Indonesia, Kalimantan, Travel

East Kalimantan Trip|Day 4/4 : Back home


Last sunrise from Kalimantan

Finally, this will be the last post about East Kalimantan trip in April. 🙂 We had such a short sleep on the last night. We were overnight at Rumah Kedaung Guest House & Cafe. As we arrived there early in the morning, I couldn’t recognize that this place was actually beautiful! It has lots of plantation there. You know, very close to nature.


Exterior from the main building


Half outdoor breakfast area


Interior from the main building where we took our breakfast buffet



Our ‘messy’ room


The other room opposite my room


Goodbye East Kalimantan! Those were such a fun days & experiences!


Rumah Kedaung Guest House & Cafe

Jl. Kedaung, Borneo IV, Sei Bedungun, Tanjung Redeb, Berau, East Kalimantan

+62 82153266291



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East Kalimantan Trip|Day 3/4 : Labuan Cermin


Morning view behind our room


Fried Rice for breakfast (fried rice, fish crackers ‘kerupuk’, cucumber, fried egg)


our guesthouse


The village situation

Here we are at Kecamatan Biduk Biduk!

The morning situation lifted up my fatigue from the long journey after around 6hours on the road. We arrived at 3AM the day after with tired face looked like zombies and all we thought were ‘BED~BED~BED~’ O_0

Woken up at 7AM, forced ourselves to take a shower and get ready for breakfast for another adventure! ^o^

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East Kalimantan Trip|Day2/4 : Kakaban Island


Hello! So here I am, still talking about the trip from April.. (sry,been very very busy last month)

So Kakaban Island was the last island to be visited on that day. This island is famous with its stingless jellyfishes. When we arrived there, the island was surrounded by many dead corals at the seashores. It was impossible for us to walk by fin too and we decided to wear our slippers, actually mountain / hiking slippers are recommended. Continue reading

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East Kalimantan Trip | Day 2/4 : Exploring Islands


Good Morning from Derawan

Yeah!Second day!Couldn’t get more exciting than woke up early (+1 from Jakarta) when everybody was still sleeping back home. We were planning to snorkel and met Whale Shark! Yeap, Whale Shark! You can read about whale shark here


First time Snorkeling

This was my first time to do snorkeling. Some more, the first experience to snorkel was in the middle of the sea! With the Whale Shark too! *o* I was scared at first…but I wouldn’t sink because I was wearing the life vest. I can swim but not that good, so I didn’t trust myself to swim here.


I’m on the left (not the whale shark) :p

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East Kalimantan Trip | Day 1/4 : Derawan


Kalimarau Airport, Berau

Touch down! We arrived around 3PM local time (+1 from Jakarta, same time like Singapore & Malaysia) after 30 minutes on plane . The airport was small and only 2 planes including ours. The flight was packed with locals who come back home. The weather was hot & humid. Ah..I smell the sea. 🙂

Our mini bus was ready for us at the arrival lobby. We need to go from Tanjung Redeb to Tanjung Batu Port to continue with the speed boat that brought us to Derawan Island. We arrived there around 2 hours trip.


sunset at Tj Batu Port


Arrived Derawan!

Finally we arrived at Derawan island after 30 minutes by speedboat. We stayed at Derawan Beach Cottage & Cafe right at the seaside. The place was nice and it has bridge to the sea. We were all so sticky & sweaty after the long journey, hot weather, sea salts, etc. We were relieved that we finally reached our destination. We took dinner & settled our stuff in the room.

My cousin went to Derawan before and told me to spend me time there and enjoy the nature, the starry sky, the breeze, the sea…. so after dinner I went to the bridge right away to see all the stars! It was so … like.. I don’t know how to explain. This is the second time I see all stars like this. Really pretty..really mesmerizing! I felt like…gosh! Thank God you give me a chance to see your creation! I still can enjoy & stare at this nature beauty which I can’t see because buildings everywhere in the city… light pollution, air pollution.. just wow!


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So amazed!

See! It was amazing! I really no regret that I decided to join this trip. But I somehow regret that I didn’t bring my tripod with me. I was unsure whether should I bring it or will it be heavy or troublesome for me. 😦

The others followed me to the bridge too because I kept telling them that there are stars there. 😀

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I enjoyed the silent there. What I meant silent is that I only can hear the breeze, the tides and people chit chat or shout from other cottage. It was so relaxing and I forgot all the busy & tight working schedule back in town.


Twin bedroom w/ AC & indoor bathroom.

Alright, see you in next post!

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East Kalimantan Trip | Day 1/4 : Touch Down Balikpapan

IMG_1896.JPGThe shot was captured on the plane to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

I took 6AM flight with the other 19 people in the group. We arrived at Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport (formerly named Sepinggan Airport) after 3 hours flight. The flight was packed with local Kalimantan passengers.

This is my first experience to visit Kalimantan. I was very excited to see the other side of Indonesia. 🙂

We had 5hours to wait for next flight to Berau. So we kill time by travel around Balikpapan city.

We were told that the airport was bigger than the current condition. They renovated & reduced the airport size because it was too big for them. We were surprised because as we know, airport is always busy. So it should be big, right? But they need smaller. XD


Welcoming signage with woman wearing traditional Balikpapan attire

 We rent 2 cars to bring us around Balikpapan. Our first destination is Pasar Kebun Sayur (translated in english : Vegetable Garden Market). At first I really thought that we will go to vegetable traditional market. But when we arrived there, I was surprised that the ‘veggie garden’ is just the name. Silly me. :p


So actually the ‘market’ that we went to, is a place that selling local handicrafts & souvenirs such as, beads bracelets & necklace, fabrics, woven bags, etc. Since in my group are women, they were excitedly looked around to shop! The goods here are cheap! I mean it. You can get the beads necklace for Rp 25,000 and if you buy more, it would be better to bargain more. 😀

Before we headed back to Sepinggan Airport, we filled our tummies with the must-try Black pepper crab (kepiting in bahasa Indonesia) at Restaurant Kepiting Saos KENARI. They are very popular with the crab dishes. Other popular restaurant is Restaurant Kepiting Dandito. We didn’t go there since Dandito is far from the airport.

I tried the black pepper crab and it was very delicious! Even though I was expected the crab to be bigger that it was served, but the flavor & crab melted in my mouth!Superb! Definitely will come back but will try Dandito next time 🙂

Let’s head back to airport!


Amazed with the airport so we decided to wefie here 😀


20 of us

Restaurant Kepiting Saos KENARI

Jl. Marsma R. Iswahyudi No.4, RT 061/05, Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan
(0542) 764018

Restaurant Kepiting DANDITO

Jalan Marsma Iswahyudi No. 71, Sungai Nangka, South Balikpapan, Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan



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