Kalimantan

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Kalimantan

“Kalimantan is virgin forest-cloaked landmass which provides plenty opportunities for wild life adventure.”

 

 

Borneo is the third largest island in the world which is shared by three countries. Two third of Borneo is made up of Indonesian territory of Kalimantan. Meanwhile Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam enjoy the small remaining land.

 

Kalimantan is virgin forest-cloaked landmass which provides plenty opportunities for wild life adventure. The absence of volcanoes on the island allows the forest to grow big trees which become refuge for world’s priceless species. Orangutans are the main inhabitant of the jungle. Gibbons can be easily spotted swinging from one branch to another. And on the ground, nearly extinct Bornean Clouded Leopards roam freely.

 

Rivers in Kalimantan are important aspect for the people. Given few overland access, rivers are frequently chosen as highways connecting one area to the others. People mainly build their houses along rives bank as the river play an important role in their economic life. In the morning, the rivers will turn to be bustling floating markets. The markets will be one of unique views as you journey along the rivers.

 

The indigenous Dayak is once the dominant group inhabiting the landmass. But after the arrival of newcomers, population in Kalimantan becomes varied. Nowadays, Kalimantan is a rich mixture of Dayaknese, Malay, Chinese and Javanese. These days, Dayak survive mainly deep in the jungle. They retain their habit of living in traditional longhouse while continuously practicing their ancient traditions.

 

Check out the most visited attractions in Kalimantan written below:

West Kalimantan

Rivers and swamp area make up most of West Kalimantan landscape. The area earned itself nickname “The Province of Thousands Rivers” because of the many number of rivers run across the land. Most of the rivers are navigable and some are only open for trip during rainy season. Judging from the condition, West Kalimantan is described as the best water adventure destination in Kalimantan.

 

 

“Here in the rural area, you can explore ecological wealth and observe the ancient cultural treasures that survive for years in the deepest jungle of Kalimantan.”

 

 

Kapuas river draws the most tourists’ attentions among other rivers in this area. The Indonesia’s longest river will bring you to enjoy two faces of West Kalimantan at one go. As the boat passes through Pontianak city, you’ll mainly see both houses and offices built along the river bank. City crowd with crisscrossing boats will be dominant around bustling harbors.

 

The river narrows as the boat runs far into the jungle where Dayaknese mainly reside. As soon as you reach the tribe’s ancient village, you’ll be treated to notable Betang house (local name for Dayaknese’ longhouse). Here in the rural area, you can explore ecological wealth and observe the ancient cultural treasures that survive for years in the deepest jungle of Kalimantan.

 

Betang House

Betang House Nearby Kapuas River

 

The entire forest of West Kalimatan is divided into several conservation areas. Nearby the upstream of Kapuas river, there is a large lake which becomes a part of Sentarum Lake National Park. The lake is a wildlife refuge mainly for hundreds of freshwater species and endemic meranti trees (Shorea sp) as well as ulin wood trees (Eusideroxylon zwageri).

 

If fish is not appealing to you, journey to Gunung Palung Reserve in southwestern jungle. This area is the richest jungle in West Kalimantan as it houses diverse species of plants and animals. Wandering around the jungle, you’ll have limitless chances to see wild orangutans and bekantans. This park is definitely the best place to spot wild primates in West Kalimantan.

East Kalimantan

“Behind the dark side of East Kalimantan, this area offers happy news especially for diving and snorkeling lovers.”

 

 

East Kalimantan is the most advanced industrial area in Kalimantan. The landscape of the region is mainly rugged coal-mining fields. Off the coastline, natural gas and oil-mining areas scatters around. Meanwhile the office areas mainly center in Balikpapan and Samarinda cities.

 

Behind the dark side of East Kalimantan, this area offers happy news especially for diving and snorkeling lovers. Off the northeast coast, there is a group of islands known as Derawan islands. The islands are frequently described as the tropical heaven as the waters boasts extraordinarily rich marine life. Manta rays with seven-meter wingspans and unique corals are a part of its charm. Lagoons within the islands are attractive as you’ll find countless beautiful stingless jellyfish swim freely.

