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Rahai’i Pangun

This traditional Bornean riverboat has an upper viewing deck and 5 simple but charming cabins.

Overview

The Rahai’i Pangun is a 72ft x 20ft traditional Kalimantan riverboat that has been converted into a beautiful liveaboard for cruising Borneo’s jungle-flanked waterways in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. The design and specifications for the Rahai’i Pangun riverboat were implemented by master boat designers and engineers, using local craftsmen.

Your Cabin

The wooden riverboat offers five simple but charming cabins: one Superior Large Double Cabin with a private terrace, an en-suite bathroom and optional air-conditioning; two Double Cabins with en-suite and optional air-conditioning; one Family Cabin with four beds (one double and two bunks) air-conditioning and a shared bathroom, which is just a step away across the corridor; and one Twin Cabin, which is fan-cooled and shares a bathroom. All of these rooms are wood lined with wall-to-wall windows and comfortable beds dressed with colorful eiderdowns and cushions.

Eco Friendly

The Rahai’i Pangun cruise will take you through forest-lined rivers to parts of Kalimantan where few tourists venture, to experience the lush, triple canopy rainforest, exotic flora, wildlife and culture. Because of its location, this exciting destination is well off the beaten path. The vessel was redesigned to fulfill a vision that helps keep local cultures and wildlife alive by enabling visitors to experience the natural environment and the Dayak communities in an eco-friendly way.

Life On Board

The Upper Deck is spacious and comfortable. From here, you can enjoy dining, relaxing and wildlife spotting with your friends and fellow guests, while marveling at the uninterrupted panoramic views of the passing scenery from the sofas or deck chairs. You can expect delicious fusion-style Indonesian food, using only fresh local ingredients and prepared on board.

The Dayak People

All activities, in the company of expert local guides, offer a balance between birdlife, wildlife and nature, as well as the fascinating culture of the Dayak people, whose 200 tribes who are known for their survival skills and headhunting traditions. In this land of spirits and mysticism, discover how the close but increasingly fragile interrelationship between the rainforest and the Dayak people has defined and shaped their way of life.

The Orangutans

Spot orangutans in their natural habitat, learn about the struggle of BOS − the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation − to save this magnificent creature, as well as the human and cultural aspects of the BOS Foundation’s work. Take a guided canoe trip to the pre-release BOS islands to see these long-haired, orange-colored primates, which are found only in Borneo and on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

They are highly intelligent and are close relatives of humans. After being rescued and rehabilitated as part of the BOS program, the next step for these great apes is their release into forests in the north of the province. With the Rahai’i Pangun, you can look forward to a magical journey in the company of your partner, your family or your friends as well as the new friends you will meet along the way.

Itineraries & Prices

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3-Day
3-Day
4-Day
4-Day

3 Day - Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: We will meet you either on arrival at the airport or in your hotel lobby, and we then transfer you to the Palangka Raya harbour.

PM: Boarding the Rahai’i Pangun, we start the cruise downstream to Tanjung Pusaka village. In the evening, we will explore the village to see the fisherman village, village cattle raising, and a demonstration of Pencak Silat, traditional martial art performance. Join the village school group as they practice and have a go yourself! After finishing this excursion, we return to the boat and stay overnight in the area.

Rahai'i Pangun's Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day One - Lunch On Board
Location
Palangka Raya Harbour
Day
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Tumbang Nusa, Purun or Grey Sedge Weaving & Village Visit

AM: In the early morning, we will use motorised canoes to visit the extensive blackwater Lake Bagantung. This is a unique peatland swamp ecosystem where we have the opportunity to spot birds and other wildlife. Then, the boat continues the cruise downstream to Tumbang Nusa village.

PM: On arrival, we will have a walking tour in the village to see some of their traditional livelihoods. First the grey sedge or ‘purun’ weaving and handmade straw cooperative, made from rushes growing naturally in the canals and lakes. The boat will continue to cruise downstream, passing the large forested Selat and Badak Islands. It may be possible to spot orangutans here. The boat will stop and find a quiet place to tie up overnight.

Rahai'i Pangun's Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day Two - Boat Side View
Location
Kahayan River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Early morning, the boat continues downstream to the village of Pilang where we take a short walk in the forest area near the village to see the process of rubber tapping (Mamantat) and rattan harvesting (Manetes). Our village guide will also point out some local medicinal plants growing in the forest. We then have a walking tour in the village to see some of their traditional livelihoods. Watch the local ladies at their rattan weaving process and meet the villagers. Over a special tea and coffee, with traditional Dayak cakes such as apam and untuk-untuk, we will be entertained with a Kacapi (two stringed instrument) performance.

PM: Escaping the heat of the midday sun, we will return to the boat for lunch. Check out is 2pm and vehicles will be waiting to transfer you to the airport or to your hotel of choice.

Rahai'i Pangun's Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day Three - Guests Relaxing on Deck
Location
Palangka Raya Harbour
Day
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3 Day - Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Meet at Palangka Raya your hotel or at the airport for transfer to your boat in Palangka Raya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upstream along the forest lined river, passing villages.

PM: We stop at the village of Petuk Katimpun and walk along boardwalks to visit the small library foundation. The boat continues upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where we take canoes at sunset. Later we find a quiet location for overnight.

Rahai'i Pangun's Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day One - Banama Tingang
Location
Palangka Raya
Day
1 / 3

Palas Island, Bos & Sei Gohong

AM: The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Palas Island, a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), take a motorised canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialisation cages. Learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.

PM: Return to the boat and enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong village.

