Visa on arrival is available at Balikpapan's Seppingan Airport, Pontianak's Supadio Airport, and West Kalimantan's Entikong land border crossing from Sarawak.
For all other entry points from outside Indonesia, obtain a visa first.
Silk Air (www.silkair.net) flies between Balikpapan and Singapore. Batavia Air (www.batavia-air.co.id) flies between Pontianak and Kuching in Sarawak, plus Batam near Singapore. Most connections to/from other parts of Indonesia pass through Jakarta or Surabaya.
Ferries connect Tarakan and Nunukan in East Kalimantan with Tawau in Sabah daily except Sunday. Speedboats run daily between Nunukan and Tawau.
State shipping line Pelni (www.pelni.co.id) and other carriers link most coastal cities to Java and Sulawesi. Cargo ships offer rides in many ports.
Air-con buses connect downtown Pontianak with Kuching. Economy buses to the Entikong border crossing leave from Batu Layang outside Pontianak, and from Singkawang and Sintang. At the time of research, immigration officials allowed foreigners to exit at Entikong, immediately obtain a new visa, and re-enter Indonesia.
Vast distances, dense jungle, and mountain ranges make travel difficult, especially by land. Where possible, boats are often more direct and comfortable, but pricier. For long distances, flights can spare days on the road, particularly during rainy season, at reasonable prices.
Kalimantan's air schedules and carriers constantly change due to rapid growth and, following major accidents in 2007, heightened safety concerns. At the time of research, at least eight airlines had flights to Kalimantan destinations including otherwise isolated interior communities. Main air hubs are Pontianak, Balikpapan and Banjarmasin. Bookings often require cash payment for confirmation. Usually, travel agents provide the best information, service, and prices for flights. KalStar (021-5315 3456) gets high marks for variety of destinations and reliability.
Flight cancellations are frequent, so always check before going to the airport. It's also often worthwhile going to the airport even if a flight is supposedly full. Be polite, but firm, and you may get aboard planes, passengers are weighed along with their luggage and pay by the kilo.
Boat travel is disappearing as more roads are built. That's unfortunate, since river ferries (kapal biasa or kapal taxi) or long bots (nar- row wooden boats with covered passenger cabins) are pleasant alternatives to buses and best for exploring the jungle. The journey up Sungai Mahakam to Dayak communities remains a Kalimantan highlight, and there's no other way to the headwaters of Sunga Kapuas. There are few coastal boat routes within Kalimantan. Scheduled and chartered speedboats and ces reach small towns anci .
Roads now connect most major towns, and where roads run, buses follow. Travel conditions vary dramatically by location and season; rainy season shifts durations from hours to days. Aircon, smoke-free buses remain rarities. Kijangs (a popular SUV brand) run scheduled routes between some cities and can be chartered everywhere, independently or through hotels and travel agencies. A car and driver cost 450,000Rp to 80G,000Rp per days, depending on location, circumstances and bargaining prowes. Where necessary and available, 4 WD vehicles are far more expensive.
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