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Balikpapan is a city located in the East Kalimantan province of Indonesia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second largest city in the province, after Samarinda, and is located on the Balikpapan Bay. The city has a population of over 700,000 people, making it the largest city in East Kalimantan.

The city is known for its rich natural resources, such as oil and gas, and is a major port for the export of these resources. It is also a major industrial center, with a variety of factories, including oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and shipbuilding yards.

The city is situated in a tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 26°C (79°F). It is surrounded by the Makassar Strait to the north, the Java Sea to the south, and the Celebes Sea to the east.

Balikpapan has a long and storied history. It was first settled by the Dutch in the early 1800s, and was used as a trading post for the Dutch East India Company. The city was later occupied by the Japanese during World War II, and was the site of several major battles between the Japanese and Allied forces. After the war, the city was rebuilt and has since become a major economic center in East Kalimantan.

Balikpapan is a vibrant city with a diverse culture. It is home to a range of museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars, and nightlife venues. It is also a popular destination for tourists, with a variety of beaches, water sports, and other activities.

Excursion tips for a day in Balikpapan

As a tourist in Balikpapan, Indonesia, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in just one day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Visit the Balikpapan City Monument – located in the center of the city, this monument is a tribute to the city’s history and culture.

2. Take a stroll along the Balikpapan Beach – enjoy stunning views of the ocean and take in the fresh sea air.

3. Explore the Manggarai Market – shop for souvenirs and local delicacies at this bustling market.

4. Go on an adventure to the Banjarmasin National Park – explore the lush forests and take in the breathtaking views.

5. Try some traditional Balikpapan cuisine – sample some of the delicious local dishes like ikan bakar (grilled fish) and soto ayam (chicken soup).

6. Take a boat tour of the Mahakam River – enjoy the stunning views of the river and its wildlife.

7. Visit the Balikpapan Museum – learn about the city’s history and culture at this museum.

8. Go on a shopping spree at the Grand Bazaar – find unique items and souvenirs at this lively market.

9. Take a trip to the nearby city of Samarinda – explore the city and take in its unique culture.

10. Relax at the Balikpapan Waterfront – take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

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The climate in Balikpapan

The climate in Balikpapan in Indonesia is tropical, with hot and humid conditions throughout the year. During the summer months (December to March) temperatures are high and the humidity is very high. The rainy season is from November to April, with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. During the winter months (May to October) temperatures are cooler and the humidity is lower. The best time to visit Balikpapan is during the dry season, which is from May to October.

Cruise weather for Balikpapan

Our weather forecast for Balikpapan helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Apr. 21st 2024 Apr. 21st 2024 max: 33.4 °C
min: 25.8 °C
13.3 m/s
19.8 m/s
59.8 %
18.1 m
80.4 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 22nd 2024 Apr. 22nd 2024 max: 34.5 °C
min: 24.2 °C
10.4 m/s
18.0 m/s
90.1 %
22.7 m
80.4 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 23rd 2024 Apr. 23rd 2024 max: 33.0 °C
min: 24.4 °C
10.8 m/s
14.0 m/s
69.9 %
21.1 m
81.0 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 24th 2024 Apr. 24th 2024 max: 32.3 °C
min: 24.1 °C
11.2 m/s
15.8 m/s
71.2 %
24.0 m
81.1 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 25th 2024 Apr. 25th 2024 max: 33.0 °C
min: 23.8 °C
15.5 m/s
19.1 m/s
54.5 %
23.6 m
81.0 %
1,007 hPa
Apr. 26th 2024 Apr. 26th 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 23.8 °C
7.9 m/s
19.1 m/s
95.7 %
17.7 m
85.6 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 27th 2024 Apr. 27th 2024 max: 31.5 °C
min: 23.7 °C
8.3 m/s
12.6 m/s
91.8 %
23.2 m
83.3 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 28th 2024 Apr. 28th 2024 max: 31.3 °C
min: 24.1 °C
14.0 m/s
14.4 m/s
91.9 %
24.1 m
81.7 %
1,008 hPa
Apr. 29th 2024 Apr. 29th 2024 max: 30.6 °C
min: 24.2 °C
9.4 m/s
11.5 m/s
78.1 %
21.9 m
84.5 %
1,009 hPa
Apr. 30th 2024 Apr. 30th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 23.7 °C
7.2 m/s
18.0 m/s
98.9 %
17.0 m
90.8 %
1,010 hPa
May. 1st 2024 May. 1st 2024 max: 25.5 °C
min: 23.8 °C
6.8 m/s
15.8 m/s
99.8 %
19.7 m
94.2 %
1,010 hPa
May. 2nd 2024 May. 2nd 2024 max: 30.1 °C
min: 23.4 °C
9.4 m/s
12.2 m/s
96.9 %
19.8 m
84.9 %
1,009 hPa
May. 3rd 2024 May. 3rd 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 23.9 °C
6.1 m/s
10.4 m/s
87.2 %
21.8 m
87.2 %
1,010 hPa
May. 4th 2024 May. 4th 2024 max: 30.8 °C
min: 23.4 °C
7.9 m/s
14.4 m/s
79.1 %
24.1 m
83.1 %
1,011 hPa
May. 5th 2024 May. 5th 2024 max: 29.3 °C
min: 23.7 °C
5.0 m/s
6.1 m/s
20.8 %
20.2 m
86.6 %
1,011 hPa

Cruises to Balikpapan

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Scheduled ship calls in Balikpapan, Indonesia
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