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Cross Borneo Overland Tours

Duration: 24 Days/23 Nights

Grade: Easy

houseboat in tpnp, Borneo river tourKalimantan is the southern part of Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world. This Indonesian part covers some 580.000 km2 (225.000 sq mi), the vast area is home to only 12 million people, so most of the provinces, especially the interior is very sparsely populated, and the vast rain forests here is some of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. The Kalimantan rainforest is 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world and 70 million years older than the Amazon rainforest. Borneo or Kalimantan is very rich in biodiversity compared to many other areas. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees, 221 species of mammals and 420 species of birds. Subject to mass deforestation, the remaining Borneo rainforest is one of the only remaining natural habitat for the endangered Bornean Orangutan. The island is also an important refugee for many endemic forest species, as the Asian Elephant, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Bornean Clouded Leopard, and the Fruit Bat.

Day 01  ARRIVAL IN PONTIANAK – RINDU ALAM HILL – SINGKAWANG

Meet at airport and directly driving to Siantan village to visit the equator monument. Next, proceed to Rindu Alam hill for driving into the peak to view the beach, islands, and rainforest from above as well as the romantic sunset outlook. Afterwards, driving to Singkawang town for check in to hotel and exploring the city which is known as the China town of Kalimantan. (L,D)

Day 02  SINGKAWANG – GUNUNG POTENG – PAHUMAN

Breakfast at hotel, and then driving to Gunung Poteng for trekking into the primary forest with hope to see the famous rafflessia flowers. We will then back to the car for driving across rainforest and mountainous landscape to reach Pahuman village for overnight at local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 03  PAHUMAN – SAHAM VILLAGE – KAPUAS BRIDGE – BALAI BERKUAK

After breakfast, we will drive to Saham village of which dozens of family stay in a length of 180 meters and 35 gates longhouse. Afterwards, driving across the bridge of mighty Kapuas River to reach Balai Berkuak village for check in to local hotel. The Kapuas River is the longest river in Indonesia, originates in the Müller mountain range at the center of the island and flows west into the South China Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 04  BALAI BERKUAK – BUKIT KURI – NANGA TAYAP – LOPUS

Breakfast at local hotel and then driving to Sungai Laur to explore the beautiful rock hill named Bukit Kuri. Afterwards, we will drive to Lopus village crossing pristine rainforest, dayak villages, and the border of West and Central Kalimantan provinces. Lunch and dinner will be served on local restaurants, staying overnight on local house in Lopus village. (B,L,D)

Day 05  LOPUS – KUMAI PORT – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will soft trek to the waterfall and swimming on a beautiful river of Kudangan while exploring the surrounding forest. Afterwards, driving to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river 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. Lunch, dinner and staying overnight at houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 06  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Get morning river safari by boat to observe river ecology and wildlife along the riverside. We will stop at Pondok Tangguy Feeding Station to watch rangers feed orangutans. We will then cruise upward the creek into Camp Leakey where older orangutans are reintroduced into rainforest. At the station, you will trek into rainforest with your guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. Lunch will be served on houseboat. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back. Lunch, dinner and staying overnight at houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 07  TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – KUMAI PORT – SAMPIT

Cruising the Sekonyer river while exploring the wildlife on riverside and then return to Kumai port to catch the car to drive to Sampit town for check in to a hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 08  SAMPIT – ORANGUTAN ISLAND – PALANGKA RAYA

After breakfast, we will drive for about 4 hours to Tangkiling port for catching our motorized canoe to reach Orangutan Island while sightseeing the beautiful natural black river and rainforest around, just keep an eye out for monkeys and birds. Orangutan Islands are managed by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation for orangutan rehabilitation before released into the wild. Afterwards, proceed to Palangka Raya for check in to hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 09  PALANGKA RAYA – JUMPUN PAMBELOM – BANJARMASIN

Breakfast at hotel and then driving to Banjarmasin crossing peat swamp forest landscape. We can make a stop at Jumpun Pambelom to see the reforestation project on peat swamp area. If we are lucky, we can meet wild orangutan and other animals on this small forest. Arrive in Banjarmasin and directly check in to hotel. In the peaceful afternoon, we can have the canal tours by motorized canoe to explore the daily life of Banjarese people on riverside. Return to hotel for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 10  FLOATING MARKET – TRADITIONAL DIAMOND DIGGING – LOKSADO

Early in the morning, we will leave to floating market to explore 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 then driving to Cempaka vilage to explore people dig hole and take the material out to find rough diamond in a traditional diamond digging. Afterwards, proceed to Loksado crossing villages, cities, rainforest and mountainous landscape. Arrive in Loksado and directly check in to the resort nearby the river. (B,L,D)

Day 11  JUNGLE TREK – LOKSADO

Breakfast at lodge and then 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 12  BAMBOO RAFTING – BATU LICIN

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 driving to Batu Licin for overnight on local hotel. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 13  BATU LICIN – CANTUNG – TANAH GROGOT

