Borneo Roundtrips

Borneo or Kalimantan is a huge adventure travel destination, covering an area about 747,000 sq km, and one of the largest tropical rainforests in the world. The island is very rich in biodiversity compared to many other areas. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees (267 species of dipterocarp), more than 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds found in this mighty land. It is also the center of evolution and radiation of many endemic species of plants and animals. The land is inhabited by the famous Dayak tribe with over 200 different sub ethnics living throughout the hinterland along the bank of rivers and hills. It is customary for them to live with a whole extended family or one clan. Each family has their own compartment and the chief of the clan will occupy the central chamber.
Many of the island’s creatures have adapted to the condition of the life in the rainforest canopy. Some have evolved the ability to fly, or really glide, from a tree to another tree for escaping from the predators, such as; flying lizards, lemurs, squirrels, and even tree species of flying snakes. To frustrate many birds, insects have developed intricate camouflage, resembling a leaf, twig, fungus, or being poisonous.

 

 

BORNEO ROUNDTRIP I
FLOATING MARKET – LOKSADO BAMBOO RAFTING – ORANGUTAN TOURS

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights
Grade: Easy

Day 01   ARRIVAL IN BANJARMASIN
Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, exploring Banjarese river civilization by taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight. Free at your own leisure.

Day 02  BANJARMASIN – SUNGAI RUTAS – LOKSADO
After breakfast at hotel in Banjarmasin, we will proceed to Sungai Rutas village to get our boat cruising the romantic river to spot wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, long tailed macaque, silvery langurs, birds, monitor lizards, and other wild animals on the riverside as well as the daily activities of local people. Afterwards, driving to Loksado across the beautiful swampy and lowland landscape into the plateau of Meratus mountain. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at lodge in Loksado. (B,L,D)

Day 03  JUNGLE TREK
After breakfast at lodge, we will proceed to explore jungle and Dayak land crossing primary and secondary rainforest, hills, waterfall, hanging and suspended bamboo bridges, villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, longhouses, cinnamon and rubber trees. In the afternoon, we will back to the lodge through other trail with different beauties of nature. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 04  BAMBOO RAFTING – BANJARMASIN
After breakfast, we will take an adventure trip of bamboo rafting across beautiful landscape of tropical rainforest along the Amandit riverside meanwhile our coach will be waiting on the downstream for transferring to Banjarmasin for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 05  FLOATING MARKET – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market for exploring the unique culture of Banjarese that trade commodities from boat to boat, then return to hotel crossing Banjarmasin River while sightseeing people activities at riverside. Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun. Arrive at Pangkalan Bun and directly transfer to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates along the riverside. Overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, with facilities; thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, and simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar helpful guides and boatmen. (B,L,D)

Day 06  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising upward to Pondok Tanguy to explore the rehabilitation center of the new ex-captive orangutans. Next, return to houseboat for sailing upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, you will have opportunity to trek into the rainforest with your expert guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 07  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)

Included:
-AC land transportation
-Houseboat
-Motorized boat
-Bamboo rafting
-Accommodation based on twin share:
02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
02 Nights at Loksado Lodge
02 Nights at houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting
-Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
-English speaking guide
-Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Excluded:
-Airfares
-Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
-Travel insurance
-Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
-Personal expenses

 

 

 

 

BORNEO ROUNDTRIP II
FLOATING MARKET – KAHUNG VALLEY – ORANGUTAN TOURS

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights
Grade: Moderate

Day 01   ARRIVAL IN BANJARMASIN
Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, exploring Banjarese river civilization by taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight. Free at your own leisure.

Day 02  BANJARMASIN – BELANGIAN – SUNGAI BESAR
After breakfast at hotel in Banjarmasin, we will proceed to Aranio small port for cruising upward the Riam Kanan Lake to reach Belangian village while sighting beautiful mountainous scenery, floating fishing ponds, and boat making as well as species of bird fly over the lake. Afterwards, soft trekking to Sungai Besar for setting our campsite at riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on the campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 03  JUNGLE TREK
After breakfast, we will be trekking to Riam Cemara crossing villager farmlands, rivers and cascades, meadow, hills, primary and secondary rainforest. Next, continue trekking to Kahung valley waterfall with almost the same characteristic. On our trail, we will hear and see plenty of primates jump on trees as well as wild orchids. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent at riverside. (B,L,D)

