Borneo Eclipse Tour 2016

The 2016 Totasolar eclipsel Solar Eclipse will occur in Indonesia on 9th March 2016, at precisely 08.58.19 West Indonesia Time. Scientists agree that this exceptional and extraordinary phenomenon will be best visible in Indonesia from a number of cities across an arch over archipelago. The path of totality will pass through Mukomuko, Palembang, Tandjungpandan, Kendawangan, Tanah Grogot, Tanjung Pakuli, Gimpu, Soa-Siu and Ternate all of which are close to the centre line of the eclipse. The news has attracted global “eclipse hunters” from multiple backgrounds, astronomers, enthusiasts, photographers, and scientists, to the general public to make early plans from and arrange trips following the path of the eclipse in Indonesia. A number of international tour operators have already made Total Solar Eclipse tour packages to Indonesia, among whom are Astro Trails and Telescope.

BORNEO ECLIPSE TOUR 2016 (A)

Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights Grade: Easy

03 March 2016: ARRIVAL IN PANGKALANBUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – RIMBA LODGE Meet at airport and directly driving to Kumai sub-district 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 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. (L,D)

04 March 2016: TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – RIMBA LODGE 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 older orangutans are reintroduced into rainforest. At the station, you have opportunity to trek to the rainforest with guide 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 food. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)

05 March 2016: RIMBA LODGE – PANGKALANBUN – BANJARMASIN Return to Kumai district by boat then transfer to Pangkalan Bun airport for your flight to Banjarmasin. Arrive in Banjarmasin and directly transfer to hotel for check in. In the afternoon, we will explore Banjarese river civilization by taking an afternoon canal sightseeing. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

06 March 2016: FLOATING MARKET – BALIKPAPAN – LOA JANAN – MAHAKAM RIVER 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 Balikpapan. Arrive in Balikpapan and directly driving to Loa Janan for boarding the houseboat to start the exciting adventure of Mahakam River. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

07 March 2016: MAHAKAM RIVER – 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. Next, 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 and watching 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)

08 March 2016: MAHAKAM RIVER – TENGGARONG – TANAH GROGOT 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 to Tanah Grogot for overnight on local hotel. Free at your own leisure. (B,L,D)

09 March 2016: TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR After breakfast, we will proceed to the site for watching the magnificent solar eclipse. Afterwards, driving to Balikpapan for check in to the hotel. (B)

10 March 2016: DEPARTURE Free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination. (B)

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

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

Departure Trip: 03 – 10 March 2016.

BORNEO ECLIPSE TOUR 2016 (B)

Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights Grade: Easy

03 March 2016: ARRIVAL IN PANGKALANBUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – RIMBA LODGE Meet at airport and directly driving to Kumai sub-district 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 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. (L,D) 04 March 2016: TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – RIMBA LODGE 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 older orangutans are reintroduced into rainforest. At the station, you have opportunity to trek to the rainforest with guide 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 food. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D) 05 March 2016: RIMBA LODGE – PANGKALANBUN – BANJARMASIN – PANDAK DAUN – LOKSADO Return to Kumai district by boat then transfer to Pangkalan Bun airport for your flight to Banjarmasin. Arrive in Banjarmasin and directly transfer to Pandak Daun swamp village for observing water buffaloes swim to the stall and villagers unique activities as well as enjoying the romantic sunset outlook. Afterwards, proceed to Loksado for overnight on lodge. (B,L,D) 06 March 2016: JUNGLE TREKKING – LOKSADO 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) 07 March: LOKSADO – BAMBOO RAFTING – BANJARMASIN After breakfast, we will take an adventure trip of bamboo rafting across beautiful landscape of tropical rainforest along the riverside meanwhile our coach will be waiting on the downstream for driving to Banjarmasin for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D) 08 March: FLOATING MARKET – BALIKPAPAN – TANAH GROGOT 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 Balikpapan and continue to drive to Tanah Grogot for overnight on local hotel. (B,L,D) 09 March : TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR After breakfast, we will proceed to the site for watching the magnificent solar eclipse. Afterwards, driving to Balikpapan for check in to the hotel. (B) 10 March 2016: DEPARTURE Free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination. (B) Included: -AC land transportation -Houseboat in Tanjung Puting -Motorized boats -Bamboo rafting -Accommodation based on twin share: 02 Nights at Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting 02 Nights at Lodge in Loksado 01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin 02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Balikpapan -Entrance fee, donation & refreshments -English speaking guide -Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner) -Flight tickets for Pangkalan Bun – Banjarmasin & Banjarmasin – Balikpapan Excluded: -Airport taxes and extra baggage fees -Travel insurance -Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure -Personal expenses Departure Trip: 03 – 10 March 2016.