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Things To Do in Balikpapan & Balikpapan Airport Layover Ideas

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Things to do in Balikpapan if you have a Balikpapan Airport Layover or Extended Balikpapan Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Balikpapan Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Balikpapan.LayoverIdeas.com.

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Bukit Bangkirai

Bukit Bangkirai is home to the famous Canopy Bridge. It was originally built here in East Borneo for biological study of the ecosystem in the tropical rain forest canopy. It has become popular for sightseeing, allowing the public to experience the beauty of a tropical rain forest from 30 metres (90 feet) above the ground. The area around Canopy Bridge is also a nice spot to enjoy the nature, or to camp and watch the stars. Bukit Bangkirai is located 58 kilometres (36 miles) northwest of the city of Balikpapan.

Go for a Swim

The Bahana Surya / Blue Sky Hotel had a nice swimming pool that is reported to be open to non-guests for a fee (external entry IDR 30.000 per person)

Balikpapan Orangutan Sanctuary and Eco Lodge

At the Balikpapan Orangutan Sanctuary and Eco Lodge (BOS), you can see rescued orangutans and sun bears in their natural habitat. Just roam around for a day or you can stay at the eco lodge for a few nights and experience the wildlife in the jungle. You also have the option of completing a 2 or 4 week volunteering course, where you help out with the animals. BOS is about a 1 hour by car from the city centre. Top: if you stay the night or volunteer you will need walking boots, spare clothes, insect repellent etc.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Balikpapan Airport in time for your connection and enjoy your layover city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017