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Welcome to Samarinda "Jewel by the Sea," spacious, comfortable fully self contained holiday accommodation located only 90 minutes away from Brisbane CBD, on North Stradbroke Island, Australia.

Samarinda boasts spectacular views overlooking the magnificent white sands of Main Beach and is the perfect holiday destination for family and friends or a secluded place to take that someone special. Close to the Surf Club and patrolled beach swimming, you can go for leisurely walks, fish, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Samarinda apartments are spacious and comfortable with 1, 2, & 3 bedroom fully self contained apartments, large verandas, FOXTEL and full laundry facilities. National Park walks are close by, with the famous North Gorge walk just moments away. The board walk offers superb viewing of whales and our spectacular coast line. Just up the hill only a few minutes walk you will find a selection of fine dining restaurants, shops and cafes.

Samarinda is the capital of the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan (Kalimantan Timur) on the island of Borneo. The city lies on the banks of the Mahakam River. As well as being the capital, Samarinda is also the most populous city in East Kalimantan with a population of 562,463 (2000) and as such is used by many as a gateway to the more remote regions of the province such as Kutai Barat, Kutai Kartanegara and East Kutai. Reaching these areas usually involves travel by river as the most efficient means. Although it has status as the capital of East Kalimantan Province, some government institutions are located in Balikpapan, such as Police, Indonesian Army District VI of Tanjung Pura, and Pelabuhan Indonesia (Port Transportation).

Transport into Samarinda itself is facilitated by an airport, Temindung and a port. However, there are plans to relocate both the airport and port soon.

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samarindaWhen the Gowa War began, the Dutch under Admiral Speelman's command attacked Makassar from the sea. Meanwhile, the Netherland's local ally Arupalaka led a ground attack. The Kingdom of Gowa was forced to surrender and Sultan Hassanudin made to sign the Bongaya Treaty on November 19, 1667.

The treaty did not quell all trouble for the Dutch however, since the Bugis from Gowa continued their struggle using guerilla tactics. Some Buginese moved to other islands close by such as Kalimantan. A few thousand people led by Lamohang Daeng Mangkona or Pua Ado I, moved to East Kalimantan, known then as Kutai, where they were welcomed by the local Sultan.

The Sultan of Kutai gave the migrants land in Kampung Melantai around the Karang Mumus River, now known as Kampung Selili, where established farms and fisheries. In payment, the Bugis people promised to help the Sultan defend Kutai whenever needed.

The name Samarinda originates from the description of the way in which the Bugis houses were constructed. At that time houses were customarily built on a raft and generally had the same height. This provided important social symbolism of equality between residents; no person's house, and thus no person, was seen as higher or lower than another. They named the settlement 'Samarenda', meaning 'equal in height'. After hundreds of years of use the pronunciation of the name changed slightly and the city became known as Samarinda.

The arrival of the first Bugis on 21 January 1668 was chosen to mark the city's anniversary.

In 1955, the Apostolic Vicariate of Samarinda was established in the city. In 1961, it was promoted as the Diocese of Samarinda. In 2003, the diocese was promoted as the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Samarinda.

Samarinda is known for its traditional food amplang, as well as the cloth sarung samarinda. The city also has a bridge connecting the two river banks, called The Mahakam Bridge. The city center is on on side and the other side is named, Samarinda Sembrang.

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riverMahakam merupakan nama sebuah sungai terbesar di provinsi Kalimantan Timur yang bermuara di Selat Makassar. Sungai dengan panjang sekitar 920 km ini melintasi wilayah Kabupaten Kutai Barat di bagian hulu, hingga Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara dan Kota Samarinda di bagian hilir.

Sungai Mahakam sejak dulu hingga saat ini memiliki peranan penting dalam kehidupan masyarakat di sekitarnya sebagai sumber air, potensi perikanan maupun sebagai prasarana transportasi.

