Derawan Island is not the only natural tourism in East Borneo. There are many clear blue lakes, hills with beautiful scenery, and others. It would a big mistake if someone assumes that the tourist destination in East Borneo is only about Derawan and Kakaban Island.
The island which was once the central government of Great Indonesian Empires such as the Kingdom of Kutai (Hindu), the Sultanate of Kutai Kartanegara ing Martadipura, and the Sultanate of Sand has most of the territory surrounded by dense tropical rainforests.
East Borneo which famous for its black orchids that are second to none, is not only rich in flora diversity, but also the beauty of its natural tourisms. These are the natural tourisms of East Borneo that must be visited besides the Derawan and Kakaban Islands.
These are 9 Unexposed Natural Tourism of East Borneo
1. Diving the endless clear and bluish lake in Haji Mangku Cave similar to the Sanctum Movie
In the actual condition, the Haji Mangku natural tourism of East Borneo is more in the form of the lake than a cave. Perhaps, it referred to as a cave because the entrance to the lake of this clear blue brackish water has to pass the mouth of the cave first.
A beautiful and sinister view will be the welcome scenery when passing through the watery cave door. This bluish lake has a narrow space. If you look deeper into the lake, it will look like a deep ravine.
2. Become the witness of the Batu Bernada’s uniqueness in Losan Cave, the stone which has rhythmic tones
If translated to English, Losan means a cave that can be penetrated from one place to another. This Losan Cave is located on the border of East Borneo and South Borneo, precisely in Muara Komam District, Paser Regency.
When you start stepping into the mouth of the cave, the view of stalactites and stalagmites that sticking out from the roof and wall of the cave will welcome the visitors.
Not only the view of stalactites and stalagmites, but Losan Cave also has another unique nature namely Batu Bernada. When this stone is hit, rhythmic tones can be heard just like a musical instrument.
You can enter the Losan Cave by yourself, you have to be accompanied by cave keepers or guides who could walk you through to enjoy the beauty of this cave.
Each visitor must bring their own lighting equipment. The entrance ticket for this Losan Cave is Rp.5,000.
3. Climbing the rock walls in the jungles of East Borneo that resemble the Great Wall of China
The name is Batu Dinding. This natural tourism of East Borneo has been popular lately as the discussion material in social media. Especially by those who live in East Borneo and the surrounding area.
This Batu Dinding natural tourism has slowly burst out and pulling everyone’s attention due to its beautiful charm that similar to the Great Wall of China. This Batu Dining natural tourism is narrow rock walls with less than 1-meter width.
The hilltop of Batu Dinding is also narrow, which only about 5 meters in width. If seen from distance, Batu Dinding hill is shaped like a ridge 500 meters in length. Around the hill, there is a dense jungle.
On the left side of the hill, there is a deep ravine. Just a wrong footstep will cause your life. No need to worry, because there are 30-50 local guides assigned to manage and supervise the visitors to not jostle when entering the narrow peak area.
Our recommendation is, visit this spot during the dry season. The sunset and sunrise become the best moment to enjoy the natural beauty of Borneo’s forest from the height of Batu Dinding. Batu Dinding is located in Bukit Merdeka Village, Samboja District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency, East Borneo.
If your departure is started from Balikpapan, take Soekarno Hatta road toward kilometre 45. In there, you can find the direction toward the Batu Dinding natural tourism of East Borneo.
4. Batu Sembinai Park of East Borneo
Have you ever been to Stone Garden in West Java? Well, Batu Sembinai Park has a similar landscape to the Stone Garden of Padalarang. Among the expanse of vast and dense green forest, irregular grey rocks grow.
Very beautiful! However, to be able of enjoying the natural beauty of this stone Borneo’s forest, visitors have to travel the uneasy road. You have to pass winding road, exhausting trekking, but it will be paid off with the incomparable beauty.
To be able of reaching the peak of the hill, less than an hour of the trip is required. Do not forget to prepare some supplies like drinking water, snacks, medicines (if needed), webbing (to reach the highest rocky peak), and of course, the local guide so you won’t get lost.
If the trip is started from Balikpapan, continue the trip to Tana Paser, Paser Regency. From Tana Paser, continue the trip to Batu Kajang toward Jami As-Salam Mosque. From there, follow the street sign to Batu Sembinai natural tourism.
