Mahakam River Adventures 

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

Tour Highlights

  • Cruising up the hinterland of Mahakam river
  • Visit the dayak kenyah with their long ears
  • See the nature and wild life
  • See the black orchid
  • Visit the long houses
  • See the dayak performance
  • Bird watching

Overview

Mahakam River is a highway of East Kalimantan Province, which can be reached via the airport of Balikpapan, or  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
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Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by your 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 drive.

🚍 Samarinda Airport – Loa Janan (38 km) : 1,5 hours drive.

🚢 Loa janan – Muara muntai : 15 hours by boat

Today is a full day excursion with  picnic lunch.

Start your day with a visit to village of Muara muntai. Visiting the local market to see it’s fresh produces.  After exploring the market and village, take a motor canoe through the water village of Jantur then passing Jempang lake. When entering Ohong creek, 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.  Mancong village is home to arround 500 inhabitant of Dayak Benuaq.

Afterwards visit Tanjung Isuy for sightseeing. Late afternoon transfer back to Muara muntai. Hop on the houseboat  then cruising up stream to Melak.

Arrive Melak at the daybreak. 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 see the old longhouse, A home to around 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 settlement with longhouse, art full statutes, totems, 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 drive

🚍 Kersik Luway – Eheng (22 km) : 35 minutes drive

🚍 Eheng – Tering (39 km) : 1 hour drive

After breakfast, cruise down stream  by speed boat to visit a 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. House boat cruises downstream to Tenggarong.

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. Back to the 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)

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • NOTES
  • 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
  • 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 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