Discover the Enchanting Wonders: 9 Must-Visit Destinations Around IKN Nusantara

Desa Budaya Pampang
Desa Budaya Pampang Photo: wikipedia

As the capital of Indonesia prepares to make a historic shift from Jakarta to Penajam Paser Utara, East Kalimantan in 2024, the relentless progress in infrastructure development continues. Known for its lush forests, East Kalimantan is not just a province of trees; it's a treasure trove of natural beauty and rich culture. From pristine beaches to mysterious caves, here are 9 captivating tourist destinations around IKN Nusantara that will sweep you off your feet.

1.   Pampang Cultural Village (Desa Budaya Pampang)

Immerse yourself in the traditional dance allure of Pampang Cultural Village, home to the Dayak Kenyah tribe. Easily accessible from Samarinda, this village offers captivating dance performances against the backdrop of the flowing Pampang River.

2.   Royal Footprints Cave (Goa Tapak Raja)

Dive into the depths of history at the Royal Footprints Cave, located approximately 30 kilometers from the heart of IKN. Discovered in 1983, this cave is not just a marvel of nature but also a treasure trove of historical significance. Perfect for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.

3.   Honey Bear Conservation (Konservasi Beruang Madu)

A must-visit educational destination is the Honey Bear Conservation at the Environmental Education Tourism Area. Home to the mascot of Balikpapan, the honey bear, a rare species in East Kalimantan, invites visitors to witness its feeding and foraging activities in the forest.

4.   Mentawir Ecotourism Village (Desa Wisata Mentawir)

Embark on a journey to Mentawir Ecotourism Village, spanning a vast 2,300 hectares, with 300 hectares dedicated to mangrove ecotourism. Located in Sepaku District, this village offers a blend of natural wonders, including mangrove forests, Mentawir River rafting, tropical jungles, and bamboo forests.

5.   Mount Parung  (Gunung Parung)

For the adventure seekers, Mount Parung offers a pristine forest sanctuary in the northeast of IKN Nusantara. Reach the summit and behold the entire IKN area and even the Balikpapan Bay.

6.   Tembinus Waterfall (Air Terjun Tembinus)

Discover the mesmerizing Tembinus Waterfall, a natural gem tucked away in Sepaku District. A 3-hour journey from Penajam will lead you to this enchanting destination, where adventure meets the embrace of nature.

7.   Bengkirai Hill (Bukit Bengkirai)

Step into the enchanting Bengkirai Hill, a destination renowned for its stunning forest. With 510 hectares of lush greenery, this spot is a haven for trekking enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Dare to try the flying fox, swing line, wall climbing, and canopy bridge.

8.   Red Earth Beach (Pantai Tanah Merah)

Unwind at the Red Earth Beach in Tanjung Harapan, Samboja District, Kutai Kartanegara. Famous for its white sandy shores and pine trees along the coast, this exotic beach invites you to relax in its gazebos or safely swim in shallow waters.

9.   Nipah-Nipah Beach (Pantai Nipah-Nipah)

Nipah-Nipah Beach is the perfect holiday escape, featuring picturesque spots for selfies, including a 'LOVE' sculpture and heart-shaped figures. Located not far from IKN Nusantara in Penajam Paser Utara, this beach offers stunning views of the sea and sandy shores.

As we conclude this emotional odyssey through IKN Nusantara's hidden gems, the question remains: Which destination has ignited a spark in your soul? The magic of East Kalimantan awaits, inviting you to explore, feel, and cherish each heartbeat of this incredible journey.

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