Includes : Airport transfers, all accommodation as per itinerary, food and drinks as per itinerary, tours as described, English speaking guides in Palangaka Raya, Samboja, and on the Mahakam River, transfers to Nabucco Island Resort.
Excludes : Airfares to Palangka Raya and from Berau, airport tax, diving on Nabucco Island, personal insurance, alcoholic and soda beverages, any additional requested services.
Day 1 Tues PALANGKA RAYA – START CRUISE
Meet at Palangka Raya your hotel or at the airport for transfer to your boat in Palangka Raya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upstream along the forest lined river, passing villages. We stop at the village of Petuk Katimpun and walk along boardwalks to visit the small library foundation. The boat continues upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where we take canoes at sunset. Later we find a quiet location for overnight. [L/D]
Day 2 Wed PALAS ISLAND – BOS – SEI GOHONG
The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Palas Island, a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), take a motorised canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialisation cages. Learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.
Return to the boat and enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong village. The boat will continue upstream passing Kaja and Bangamat islands, Orangutan pre-release islands. Here we transfer to small canoes to have closer observation of the orangutans before heading for a refreshing swim in the black water lake, if river water level is sufficient.
Return to the boat for dinner and overnight in a quiet location. [B/L/D]
Day 3 Thurs SEI GOHONG – KANARAKAN
Early morning short transfer to Tangkiling Hill by car, to visit Dayak cultural spirit houses and make the climb to the top of the hill. After breakfast, we depart for Kanarakan, passing the orangutan islands. In Kanarakan we are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him 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.
Return to boat for lunch and cruise downstream.
Have dinner and later overnight in a quiet location on the river. [B/L/D]
Day 4 Fri MUARA RUNGAN- BUKIT RAWI – BALIKPAPAN
After breakfast, the boat cruises to the village of Tanjung Sanggalang on the Kahayan River. Transfer to cars for the short trip to Bukit Rawi and Sigi, where we see the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance. Return to the boat for the final cruise down stream to palangka Raya, enjoying lunch on the way. Visit the handicraft markets before transfer to the airport for flight to Balikpapan. Overnight hotel. Dinner is at own arrangement.
DAY 5 Sat BALIKPAPAN – TREE TOPS WALK – SAMBOJA LESTARI LODGE
You will pick up from your hotel for drive of approx. 3 hours to Samboja Lestari. On the way is the forest park of Bukit Bangkirai with its high canopy walk. Visitors can take short forest walks and climbing into the forest canopy using connecting bridges to a height of 40 meters. Platforms provide a perfect vantage point for observing macaques, leaf monkeys, maroon langurs, gibbons and hornbills. On arrival at Samboja Lestari check in to your beautiful room at the Lodge. Enjoy lunch at the terrace restaurant. In the afternoon to visit Sungai Hitam. Take a 30 minute drive from Samboja Lestari for a boat ride along the Sungai Hitam tidal river to see highly endangered Proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Local fisherman will guide you on this tidal river, and gain a monthly income for their services. Dinner at the restaurant. [B/L/D]
DAY 6 Sun ORANGUTANS, SUN BEARS & SUNGEI WAIN
After breakfast, you will walks along the nearby Nature Trail follows a forest path 2 km in and out again from the Samboja Lodge (total 4 km). In order to ensure optimum wildlife viewing, the day begins at 7.30 am. There are a number of other animal species in Samboja Lestari that have returned to this regenerating forest. Some of the animals you might spot on guided walks early morning and late afternoon through our Nature Trail are: birds, lizards and snakes (blood pythons), small mammals (deer and pigs) and many amazing insects (walking sticks, beautiful butterflies, millipedes etc.). You might even spot wild primates newly arrived to the area such as gibbons, macaques (2 species), and proboscis and red leaf monkeys.
Do not forget to bring your camera to document wildlife observed and binoculars will be provided upon request at the front desk. Breakfast will be provided early begins at 6 am as the group will be returned to the Lodge at approximately 11.30 pm for lunch and after visiting orangutan island and sun bear sanctuary.
After lunch, visit the protected forest of Sungei Wain, less than one hours drive from Samboja Lestari. This was the first release site of BOS Foundation where 75 rehabilitated orangutans were released between 1992-1998. Several female orangutans with babies have been observed on previous visits. Since they are totally wild again, there is no 100% guarantee that you will see one of those released orangutans on this trip. But on this fairly challenging trip you will see much interesting wildlife.
Back to Samboja Lodge for dinner at the restaurant and overnight. [B/L/D]
Day 7 Mon SAMBOJA – MAHAKAM RIVER CRUISE
After breakfast, you will be picked up from Samboja Lodge for road transfer to Loa Janan, to board houseboat for exciting adventure on Mahakam river. Meals provided and overnight on houseboat. [B,L,D]
Day 8 Tues MUARA MUNTAI, MANCONG, TANJUNG ISUY, MUARA PAHU
Short sight seeing at Muara Muntai Wooden village, then crossing Jempang Lake by motor canoe to Mancong. During the cruise you could see Rain forest and wildlife at Ohong creek like monkey’s and birds, Upon arrival at Mancong, welcomed with a traditional ceremony by the Dayak Benuaq, one of the Oldest Dayak Longhouse of East Kalimantan can be found here, Late afternoon by motor canoe to Tanjung Isuy for sightseeing and continue to Houseboat for dinner and overnight. Houseboat will cruise downstream to Tenggarong. [B/L/D]
Day 9 Wed TENGGARONG – SAMARINDA
Arrive at Tenggarong, visiting the former palace of Sultan KutaiKertanegara. Where you will see the Sultan’s impressive collection of heirlooms, ceramics, Dayak’s art and culture items, until departure transfer to Samarinda hotel for overnight [B/L/-]
DAY 10, 11, 12, 13 Thurs Fri Sat Sun SAMARINDA – BERAU – MARATUA ISLAND RESORT
After breakfast transfer to the airport for short flight to Berau. On arrival, car transfer to the harbor (approx 2,5 hours) to board speedboat to cross the Sulawesi Sea to Maratua Island. Check in at the Resort.
Relax on this beautiful coral island and you have the option to enjoy snorkeling, or scuba diving (dives at different places over the 3 days – diving costs additional). Explore other islands in the archipelago by local boats (optional). Sangalaki for turtles and mantas, Kakaban for its remarkable jellyfish lake, and Maratua for its coral cave formations. Beach comb or snorkel or relax in the ambiance of this tiny coral island, all to yourself. [B/L/D] Accommodation and full board in Maratua Island Resort
DAY 14 Mon MARATUA – JAKARTA
Breakfast in the resort, before boarding speedboat for return to Berau airport.
[B/-/-] Tour ends