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Mystical Dayak Tribe of Borneo (7D/6N)

Tour Code: BTG-BORNEO11

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An expedition into Dayak tribe of Borneo! This 6-night trip in the heart of eastern part of the island will 3 highlights. Explore the jungle in search of wild Orangutans, meet some of the last Dayaks tribes, and navigate in the jungle rivers to find see countless animal species in the rain forest. But there is even more, do not forget that the east coast of Borneo is home to one of the most important biodiversity on the planet. We will have the opportunity to see whale sharks and swim among large protected green turtles from our bungalow on the foot of a white sand beach.

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Pickup: Berau, Borneo (BEJ)
Itinerary: Mystical Dayak Tribe of Borneo

DAY 1: BERAU, MERASA       ▼

Welcome to Berau! One of the marine paradises in Indonesia with pristine beaches and healthy coral reefs, virgin islands and vast forests. Upon arrival at Berau airport, meet our friendly guide who will take you by car to Merasa village. In about 2 hours, you will arrive and you can already explore the traditional village on your own. Free time until evening when we will have dinner and then overnight in a guesthouse.


Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse Merasa


Enjoy a simple breakfast, then we will start our day!

Exploring the Jungle

We head to Lesan River where you will cruise upstream in a motor-canoe for about 2 hours. You can enjoy the scenery alongside the river banks filled with tranquil greenery of lowland and towering dipterocarps trees which remark as the start of getting deeper into the Borneo Jungle. During the cruise you might spot various wildlife from otters, monkeys to bird species. Visit Pulau Bawan as the Orangutan Island in the Lesan River then afterwards we will do a short jungle trek. Depending on the conditions on site, we might be able to visit a nearby waterfall and old Dayak tribe graves as well as limestone cave.

The Dayak Tribe

As the sun is getting above our heads, we return to Merasa village and continue by car for about an hour to visit the Benuaq Baru Dayak Kayan village. The arts of Dayak Benua Baru are extraordinary and vibrant in designs, statutes and the characteristic of flowing geometrically used in portrayed scenes of jungle life comes from Chinese and Vietnamese Dong Son influences.

A woman with the long ears and tattoos can be found here as one of the last memorable Dayak Culture signs, in the rapidly changing Kalimantan development. We continue to Talisayan, have lunch en route at a local restaurant. On arrival at the destination, transfer to hotel for overnight but we will have dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Talisayan Hotel


Enjoy an early breakfast at hotel and we will leave by car to Talisayan harbour to catch a “klotok” (riverboat) to the Whale shark spotting point where you can see the animals swimming just from the boat at a close distance. Depending on the conditions, it is also possible to have a short sightseeing in Talisayang village where you can meet the Bajau tribe.

They are mostly fishermen but they also collect bird nests to sell. We continue overland by car to Labuan Cermin Lake which is also known as the mirror lake due of its two types of water, fresh at the upper layer, and salt water at the bottom, with even fresh and salt fish inside. You can swim or do snorkeling in the lake and enjoy the forest greenery around.

Lunch will be served and afterwards we continue by car to Teluk Sulaiman where we will have some off-road ride through the dense forest to Teluk Sumbang bay in the most southern part of Berau district. Dinner is served en route and you will sleep in an ecolodge.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Teluk Sumbang Eco Lodge


Enjoy your breakfast then today we will leave you a free day. Sunbathe at the beach in front of the lodge, or do some snorkeling.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: On board


After breakfast at the lodge, enjoy a little free time until we transfer you by klotok boat for about a half hour to Kaniungan island, to visit the Bajau tribe. You can swim or snorkel on the coral reefs there too. Afterwards continue to the Turtle bay where we will observe the green turtles right from the boat, or snorkel to get closer to them (but don’t touch!).

In the late afternoon, we return to the Eco Lodge for lunch. After prepare your energy, we are going to do trekking about 3km to the Dayak Basap settlement at the Mangkaliat mountain plateau, to experience the traditional way of life. Then continue trekking into the rain forest to the waterfall and return to the Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Teluk Sumbang


After having breakfast, we will explore the mangrove forest on a kayak, and look for proboscis monkeys as well as other wild animals. We then go back to the eco lodge around midday for lunch and then prepare for trekking in the rainforest of Mangkaliat mountain, to search the wildlife that roams there. At the end of the day, return to the lodge for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Teluk Sumbang


Enjoy your breakfast, then have some free time to enjoy your last moments before leaving to Berau to catch your flight to the next destination. The journey will be about 7 hours by car. Thank you for exploring the jungle with Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast  


Photos: Mystical Dayak Tribe of Borneo

Price Includes

  • 1 Night at Merasa Local house
  • 1 Night at Hotel Talisayan
  • 4 Nights at Teluk Sumbang Eco Lodge
  • English speaking guide
  • Airport and other transfers as indicated
  • Donations and Entrance fees, permits
  • Meals, Accommodations, and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A unique experience!

Price Excludes

  • Domestic/international flights
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Visa
  • 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: Mystical Dayak Tribe of Borneo


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 suggestion 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 for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • 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 might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Berau?

Berau Kalimarau airport with direct Flights to Balikpapan, and Tarakan, from where you can connect/transit to Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Tarakan, Berau, Palu, Makassar, Manado, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu

Samarinda Airport with direct flights to Melak, Balikpapan, Berau, Tarakan, Nunukan, Long Apung, Tanjung Selor ( ATR – Airvan planes )

How Hard is Our Tour?

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

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

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.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

Facts of Teluk Sumbang

Teluk Sumbang is an undiscovered place on earth, with virgin tropical rain forest in Berau regency of Indonesian East Borneo. Teluk Sumbang is at the foot of the Mangkaliat Mountain and declared as a protected forest. Mangkaliat Mountain Forest rises from an altitude of 250m in the east to 1750 m in the west, with forest types ranging from lowland forest, Limestone forest to dipterocarp and montane forests.

The Streched white bounty Palm beaches suit for shilling or children play ground, with a crystal bright sea and very diverse coral reefs in front for those who love snorkeling and diving, will have an astonished experience. The Dayak Settlement at a Platau in the Mountain, is poor in art, but rich in traditions, even hunt with the traditional blow-pipe is still a daily fact for the daily needs.

Typical rainfall amounts to 3000 mm per annum with a dry season from June to September and rainy season from November through February. The average temperature ranges from 24 to 35 degrees Celsius.

Culture & Wildlife of Teluk Sumbang

The Flora of Merasa & Teluk Sumbang is exotic and primary Rain forest as it has to be, with lots of wildlife “easy to spot. The area’s are home to the endemic orangutans, sun bears, Gibbons, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, and pythons. The Tribal Cultures live in tradition, and own spiritual believes but are poor in art.

Weather in Teluk Sumbang

Day Temperatures 24°– 35°C

Night Temperatures 18 °– 24°C

Humidity 80%-90%



Accommodation in Teluk Sumbang

Teluk Sumbang has an Eco Beach Lodge, but is due of the remote area an accommodation facility little back to basic, electric is only available at 6pm-10pm, The beach cottages has a sea view in front and jungle view in the back. The cottages are with matrasses, with a separate a shared Indonesian styled cold water shower and Toilet can be found in the Lodge area, No air-conditioning available


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