The Rivers of Borneo

Basic Program (see schedule for diviations)

Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan

Scheduled Departures & Charters (Minimum 4 passengers)

The Rivers of Kalimantan (Borneo) has always excited me and while for many years, tourism traffic up and down these mighty rivers have been less than popular, today we are pleased to again present them. Reading about what Kalimantan has to offer will take some time to accomplish, but in a nut shell, you can find Orangutans, Dayak Cultures, massive rain forests, colorful handcrafts, gold and diamonds. Now if that list does not wet your appetite nothing well.

There are many great rivers in Kalimantan but this program delivers you to the heart of the activities in immediate striking distance to all that you would ever want to see. These programs can be expanded on with additional visits to the worlds best Orangutan Sanctuaries, jungle treks and visits to numerous conservation programs.

If you are adventurous, this program is well worth considering

Relaxing Mid Week Orangutan River Cruise 3 Night (RP3)
Wow Borneo's Rahai'i Pangun Jungle Cruises offer orangutan tours which provides a  balance between wildlife, flora and fauna and the fascinating Dayak culture. Spot orangutans in their wild natural habitat, learn about the struggle of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s to save this  magnificent creature and  the human and cultural aspect. 

Starts every Tuesday,  check in and check out time from the boat is 9 am

Day 1               PALANGKA RAYA – START CRUISE
Meet at Palangka Raya airport and transfer your boat in Palangka Raya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upriver along the forest lined river, passing villages. In the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and Brahmini kites. Return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle. [L/D] 

The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Bapallas Island, take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans.Then continue to the BOSF Education Centre where adult orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs.(Only open in Saturday and Sunday)
Leisurely lunch onboard while cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. Arriving in the afternoon, welcomed by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around the village with a local host to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods. Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories.
Back to the boat and cruise down to Lake Tahai. Overnight. [B/L/D]

Day 3               SEI GOHONG – MUARA RUNGAN
Optional dawn canoeing to the lake for bird watching. Leisurely breakfast on board as the boat pass the orangutan pre-release island of Pulau Kaja.
Visit the village of Sei Gohong to meet the traditional medicine expert then a short walk to the nearby forest to find several plants that are used as traditional medications by the Ngajus.  Back to the village and see a larger collection of the traditional medicines and discuss their functions with the locals.
Back to the boat and cruise down stream to Muara Rungan passing Katimpun village.
Overnight near Muara Rungan. [B/L/D]

Day 4               BUKIT RAWI – MUARA RUNGAN
After breakfast, the boat cruises to Tanjung Sangalang for check out and transfer to
Palangka Raya airport
Tour ends


Includes: Airport and other transfers as indicated, cabin accommodation, English speaking guide, meals and drinks during the cruise, off-boat tours and service tax.

Excludes: Airfare, airport tax, porter, optional off boat tour, alcoholic and soda drinks on board


2016 Departure Dates Departure Port

5-9 : Long weekend cruise
(availability 5-7 only)

20-22: Weekend cruise (availability)

23-28: Midweek cruise + longhouse safari
Palangka Raya

3-5: Weekend cruise (availability)

10-12: Weekend cruise
(Rahai'i Pangun fully booked)

15-21: Mid week cruise & longhouse safari (availability)

17-20: Weekend cruise

Palangka Raya

2-4: Weekend cruise (availability)


26-28: Weekend cruise (availability)
Palangka Raya

6-8: Weekend cruise (availability)

25-26 : 5 day mid-week cruise (availability
Palangka Raya

4-6: Weekend cruise (availability)

17-20: Long weekend cruise (availability
Palangka Raya

10-15 :House boat Spirit of Borneo cruise

14-17: Long weekend cruise (availability)

24-28 : Mid week cruise (availability)

Palangka Raya
These vessels are available for private charters during non-cruise weeks.