Visiting Places in Balikpapan

Bekapai Garden | Crocodile Farm | Oil Tanks

Bekapai Garden ("Taman" Bekapai)

Taman Bekapai is a place where locals use to spend their leisure time with friends of family. There is a steel statue describing the process of oil exploration from the earth. It is very dazzling when the lights are illuminated at night.

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Location : Jl. Sudirman, in front of the "PLN" office
Nearby facilities : ATMs/banks, restaurants, hotels, karaoke
How to get there : Own transport
By "mikrolet": take the number "6" mikrolet from "Damai" terminal and ask the driver to drop you off at "Taman Bekapai".

Crocodile Farm (Penangkaran Buaya)

Occupying a 6-hectare area, this farm takes care of about 3,000 crocodiles. It offers visitors crocodile and other animal attractions (elephants, monkeys, turtles, and civet). Visitors can also taste their crocodile satay in a small cafe within this farm.

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Location : Jl. Mulawarman RT. 029 No. 66, Desa Teritip
Telephone : +62 542 790568, +62 542 426337 (Office)
Fax : +62 542 426338
Email : [email protected]
Operating hours : daily, 8am-5pm
Admission charge : Rp. 10,000 per person
Facilities : parking area, toilets, warungs (usually open on Sundays), chickens (to feed the crocodiles at a price starts from Rp. 10,000), souvenir shops, food stall
How to get there : Own transport
By "mikrolet": from "Damai" terminal, take the No. 7 green mikrolet. It will pass this crocodile farm (fare: Rp. 5,000). It is located about 250 meters from the main street.

"Kilang Minyak" Balikpapan/Stray tankers and offshore oil rigs

The "Kilang Minyak" lies on a 2.5 square kilometer area but unfortunately it is not open to public. This is a protected area and surrounded by fences. It processes both refined and non-refined oil for Indonesia, especially for the eastern parts of Indonesia. The site was originally built in 1922 but destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in 1950.

However, visitors can see the tankers beyond its parameters, from the road around the complex.

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Location : Jl. Minyak, facing Balikpapan Bay
Nearby facilities : Semayang Harbour
Nearby attractions : Melawai Beach
How to get there : Own transport
By "mikrolet": take the No. 6 mikrolet from "Damai" terminal
Remarks : visitors can only admire the scenery of oil refineries from their "mikrolet tour" or get off nearby the "Pertamina office". Photo taking is strictly prohibited.

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