Mahakam River Cruise & Ancient Dayak Tribe

ARRIVAL / LOA JANAN / TENGGARONG / MUARA MUNTAI / MANCONG / TANJUNG ISUY / MELAK / EHENG / KERSIK LUWAY / TERING / DATAH BILANG / RUKUN DAMAI / LONG BAGUN

ARRIVAL / LOA JANAN / TENGGARONG / MUARA MUNTAI / MANCONG / TANJUNG ISUY / MELAK / EHENG / KERSIK LUWAY / TERING / DATAH BILANG / RUKUN DAMAI / LONG BAGUN

Need to Know

Pick up point

Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport

Drop off point

Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport

Region

East Kalimantan

Chalenge Level

Easy

Duration

5 Days / 4 Nights

Tour Code

ATB 251

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Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide, then transfer to Loa Janan by vehicle to embark the houseboat.

Welcome on board. Enjoy the adventure on mighty Mahakam river.
Lunch and dinner will be served on board. Take an overnight cruise through the waterways of Mahakam river.

 

  • Balikpapan Airport – Loa Janan (110 km) : 2,5 hours
  • Samarinda Airport – Loa Janan (38 km) : 1,5 hours
  • Loa janan – Muara muntai : 15 hours by boat

Today is a full day excursion with  picnic lunch.

Start your day with a visit to Muara muntai. Visiting the market to see it’s fresh produce.  After exploring the market take a motor canoe through the water village of Jantur and Jempang Lake, then proceed to Ohong creek. Here you will see the rain forest and its wildlife such as Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, King Fishers, Lizards, Snakes and any bird species.

Upon arrival at Mancong, the Dayak traditional ceremony welcomes you in front of their Long house. You will Join in a traditional dance performance.

Mancong village is home to arround 500 inhabitant of Dayak Benuaq.

Afterwards by motor canoe to Tanjung Isuy for sightseeing. Late afternoon transfer back to Muara muntai. Hop on Houseboat  then cruising up stream to Melak.

In the morning we will arrive in Melak. After breakfast, a short drive will bring you to Kersik Luway Orchid Garden. Here, you have chance to see the blooming black orchid. Then proceed to Eheng to get the old longhouse. A home to arround a hundred of Dayak Tunjung. Then transfer to Tering to get on speed boat for cruising up the Mahakam river, which becomes narrow. We will cruise into the head waters to Data Bilang village as a Dayak Kenyah and Bahau tribal's settlement with longhouse, art full statutes, and totems, and traditional culture, tattoos, and long ears. Afterwards continue up stream to Long Bagun passing the beautiful rock wall. On arrival check in simple Hostel for dinner and overnight.

 

  Melak – Kersik Luway (15 km) : 30 minutes

  Kersik Luway – Eheng (22 km) : 35 minutes

  Eheng – Tering (39 km) : 1 hour

 

After breakfast, cruise down stream to Rukun Damai by speed boat to visit the beautiful village of Rukun Damai to see another Long House. Continue down stream to Tering. Lunch at simple restaurant on the way. Then take vehicle to Melak, return to house boat for dinner and overnight on board.

Arrive at Tenggarong, visiting the former palace of Sultan Kutai Kartanegara. Where you will see the Sultan's impressive collection of heirlooms, ceramics, Dayak's art and culture items. Afterwards get on house boat for lunch while cruising slowly towards Loa Janan. Disembark from the house boat, then take vehicle to Balikpapan or Samarinda Airport for your next destination.

 

  Loa Janan - Balikpapan Airport : 110 km (2,5 drive)

  Loa Janan - Samarinda  Airport  : 38 km  (1,5 hours)

 

  • SERVICES
  • OVERVIEW
  • BOAT
  • TOUR HIGHLIGHT

Our services include:

  • Accommodation : 3 nights On House Boat, 1 night stay at Guest House in Long Bagun - in a shared
    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 air conditioned vehicle & House Boat and private
    motor canoe.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services not include:

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

Mahakam River is a highway of East Kalimantan Province, which can be reached via the main airport Balikpapan, or the local airport Samarinda. The River is almost 1.000 km long, and the only way to bring you into the deep interior of East Kalimantan. The main attraction of the lower part are the Lakes, The art full Dayak Culture and Longhouses, the area is covered by mangrove, swamp, and lowland rain forest.  The Tourism spots are the Villages and river life. The further you get upstream the more adventures it will be, till you reach the dense jungle after the rapids.

Mahakam River 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

  • Rain coat, cap or hat.
  • Torchlight, Sun block lotion.
  • Trek shoes & Sandals.
  • Toiletries.
  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Small water proof wallet for the documents

MEDIUM HOUSE BOAT

The houseboat with Indonesian styled accommodation as the standard with cold and hot water shower, air conditioned sleeping cabin, will cruise you slowly through the hinterland, enjoying the scenery along the river sliding away.

House Boat Mahakam River

House Boat Mahakam River

House Boat Mahakam River

FAMILY HOUSE BOAT

MAHAKAM RIVER HOUSE BOAT

MAHAKAM RIVER HOUSE BOAT
 

MAHAKAM RIVER HOUSE BOAT

   
   
   
   
 
  • Cruising up the hinterland of Mahakam River
  • Visiting the Dayak Benuq - Tunjung & Dayak Kenyah – Bahau with their long ears
  • Visting the Long houses & the Dayak dance
  • Chance to see Irrawady dolphin
  • See the wild life such as Monkeys, Langoor, Proboscis monkeys, etc.
  • Bird watching