Relaxing Weekend Orang Utan River Cruise

5 Days / 4 Nights

  Palangkaraya - Bapallas Island - Sei Gohong

5 Days / 4 Nights

Relaxing Weekend Orang Utan River Cruise

  Palangkaraya - Bapallas Island - Sei Gohong

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through Indonesia’s less explored islands from Palangkaraya through Bapallas Island, Sei Gohong, Muara Rungan. Visit these unique paradises along the way to learn about the local people and the diversified nature of these islands.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witnessing the majesty of Borneo's nature from the comfort of a traditional river boat
  • Stopping at remote tribal villages of the Dayak people who share the forests with wildlife
  • Observing critically endangered orangutans in their natural habitat
  • Learning about traditional medicine from a local expert
  • Watching an uplifting traditional music and dance performance

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Palangkaraya – start cruise

DAY 1 - Palangkaraya – start cruise

Meet at Palangkaraya airport and transfer your boat in Palangkaraya 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.

Note: Guests are reminded to bring mosquito repellent, sun hats, sun screen lotion, & long sleeve shirts and trousers for nights. Please do not wear bright colored clothing when viewing the orangutans.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Bapallas Island – Tangkiling

The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Bapallas Island, take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans.

Leisurely lunch onboard while cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. On the way, we pass Pulau Kaja, another orangutan release island. Arriving in the village in the afternoon, we are 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 and 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.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Sei Gohong – Muara Rungan

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 downstream to Muara Rungan passing Katimpun village. Overnight near Muara Rungan.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Bukit Rawi – Muara Rungan

After breakfast, cruise to Bukit Rawi. On arrival, meet the children musicians and dancers who will perform traditional music and dancing entertainment. Visit the lady rattan weavers to see how thorny rattan vines are turned into beautifully woven bags and other handicrafts.

Then visit Tuwung village to see the beautifully carved and painted sandungs (bone houses) and learn about the Dayak Ngaju burial rituals. Back to the boat and cruise downstream to Muara Rungan.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Palangkaraya – Airport Transfer

Early morning cruise to Palangkaraya, enjoying breakfast on the way. Transfer to the airport.

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