Mahakam river is the biggest river in East
Kalimantan province. This 920 km long river flows from its upper stream
in Kutai Barat to its lower stream in Kutai Kartanegara and Samarinda.
is very important for most inhabitants in the province as some areas
are only accessible by river. Transportation of goods also relies on
this transportation means. This river empties itself in Tenggarong,
Belayan and Lawa rivers.
Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan, which is the entry point to East
Kalimantan, we can take land or air transportation to Samarinda. Some
airliners provide local route of Balikpapan-Samarinda. You can also
take a taxi to Samarinda for a 2.5-3 hours drive.
If you use
land transportation, you will be amazed by the beauty of Mahakam river
in area called Samarinda Seberang. You can see busy sides of the river
in Samarinda city center.
Mahakam river flows through three regions namely Kutai
Kartanegara and Kutai Barat districts, and Samarinda city. Most of its
upper stream areas are only accessible by ketinting or motor boat, or
long distance water taxi (ship). Some of its lower streams can also be
accessed through land transportation. You can use motor vehicle to
travel along the river passing through Samarinda city. You can also
walk along the river sides to enjoy its scenery downtown.
traveling along the river, you will find various social activities
performed by local community living along the river sides e.g.,
transportation of goods and natural resources for inter-island and
export purposes, fishing and sales of fishes.
Mahakam riversides are used as rest areas by local community,
particularly from afternoon till night. In the afternoon, traders sell
various types wof foods and drinks along the riversides. Residents
usually watch sunset while enjoying roasted corns, breads etc. More
people come during at night.
Kumala island is situated in the
middle of the river. It is a leading tourist object in Kutai
Kartanegara district. You could enjoy sky tower, bumper cars, tourist