamaru, Dapur Bunda and Crocodile Farm.
In Balikpapan tourists may also enjoy a jungle trail, rainforest trekking (through solid foliage beneath the canopy) or Wanariset Samboja Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Cruisers on Mahakam River may visit a Dayak community in Pampang, and see an unique structure of longhouse community.
On Apr 3, 2018, Indonesia declared a state of emergency around port Balikpapan after a large oil spill and fire killed 4 people. The accident occurred on March 31. The spillage spread over an area of 12 km2 (4,5 ml2). It originated from an underwater pipeline from the oil refinery of the state-owned company Petramina.
The Balikpapan cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia.
If you lose the Balikpapan location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.