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Wow Borneo Orangutan River Cruise

WOW Borneo’s aim is to give our guests an intimate encounter with Kalimantan, its forests and wildlife, by working with the local Dayak people to create amazing once in a lifetime holidays on our river cruise tours.

We do this through our famous cruise journeys, now operating for 10 years on 3 different river systems. Kalimantan’s rivers remain the best way to travel through the forested landscape, and to experience  Borneo’s iconic and endangered orangutan and the fascinating Dayak culture. Our specially guided tours enable you to discover the orangutan in its natural habitat and give you the opportunity to make a difference to their survival through the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s adoption program.

Our overland tours take you to experience first hand the mystical Dayak culture by staying in longhouses, or visiting the Derawan islands to explore the hidden depths beneath the sea, or to go beyond Kalimantan’s shores to the islands of the great monitor lizard, the Komodo dragon.

Our New Showreel : Orangutan Cruises to Tanjung Puting and Sebangau National Parks

Wow Cruises - Kalimantan River Cruise

Wow Cruises

WOW Borneo’s luxurious cruise boats take you through beautiful forest lined rivers to discover wildlife and Dayak culture. Our specially guided and fully catered cruises take you into areas which enable you to learn about and observe the iconic orangutan in their natural habitat. Wow Borneo operates three boats along three river systems in Central Kalimantan, each offering a different experience of this critically endangered species.

Wow Tours - Tours and journeys across Kalimantan

Wow Tours

WOW Borneo offers overland tours and journeys across Kalimantan. Our  experienced guides accompany you to traditional longhouses for a first hand experience of the Dayak culture, or an overnight stay in the Sebangau National Park, refuge of wild orangutans. With trusted partner operators, we also go to the distant Derawan islands to explore underwater depths and the the famed Tanjung Puting National Park.

Our Boats


Wow Borneo’s luxurious KM Rahai’i Pangun takes you on specially guided cruises to river islands, enabling you to observe iconic orangutans in their natural habitat. We also visit villages along the river and get to know the Dayak culture. With only 5 cabins, our cruise holidays offer comfortable accommodation, delicious food created from local ingredients and great service. Easily accessible from Jakarta International Airport, its an exclusive experience away from the crowds.


Wow Borneo’s KM Spirit of Kalimantan is now cruising the majestic Katingan River. Comfortable and spacious, the Spirit provides an ideal base to journey down this vast, scenic river, stopping at villages, and exploring the maze of waterways. There is an unforgettable night in the Sebangau National Park for trekking to glimpse wild orangutans in the forest. We also see proboscis monkey troups, hornbills, listen to gibbon calls in the early morning. All this with delicious food and good guides.


Wow Borneo’s new luxury boat, KM Sekonyer, launched in Kumai is now cruising the canals of Tanjung Puting National Park, famed orangutan conservation park. With 3 double cabins, each one air conditioned and with an ensuite western bathroom, this boat has scheduled departures. The Sekonyer has all the same features as our other boats, spacious and comfortable viewing decks, delicious food, informative guides and great program to observe orangutans.


Wow Borneo’s newest boat, planned soon to have air conditioners silently powered by solar panels. With 19.5 meters in length and 3.8 meters wide, it was a fishing boat with a high prow used locally.  Named after the river it operates from, the Kumai is designed to accommodate 7 passengers, with space on deck to enjoy the views from the comfort of rattan sofas and optional outdoor hammock sleeping. This boat has all of the features which set Wow Borneo apart from the others – air conditioned cabins, ensuite in every room, spacious unimpeded viewing decks and great food.

WOW Borneo News

Katingan River & Sebangau National Park Orangutan

Kalimantan Tour Destination is re-branding to WOW Borneo

Come and join us on our quality, comfortable, relaxing luxurious River Cruise cruises, accompanied by our English speaking guides, knowledgeable in the local culture and environment, leading you on canoe trips through the black water lakes and on strolls through river side villages.

We have 2 weekly scheduled departures on Saturdays and Tuesdays with a choice of 5 cabins sleeping a maximum of 12 on board the Rahai’i Pangun. Our new family cabin is specially designed for families and can accommodate 4 passengers in air conditioning. And all just a short hop from Jakarta!

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New ! Katingan River & Sebangau National Park Orangutan 5D4N

Come and explore a new destination and a different river and venture into the dense forest that is the Sebangau National Park, famous as a refuge for the largest remaining population of wild orangutans on Borneo.

Cruising the boundary of the Park along the Katingan River, one of the longest rivers in Borneo, we visit villages to experience traditional culture, explore mazes of black water lakes and finally venture into the forest and overnight in a comfortable lodges for your night wildlife walk.

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Images of a memorable day on the Rungan River

At the very beginning of 2017, we had an idyllic cruise downstream on the Rungan River, the heat and languid stillness of the day as it waned combined to give these memorable images.      ...

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Dayak carvings in historic Bukit Rawi

The traditional sandungs or second burial houses of Dayak tribes around the Palangka Raya area, are brilliantly coloured, some with fantastic detail and finesse. The fearsome snake eater keeps troublesome spirits away. See them on our mid-week cruises....

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Glassy reflections on the black water lakes

Shadowing the sweeping bends and lowland forests of the lower Katingan River, canals and rivers draining the forests and stranded river bends form a web of waterways. Stained coffee colour, the water is an almost perfect mirror, and those photographers loving the effects, and turning their photos 90 degrees, are rewarded…...

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The Rungan Forests – Exploring the Natural Heritage of Ancient Borneo close to Palangka Raya

At ground level, a green and brown humid world of fallen leaves, mosses and lichens, and decaying tree trunks shelters under the towering canopy of a lowland dipterocarp forest where all living things strain for light and space. Weak sunlight mottles the trunks of the dipterocarps, the reddish bark of…...

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A private charter on the Spirit of Kalimantan

The Spirit of Kalimantan charter boat cruises the Rungan and Kahayan Rivers, The forested riversides and winding course of the river, create many islands, lakes and waterways. Some of these islands are pre-release refuges for rehabilitated orang-utans from the BOSF program, which guests on board can see as we cruise…...

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A Walk in the Sebangau National Park with WOW Borneo

We’re opening a new cruise route on the Katingan River from November 2016. Explore with us the Sebangau National Park, traditional Dayak communities, float over the perfect reflections on black water lakes, watch as the thorny rattan vines are woven into beautiful mats, all accessible from the Katingan River and…...

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August and September dry season cruising

Last year, we experienced an El Nino long dry season marked by smoke from land clearance fires. This year, with the promised La Nina weather effect, a few dry weeks in August may be giving way to an early onset of the rains. Today, as I write this, heavy rains…...

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