Kumala Fantasy Island is a small island in the middle of a river used as recreational park. Actually, it is just delta located in the middle of Mahakam River, Town of Tengggarong, Regency of Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. The delta was formed due to mud sedimentation. With the area of 85 hectares, the entire delta was utilized as a recreational park. Kumala Island has a unique shape. It longs parallel with the Mahakam River, making it looks like a ship.
How to Reach Tenggarong
Tenggarong town is easiest to be accessed from Samarinda or Balikpapan, either using private vehicle ot public transportation. Here are some choices of transportation to get to the town:
- From Samarinda using private vehicle, you need to drive through Mahakam Bridge and turns to Samarinda Seberang. Continue to Loajanan and Loakulu before you reach Tenggarong.
- From Samarinda using public transportation, you can get on a public car with the code “G” and take off at Loajanan. From there, continue using another public transportation with the route Loajanan – Tenggarong. Take off at Crossing Port of Kumala Island (Dermaga Penyebarangan Pulau Kumala).
- From Balikpapan using private vehicle, you need to drive through Soekarno Hatta Road and turn to Bukit Soeharto. Continue to Loajanan and Loakulu before you reach Tenggarong.
- From Balikpapan using public transportation, you can get on a public bus with the route of Balikpapan – Samarinda and take off at Loajanan. From there, continue using another public transportation with the route Loajanan – Tenggarong. Take off at Crossing Port of Kumala Island (Dermaga Penyebarangan Pulau Kumala).
How to Reach Kumala Fantasy Island
Once you are in Kutai Kartanegara, the only thing you need to do next is to get across the Mahakam River to reach Kumala Fantasy Island. To this, you have two options:
Ketinting is a traditional motor boat. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes to reach Kumala Island. The ticket is $0.2 if there are more than 5 people on the boat. But if there are less than five people, then you have to pay $1.5 divided by the amount of people on the boat.
- Cable Car
A cable car has been built to connect Kumala Island and the main land of Tenggarong through above the Mahakam River. This crossing option is much more fun if you are not afraid of heoght as you can see the view of Kumala Fantasy Island and Tenggarong city from above. To ride a cable car, you only need to pay 0.8 per person.
To enter Kumala Fantasy Island, first you need to buy ticket for $1.5 per person. The price includes free ride of Tourism Car that could take you go around the entire fantasy island.
Recreational Park surely has lots of attractions to entertain their visitors. This applies to Kumala Fantasy Island as well where there are plenty choices of attraction to try. Here are some of them:
- Statue of Lembuswana
On the entrance of Kumala Island, you will see a huge statue with detailed carvings and reliefs around it. That statue is Lembuswana, the Ruler and Guardian of River Mahakam. Lembuswana has the head of a lion, the wings of a Garuda, the trunk of an elephant, and four claws of a chicken. Lembuswana is the icon of Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate.
- Pura Pasak
Behind the statue of Lembusawana is Pura Pasak. Pura is a religious building for Hindu people. According to history, Kutai Kartanegara was used to be a Hindu empire. Passing the Pura, you will see a throne similar to the one belongs to King of Kutai.
- Pesut Mahakam Dolphins
Pesut dolphin is a rare species of freshwater dolphin. There are quite plenty of them in Kutai Kartanegara. One of their natural habitats is at Mahakam River. From Kumala Island, you can see them swimming and jumping on the river around. If you wish to be closer to them, you can ride ketinting to the river. A giant aquarium of Pesut Mahakam is now being constructed on Kumala Island to make it easier for you to see them.
- Rumah Lamin
Rumah Lamin is a traditional house of Dayak tribe, native tribe on East Kalimantan. The building was mainly constructed using Ulin Wood which is also known as Iron Wood. Ulin wood is very strong and durable. While normal wood will weaken if exposed to water, Ulin wood will get strudier instead. Rumah Lamin has unique architectural style and full of meaningful ornaments.
- Joyful Rides
Just like any other recreational park, Kumala Fantasy Island also has plenty choices of rides that are fun to try on. At this area, there are mini train for children, trampoline, boom boom car, merry go round, duck boat, and much more. Ticket is required for each ride, but everything is at affordable prices. The ticket for rides are ranging from $0.6 to $1 each.
- Sky Tower
A tower with the height of 78 meters has been built in Kumala Island so to allow the visitor to enjoy the view from above. From the top of the tower, you can see the entire Kumala Island, River Mahakam, and even Tenggarong town. The highest level floor of the tower can rotate 360 degrees. This way, you can enjoy the entire view without having to walk around. This venue is pretty cheap to enjoy. The ticket is only $0.8 per person.
Kutai Kartanegara has unique culture that would be interesting to be explored. To enjoy it, there is a traditional festival called Erau. This festival is being held biennially. In fact, the Kumala Island Recreational Park was first opened officially during this event in 2003.
The word “Erau” in folk language means “joy” or “crowd”. Just as its name, the festival is intended to gather the crowd and have fun together. During the festival, you will see various performances of art, sport, and agility performances. Traditional rituals are also being practiced by the Dayak, native tribe of East Kalimantan.
The traditional ceremonies will take place at the Kutai Kartanegara Sultanate Palace while the performances will be showcased on several places throughout the regency. This festival is usually being held around September.
In 2014, Erau Cultural Festival is not just participated by the Kutai Kartanegara alone, but also other countries. There are 11 countries participated in showcase performances such as Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Russia, Croatia, Philippines, South Korea, Columbia, Egypt and Bangladesh.
Where to Stay
To spend the night in Kumala Island, there is a nice accommodation called DJS Resort Pulau Kumala. The resort has rooms that can occupy up to 100 guests as well as supporting facilities such as swimming pool, cottage, and restaurant. To have a stay at this resort, you need to book about one week prior your arrival. This is because the hotel does not operate daily. Thus, they need time to make a great preparation to guarantee your comfort during your stay. DJS Resort Pulau Kumala is very popular for group accommodation such as family vacation, group gathering, or official affairs. The cottage of two rooms is available for about $33.75 per night. For reservation and further information, please contact +62 541 7069945.
Since you are already in Kutai Kartanegara city, why don’t you pay visit to other tourism object on the city as well? You can take tours to Pondok Labu Village, Mulawarman Museum, Lake Semayang, Isuy Bay, Bukit Bengkirai Natural Tourism, and much more.
Going with friends and family to a recreational park is fun. Spending one day to go around and play could really shove off the stress you got after working for a week. But why going to a usual park if you can go to Kumala Island?
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