Balikpapan Bay

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Balikpapan Bay ca.1910

Balikpapan Bay (Indonesian : Teluk Balikpapan), is a bay in Indonesia, near Borneo island close to the city of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Indonesian company Pertamina has its largest oil refinery on the eastern side of the bay.


Balikpapan Bay is located on the western side of Makassar Strait, in the south-west of the Pacific Ocean. The bay is bordering several areas.

  • North : Penajam Paser Utara Regency
  • East : Balikpapan city
  • South : Makassar Strait
  • West : Penajam city and Penajam Paser Utara Regency.

Balikpapan bay is the mouth of several rivers such as Wain River before mergeing into Makassar strait.

Port and harbor[edit]

Several public ports were located in Balikpapan Bay, such as:

  • Semayang Harbor, the largest passenger and cargo for Balikpapan city.
  • Kampung Baru Harbor, a harbour serving ferry boat passenger to Sulawesi
  • Kariangau Harbor, a ferry harbor to Penajam city.
  • Penajam Harbor, a ferry harbor to Balikpapan city.

Private ports were also located in this area, such as :

  • Pertamina, on the eastern part.
  • Chevron, on the western part.
  • Several coal mining company has its own private port on western and northern part.

External links[edit]

Media related to Balikpapan Bay at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 1°14.622′S 116°46.38′E / 1.243700°S 116.77300°E / -1.243700; 116.77300