Day 04  JUNGLE TREK – BANJARMASIN
After breakfast, proceed to Belangian village for cruising downward to Riam Kanan small port and directly transfer to Banjarmasin for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 05  FLOATING MARKET – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market for exploring the unique culture of Banjarese that trade commodities from boat to boat, then return to hotel crossing Banjarmasin River while sightseeing people activities at riverside. Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun. Arrive at Pangkalan Bun and directly transfer to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat about with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates along the riverside. Overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, with facilities; thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, and simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar helpful guides and boatmen. (B,L,D)

Day 06  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising upward to Pondok Tanguy to explore the rehabilitation center of the new ex-captive orangutans. Next, return to houseboat for sailing upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, you will have opportunity to trek into the rainforest with your expert guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 07  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)

Included:
-AC land transportation
-Houseboat
-Motorized boat
-Accommodation based on twin share:
02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
02 Nights at houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting
02 Nights at bivouac/tent
-Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
-English speaking guide
-Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
-Tent /bivouac
-Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)

Excluded:
-Airfares
-Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
-Travel insurance
-Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
-Personal expenses

 

 

 

 

BORNEO ROUNDTRIP III
MAHAKAM RIVER – FLOATING MARKET – ORANGUTAN TOURS

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights
Grade: Easy

Day 01   ARRIVAL IN BALIKPAPAN – LOA JANAN – MAHAKAM RIVER
Meet at airport and directly transfer to Loa Janan for boarding the houseboat to start the exciting adventure of Mahakam River. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (L,D)

Day 02  MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG – MAHAKAM RIVER
Arrive at Muara Muntai and sightseeing villagers daily activities from the long wooden bridge which is made of iron wood, and then proceed to Mancong by motorized canoe crossing the Jempang Lake of which we will have the opportunity to view plenty of water bird species and fishermen floating houses as well as the romantic Ohong River where proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and other wild animals are hanging around at riverside. In Mancong, we will explore an exotic longhouse and Benuaq Dayak daily life. Next, we will visit Tanjung Isuy for watching hundred colorful dress dancers that welcome you with an impressive attraction in front of their longhouse. Afterwards, return to houseboat for cruising downward the Mahakam River. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 03  TENGGARONG – BALIKPAPAN
After breakfast at houseboat, we will then walking to Museum of Mulawarman to explore the King Collection and Royal Cemetery of Kutai Kartanegara Kingdom. Afterwards, cruising downward the Mahakam River into Loa Janan and directly driving for about 2,5 hours to Balikpapan for overnight on hotel. Free at your own leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 04  BALIKPAPAN – BANJARMASIN
Breakfast at hotel and free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring you to airport for flight to Banjarmasin. Arrive at Banjarmasin airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, exploring Banjarese river civilization by taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 05  FLOATING MARKET – PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market for exploring the unique culture of Banjarese that trade commodities from boat to boat, then return to hotel crossing Banjarmasin River while sightseeing people activities at riverside, free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun. Arrive at Pangkalan Bun airport and directly transfer to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates along the riverside. Overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, with facilities; thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, and simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar helpful guides and boatmen. (B,L,D)

Day 06  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising upward to Pondok Tanguy to explore the rehabilitation center of the new ex-captive orangutans. Next, return to houseboat for sailing upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, you will have opportunity to trek into the rainforest with your expert guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 07  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)

Included:
-AC land transportation
-Houseboat
-Motorized boat
-Accommodation based on twin share:
02 Nights in houseboat in Mahakam River
01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Balikpapan
01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
02 Nights in houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting
-Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
-English speaking guide
-Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
-Dance performance

Excluded:
-Airfares
-Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
-Travel insurance
-Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
-Personal expenses

 

 

 

 

BORNEO ROUNDTRIP IV
FLOATING MARKET – MAHAKAM RIVER – WILD ORANGUTAN – WEHEA FOREST – DERAWAN ISLAND

Duration: 11 Days/12 Nights
Grade: Easy

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN BANJARMASIN
Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, exploring Banjarese river civilization by taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight. Free at your own leisure.

