Tarakan City is a small island, one of the cities that belonging the territory of the 34th North Kalimantan Province since it was established in 2012. Although North Kalimantan is the latest province but the potential tourism in this region can not be underestimated. There are five county level II is incorporated in North Kalimantan (Kaltara) Province; Tarakan City, Nunukan Regency, Bulungan Regency, Malinau Regency, and Tana Tidung Regency.
The strategic location of Tarakan City make this small town can be said to have a more complete facilities than four other regencies. And this advantage is very beneficial for the Government City of Tarakan, including in terms of tourism. Despite not having a prominent tourist attraction, the tourists still arrive to Tarakan City if they want to visit in four other regencies. Besides Juwata Tarakan International Airport which is the biggest airport in Kaltara area, Tarakan has two harbor; Malundung sea ports and Juata (the ferry port). Air transportation can be done using plane of Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air, Trigana and Kal Star with route flights Tarakan - Balikpapan, Tarakan - Jakarta, Tarakan - Yogyakarta and Tarakan - Surabaya. Even recently it has direct flights from Tarakan to Tawau (Malaysia) using Maswings Air.
Realizing the important role of Tarakan in tourism potential of Kaltara, The Government City continues to make improvements to improve tourism facilities and supporting infrastructure so that tourists who initially merely transit be interested to visit some of the sights in Tarakan City.
To support tourism in Kaltara region, Tarakan City also have been prepared with a choice of accommodation types of budget hotels to star hotels also some places of tourist attraction and recreation. Tarakan City have been ready to become a major gateway of Kaltara Province tourism. Some attractions either natural, historical or cultural in Tarakan can be an attraction for domestic and foreign tourists visiting this small town. Tarakan is not too broad, with an area of 657.33 km and the population in 2012 of approximately 240,000 people, this tiny island has a uniqueness that is not found in the other North Kalimantan (Kaltara).
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