5. Passing Canopy Bridge amidst the tropical forest in Bangkirai Hill
This 1,500 ha of natural tourism park presents a panorama that might never be seen before on Java Island. In Bangkirai Hill, the trees that grow tall up to 40-50 meters in height can become unusual panorama.
Not only about the height, but those trees also have a wide diameter which around 2,3 meters. What is more unique is that the trees in this Bangkirai Hill are 150 years old. Not only an educational tour amidst tropical trees.
Bangkirai Hill also offers adrenaline-trigger tourism by crossing Canopy Bridge. This first bridge in Indonesia is hung on Bangkirai trees with 30-40 meters of height that connected to five trees. The challenge in crossing this 64 meters bridge is more felt during the strong wind.
The bridge that swings in the direction of the wind will make your heart beat fast. Bangkirai Hill is located in Semboja, Kutai Kartanegara, precisely in km 38 of Soekarno Hatta road. To reach this location, 1.5 trips from Balikpapan is required. This East Borneo natural tourism is open from 7 am to 5 pm.
6. Walking the lake by boat at the Tulung Ni’Lenggo Blue Lake
Tulung Ni’Lenggo is a clear bluish lake located in Tembudan Village, Batu Putih District, Berau Regency. All this year, Ni’Lenggo tourist destination has been crowded with locals. The clear water of the lake can be a perfect spot for self-relaxation.
In Tulung Ni’Lenggo, tourists can circle this lake by using the provided boats or just swim to enjoy the freshness of lake water. The atmosphere of the natural beauty and the tranquillity atmosphere of the village have made this East Borneo’s natural attraction to be crowded during the vacation. With the ticket price of Rp.5,000, the natural beauty of East Borneo is will be too bad to miss.
7. Labuan Cermin Lake of East Borneo
Labuan Cermin Lake is a tourist lake located in Biduk Biduk District, Berau Regency, East Borneo. It is referred to as Labuan Cermin Lake because this lake has very clear water.
It is crystal clear even if there are any objects that stand on the surface of the lake, the shadow of the object will be clearly visible from the surface of the lake’s water. Due to that matter, many visitors use the uniqueness of this nature as a photo object.
There are also many photo spots that can be used, such as standing on a boat or while diving. This natural tourism is very suitable for photography lovers and enthusiasts of water tourism.
Lake Labuan Cermin has another name. Local people call it Dua Rasa Lake because the water of Labuan Cermin lake consists of salt and fresh water.
8. Derawan Island, a beautiful island which always crowded with tourists
Derawan Island is famous for its beautiful coral reefs, countless numbers of reef fish, flourishing seagrass, and preserved mangrove forests. Due to its beauty, Derawan is always crowded with tourists. Especially the lovers of the underwater scenery.
In Derawan Island, there are 460 types of corals, 870 species of fish from dwarf seahorses to giant manta rays. Imagine, the underwater scenery of Derawan is not only amazed the tourists but also make them feel at home.
Even tourists could easily found a group of a total of 50 manta rays each day. Tourists can interact by feeding the fish while swimming or looking at them from the boat.
9. Swimming with the non-stinging jellyfish on Kakaban Lake
Swimming freely among hundreds or even thousands of rare jellyfish on Lake Kakaban Island will create different stories. Maybe, you might get tickled to see the chewy-shape jellyfish dancing.
Even when holding the non-stinging jellyfish. There are 4 types of rare jellyfish that live in brackish water which do not sting at all, and also 8 types of small fish, and endemic biota that I have encountered in other waters.
The biota that exists here is the biota that has been trapped for decades and has finally evolved to adapt. If you want to try the sensation of diving in the middle of the high seas, the waters of Kakaban Island are interesting to dive into.
In there, there are many types of rare fish such as barracuda, white tip and blacktip sharks, and even shark hammers.
10. Greeting cute turtles from the Maratua Island dock at dusk
Same as Kakaban Island, Maratua Island is part of the Derawan archipelago. To get to the location, tourists only need about one hour trip from Derawan Island by using a speed boat.
The beauty of the Maratua natural landscape is undoubted. Located on the borders of Indonesian and Malaysian waters, many say that Maratau is an underwater paradise for divers. Maratua’s coral reefs are fringing reefs, rare fishes such as kakatua fish, opkis fish, tringger fish, and others.