The Kayan River’s ecological and cultural treasures survive deep within the rainforest jungle of Indonesia ’s largest island, Borneo. With its legacy of Chinese, Malay, Hindu, Muslim, and Dutch influences, you discover a virtual mosaic of traditions flourishing in the bustling seaports and riverside cities of Borneo.
Kalimantan’s dense jungle and large wetlands have traditionally kept the region isolated from all but the adventurous travelers. The indigenous Dayak settlements along the Kayan and Bahau Rivers are an ideal way to explore the intriguing Dayak culture, where village elders practice traditional medicine and mark their status with intricate body tattoos and remarkably heavy ear adornments. You are warmly welcomed in their traditional longhouses. Apart from a unique culture, Borneo also offers an enormous diversity of exotic fauna and flora, such as black orchids, freshwater dolphins and orangutans.
We have created this Kayan River expedition for those who want to learn about the traditional Dayak culture and experience the deep dense jungle with its rare plants and animals. Although this 8-day trip offers a memorable experience, it is designed for those who are adventurous in body and spirit. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime Kalimantan exploration!
Day 1: Balikpapan
Upon arrival at Balikpapan Airport, you are greeted by our representative and driven to a hotel in Balikpapan for check-in.
The rest of the evening is free for leisure.
Day 2: Balikpapan – Tanjung Selor
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Tanjung Selor.
You check in at your hotel in Tanjung Selor, before going on a city tour.
Day 3: Tanjung Selor – Long Bia (Kayan River cruise)
Full day Kayan River upstream cruise by long boat to Long Bia. You see many rice plantations and dense forest along the way. If you are lucky, you might see long-nose monkeys and beautiful bird species. If the water level is low, a few rapids have to be crossed.
Meals are provided en route and overnight stay is at a local house at Long Bia.
Day 4: Long Bia – Naha Gamang (Kayan River cruise)
Full day Kayan River upstream cruise to Naha Gamang. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the amazing rapids.
Meals are served along the way and overnight stay is at a local house in Naha Gamang.
Days 5 & 6: Naha Gamang (jungle trekking)
After breakfast, you hop in a longboat for your transfer towards the departure point of the jungle trek.
Meals and overnight stay are at a local house.
Day 7: Naha Gamang – Long Bia – Tanjung Selor
Today you cruise downstream to Long Bia by motorized canoe or longboat to Long Bia.
You continue your journey to Tanjung Selor.
Meals are provided en route and overnight stay is at a hotel in Tanjung Selor.
Day 8: Tanjung Selor – Balikpapan
Free leisure time until it is time for your flight to Balikpapan, where you can get a connecting flight to your next destination.
Transfer from Balikpapan Airport to hotel
Transfer from the hotel in Balikpapan to the airport
Flight Balikpapan – Tarakan – Balikpapan
Speedboat from Tarakan to Tanjung Selor
Speedboat from Tanjung Selor to Long Bia
Canoe from Long bia to Naha Gamang and return to Long Bia
Speedboat to Tanjung Selor – Tarakan
Flight to Balikpapan
1 night at Hotel Bahtera in Balikpapan
2 nights at Hotel Brown in Tanjung Selor
1 night at a guesthouse in Long Bia
3 nights at a local house and/or jungle camp
All accommodation is based on twin share
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Water, tea and coffee
English speaking guide
Entrance fees and donations
Soft and alcoholic drinks
Air fares to and from Kalimantan
Insurance and healthcare expenses
Everything not mentioned in the program
What to bring
Cash money (no ATM in the jungle)
Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to do this trip on another day.
All accommodation is based on twin share. Additional charges may apply if you prefer a single room.
Minimum group size
The minimum group size for this activity is 2 people.
I really liked cruising the river on a longboat. Even when we had to carry the boat accross a couple of rapids due to low water levels, we had a lot of fun doing so. We even saw one of those long nose monkeys, they're quite fascinating to look at. Great trip which I'll recommend to other travellers!