WOW Borneo offers an intimate encounter with Kalimantan, its forests and wildlife, by working with the local Dayak people. 3 Boats are available: Ruhui Rahayu (one single cabin), Spirit of Kalimantan (private charter with 3 cabins) and Rahai’I Pangun (6 cabins- shared cruise). All guided tours will enable you to discover the orangutan in its natural habitat and give you the opportunity to make a difference to their survival through the Borneo Orangutan Survival adoption program.
Minority Tribes
River Cruise

Vessel Description

Navigate down the Rungan River in the unspoilt jungles of Borneo aboard a traditional Kalimantan barge featuring three double cabins, an indoor sitting area and an upper viewing deck. Savour tantalising cuisine as your English-speaking guide introduces you the BOS orangutan rehabilitation programs and black water lake systems, stopping along the way at local villages to learn about their indigenous Dayak culture.

Cabin Description

Vessel Facilities & Highlights

We serve fusion Indonesian food, using only fresh local ingredients and prepared onboard.
All activities offer a balance between wildlife, flora and fauna and the fascinating Dayak culture. Spot orangutans in their natural habitat, learn about the struggle of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s to save this magnificent creature and the human and cultural aspect. Land of spirits and mysticism with a headhunting past, discover how the Dayaks close relationship with the forest has defined and shaped their fascinating culture.

Your Host & The Team

“Starting from Palangkaraya harbor, the cruise, past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital, continues upriver along the forest lined river, passing villages. In the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and Brahmini kites as the boat moves up the Rungan River. When we reach Bapallas Island, you will take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans, then continue to the BOSF Education Centre where adult orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs.

Later on the way to Kanarakan, a tiny riverside village we will meet with Dayak Ngaju tribes (home gardens, rubber field, rubber tapping) and some other traditions. More than a cruise, you will book a lifetime experience.”

Lorna and Gaye

We Care

With a genuine love for Kalimantan and a vision rooted in making a difference in the developing world, the founders of The Spirit of Kalimantan have pioneered ecotourism and positive developments in the region. With a profound awareness of the fragile interrelationship between the rain forest and the livelihood of the Dayak people, The Spirit of Kalimantan continually seeks solutions that are in harmony with this powerful symbiosis. By modifying the traditional Dayak boat, the founders created a unique floating hotel, which enables guests to visit traditional villages and experience the flora and fauna of rain forest in-depth. Simul-taneously, the guests support the local village with little impact to the surrounding environment.

In addition, The Spirit of Kalimantan works closely with villagers in the development of the tourist industry, training and assisting them as guides, renting canoes, offering fishing trips and many other activities. The company also makes a regular contribution to the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) foundation. The Spirit of Kalimantan offers guided canoe trips to the pre-release BOS islands to witness orangutans, and provides educational information to guests to raise awareness. The company has garnered international recognition for its eco-tourism efforts, receiving the Virgin Responsible Travel Best Cruise Operator award, as well as the Indonesia Travel and Tourism Award, “Leading Cruise Operator.

Welcome to Kalimantan

Forming three-quarters of the world’s third largest island, Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of Borneo. Divided into four regions, East, West, South and Central, discover some of richest biodiversity in the world in its vast jungles and rainforests filled with long, winding rivers and fascinating wildlife.

Begin your journey by glimpsing at the stilted and floating houses in the capital of Central Kalimantan, Palangkaraya. Canoe through shimmering black water lakes. Meander down rivers to look for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, Brahmini kites, kingfishers, and other bird species. Get up close and personal to orangutans, and witness an orangutan rehabilitation programme centre. Spot wild orangutans, macaques, proboscis monkeys, birds, sun bears, wild boars, clouded leopards, spotted cats, pythons, gibbons, porcupines, Sambar deer, and other wildlife at Tanjung Puting National Park. Soak in the breathtaking mountain views and waterfalls at Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya National Park. Trek on trails or go diving around the world-renowned Derawan Archipelago. Pass through riverside villages to see spectacular historic longhouses, and meet the indigenous Dayak people to learn about their customs and culture. Attend a traditional music and dance performance. A thrilling adventure of a lifetime.

Useful Information

Cruising Areas: Rungan River, Central Kalimantan (Borneo)
Length: 22m
Beam: 5m
Number of Cabins: 3
Annual Docking: a few days in September
Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Jakarta
Currency accepted: IDR
Electricity voltage: 220V
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Time & Weather

Current Temperature

26° C

Current Weather

Local Time

3:01 pm