Many people believed that the name "œTarakan" was taken from 2 words of Tidung tribe's language, Tarak (meet) and Ngakan (eat). So the word "œTarakan" can be translated as the place for fishermen to meet to do barter each other and to eat together. The history of Tarakan can be divided into several eras, the era of Tidung Kingdom also known as tarakan Kingdom (Kalkan/Kalka) between 1076-1156, the era of Tenggara Dynasty between 1557-1916 led by Amiril Rasyad Gelar Datoe Radja Laoet and the era of Netherlands in 1896 marked by the settlement of Netherlands oil company, ended with the era of Japanesse occupancy until independence. The anniversary of tarakan is on december 15th.
Things to see
There are several unique tourism spots in Tarakan, for example is mangrove forest. This place was built for Tarakan is surrounded by seas so they need a way to prevent abrasion. The first originator was Mr. Jusuf Kala who was the mayor at that time. There's also Amal Beach located in tarakan Timur sub-district. At this beach you will be pleased by the beauty of brwon sand. The last but not least are Jembatan Besi and bunker, remains of World War II.
Things to do
Derawan Island is part of tarakan territory, offering you beautiful beach with white sand and fascinating sea-view. At this beach we can do many activities like snorkeling to enjoy beautiful corals along with the sea creatures. There's also a unique fauna which usually come by, green turtle. You can also go to outbond area at Agro Wisata Karungan in Mamburungan Timur village, Tarakan Timur sub-district.
Things to eat
It would be incomplete visiting Tarakan without trying typical sefood cook of Tarakan. The most famous culinary is Kepiting Bakau (mangrove crabs). Unlike other crabs, mangrove crab is quite big and full of meat. There's Kepiting Saos Kenari Restaurant with kepiting saos (sauced crab) as the main menu. There's also kapah, white clam usually found in many foodstalls and restaurants in Tarakan.
Getting to Tarakan
Flying to Tarakan: Tarakan is served by Juwata International Airport. Juwata International Airport is located about km from Tarakan. A taxi into the city from Juwata International Airport would cost IDR 50.000. Read more about Juwata International Airport or look for flights to Tarakan