Makassar Strait

Makassar Strait is a strait between the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi in Indonesia. To the north it joins the Celebes Sea, while to the south it meets the Java Sea. The Mahakam River of Borneo empties into the strait.

Makassar Strait
Makassar Strait Map
Makassar Strait
Location of Makassar Strait
Coordinates0°0′0″N 118°30′00″E
Native nameIndonesian: Selat Makassar
Basin countriesIndonesia
SettlementsBalikpapan, Bontang (Kalimantan)
Makassar, Palu, Parepare (Sulawesi)
ReferencesMacassar Strait: OS (Oceans) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA

Ports along the strait include Balikpapan and Bontang in Borneo, and Makassar, Palu, and Parepare in Sulawesi. The city of Samarinda is 48 km (30 mi) from the strait, along the Mahakam.


The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) defines the Makassar Strait as being one of the waters of the East Indian Archipelago. The IHO defines its limits as follows:[1]

The channel between the East coast of Borneo and the West coast of Celebes [Sulawesi], is bounded:

On the North. By a line joining Tanjong Mangkalihat, Borneo (1°02′N 118°57′E) and Stroomen Kaap (Cape Rivers), Celebes (1°20′N 120°52′E).

On the South. By a line from the Southwestern extreme of Celebes (5°37′S 119°27′E), through the Southern point of Tana Keke, to the Southern extreme of Laoet (4°06′S 116°06′E) thence up the West coast of that island to Tanjong Kiwi and thence across to Tanjong Petang, Borneo (3°37′S 115°57′E) at the Southern end of Laoet Strait.

See also


  1. "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  2. "Navy vessel rescues 65 people in Makassar Strait | IHS Fairplay". Retrieved 2018-11-30.

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