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The Indonesian territory of Kalimantan accounts for two-thirds of Borneo and is known for its natural rainforests, wildlife and exotic surrounds. For tourists, the attraction of unexplored jungles, mountains and forests is a major drawcard. Home to rare wildlife and plants, Kalimantan is full of discovery and wonder perfect for adventurous couples or solo travellers.
Located in East Kalimantan, Bontang is known for its isolated location and rare flora and fauna. Discover the areas off the beaten track, and you’ll be rewarded with rare beauties such as the Kutai National Park. Only 45 minutes by speed boat from Bontang, Kutai National Park is home to many orang-utans and chimpanzees. Over 300 bird species and other unique animals also call this park home. Take a 4-day orang-utan tour here, created for adventurous types wanting to delve deep into the Borneo jungle. Photo by Anis Eka, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Located in East Kalimantan, the Derawan Islands are pure tropical paradise. Known as one of the best diving spots in the world, a whole host of unique marine wildlife calls these waters home. Go on a tour to discover the unique and protected species of this area, including whales, dolphins, dugongs, coconut crabs and stingless jellyfish. Turtles are also one of the major endangered species found in relative abundance here. Try some ‘ikan bakar’ (grilled fish) with the locals and stay in a comfortable wooden guesthouse in the villages. Derawan Dive School provides diving opportunities around the island.
Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan and lies on the banks of Indonesia’s longest river, the Kapuas River. Take a cruise along the Kapuas River and cross the equator. Also visit the Equator Monument built in 1928 to indicate the exact location of the equator. Visit Mesjid Abdurrahman, an 18th century mosque, a long-standing example of Sumatran architecture. Kalbar Fantasia Theme Park is a family adventure park perfect for water rides and swimming pools. Photo by Berryhehakaya, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.