Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure

Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure

Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure

Prices

From $3,475USD

Difficulty

Partially-guided

Homestays, hotels, resorts

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Highlights

Spend 15-days immersed in the culture natural beauty and wildlife of Kalimantan

Enjoy thrilling adventures on both land and sea as you hike, canoe, and sail your way through Kalimantan.

Visit the floating market of Banjarmasin and soak up Kalimantan’s unique river life.

Explore the lush hills and cascading waterfalls at the foot of Meratus Mountain on a thrilling rainforest hike.

Discover Kalimantan’s unique culture with a visit to the Dayak tribe who will invite you with open arms into their longhouses.

Discover Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo on the Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure tour. With spellbinding adventures on both land and water, you’ll come to know the beautiful landscapes that make this part of the island so special.

Visit floating markets, remarkable villages on the water, and remote tribes who will share their wisdom, traditions and culture with you. With several days on the water, you’ll spot the bountiful wildlife of this region, including monkeys, orangutans and an array of birdlife. Balance relaxing days on the river with exhilarating hikes in the Meratus Mountains where you’ll explore the rainforest with an expert guide. Discover the real Kalimantan with a unique homestay experience in the longhouse Tumbang Malahoi.

Get off the beaten path and discover a lesser-known part of Indonesia on the Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure!

Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Jakarta

Your adventure begins as you arrive and Jakarta and meet your local representative who will transfer you to your hotel nearby the airport. Get some rest and prepare for 2 weeks of remarkable adventures ahead!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Jakarta
Meals
None

Day 2 Fly to Palangkaraya – Tumbang Malahoi

Rise early and refreshed this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Palangkaraya. On arrival, your guide will meet you and directly drive to Tumbang Malahoi by car (approx 5 hours). On arrival, a welcome ceremony will be performed before settling into your room at the longhouse and resting. Later join the family of the longhouse for dinner. Gather after dinner to talk with the elders about the history of this longhouse and everyday life here, the culture and traditions.

Overnight Location
Homestay in Tumbang Malahoi
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Tumbang Malahoi Jungle walk and Live Music

After breakfast, a local guide will take you hiking in the forest near the longhouse to see ironwood or rubber tree plantation areas. See how to take latex from the trees and listen to the Dayak agricultural philosophy. After lunch together at the longhouse with the family, visit a Kaharingan (the Dayak traditional religion) temple. Enjoy the evening with musical performances and dance. Learn some stories behind some of the particular dances and even join in and play some traditional musical instruments!

Overnight Location
Homestay in Tumbang Malahoi
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Drive to Palangkaraya

After breakfast, pack your bags and say goodbye to your gracious hosts! A 5-hour drive through the same road as the first day will take you to Palangkaraya where you can check into your room and enjoy a refreshing swim!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palangkaraya
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Set Sail from Palangkaraya Harbour

The guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the Rahai’I Pangun in Palangkaraya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue along the forested river, passing multiple villages. In the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lake and make a short stop and stroll around the Kalaweit Island. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills and Brahmini kites. Return to the Rahai’i Pangun for a quiet dinner in the midst of the forest.

Overnight Location
Onboard the Cruise Ship
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Bapallas Island, Kanarakan, and Tahai

The Rahai’i Pangun moves upstream along the Rungan River while you enjoy breakfast this morning. On arrival at Bapallas Island, you’ll take a motorized canoe to observe orangutans in their natural habitat. Enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River.

Arriving in the village in the afternoon, village elders from the Dayak Ngaju tribe perform a welcoming ceremony before a pleasant stroll around the village. Joined by a local host, you’ll see the village home gardens, a rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods. Visit the elder’s house and enjoy a traditional spiced coffee or herbal tea while sharing stories. Head back to the boat and cruise down to Lake Tahai.

Overnight Location
Onboard the Cruise Ship
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Discover the Medicinal Plants of Sei Gohong with Locals

Enjoy an optional sunrise canoe trip on the lake this morning to take in the birdlife. Back on board, enjoy a delicious breakfast before visiting the village of Sei Gohong to meet the traditional medicine expert then a short walk to the nearby forest to find several plants that are used as traditional medications by the Ngajus. Heading back to the village, you’ll see a larger collection of the traditional medicines and have the chance to discuss their functions with the locals. Back to the boat and cruise downstream to Muara Rungan passing Bapallas Island for more orangutan sightings.

Overnight Location
On board the Cruise Ship
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Tanjung Sanggalang and Palangka Raya

After breakfast, the boat cruises to the village of Tanjung Sanggalang on the Kahayan River. Transfer to cars for the short trip to Bukit Rawi and Sigi, where you’ll see the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance. Board the boat for your final cruise to Rambang Harbour in Palangka Raya.

Check out at 2pm and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palangkaraya
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 9 Drive to Banjarmasin and Afternoon Canal Sightseeing

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to Banjarmasin which takes approximately 5 hours. In the afternoon, explore the Banjarese river civilization while sightseeing on the canal. The canal trip is by motor-canoe through the river in the city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Banjarmasin
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Banjarmasin Floating Market and Drive to the Meratus Mountains

Early in the morning, you’ll visit the floating market of Banjarmasin where you can explore the unique culture of the Banjarese who trade commodities as fruit, and vegetables from boat to boat. Afterwards, return to the hotel to check out before continuing your journey overland by car/minibus to Cempaka village. Up next, you’ll drive to the Meratus Mountains for a beautiful view over Kalimantan’s lush green jungle landscape. Then, visit Pandak Daun stilt village where you can observe the unique activity of the buffalo farmers. This evening, enjoy the romantic sunset over the water before continuing to Loksado for your overnight at the lodge.

