Margomulyo Mangrove Forest
Margomulyo Mangrove forest is one forest conservation area which is used as a tourist destination. Its main function is as coastal protection from the effects of ocean waves. Forest filled with mangrove plants is located in Margomulyo Village, West Balikpapan District, Balikpapan City of East Kalimantan Province. The distance is about 9 km from Balikpapan city center or can be taken during 20 minutes trip by motor vehicle. The Mangrove is known also as the city forest. It has an approximate of 800meters length of wooden bridge and a tower watch which allowed visitors to walk accross the mangrove.
The city forest is also home to one of World endanger species “the Narsalis larvatus (Proboscis Monkey)” or known locally as the long nose monkey/the Dutch Monkey”. The monkey usually can be seen at close to sunset time.
The government stated to release this 6,8 ha area from resident ownership, and make it a conservation area. Most trees grow by themselves, but also many of them planted by conservatory program. This forest protected because this is place where animals and plant live.
This place is also a nice spot for photography lover. Shady thick woods, long ironwood bridge for tracking, and some gazebo. And if you are lucky enough, you can meet tempakul, a fish that can walk on the ground, some birds, even small monkeys searching for food.
How to reach this place:
Margomulyo Mangrove Forest is located behind SMU Negeri 8 in AMD Gunung Empat street 42, Margomulyo Village, West Balikpapan District, Balikpapan City of East Kalimantan Province. The distance is only about 9 km from the city center.
Unfortunately, there is no public access to the location. One alternative is to use ojek service (motorcycle taxi) from Inpres Kebun Sayur Market. To enter the Mangrove Forest, beside to the high school building, there are alleys that the entire road was made of a wooden bridge. You just need to follow the path of the bridge is to find the gateway to Margomulyo Mangrove Forest area.