Alesa Tours

Fresh Water Dolphin & Bird Watching


Need to Know

Pick up point

Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport

Drop off point

Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport


East Kalimantan

Chalenge Level



4 Days / 3 Nights

Tour Code

ATB 741

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Upon arrival at Balikpapan or Samarinda airport, meet and greet with your guide then transfer to Kota Bangun. Upon arrival check in hostel to drop our luggage and short rest. Afterwards hop on motor canoe to get Muara Kaman to spot fresh water dolphin. Lunch and dinner at simple local restaurant. Overnight at simple hostel.


💧 Samarinda - Kota Bangun : 89 km ( 2,5 hrs drive)

💧Balikpapan - Kota Bangun : 175 km ( 4,5 hrs drive)

After breakfast at hostel, take motor canoe to get Muara muntai. On arrival take a sight the village to see the local people and their activities. After exploring the market take a motor canoe through the water village of Jantur, then passing the Jempang Lake. Here we will see huge numbers of bird. Then entering the Ohong creek to explore rural Kalimantan and you'll pass locals washing, fishing and bathing while enjoying the shade of the lush green surroundings. Here you will see the rain forest and its wildlife such as Proboscis monkeys, Long tailed macaques, king fishers, lizards, snakes and any bird species. Proceed to muara pahu through Baroh river. Lunch by box (picnic) dinner and overnight at simple guest house in Muara Pahu.

After breakfast at guest house leave for downstream mahakam river to search the dolphins in other places. Stop at Minta village to see how local people make palm sugar for their income. Proceed by motor canoe to get Kota bangun. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at guest house.

Breakfast in the morning then transfer to the airport of Samarinda or Balikpapan for your next destination.

(Suggested take afternoon flight)


💧Kota Bangun - Samarinda : 89 km ( 2,5 hrs drive)

💧Kota Bangun - Balikpapan : 175 km ( 4,5 hrs drive)

  • BOAT

Our services include:

  • Accommodation : 2 nights stay at Mukjizat hostel in Kota Bangun. Twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private vehicle & motor canoe
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic FlightsLaundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

Mahakam Weather : 
Day Temperatures 27 °– 32°C
Night Temperatures 20 °– 25°C
Humidity 80%-90%
Rainfall 4,000mm per year
Wet Months October & June
Dry Months February & August ( but expect daily rain )

Things to bring : 
Medication such as headache tablets or altitude sickness tablets
Sun block lotion
Insect repellent/mosquito coil
Camera with water proof bag
Comfortable shoes and slippers
Waterproof backpack to store your items
Personal Toiletries
Towel and personal needs


  • Chance to see the endanger fresh water dolphin. (We are not responsible if we don't see the dolphins)
  • Chance to see the wild life such as Monkeys, Langur, Proboscis
    monkeys, etc.