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Biduk-biduk

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Biduk-biduk

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Region name is in Indonesia.

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Biduk-Biduk is an area ('kecamatan') located in the region of Berau, East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. Nearest airport to Biduk-Biduk is Bandar Udara Kalimarau in the town of Berau.

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Biduk-Biduk area consists of 6 picturesque villages spread along the coast. It has recently started attracting attention of local tourists for its beautiful white sand beaches, lagoons, mangroves, waterfalls as well as two islands; Kaniungan Besar and Kaniungan Kecil. There is a hospital and enough local shops to buy items of basic necessity.

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Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Bugis are most commonly used. There not too many people able to speak English in the area but do not feel discouraged, locals know why visitors are coming to the area and will be able to help you with directions.

Get in[edit]

It takes about five/six hours by car from Berau to get to Biduk-Biduk. There is a bus terminal where you can take a shared car for aprox. 150 000IDR per person or charter a private one for around 800 000IDR per car. Hotels can organise a pick up as well. It is also possible to get a transport to Biduk-Biduk from Samarinda or Balikpapan but it is a tiring journey of 20 hours or more. The price of a shared car is around 450 000IDR per person.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transport between the villages. As the area sees few visitors there is no need for it. It is possible to rent a motorbike from villagers for negotiable price.

Guesthouses/homestays are available in every village, ranging from 150 000IDR rooms with fan to 250 000IDR-300 000IDR rooms with aircon. There are 2 guesthouses in Kaniungan Besar island: rooms 300 000IDR per room and bungalows 400 000IDR - 650 000IDR per bungalow (amount of people sharing room/bungalow in not limited). Alternatively, one cheaper homestay is being built (Oct 2018) as a cheaper option and should be functioning soon. On the way to Teluk Sumbang village you can find Lamin Guntur Eco-Lodge. This place has English speaking staff and can organise virtually all the activities available in the area. Beachfront bungalows are priced at 500 000IDR per night.

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Despite of quite unknown status of this area it has surprising number of places of natural beauty and can be a real find for people venturing here. Labuan Cermin- fresh/seawater lagoon surrounded by lush forest is a good place to have a refreshing swim and enjoy amazing natural surroundings. From Teluk Sulaiman village, there are boats departing to Kaniungan Besar island which has quickly become a highlight of there area, with its beautiful coral reefs, amazing beaches, sea turtles, spectacular views and a feeling of remoteness. One can also visit an uninhabited Kaniungan Kecil island 30 minutes away by boat. At sunset and/or sunrise Proboscis monkeys come to the mangroves next to Teluk Sulaiman village but the place is accessible by boat only. A trip can be organised from Teluk Sulaiman or Kaniungan Besar island. There are 3 waterfalls in the last village of the area Teluk Sumbang. Two of them are quite close to the coast (5 and 15 min), for the last one and the most beautiful Air Terjun Bidadari one has to walk about 1 hour through the jungle path, just ask for a local guide in the village. Teluk Sumbang village is also home to a local Dayak tribe people, where you can buy local handcrafts, mostly made of 'rattan'.

Lamin Guntur Eco-Lodge offers Scuba Diving packages (600 000IDR per 2 dives). There are 15 known dive spots in the area. The whole area around Kaniungan Besar island and Lamin Guntur Eco-Lodge is great for snorkelling as well with colourful coral reefs and plenty of sea turtles.

There is a good potential for a jungle trekking in the area as most of it is still covered by forest but these activities are yet to be organised. Adventurous travellers can try to find local guide independently.

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There are plenty of warung (local food stalls) in the villages. Up do date there is no western food available. Basic necessities can be bought in one of the local shops.

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There is no place to buy alcohol.

Stay safe[edit]

Overall the place is quite safe and has a friendly feeling to it. Just like everywhere else common sense safety is advised.

Get out[edit]

Shared cars are departing frequently to Berau, Sangatta, Samarinda/Balikpapan.


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