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East Borneo Tour: River Cruise, Dayak Tribe & Orangutans

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Tour Code: BTG-BORNEO10

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Embark on an amazing East Borneo Tour! Dance in the evening with the family of Dayak tribe who will ‘adopt’ you for 2 nights, indulge yourself with the daily life of the tribe, take a sip of the traditional spicy coffee. Cruise the long curvy river of Kahayan while keeping an eye for abundant wildlife alongside including proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and spot the fierce Brahminy kite flying above, make stops to traditional villages surrounded by lush forest and meet the orangutans at rehabilitation center. An adventure into the heart of Kalimantan, that you will never forget!

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Palangkaraya, Borneo (PKY)
Itinerary: East Borneo Tour

DAY 1: PALANGKARAYA – TUMBANG MALAHOI       ▼

Arrival at Palangkaraya airport, meeting service with our guide and then we will transfer you directly to Tumbang Malahoi Village by car, where you will be introduced to the traditional life of Dayak tribe. During the journey, we will stop for a simple lunch. Upon arrival, the tribe will welcome you with a ceremony and after having fun, take your time for a short rest at the traditional long house of the tribe.

Later, you will join a dinner with the family together in the house. Listen to stories from the elders about the history and traditions of everyday life in the village.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Dayak Longhouse

DAY 2:JUNGLE WALK – MUSICAL PERFORMANCE       ▼

Have breakfast and then together with the guide, you will do a trekking into the forest nearby the longhouse. Around the area, you can find ironwood and rubber tree plantation. In addition, see how the locals extract rubber from the trees while learning Dayak tribe’s agriculture.

After that, go back to the house for lunch and then see the Kaharingan Temple which is based on traditional Dayak religion. In the evening, you can have fun with some traditional music and dance performance. Feel the energy of togetherness and learn as much as you want about the music and dance. Moreover, perhaps try some of the instruments too.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Dayak Longhouse

DAY 3:TUMBANG MALAHOI - PALANGKARAYA       ▼

This is the day you say goodbyes to the family who has ‘adopted’ you for 2 nights. After having your breakfast, prepare your bags to leave this village with good memories. You will go to Palangkaraya city for a transit night in a hotel. Perhaps relieve yourself with some swimming!

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Swiss-Belhotel Palangkaraya

DAY 4:PALANGKARAYA – RIVER CRUISE       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast, then at appointed time we pick you up to go to the harbor where you start the river cruise. During the trip, you will cruise the snake-shaped river past the floating houses. Then, continue upstream with lush forest passing by some villages. Around early evening, board a canoe through the black water lakes.

Keep an eye out for some wild animals such as proboscis monkeys, horn-bills, and Brahminy kite of eagle family. After that, return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Boat

DAY 5:BAPALAS ISLAND – ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION – SEI GOHONG       ▼

The boat continues up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast on board. You will arrive on Bapalas, a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS). After that, continue with a motorized canoe to observe the orangutans and then go the education center. It is where the orangutans are awaiting release. You will also learn about the history of BOS and their programs.

Return to the boat and enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong village. Meanwhile, the boat will continue upstream passing by some more orangutan pre-release islands. On arrival, we transfer by small canoes to have closer observation of the orangutans. If the water level is enough, you can go for a refreshing swim in the black water lake. Return to the boat for dinner and overnight in a quiet location.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Boat

DAY 6:SEI GOHONG – KANARAKAN       ▼

Early morning, you will have short transfer to Tangkiling Hill by car. There, you will visit Dayak cultural spirit houses and make the climb to the top of the hill. Enjoy your breakfast, then we depart for Kanarakan, another Dayak village.

In Kanarakan, we are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony. Then, stroll around with him to see the village home gardens, rubber fields, and other village livelihoods. Visit the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories. Return to boat for lunch and cruise downstream. Have dinner and later overnight in a quiet location on the river.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Boat

DAY 7:MUARA RUNGAN - BUKIT RAWI – DEPARTURE       ▼

After breakfast, the boat cruises to the village of Tanjung Sanggalang on the Kahayan River. Transfer by car for the short trip to Bukit Rawi and Sigi, where we see the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance. Board the boat for your final cruise to Rambang Harbour in Palangka Raya. Check out at 2pm and transfer to your hotel or the airport.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch 

Accommodation: –

Photos: East Borneo Tour

Price Includes

  • 2-Nights Longhouse accommodation
  • 1-Night hotel accommodation
  • 3-Nights Cabin boat accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • Airport and other transfers as indicated
  • Off-boat tours and service tax
  • Meals and drinks during the cruise
  • A unique experience!

Price Excludes

  • Domestic/international flights
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Airport tax
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, personal expenses
  • Porter: optional of boat tour
  • Extra expenses occurred due to causes beyond our control (force majeure) such as cancellations of flights, natural disasters, diseases, etc.
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “INCLUDES”
Map: East Borneo Tour

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
Shorts and long pants
Couple of pairs of socks
Waterproof jacket/raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trip:

Dive insurance
Dive certificate
Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
Swimsuit/Dive suit
Adaptor DIN or INT
Flashlight
Sunscreen SPF +40
Waterproof bags

Land tour and trekking:

Small backpack
Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
Pullover (as in some places like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
Hats
Small flashlight or head flashlight
Towel (quick dry microfiber towel)
Sunscreen and Sunglasses
Mosquito Repellent with DEET

Other important items:

Personal medication (including contact lenses)
Travel insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
Waterproof bag to put all important documents
All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge may apply)
Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
Toiletries
International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How do I get to Palangkaraya?

Flights depart daily for Jakarta and Surabaya. Current airlines operating services into Palangkaraya are Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air and Lion Air.

How hard is our tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes: Easy, Medium, Hard. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

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