Beaches dan Water Activities

Kemala/Polda Beach

This beach is situated in the city. This easy-to-reach beach is usually visited by locals to enjoy the sunset with friends or family. It is located about 600 meters (650 yards) from the main street.

Location : Jl. Sudirman
Operating hours : Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday & public holidays, 10am-11pm
Entrance fee : Rp. 500/person; Rp. 1,000 for motorcycles; Rp. 1,500 for cars
Facilities : food court, parking area, toilets, shower room (Rp. 3,000/person), water sport facilities such as banana boats: Rp. 25,000/person; jet ski rental: Rp. 800,000/person for 1 hour
Nearby facilities : warungs
How to get there : By own transport
By public transport, "mikrolet": take the number "6" dark blue mikrolet from "Damai" terminal and ask the driver to drop you off at "Pantai Polda" (about 20 minutes away).
Remarks : it might be crowded during weekends or public holidays. Cash payment only.

Lamaru Beach

Its location is about 23 kilometers (14 miles) from the city center, not far from Manggar beach and the Japanese Funeral Park. This beach has a beautiful landscape.

Location : Jl. Mulawarman, east of Balikpapan
Telephone : +62 542 7245671 (Mr. Kamiso)
Operating hours : daily
Admission charge : Rp. 2,000/person (adults/children). Parking/entrance fee for motorcycle: Rp. 2,500, car or taxi: Rp. 5,000, bus: Rp. 15,000
Facilities : warung, toilets, parking area, information center
Nearby facilities : warung
Nearby attractions : Japanese Soldier Monument, Manggar Beach (access by car)
How to get there : By own transport
By "mikrolet": from "Damai" terminal, take the green one (number No. 7). The fare costs Rp. 5,000 and it takes about 45 minutes to get there. Tell the driver that you want to go to this beach. After getting off, the gate to the beach is on the right side of the road. From there you need to walk about 500 meters (540 yards) to reach there.
Remarks : it is not allowed to swim further than 50 meters from the beach line. Pay the ticket at the ticket counter at the entrance gate. No staff attending the ticket counter before noon. It is usually open in the late afternoon and it might be crowded, especially on weekends.

Manggar Segarasari Beach

This white sand beach lies on a total area of about 13,000 square-meters and surrounded by pine trees. The beach seems to be very appreciated by the locals. Here visitors can enjoy swimming, riding banana boats, sailing, playing beach volley ball or simply just relaxing.

Location : Jl. Mulawarman, Manggar (about 17 kilometers/11 miles east of downtown Balikpapan)
Telephone : +62 542 761111, Mr. Edi: +62 813 50310573, Mr. Taufik: +62 813 50310573
Fax : +62 542 763768
Operating hours : daily
Admission charge : Rp. 1,000/child, Rp. 2,000/adult, parking fee: motorbike: Rp. 2,500, car: Rp. 5,000, bus: Rp. 15,000
Facilities : "warung", toilets, parking area, rented boats
Nearby facilities : warung, toilets
Nearby attractions : Lamaru Beach, Crocodile Farm, Japanese Soldier Monument (by car)
How to get there : By own transport
By "mikrolet": take the dark green mikrolet No. 7 from "Damai" Terminal, and get off when you see the signboard of the beach on the right side of the road. The entrance to the beach is located in front of the Indonesian Army battalion office called "YONIF/600 RAIDER". You can also tell the driver that you are going to this beach, so he will drop you off at the entrance (fare: Rp. 5,000). The beach is about 500 meters (540 yards) from the main road. You can walk or get an "ojek" (fare: Rp. 5,000).
Remarks : it might be crowded during weekends or public holidays. There are many small warungs selling local food. You can also rent a buoy at a cost of Rp. 15,000 to Rp. 25,000 (per one time rental), depending on its size.

Melawai Beach

This main beach, which lies along Sudirman street is also often visited by the locals to enjoy the sunset and affordable traditional Indonesian food and drinks, such as "pecel lele" (fried catfish served with peanut sauce and fresh vegetables), "pecel ayam" (fried chicken with peanut sauce and fresh vegetables), chicken satay, "bakso" (meat balls), and so forth. From this beach visitors can see two small islands called "Pulau Babi" and "Pulau Tukung". "Babi" Island can be visited during low tide. Locals usually do fishing nearby this island.

Location : along Sudirman Street
Operating hours : daily
Nearby attractions : Kilang Minyak
How to get there : By own transport
By "mikrolet": take the No. 6 from "Damai" terminal and get off at the beach. Your mikrolet will pass along the beach.
Remarks : it is recommended to visit the place to see the sunset.

Kampung Baru Floating Village

Unlike other floating villages (such as in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap), where people live in boats, the people who live in this old village of "Kampung Baru" dwells in houses, which are made of wood and built over the water, at seashore. "Kampung Baru" (/kam-poonk bha-roo/) itself means "new village".

Location : near "Kampung Baru Tengah" mikrolet terminal
How to get there : By own transport
By "mikrolet": take the No. 5 from "Damai" terminal to "Kampung Baru Tengah" terminal, then walk into the "Kampung Baru" harbor. You will see these wooden houses that are built over the water.
Remarks : unfortunately, visitors might see trashes on the water under or near the houses.

The "Caribbean Island" Water Park

This is a recreation site that is usually visited by local families. It offers some adventurous rides, such as "Spilled Bucket", sliding from a height of 13 meters and many other attractions.

Location : Jl. Kol. Syarifuddin Yoes (Ring Road II)
Telephone : +62 542 878583
How to get there : by own transport

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