 

Derawan Islands

Clean Beach on Derawan Islands by Ikung Adiwara

 

Anyone hopes to meet crocodile the alligator? Put Teritip crocodile sanctuary on your travel list then. Throughout the sanctuary, more than one thousand estuarine crocodiles and endangered freshwater crocodiles are let be free. This attraction is recommended as it’s only in this place in Kalimantan where you can have a closer look at the alligators safely.

Central Kalimantan

“To explore the forest, you’ll be invited to cruise boat trips up the river to spot exotic orangutans and endemic proboscis monkeys.”

 

 

Central Kalimantan’s interior is mainly unexplored by anyone but the most adventurous tourists. The jungle is accessible through Kahayan river. But, as you reach the hinterland in the northern part, the trek is mountainous and extremely difficult to walk through.

 

Tanjung Puting

Orangutan Playing around Tanjung Puting Pathway

 

Tanjung Puting National Park that strongly lures tourists to visit Central Kalimantan. Located in rural interior, the park undoubtedly is the best destination for real jungle expedition. To explore the forest, you’ll be invited to cruise boat trips up the river to spot exotic orangutans and endemic proboscis monkeys. During the trip you’ll have endless romantic experience of bird spotting including the most famous Sun Birds, pheasants, Kakatua, and Hornbills.

 

Trekking through the park is sometimes challenging. Its major area is forest canopy which is mostly made up of towering dipterocarpus trees, valuable ebony and iron wood trees. But in this lush jungle, you’ll get a chance to spot Kalimantan denizens like clouded leopard and sun bears.

South Kalimantan

“Every morning, floating markets of all sizes can be found everywhere on the river.”

 

 

Meratus Mountain splits South Kalimantan into two different geographical areas. The eastern part is mostly covered with mountainous virgin forest, while the southern part has more rivers and lowlands. The combination of the landscape makes this area a fine jungle trekking spot.

 

One of must try activities in South Kalimantan is cruising Barito river besides trekking. This South Kalimantan’s longest river features an iconic view. Every morning, floating market of all sizes can be found everywhere on the river. The best time to enjoy the attraction is between 6 a.m and 7 a.m. During the time, the market reaches its most crowded point as the number of buyers increase and more boats gather. At 9 a.m the market will quieten down.

 

Floating Market

Floating Market on Barito River in Early Morning

 

Barito river is also the main access to reach the hinterland of Meratus mountain which is teem with endemic species. Along the way to the jungle, traditional farm and rubber tree plantation can be seen dominating the river sides. The panorama will alter dramatically as you arrive in the deep woodland. You’ll see some orangutans lazing on tree branches while exotic birds patrol the air above.

 

Among other towns in Kalsel, Martapura town is the most sparkling one, literally. Nearly all villages within the area have diamond stone-mining holes as deep as 10 meters. Most tourists come to this town to see the traditional mining activity.

 

Given the mostly unexplored rainforest, Kalimantan is most recommended for wildlife enthusiasts. Plan your trip now and enjoy the beauty of Kalimantan’s rainforest before deforestation wipes out the entire forest area.

Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands are an area of rich marine reserve in Kalimantan island. It's where you can swim with both stingless jellyfish and the rare green turtles.

What is Derawan Islands

Tanjung Puting National Park

Kalimatan is famous for its Orangutan and Tanjung Puting is the center of this red-haired creature conservation. This place will give you the best close-up experience with this friendly primates.

What is Tanjung Puting National park

Barito River

This river is just an ordinary river. But in the morning, certain point of the river will turn to be bustling floating market.

What is Barito River

Dayak Tribe

Dayak is the indigenous people of Borneo that used to be famous for (ex) headhunters.

What is Dayak Tribe

Available Tour Packages

BORNEO EXPLORER (4D/3N)

BORNEO WILDLIFE & CULTURE (5D/4N)

BORNEO WILDLIFE (4D/3N)

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