Mahakam River Cruise Trips

The tour highlights of a Mahakam river cruise through the rainforest and floodplain of Kalimantan are home to a wealth of flora and wildlife found nowhere else in the world, from freshwater fish species found here include the critically endangered freshwater or Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris). And about 300 bird species, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and many reptiles in the amazing jungle flora of the black orchid and pitcher plants.

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4 Days Mighty Mahakam River Adventure Tour

On Your Mahakam River cruise tour you will become a warmly welcomed guests by the former headhunters in their traditional longhouses, who now-a-days hunt the Kalimantan rain forest for their meals. At Borneo Island you can explore the traditional Dayak culture heritage treasures and grand diversity of exotic flora and fauna from black orchids to fresh water dolphins and proboscis monkeys, and venture ashore for captivating jungle explorations and unforgettable encounters in our village visits.


Tour Package Duration 04 Days / 03 Nights

Upon arrival at Balikpapan airport, meeting service and transfer to Loa Janan, to board houseboat for exciting adventure on the Mahakam river. Meals provided and overnight on houseboat.

Short sight seeing at Muara Muntai Wooden village, then crossing Jempang Lake by motor canoe to Mancong. During the cruise you could see Rain forest and wildlife at Ohong creek like monkey’s and birds, Upon arrival at Mancong, welcomed with a traditional ceremony by the Dayaq Benuaq, one of the Oldest Dayak Longhouse of East Kalimantan can be found here, Late afternoon by motor canoe to Tanjung Isuy for sightseeing and continue to Houseboat for dinner and overnight. Houseboat will cruise up to Muara Pahu.

Arrive at Muara Pahu, cruise upstream the Kedang Pahu River by canoe for more then one hour by canoe to Mount Bayan to visit Terbisak Dayak village known of it’s Longhouse of the Benauq Dayak tribe which is still habituated by about 100 Dayak people living in their community house, and traditions of dry rise fielding and hunting, continue downstream by canoe, along the river bank, we will enjoy the exotic nature and wildlife as otters, leaf monkeys, endangered proboscis monkeys and birds, before we move to the delta of the Belowan river as a black water peat swamp forest land, with opportunities to spot the fresh water dolphins in the colliding stream of the Kedang Pahu and the Bolowan River. Afternoon, return to houseboat for return downstream to Tenggarong.

Arrive at Tenggarong, visiting the former palace of Sultan Kutai Kertanegara. Where you will see the Sultan impressive collection of heirlooms, ceramics, Dayak art and culture items, until departure transfer to Balikpapan airport for your next destination.

Mahakam River Facts

Mahakam River entrance gate are Balikpapan international airport or the domestic airport of Samarinda to sail the rivers backroad in to the hinterland of East Kalimantan. The 4 days Mighty Mahakam River cruise trip lead you from the coastal wet ands swamp land forest in to the jungle to the Dayak tribal longhouse villages. The artful culture in combination with forest wildlife during the river and Jempang lake cruise tour is the main attraction to experience the Kutai tribe river life Culture, and Dayak mystic Kharingan of nature powers jungle Culture believes. The rainforest Tourism spots are Wildlife as jumping proboscis monkeys, and dancing fresh water dolphins along the boat, with overflying great hornbill bird species during your cruise.

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 )

Mahakam River Accommodation
Mahakam River has poor accommodation facilities at the villages, The houseboat with Indonesian Styled accommodation as the standard with cold water shower but airconditioned sleeping cabin, will cruise you slowly through the hinterland, enjoying the scenery along the river sliding away

Travel Time & Distance East Kalimantan – MAHAKAM River Cruise
Balikpapan – Samarinda overland 3 hours
Samarinda – Muara Muntai houseboat cruise 14 hours
Muara Muntai – Lakes – Muara Muntai full day
Muara Muntai – Muara Pahu houseboat cruise 6 hours

How To Get There
Balikpapan Sepinggan international airport with direct Flights to Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Tarakan, Berau, Palu, Makassar, Manado, Singapore
Samarinda Airport with direct flights to Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Makassar, Melak, Balikpapan, Berau, Tarakan, Nunukan, Long Apung, Tanjung Selor ( ATR – Airvan planes )

Things To Bring
Long wear
Towel, soap and personal needs
Torch/Flash light
Waterproof bag (for documents and electronics)

Mahakam River Culture & Wildlife
The wildlife is exotic, lots of water birds, along with the endemic proboscis monkeys, and other forest denizens including clouded leopard, leaf monkey, macaque, pangolin anteater, tiny tarsier, lizards, and pythons. The Tribal Cultures on the way are more then 40 tribes, with all their own cultural believes and art, from longhouses, to earlobes and tattoo’s

General Information
East Kalimantan Province area is 145,534 square kilometers, with a 3 million population

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