Normally Kalimantan experiences a musim kamarau or dry season in August and September. In recent years this pattern has varied somewhat. This year, July has been very dry, but rains have started in Palangkaraya on 7 August and river levels are rising as the catchments have had good rainfall.
In order to ensure that all guests on our cruises enjoy the activities as advertised, we have amended the programs to adapt to the river conditions. As you will see below, we will be using more road transfers. This program will automatically revert should the river conditions improve.
Orangutan and Dayak Village Cruise
Dry season route August 2014
Day 1 ARRIVAL PALANGKARAYA – KATIMPUN
Meet at Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya and transfer to the Rahai’i Pangun in Palangkaraya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue along the river, passing villages. Moor near the village of Katimpun.
Transfer by canoes to Katimpun village for cultural experience. Stroll around the village and see the local people make traditional face powder, visit the sand bank to see the fisherman’s nets.
Return to the boat and cruise downstream for dinner in the midst of the jungle.
Day 2 KATIMPUN – SEI GOHONG – ORANGUTAN EDUCATON CENTRE
Enjoy breakfast on board as the boat cruises to Palangkaraya.
Transfer to cars for visit to Marang village and from there transfer to a large motorised canoe to see Bapallas Island orang-utans on this beautiful pre-release island. After this visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation Kaja Island to learn about the work of the Foundation and their release program.
Return to the cars for the short trip to the Eco Village in the Rungan Sari forest for lunch. After this we take a short walk or car ride to the village of Sei Gohong, where we watch local livelihood demonstrations. Meet the village medicine lady and see the forest plants used for medicines. Join in with the traditional Dayak dancing. After some tea and local sweets, we board canoes for the trip to Kaja Island to observe orang-utans.
As dusk falls, we board cars for the transfer to Palangkaraya and the boat. Cruise downstream to a quiet location for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 PALANGKARAYA – TUNDAI FISHING VILLAGE
After breakfast, 2 night cruise passengers transfer to airport
Today after breakfast, the boat cruises to Tundai fishing village. Transfer to local canoes for ride along the black water lake to this boardwalk village. Walk through the village and meet the people and learn about how they make fishing traps and watch as a rush basket is made.
As you return to the boat, pass by the monkey island.
Enjoy dinner in a quiet location on the river.
Day 4 TUNDAI FISHING VILLAGE – PALANGKARAYA – SIGI
After breakfast, 3 night cruise passengers transfer to airport
On arrival in Palangkaraya Port, do a walking though the boardwalk village to the handicraft street. Board the boat again for lunch and the cruise to Tanjung Sangalang. Here we transfer to cars for the short trip to the old Sigi village. See the magnificently painted sandungs (bonehouses) and watch as rubber is taken from the trees.
We then move to the village of Bukit Rawi for a stroll stroll through the old town.
Return to the boat for our last dinner on board and an evening of musical entertainment.
The boat cruises to a quiet location.
Day 5 TANJUNG SANGALANG – PALANGKARAYA
After breakfast, 4 night cruise passengers transfer to airport or other tours.
Enjoy your final breakfast on board. The boat will cruise downstream to Palangkaraya and you will be transferred in time for your flights and tours.
Note that port infrastructure is in poor condition and special care should be taken.
Smoke from local fires may be a nuisance