This giant muddy river is the highway to the interior. The Mahakam divides itself into three geographical sections. The lower Mahakam, stretches from Samarinda to Muara Prahu just beyond Lake Jempang, an easy tour for visitors short on time. The middle Mahakam includes a series of villages and the upper Mahakam, is an isolated region generally reached by plane at the Datah Dawai airfield at Long Lunuk.
Most visiors see only the lower and middle Mahakam. The upper Mahakam and Apo Kayan district are the best places in East Kalimantan to see relatively undisurbed Dayak culture. Samarinda and Balikpapan is the usual starting point for trips up the Mahakam.
The river safari is a river touring along the great Mahakam river with house boat which is fully equipped with the normal standard of a floating house. You will traveling along the river with this floating house while enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding river side. More over, we will also pay some visit to the Dayak villages nearby which are most built on piles above the water.
You will welcome by the local dancer performing their traditional ritual dance before you, just like a prince returning from the battle field, enjoy the jeep drive with our guide team to the hinterland of East Borneo to meet the indigenous people at home, at their natural village. This trip will be of once a life time trip for you.
Mahakam River Cruise – 7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS
DAY 01 : AIRPORT – LOAJANAN – MAHAKAM RIVER
Upon arrival at Sepinggan airport of Balikpapan meeting service and direct transfer to Loajanan for boarding the house boat for exiting Mahakam river. Meals and overnight on boat.
DAY 02 : MUARA MUNTAI – MANCONG – TANJUNG ISUY
After breakfast on boat stop at Muara Muntai for observing the way of the people life at wooden village then continue the trip by motorized canoe over Jempang Lake and passing Ohong river with beautiful views along the river for reaching Mancong. On arrival welcome ceremony will be performed by Dayak Banuaq tribe in front of thier long house and return to Tanjung isuy for your guest house. Lunch box, dinner and overnight at long house.
DAY 03 : TANJUNG ISUY – MINTA – LONG IRAM
Breakfast at long house then observing ther way of the people life at the village then return to house boat and cruise up for Melak. Stop will be made at Minta village to visit the people making palm sugar afterward up for melak. Meals and overnight on boat.
DAY 04. LONG IRAM – RUKUN DAMAI
Breakfast on boat then continue the trip by boat on favourable water condition or by canoe for Rukun Damai . Arrive at Rukun Damai observing Dayak villages and cultural and afternoon trek available. Meals provided overnight at local house.
DAY 05. RUKUN DAMAI – LONG HUBUNG – TENGGARONG.
Breakfast at local house then down to Long Hubung for Hudoq dances ( mask dances ) by Dayak bahau tribes then down river for Tenggarong. Meals and overnight on boat.
DAY 06 : TENGGARONG – LOAJANAN – BALIKPAPAN
Breakfast on your boat then visiting to the museum and royal cemetery at Tenggarong then down for loajanan and proceed to Balikpapan to your hotel. Lunch on boat, dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 07 : HOTEL – AIRPORT
Breakfast at your hotel, morning free, till transfer to the airport for your next destination.