PALANGKA RAYA – ORANGUTAN ISLANDS – BOSF CENTRE – RAHAI’I PANGUN LD
On arrival at the airport, or after picking up from a hotel, the guests will visit pre-release islands by car. These are the 2 islands of Kaja and Bangamat near the village of Sei Gohong. Boarding small motorized canoes, we approach the islands to see orangutans released there in the final phase of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) rehabilitation program. After some time observing the orangutans in their natural habitat, we visit the BOSF Education Centre, having lunch on the way in a traditional grilled fish restaurant. At the Centre, a BOSF officer will present to guests about the background and activities of the foundation, as we observe orangutans in socialization cages waiting for release.
Guests are encouraged to make donations directly through the foundation website www.savetheorangutan.or.id.
At 2pm, the guests will be transferred by car (approximately 30 mins) to the liveaboard Rahai’i Pangun Boat in Palangka Raya, and we start the cruise downstream, finding a quiet location for overnight on the river. Dinner on board.
TUMBANG NUSA – ORANGUTANS AT SELAT ISLAND – PILANG – MANGROVES BLD
The boat continues the cruise downstream passing the small settlement of Tumbang Nusa and the large forested Selat and Badak Islands, which are Orangutan release sites. On arrival, the guests will be picked up by villagers in small motorized canoes to spend time looking at the unique mangroves beside the Kahayan River, which is tidal in this area. We will be spotting macaques and proboscis monkeys, as well as orangutans. Return to the boat for dinner and overnight.
PILANG – VILLAGE LIVELIHOODS – RATTAN WEAVING – DEPARTURE BL
Early morning, the boat arrives in the traditional village of Pilang. We will do some easy trekking in the forest behind the village to see demonstrations of memantat (taking rubber technique) and manetes (taking rattan technique). Guests will then walk through the village to meet and watch rattan weaving ladies demonstrate techniques. We then share tea, Dayak cakes (apam and untuk-untuk) and conversation. There will also be a performance with traditional stringed instrument, the kecapi. Later, we will stroll to see other village activities, including sandungs or burial houses, before returning to the boat for lunch.
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!
Please do not wear bright coloured clothing when viewing the orangutans.