Orangutan River Cruises: The Sekonyer
Orangutan cruises in comfortable live aboard traditional boats along Borneo forested rivers.Visit famed orangutan parks, explore Dayak villages and meet the people. Our ecotourism approach protects the evironment and creates alternative jobs.

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Built in Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) using the simple time honoured methods of traditional local craftmsmen, our boats have been extensively modified by foreign architectural and building experts working with local construction teams.

Our flagship, the Rahai'i Pangun II, remains the first and most highly awarded eco tourism cruise boat in Palangkaraya. Named by the traditional elders after an historic vessel of the same name trading far and wide and bringing home riches, Rahai'i Pangun means big development.

Pioneers of upmarket eco cruising in this 'off the beaten track' region of Borneo, we are now operating boats in 3 locations, all operating under the same ecotourism principles.



Starting in Palangka Raya and cruising the Kahayan and Rungan Rivers, this cruise offers a combination of orangutan experience and cultural visit to a local village. We have 2 boats on this route. Firstly, the Rahai'i Pangun 2 with 6 cabins (Superior Large, 2 doubles, air-conditioned, and 3 fan cooled twins) which comfortably accommodates 12 people. It departs on scheduled join-in cruises every Tuesday and Saturday at 9 am. Secondly, we have the Private Charter vessel, the Spirit of Kalimantan which accommodates 8 passengers. Departures are subject to availability.

Again starting in Palangka Raya, we transfer you by private charter vehicle 3 hours to our port on the Katingan River, at the tine town of Jahanjang.
Here, come on board the Ruhui Rahayu, our small private charter vessel, which has a private double cabin and folding shuttered doors that open up directly onto the deck. The Ruhui Rahayu is comfortable for 2 adults and 3 children. She is an adventurous experience for our guests wanting to visit the famed Sebangau National Park, where a night is spent in a jungle cabin, as well as exploring villages and remarkable black water lake systems off the Katingan River. Departures are subject to availablity.

Our newest boat, the Sekonyer, is operating in the Tanjung Puting National Park. Access is by flights from Jakarta, Semarang and Banjarmasin to the small regional capital of Pangkalan Bun.The Sekonyer has 3 air-conditioned and ensuite cabins and has scheduled join-in departures every Saturday and Tuesday.

Typical Day

Cruise programs of 2-5 days can be enjoyed in all destinations. Here is a sample 3 day cruise program on the Rahai'i Pangun 2 from Palangka Raya


Starts every Saturday and Tuesday

Meet at Palangka Raya airport / hotel and transfer your boat in Palangka Rayaharbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upriver along the forest lined river, passing villages. In the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and Brahmini kites. Return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle. [L/D]

The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival toBapallas Island, take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans. Then continue to the BOSF Education Centre where adult orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs.

Leisurely lunch onboard while cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. Arriving in the afternoon, welcomed by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around the village with a local host 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.

Back to the boat and cruise down to Sei Gohong village. Optional walk up Tangkiling Hill to see the sunset, stopping along the way to see the colourful Dayak spirit houses and and the huge boulder, Batu Banama, and hear about its legend.
Overnight on board. [B/L/D]

Enjoy your last breakfast on board, and then set off for an early morning canoe ride to Kaja Island, orangutan pre- release island, also visiting the black water lakes.
Check out after lunch for transfer to Palangka Raya

Tour ends. [B]

Age range, type of group

All are welcome, however, young children do need to be supervised by parents.

Access to and from the boat, and local canoe transport is very basic.
Sebangau National Park trekking is strenuous, and will be adapted to the capacity of guests.

Sleeping and meals

All boats have comfortable and private cabins, some with private bathrooms, some with share, depending on the options selected.

The cabins are fully screened against mosquitoes and other insects, and have air conditioning and/or fans.

All food is freshly prepared on board to high standards. European breakfasts are served, and for the other meals, the cuisine is Asian fusion using traditional local ingredients for light, fresh and varied meals.

Rates & Availability

Rates start from approx US$ 225 per person per day

Our prices include all airport transfers, accommodation, food and guides and off boat tours.

Prices do not include airfares to and from Palangkaraya, porters, or alcoholic beverages on board. Additional nights spent in the area in hotels are also extra.

Our customer service is helpful and responsive, and we are happy to customise tours to make this cruise a unique experience.

Discounts Offered

Discounts are offered for group bookings.

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Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan
Katingan River & Sebangau National Park
Jahanjang, Kamipang, Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Tanjung Puting & Camp Leakey
Kumai, West Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

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    Gaye Thavisin
    Orangutan River Cruises
    WOW Borneo
    Jalan Barito no. 11
    Palangkaraya, Indonesia 73112

    Phone: 62811520648
    Phone: 625363222099
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