Cruise the Orang Utan River

Partially Guided
Cruise the Orang Utan River

Cruise the Orang Utan River


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Spend 4 days on the water taking in the unique wildlife of Kalimantan

Set sail on the shimmering water, weaving your way alongside islands teeming with wildlife and stilted villages.

Observe the magnificent orangutan in its natural habitat and learn about rehabilitation efforts.

Meet with elders from the Dayak Ngaju tribe as they welcome you into their village to observe their way of life.

Enjoy incredible local flavours as you break bread with locals and enjoy delicious food onboard.

Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of Kalimantan’s Rungan River on the 4-day Oran Utan River Tour. Set sail and weave your way through the river’s islands and stilted villages, spotting an array of wildlife and meeting locals.

Observe majestic orangutans in their natural habitat on and around Bapallas Island. Cruise to Kanarakan island to meet with the elders of the Dayak Ngaju tribe who invite you into their village with open arms to learn about their way of life. Enjoy peaceful dining experiences onboard and fall asleep to the unique sounds of the river.

Wildlife experiences and unique cultural experiences blend seamlessly on the Orang Utan River tour. Book your spot today!

Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and Set Sail

Your river adventure begins today as you arrive at Palangkaraya Airport and transfer to the harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue along the forested river passing small villages. In the early evening, take a canoe on the shimmering black water lake and make a short stop and stroll around Kalaweit Island. Keep an eye out for probosci's monkeys, hornbills, and Brahmini kites. Return to the Rahai’i Pangun to enjoy a quiet dinner in the midst of the forest.

Overnight Location
Onboard the cruise ship
Lunch, dinner

Day 2 Cruise to Bapallas Island, Kanarakan, and Tahai

The Rahai’i Pangun moves upstream this morning along the Rungan River while you enjoy a delicious breakfast. On arrival at Bapallas Island, you’ll take the motorized canoe to observe orangutans as you hope to catch your first sighting of these magnificent creatures. Learn about the BOSF pre-release program as you watch orangutans in their natural habitat.

Leisurely lunch onboard while cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River, passing Kaja pre-release orangutan island along the route. Arriving in the village in the afternoon, village elders from the Dayak Ngaju tribe will perform a welcoming ceremony before leading you on a stroll around the village. Joined by a local host, you’ll take in the village home gardens, a rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village activities. Visit the village elder’s house and enjoy a traditional spiced coffee or herbal tea. Back on board, finish the day with a relaxing cruise to Lake Tahai.

Overnight Location
Onboard the cruise ship
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Lake Tahai and the Village of Sei Gohong

This morning, enjoy an optional canoe at dawn on Lake Tahai to spot abundant birdlife. Then, savour a leisurely breakfast on board. Later, visit the village of Sei Gohong to meet the traditional medicine expert and enjoy a short walk to the nearby forest to find several plants that are used as traditional medications by the Ngajus. Back at the village, you’ll discover a larger collection of these traditional medicines and discuss their functions with the locals. Back to the boat, it’s time to cruise downstream to Muara Rungan, passing Bapallas Island for more orangutan sightings.

Overnight Location
Onboard the cruise ship
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Cruise to Palangkaraya and Depart

Enjoy your final morning onboard with breakfast and a smooth morning cruise to Palangkaraya. Transfer to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location
Breakfast, lunch

Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour Price and Dates

This partially guided cruise is always run as a group tour, and you’ll be sharing the excursions and activities with other travellers onboard the ship. Please note that the prices might be higher during the Indonesian National Holidays. 
The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room and those willing to have a single room will have to pay a supplement (pricing is on request).
Important: the departures are available every Tuesday and Saturday.

  • Guided Solo Traveller: $2,375USD
  • Guided Groups of 2+: $1,195USD per person
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    Accommodation on Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour

    This beautiful tour takes place on Orang Utan where you’ll be provided with a room on a cruise ship. There are three room options that you get to choose from when booking this tour.

    In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

    Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
    Standard rooms are of double occupancy and due to a limited number of coupes, single rooms may not always be possible. Please enquire to find out the availability and pricing.

    Night 1-3

    Double ensuite room with a fan on Rahai’I Pangun Ship

    Enjoy a basic room onboard the Rahai’l Pangun ship and find yourself lulled to sleep by the sounds of the river.

    Standard Accommodation

    Night 1-3

    Double ensuite room with AC on Rahai’I Pangun Ship

    Stay cool onboard the Rahai’l Pangun ship in a comfortable room featuring AC.

    Superior Accommodation

    Night 1-3

    Superior Large Ensuite room with AC on Rahai’I Pangun Ship

    Want for nothing in this superior large ensuite room with AC onboard the Rahai’l Pangun ship.

    Deluxe Accommodation

    What’s Included in the Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour?


    3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners are included.


    Accommodations for 4 nights are included.

    Transportation during the Tour

    The transportation on this tour includes transfers between the airport and cruise ship departure/return location. Flights between Jakarta and Palangkaraya are not included but can be arranged during the booking process.

    Also Included

    • Local English-speaking guides
    • All the activities mentioned in the program

    Not included

    • Visa fees
    • International flights and taxes
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional excursions

    Optional Extras

    • Flights between Jakarta and Balangkaraya

    Frequenty Asked Questions about Cruise the Orang Utan River

    How hard is the Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour?

    We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are no strenuous or technical activities involved.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Indonesia?

    Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

    What does partially-guided mean?

    Booking a partially-guided tour is a perfect choice for those who like to be in charge of some of their time while travelling, but also don’t want to be on their own during activities. In most cases, a partially-guided tour doesn’t have a tour leader assigned to a group, but some or most of the activities, such as hikes, city walks, or historic site visits, are led by different guides. Also, in most cases, booking a partially-guided tour is way cheaper than booking a fully-guided tour!

    Are meals included on the Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour?

    3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners are included.

    When is the best time to travel to Indonesia?

    The best time to travel to Indonesia is from April or October when the weather is warm and pleasant. Indonesia can be travelled to all year long, however, it tends to be rainier from November to March.

    Do I need insurance?

    Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover (activity). Get your Travel Insurance.

    How do I get to Jakarta to start this tour?

    Fly into Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkayara (PKY) which can be reached from Jakarta.

    Is the Cruise the Orang Utan River Tour in English?

    Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

    Do I need special vaccines to travel to Indonesia?

    Check with your family doctor.

    Are there any travel restrictions for Indonesia?

    Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


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