Overnight Location
Resort in Loksado
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 11 Meratus Mountains Rainforest Hike and Dayak Villages

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out for the foothills of Meratus Mountain from where you’ll start your jungle hike to take in unique Dayak villages. The hike leads through both primary and secondary rainforest as your journey over hills and passes cascading waterfalls via suspended bamboo bridges. Meet local Dayak people at home in their villages and enjoy this authentic rainforest experience. In the afternoon, continue your trek to return to Loksado lodge, enjoying lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at Loksado lodge.

Overnight Location
Resort in Loksado
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 Bamboo River Rafting and Drive to Muara Koman

Following breakfast at the Lodge, you’ll cruise downstream the Amadit River by a handmade Bamboo raft, crossing the beautiful landscape of tropical rain forest along the riverbank to end up at Muara Hariang. From here, transfer to Muara Koman and overnight at Batu Kajang Hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Muara Koman
Meals
Breakfast

Day 13 Kandilo River by Canoe and Drive to Samboja

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring by car to the harbour at Kandilo River. Sail the River by canoe taking in the Karst limestone formations and caves with the chance to spot leaf and probosci's monkeys! Later, continue by car to Samboja Lodge.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Samboja
Meals
Breakfast

Day 14 Orangutan Island Visit, Forest Hike and Black River Tour

After Breakfast you’ll set out to hike the forest, visiting the orangutans that populate the man-made islands. Learn about the Orang Utan Survival Foundation programs here. This Samboja Lestari is a very special place, as it is a sanctuary for orangutans rescued from captivity who are now being integrated back into their natural habitat. Lunch at Samboja Lodge. In the afternoon, transfer by car/minibus for about one hour to the harbour at Black River. Board a motor-canoe to sail in the mangrove forest of the Balikpapan Bay in search for wildlife including monkeys, lizards and an array of birds. Return to the Saboja lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Samboja
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 15 Samboja Lestari Reserve, Departure

Enjoy the remainder of your time at Samboja lodge at your leisure. Following lunch, you’ll check out and head to the airport to depart as your tour comes to an end.

Overnight Location
None
Meals
Breakfast

Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure Price and Dates

Pricing for this partially guided tour to Kalimantan is always run as a private tour for your group only and the prices depend on the size of your group. 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 and those willing to have a single room will have to pay a supplement of $950USD (per room).

Important note: The departures for this tour are available on Tuesday and Friday only.

  • Guided Solo Traveller: $7,775USD
  • Guided Groups of 2-3: $3,895USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-6: $3,525USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: $3,475USD per person
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    Accommodation on Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure

    The accommodation types on this tour vary greatly: from rustic homestays to beautiful resorts and cruise ships. The hotels and resorts offer all modern conveniences, while the homestays are rather rustic but full of local character.

    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 and triple occupancy and those willing to have a single room will have to pay a supplement of $950USD.

    FM 7 Hotel in Jakarta

    Enjoy this contemporary hotel featuring modern amenities and an upscale vibe.

    Night 2-3

    Homestay in Tumbang Malahoi

    Come to know the very heart of Tumbang Malahoi as you commune with locals who will welcome you with open arms.

    Swiss Belhotel in Palangkaraya

    A polished hotel in Palngkaraya featuring a refreshing outdoor pool and modern amenities.

    Night 5-7

    Onboard the Cruise Ship

    Fall asleep to the sound of the water as you enjoy this unique stay aboard a cozy river cruise ship.

    Swiss Belhotel in Palangkaraya

    A polished hotel in Palngkaraya featuring a refreshing outdoor pool and modern amenities.

    Victoria Hotel in Banjarmasin

    Relax and unwind at this no-fuss hotel set along the Martapura River.

    Meratus Resort in Loksado

    Enjoy the views of the Meratus Mountains from this laidback resort in Loksado.

    Night 12

    Batu Kajang Hotel in Muara Koman

    Comfort and value blend seamlessly at the Batu Kajung Hotel in Muara Koman.

    Samboja Lodge in Samboja

    Enjoy traditional Indonesian dining and excellent hospitality at this unique lodge set within the Samboja Lestari rainforest.

    Hotels on Standard Tour

    What’s Included in the Ultimate Kalimantan Tour?

    Meals

    14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners are included.

    Accommodations

    Accommodations for 14 nights are included.

    Transportation during the Tour

    Transportation for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour, including transfers to and from the airport. In some cases, the transfers are shared.

    Also Included

    • Local English-speaking guides
    • Cruise
    • Taxes

    Not included

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

    Optional Extras

    • Extra nights at any point of the tour

    Frequenty Asked Questions about Ultimate Kalimantan Adventure

    How hard is the Ultimate Kalimantan Tour?

    We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are no strenuous or technical activities involved, however, you should be ready to spend multiple hours on your feet exploring the Indonesian beautiful nature and cities.

    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 Ultimate Kalimantan Tour?

    14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 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. Get your Travel Insurance.

    How do I get to Jakarta to start this tour?

    Fly into Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta (CGK) which can be reached from many major airports all over the world.

    Is the Ultimate Kalimantan 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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    Prices

    From $3,475USD

    Difficulty

    Partially-guided

    Homestays, hotels, resorts

    Active Travel is what we do

    10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

    Real humans are always a click or call away

    Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

    Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

    Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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    We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are no strenuous or technical activities involved, however, you should be ready to spend multiple hours on your feet exploring the Indonesian beautiful nature and cities.

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