After breakfast, we will drive for about 1 hour to Cantung Village crossing beautiful karst topography, jungle, and mountainous landscape. Next, we will proceed to Goa Liang Kalih to explore the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites of the limestone cave. Afterwards, proceed to Tanah Grogot for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 14  TANAH GROGOT – BUKIT BANGKIRAI – LOA JANAN – MAHAKAM RIVER

Breakfast at hotel and then driving to Bukit Bangkirai to do a soft trekking and climbing the canopy bridge to view the forest from above. Afterwards, proceed to Loa Janan for boarding the houseboat to start the exciting adventure of Mahakam River. Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 15  MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG VILLAGE – 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)

Day 16  TENGGARONG – KABO VILLAGE – KUTAI NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at houseboat and then walking to Museum of Mulawarman to explore the King Collection and Royal Cemetery of Kutai Kartanegara Kingdom. Next, driving to Kabo village to catch the motorized canoe to cross up the river to Kutai National Park and then trekking to the jungle to spot wild orangutans and other wild animals. In the peaceful evening, we can have a night trekking to explore tarantula, insects, birds, and other nocturnal animals. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at research camp. (B,L,D)

Day 17  KUTAI NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, we will cross down the river into Delta Sangatta to spot the estuarine crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, and birds. In the afternoon, we will trek in different trail to spot wild orangutans and other wild animals as well as the various floras of the national park. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 18  KUTAI NATIONAL PARK – KABO VILLAGE – MERABU VILLAGE

After breakfast, we will cross down the river into Kabo village to catch our car for driving across rainforest and mountainous landscape to reach Merabu village. We can make stops to explore some interesting spots on the road. Lunch will be served on local restaurant, dinner and staying overnight at the homestay of the village. (B,L,D)

Day 19  MERABU VILLAGE – BELOYOT CAVE – NYADENG LAKE

After breakfast, we will trek through rainforest for about 2 hours to visit the ancient cave of prehistoric rock art that can be seen from the exotic handprints and paintings. During our trek, we may have opportunity to spot or hearing the sounds of hornbills, gibbons, macaques, insects, etc. Next, proceed to the village to catch our boat to cross the Lesan River to Nyadeng jetty to start our trekking into the beautiful clearwater lake for swiming with fish and then setting our campsite on the lakeside. Lunch will be served on homestay, dinner and staying overnight at the campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 20  NYADENG LAKE – KETEPU HILL – MERABU VILLAGE – BERAU

Early morning, we will trek up the Ketepu hill into the peak and watching the fantastic view of the misty Sangkulirang karst range and rainforest from above. We will have opportunity to spot magnificent hornbills and other bird species flying around the karst. Trekking down to the camp and refresh your body by swimming in the clearwater lake. Next, trekking back to the Nyadeng jetty to catch our boat crossing down the river into Merabu Village. Afterwards, say goodbye with the villagers and driving to Berau for check in to a hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 21  BERAU – TANJUNG BATU – DERAWAN ISLAND

After breakfast, we will drive to Tanjung Batu port to catch our speed boat crossing the Sulawesi Sea into Derawan Island. Arrive in Derawan island and directly check in to the cottage. Free at your own leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 22  DERAWAN ISLAND – KAKABAN ISLAND – SANGALAKI – DERAWAN ISLAND

Breakfast at cottage and then proceed to Kakaban island by boat for snorkeling and exploring the wondrous sea garden with 4 different species of jelly fish that can be found by thousands. Next, proceed to Sangalaki snorkeling on the site which is called as the Capital of The Mantas Rays, including kinds of exotic fish, such as; Napoleons, purple sea horses, tunitates, dwarf scorpion fishes, and not to forget the coral sea garden which is fascinating. Afterwards, return to the cottage for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 23  DERAWAN ISLAND FREE PROGRAM

Breakfast at cottage and free at your own leisure. (B)

Day 24  DERAWAN ISLAND – TANJUNG BATU – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at cottage and free at your own leisure till the proper time to transfer to airport for your flight to next destination. (B)

Included:

  • AC land transportation
  • Private houseboat in Tanjung Puting National Park & Mahakam River
  • Motorized boats
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Accommodation based on twin share:
    01 Night at local hotel in Singkawang
    01 Night at local hotel in Pahuman Village
    01 Night at local hotel in Balai Berkuak Village
    01 Night at local house in Lopus Village
    02 Nights at houseboat in Tanjung Puting National Park
    01 Night at local hotel in Sampit
    01 Night at local hotel in Palangka Raya
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Banjarmasin
    02 Nights at Loksado Lodge
    01 Night at local hotel in Batu Licin
    01 Night at local hotel in Tanah Grogot
    02 Nights at houseboat in Mahakam River
    02 Nights at research camp in Kutai National Park
    01 Night at homestay in Merabu Village
    01 Night at campsite in Nyadeng Lakeside
    01 Night at 3 stars hotel in Berau
    03 Nights at cottage in Derawan Island
  • 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