Rahai'i Pangun's Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day Two - Dinner On Board
Location
Rungan River
Day
2 / 3

Disembarkation

AM: Early morning short transfer to Tangkiling Hill by car, to visit Dayak cultural spirit houses and make the climb to the top of the hill. After breakfast, we depart for Kanarakan, passing the orangutan islands. In Kanarakan we are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods. Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories. Return to boat for lunch and cruise downstream to Sei Gohong.

PM: Check out at 2pm for transfer to Palangka Raya airport or hotel.

Rahai'i Pangun's Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day Three - Breakfast On Board
Location
Palangka Raya
Day
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4 Day - Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: We will meet you either on arrival at the airport or in your hotel lobby, and we then transfer you to the Palangka Raya harbour.

PM: Boarding the Rahai’i Pangun, we start the cruise downstream to Tanjung Pusaka village. In the evening, we will explore the village to see the fisherman village, village cattle raising, and a demonstration of Pencak Silat, traditional martial art performance. Join the village school group as they practice and have a go yourself! After finishing this excursion, we return to the boat and stay overnight in the area.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day One - Kanarakan Evening
Location
Palangka Raya
Day
1 / 4

Tumbang Nusa, Purun or Grey Sedge Weaving & Village Visit

AM: In the early morning, we will use motorised canoes to visit the extensive blackwater Lake Bagantung. This is a unique peatland swamp ecosystem where we have the opportunity to spot birds and other wildlife. Then, the boat continues the cruise downstream to Tumbang Nusa village.

PM: On arrival, we will have a walking tour in the village to see some of their traditional livelihoods. First the grey sedge or ‘purun’ weaving and handmade straw cooperative, made from rushes growing naturally in the canals and lakes. The boat will continue to cruise downstream, passing the large forested Selat and Badak Islands. It may be possible to spot orangutans here. The boat will stop and find a quiet place to tie up overnight.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day  Two - Excursion on Boat
Location
Kahayan River
Day
2 / 4

Pilang, Rattan Weaving

AM: Early morning, the boat continues downstream to the village of Pilang where we take a short walk in the forest area near the village to see the process of rubber tapping (Mamantat) and rattan harvesting (Manetes). Our village guide will also point out some local medicinal plants growing in the forest. We then have a walking tour in the village to see some of their traditional livelihoods. Watch the local ladies at their rattan weaving process and meet the villagers. Over a special tea and coffee, with traditional Dayak cakes such as apam and untuk-untuk, we will be entertained with a Kacapi (two stringed instrument) performance.

PM: Escaping the heat of the midday sun, we will return to the boat for lunch. The boat will cruise downstream to find a quiet mooring place for overnight.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day Three - Visitors to Kanarakan Village
Location
Kahayan River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: An early breakfast before our very special visit to the Sebangau National Park. For this adventure we transfer to canoes for a 1.5 hour journey along narrow canals into the heart of the park. We will visit the information centre established there and walk along boardwalks provided for visitors to more easily explore the area to catch sight of birds and perhaps wild orangutans.

PM: We will take a picnic with us and after lunch we return by canoe to our departure site. Return to the boat for a cool drink and a late lunch, and to to freshen up for the return trip to the airport.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Downriver - Day Four - Sungai Rungan
Location
Palangka Raya
Day
4 / 4
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4 Day - Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Meet at Palangka Raya your hotel or at the airport for transfer to your boat in Palangka Raya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upstream along the forest lined river, passing villages.

PM: We stop at the village of Petuk Katimpun and walk along boardwalks to visit the small library foundation. The boat continues upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where we take canoes at sunset. Later we find a quiet location for overnight.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day One - Cruising through Sekonyer River
Location
Palangka Raya
Day
1 / 4

Palas Island, Bos & Sei Gohong

AM: The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Palas Island, a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), take a motorised canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialisation cages. Learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.

PM: Return to the boat and enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong village. 

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day Two - Local People
Location
Rungan River
Day
2 / 4

Sei Gohong, Kanarakan

AM: Early morning short transfer to Tangkiling Hill by car, to visit Dayak cultural spirit houses and make the climb to the top of the hill. After breakfast, we depart for Kanarakan, passing the orangutan islands. In Kanarakan we are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods. Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories.

PM: Return to boat for lunch and cruise downstream.

Have dinner and later overnight in a quiet location on the river.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day Three - Buffet Lunch
Location
Rungan River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: 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 we 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 or the airport.

Rahai'i Pangun's 4-Day Relaxing Orangutan & Dayak Village Upriver - Day Four - Ransel Buku Foundation
Location
Palangka Raya
Day
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Viewing Deck
Cabin
Breakfast
Bow
Open air deck
Double bed
Dining table on the deck
Sitting area on the bow

Suites & Cabins

Rahai'i Pangun's Family Cabin

Family Cabin

Guests
4
Size
N/A
Beds
Twin Bunk + Single

This air-conditioned cabin features a shared bathroom that is fully equipped with locally made and natural amenities. The cabins are furnished with colorful eiderdowns and cushions to highlight the exotic culture. The rooms are wood-lined with wall-to-wall windows for guests to take in the scenery.

Rahai'i Pangun's Double Cabin

Double Cabin

Guests
2
Size
N/A
Beds
Double / Twin

The double cabins allow guests to enjoy the Orangutan River's amazing view through the wood-lined wall-to-wall windows. The cabins come with a feel of diversity through the comfortable beds dressed with eiderdowns and cushions. The shared bathroom has locally made natural soap and other amenities.

Rahai'i Pangun's Superior Cabin

Superior Cabin

Guests
2
Size
N/A
Beds
Double

The Superior Cabin is spacious with a private terrace where guests can quietly enjoy the majestic view of the Orangutan and its environs. The room features a private bathroom that comes with all the necessary toiletries, including natural soaps.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details