PALANGKA RAYA – ORANGUTAN ISLANDS – BUKIT RAWI - RAHAI’I PANGUN -
We will meet you either on arrival at the airport or in your hotel lobby. At 8 am we transfer you 40 minutes to the tiny village of Sei Gohong where we board local canoes to observe orangutans on the beautiful forested island of Pulau Kaja. The island is managed by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation or BOS. After 2 hours observing orangutans in this beautiful island, we return to Palangka Raya and board the Rahai’i Pangun for lunch as the boat cruises through the city. After lunch, we board the car for the short excursion to the historic Dayak towns of Bukit Rawi and Sigi. Here we learn more about Dayak religion and rituals and admire the magnificently carved and painted totem poles marking the ossuaries. We return to the boat for dinner. The boat will cruise upstream to find a quiet mooring place for overnight.
SEBANGAU NATIONAL PARK - PUSAKA (BLD)
After an early breakfast, we visit to the Sebangau National Park. For this adventure, we transfer to the car for the journey of 40 minutes to Kering Bangkirai village. Here we join a canoe to travel a half hour across the amazing reflections of Lake Sebangau to the tiny Koran River. We will visit the information centre established there and walk along boardwalks provided for visitors to more easily explore the area to catch sight of birds and perhaps wild orangutans. We will take a picnic snack with us. Returning to Palangka Raya harbour, we board the Rahai’i Pangun for lunch whilst cruising downstream to Tanjung Pusaka village. In the evening, we will explore the village to see the fishing activities, village cattle raising, and a demonstration of Pencak Silat, a traditional martial art performance. Join the village school group as they practice and have a go yourself! After finishing this excursion, we return to the boat and stay overnight in the area.
BEGANTUNG – TUMBANG NUSA – PURUN or GREY SEDGE WEAVING & VILLAGE VISIT (BLD)
In the early morning, we will use motorised canoes to visit the extensive blackwater Lake Bagantung. This is a unique peatland swamp ecosystem where we have the opportunity to spot birds and other wildlife. Then, the boat continues the cruise downstream to Tumbang Nusa village. On arrival, we will have a walking tour in the village to see some of their traditional livelihoods. First the grey sedge or ‘purun’ weaving and handmade straw cooperative, made from rushes growing naturally in the canals and lakes. The boat will continue to cruise downstream, passing the large forested Selat and Badak Islands. It may be possible to spot orangutans here. The boat will stop and find a quiet place to tie up overnight.
PILANG - RATTAN WEAVING – VILLAGE WALK (BLD)
Early morning, the boat continues downstream. enjoy lunch onboard before arriving to the village of Pilang where we take a short walk in the forest area near the village to see the process of rubber tapping (Mamantat) and rattan harvesting (Manetes). Our village guide will also point out some local medicinal plants growing in the forest. We then have a walking tour in the village to see some of their traditional livelihoods. Watch the local ladies at their rattan weaving process and meet the villagers. After this experience, the boat will cruise downstream to find a quiet mooring place for overnight.
PILANG TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE –– DEPARTURE (BL)
After breakfast, we again visit the Pilang and join the villagers for a morning tea of local tea and coffee, with traditional Dayak cakes such as apam and untuk-untuk. We are then treated to a farewell musical entertainment with a Kacapi (two stringed instrument) performance. Escaping the heat of the midday sun, we will return to the boat for lunch. After lunch, farewell the boat crew for the transfer to Palangka Raya. Here we visit Handep Gallery. Handep is a leading social enterprise and sustainable brand in Indonesia that works with indigenous artisans and smallholders to create an alternative sustainable village economy through sustainable premium crafts. After this visit, transfer to the airport or your hotel. Tour ends
Airport and other transfers as indicated, cabin accommodation, English speaking guide, meals and drinks during the cruise, off-boat tours and service tax.
Airfare, airport tax, porter, optional off boat tour, alcoholic and soda drinks on board
Itineraries are samples only. Cruise itineraries are subject to the starting port and to seasonal river conditions, but all offer the same experiences. Dry season conditions may cause alterations to the itineraries. Private charter itineraries may be tailor-made to your timetable and special interests. Just ask us!