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Kumala island is situated in the middle of Mahakam River, passing Tenggarong city, in Kutai Kartanegara district. At first, this 85 hectare island was a sedimentation of mud, forming a land. This island is unique as it looks like a boat in the middle of a river.
Before transforming into a modern recreation site, Kumala was a site for hundreds of bekantan (Nasalis Larvatus) and various types of Borneo wild reptiles. Tourist Park of Kumala Island was developed since 2002. Entrance fee to this tourist park is Rp2,000 per person.
To take a trip around the island, tourist cars are provided for Rp3,000-Rp4,000 per person for each trip. If less than 5 passangers, this car must be rented for Rp20,000.
It is easier and closer to reach Tenggarong city from Samarinda. From Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan, you can take either a local plane to Samarinda or you can also take a taxi for Rp250,000 to Rp300,000.
From there, you can take a ketinting or motorboat to Kumala island from a pier at Diponegoro street, Tenggarong. It will take not more than 5 minutes to reach the island for Rp4,000 (if more than 5 persons) or Rp20,000 (if less than 5 persons) as you will be considered renting the boat.