Day 02: FLOATING MARKET – BALIKPAPAN – SAMARINDA
Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market for exploring the unique culture of Banjarese that trade commodities from boat to boat, then return to hotel crossing Banjarmasin River while sightseeing people activities at riverside, free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to Balikpapan.
Arrive at Balikpapan airport and directly transfer to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 03: SAMARINDA – MAHAKAM RIVER – MUARA MUNTAI
After breakfast at hotel, we will proceed to boat station for cruising the Mahakam River with public houseboat, here you can explore the local people way of life, the riverside civilization that certainly different with our normal life on the land. The houseboat is a public traditional wooden boat with two decks, the first deck for carrying goods and economy class with capacity about 100 passengers and the second deck is for executive class with capacity of 75 passengers. The economy room is more open both sides and no mattress while the executive served mattress, with communal room, no cabin and no AC. At the back side, there are some Borneo style toilets and simple restaurant providing Indonesian food, tea, coffee, and snacks on the first deck. The boat will stop sometimes to pick and drop passengers or loading some supplies. Arrive at Muara Muntai and directly check in to homestay. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on homestay. (B,L,D)

Day 04: MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG –KOTA BANGUN – SAMARINDA
Proceed to Mancong by motorized canoe crossing the Jempang Lake of which we will have the opportunity to view many migratory water bird species and fishermen floating houses as well as the romantic Ohong River where proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and other wild animals are hanging around at riverside. In Mancong, we will explore an exotic longhouse and Benuaq Dayak daily life. Afterwards, proceed to Kota Bangun for catching our car to drive to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 05: SAMARINDA – KABO VILLAGE – KUTAI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at hotel we will drive to Kabo village for cruising up to Mentoko by motorized canoe and then soft trekking in the jungle to observe wild orangutan. In the afternoon, we will trek other trails for more exploring orangutans and other wildlife. Mentoko is a site in Kutai National Park offers various trekking trails to explore wild orangutans and other animals, a Japanese scientist built a research camp to study for the orangutans here.  (B,L,D)

Day 06: KUTAI NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, we will be trekking in different trail of the jungle to observe orangutans, monkeys, birds, insects, etc. Next, we will cruise down the Mentoko River to Sangatta with hope to see crocodile and proboscis monkeys. In the peaceful evening, we will have a night safari for observing nocturnal animals such as tarantula, insects, birds, and many more. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on research camp or tent. (B,L,D)

Day 07: KUTAI NATIONAL PARK – KABO VILLAGE – MIAU BARU
After breakfast, we will cruise down the Mentoko River back to Kabo village for catching our coach to drive to Miau Baru village for overnight at local house. Here we can explore the daily life of Dayak Kenyah. (B,L,D)

Day 08: MIAU BARU – WEHEA FOREST – MIAU BARU
After breakfast at local house, we will trekking into the Wehea forest home to diversity of flora and fauna with more than 60 species of tropical rainforest trees and 100 species of animals. In the afternoon, we will return to village for overnight on local house. (B,L,D)

Day 09: MIAU BARU – TANJUNG BATU – DERAWAN ISLAND
Proceed to Tanjung Batu village to catch our boat to cruise the sea into Derawan island. Arrive at Derawan island and directly check in to the lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 10: DERAWAN ISLAND – KAKABAN – SANGALAKI – DERAWAN ISLAND
Breakfast at lodge then proceed to Kakaban island by boat for snorkeling and exploring the wondrous sea garden and the lake with 4 different species of jelly fish that can be found by thousands. Next, proceed to Sangalaki Island for diving on the site which is called as the Capital of The Mantas Rays, including kinds of exotic fish, such as; the Mantas, Napoleons, purple sea horses, tunitates, dwarf scorpion fishes, and not to forget the coral sea garden which is fascinating. Afterwards, we will back to the lodge for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 11: DERAWAN ISLAND – TANJUNG BATU – BERAU
Free at own leisure till the proper time for transferring to Tanjung Batu to catch our car to drive to airport for your next destination. (B)

Included:
-AC land transportation
-Houseboat
-Motorized boat
-Accommodation based on twin share:
01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
02 Nights at hotel in Samarinda
01 Night at homestay in Muara Muntai
02 Nights at research camp in Mentoko
02 Nights at local house in Miau Baru
02 Nights at  lodge in Derawan island
-Entrance fee, donation & refreshments
-English speaking guide
-Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Excluded:
-Airfares
-Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
-Travel insurance
-Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure
-Personal expenses

 

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