Water attractions in West Kalimantan

Danau Sentarum

Danau Sentarum ©Peter van Sluijs/Flick

West Kalimantan has an area of ​​146 607 km2 and a wide variety of mineral and gemstone deposits, some of which are still waiting for exploration. The coastal areas are mostly marshy plains, which are divided by more than 100 rivers. The climate of West Kalimantan is tropical, the average daily minimum temperature is 22.9 °C and the maximum is 31.5 °C. The less rainy period from March to May, is proceeded by the rainy season lasting from November to January with heavy rains.

We made you a list of the most important water attractions in West Kalimantan.

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The Pasir Panjang beach resort

The Pasir Panjang beach resort is at 17 km from Singkawang (Sambas regency) and is a beautiful water attraction in West Kalimantan. It is deal for bathing, but tennis is also available. On the beach you can rent cozy beach cottages. Near Singkawang you will also find the Gunung Potengi mountain resort and is a perfect place for nature lovers.

Pasir Panjang

Pasir Panjang ©ultimatekldevil/Flick

The Selimpah Coast

The Selimpah Coast is a camp site on a section of the beach where many turtles lay their eggs from February to May. It is at 305 km from Pontianak and at 80 km from Sambas.

The Menanggar Falls

The Menanggar Falls is a gorgeous water attraction in West Kalimantan and occupies a huge area and has seven levels. Around the waterfalls you will se pristine rain forest and Barema caves (Dayak shrines). The speed ​​streams and quite basins lure the young and older people as well to take a bath in the breathtaking waterfall. The sound of the birds staying on the trees is reflected as if it would be a praise for this natural wonder. The waterfall is located between Landak and Bengkayang, you can get there with a four-wheel-drive jeep.

The lagoon of the Danau Sentarum National Park

The huge lagoon of the Danau Sentarum National Park in West Kalimantan is well worth a visit. The park has an area of ​​132 000 hectares and is located in the Kapuas Hulu Prefecture, in the Semitau district, at one and a half hours away from the city of Semitau with speedboat.

Danau Sentarum

Danau Sentarum ©Peter van Sluijs/Flick

The floating houses can be visited with traditional long boats. In the surrounding five freshwater lakes live about 220 different species of fish, therefor the salted and the fried fish is available everywhere. The most famous of them is the gold arowana (Scleropages formosus), known locally as the Ikan Shiloh. The color versions of the fish farmed by the local Malay and Dayak people are really appreciated by the collectors.

In the Sentarum National Park in West Kalimantan you can get an accommodation in the floating homes of the villagers. You can also have part of the experience for fishing, swimming, climbing, boating, and speed boating as well.

Boats in West Kalimantan

Boats in West Kalimantan ©oh sk/Flick

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