A traditional Rungkan Boat has been cleverly remodelled into a comfortable 5 cabin, 3 bathroom cruise vessel which departs regularly on journeys along the Kahayan and Rungan Rivers in Central Kalimantan. Named the Rahai`i Pangun, meaning big development in the local Dayak language, she is pioneering eco tourism here.
At 23m in length and 6m across, with 5 cabins below deck,and large viewing decks above, she plies the strong flowing waters at a graceful rate of 8 Knots. Passing serenely along the reflected jungle river banks, she makes her way past orangutan release islands and small communities. Guests relax on sofas as the timeless scenery slips by. Meals are made freshly on board, and are a fusion of local Dayak, Indonesian and Thai food. The emphasis is on taste, freshness and variety. Its a gourmet experience, according to many of our guests. Getting here is an easy hop of just over an hour from the international airport in Jakarta and after a short transfer to the boat, you can enjoy the tranquil scenes in this image
Spirit of Borneo
Our newest boat is smaller, and perfect for families. With 2 double cabins and 3 additional bunks, all air-conditioned, this boat has hot water showers, fully self-contained kitchen with a comfortable open plan air conditioned sitting area. Outside is a sitting area, and upstairs a lounge deck, where you can strech out on pillows and enjoy the passing scenery. Optional extras are private chef and guide.
Transfer directly from airport to the Rahai'i Pangun at the Pelabuhan Rambang (port) in the capital city of Central Kalimantan, Palangkaraya. Steam through the city and upriver to Danau (lake) Dapur. Transfer to traditional canoes to explore the beautiful natural black water lakes and canals, keeping an eye out for proboscis monkeys, eagles, monkeys and hornbills. Have your first glimpse of orangutans on the Pulau Pallas release islands. Enjoy drinks at sunset on the open viewing deck. Option for night fishing from the boat.
Early morning, after breakfast, watch orangutan feeding time. These islands are pre-release sites, where rehabilitated orphaned orangutans from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) program are fed daily and monitored until they can be released into the wild. Personnel from BOSF will join us on the boat and explain their program.
Continue up river to the town of Tangkiling. Tour nearby to see Dayak spirit houses and a holy rock, representing the boat of the spirit world. Continue steep climb up Tangkiling Hill for a view over the plains and river. Alternative option to visit St Joseph Convent and climb to see pathway lined with life size depiction of the Stations of the Cross. This site also has great view across Rungan River course.
Return to the boat for lunch, and continue up river to the town of Kanarakan – stroll through this village, meet the kids and see how they collect the latex from rubber trees and the lifestyle in a village accessible only by river. Overnight at the village jetty.
Depart early from the village for return to Tangkiling and transfer to airport.
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