Is the provincial capital of East Kalimantan. Located on the Mahakam river, the town occupies a space of about 167 square kilometres and has a population of approximately half a million people.

Samarinda city started as a small village of Bugis settlers who, in 1668, arrived from Sulawesi, led by La Mohang Daeng Mangkona. Those first settlers came from Wajo to Parepare, from where they proceeded to Muara Pasir and Kutai. There, on January 21, 1668, they founded the settlement which is now the city of Samarinda. The date is commemorated annually as the official birthday of Samarinda. Samarinda is the capital town of East Kalimantan and located about fifty kilometers upstream from the mouth of the Mahakam River. It's a trading town established in 1730, much cheaper and easier going instead of Balikpapan. For inland tourism Samarinda is the starting point for exciting Mahakam River, Jungle and Cultural Dayak adventure.

Mahakam Delta & Samarinda

Samarinda is surrounded by rivers. The Karangmumus flows to the east of the town, and the Karangasem river to the west. All of them empty in the Mahakam river mouth area.
Those rivers are important to the people of Samarinda. Besides serving as avenues for transportation, they also meet the people's need for sanitation, and other facilities. Motorboats plying those rivers are popularly called water taxis, and it is mostly these noisy, agile vessels that cause the hustle and bustle on the riverside. The Mahakam, at this point, is about 430 meters wide, and the water-taxis are everywhere.

The river splits the town parts, known respectively as Samarinda Kota and Samarinda Seberang . One unique feature of this provincial capital is that it is probably the only one that as a forest, 212,000 hectares in size, in the center of town, more than half of which is a production forest.

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From Samarinda you can head northwest to Tenggarong or south to Balikpapan. The long-distance bus terminal is adjacent to the river-boat terminal at Sungai Kunjang, on the north side of the river a couple of kilometres upstream from the Mahakam bridge. Take a green A taxi from the centre of town (2500Rp). There are daily buses to Balikpapan (19,500Rp, two hours) and frequent buses to Kota Bangun (20,000Rp, three hours).

There are also Kijangs to Sebulu (8000Rp, 45 minutes) from Citra Niaga or Tenggarong (8000Rp, one hour) from Harapan Baru, the terminus for the orange G taxi, which leaves from Citra Niaga.

Buses to Bontang (20,000Rp, three hours, daily) and Berau (135,000Rp, 16 hours, daily) leave from the Lempake terminal north of the city, at the end of the B taxi route (5000Rp), which you can hail on Jl Bhayangkara.


Pelni (741402; Jl Yos Sudarso 76) boats travelling between Balikpapan and Nunukan, and Balik­papan and Surabaya often take passengers in Samarinda. Fares vary depending on the boat; your best option is to check at the office for updated information.

The Teratai is a private boat that leaves every second day for Berau (150,000Rp, 27 hours). Ticket sellers hang around on Jl Yos Sudarso outside the harbour passenger terminal.

For information on which boat leaves when, check at the harbour master’s office (Kantor Administrator Pelabuhan; Jl Yos Sudarso 2), about 200m east of Jl Nakhoda.

For daily passenger boats heading up Sungai Mahakam, take a green A route taxi to get to Sungai Kunjang ferry terminal, southwest of the town centre. Get to the pier by 6am, as boats leave at 7am. The journey to Melak (upper deck 120,000Rp) takes 19 hours and to Long Iram one day and a night (upper deck 150,000Rp). If conditions permit it’s another 12 hours to Long Bagun (upper deck 200,000Rp). Most boats have a sleeping deck upstairs, as well as a sleeping deck and simple canteen on the lower level.


DAS (735250; Jl Gatot Subroto 92) flies to Melak, Long Ampung Data Dawai and Tanjung Selore several times a week. A month’s advance booking is generally necessary to secure a seat. DAS and Kal-Star (742110; Jl Gatot Subroto 80) also fly to Tarakan, Berau and Nunukan.

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Map of Samarinda



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