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Tour module 7 days Mystic Kalimantan - Orang utans, Dayaks, whale sharks and much more

This tour module takes you along the coast of the Berau province in East Kalimantan. In a nutshell you will see orang utans in the wild, proboscis monkeys and many other inhabitants of the jungle, the traditional Dayak tribes, a surprising mirror lake, whale sharks, a Bajau (sea gypsies) village, beautiful coral and much underwater life. You will surely spot turtles!

This tour module is an example trip and we can adjust or extend it if desired, for example with a visit to the islands in the Berau archipelago.
This roundtrip is a sample how your trip could look like. The target prices are based on middle class hotels. Our Indonesia experts are happy to help you tailormade your trip to your demands.

Target prices

€ 1.375 p.p. based on 2 persons
€ 1.175 p.p. based on 4 persons
•Transfers from and to the airport and port
•Entrance fees and donations
•Accommodations including breakfast, lunch, dinner

Not included:
•Alcoholic and soft drinks
•Tips and personal expenses
•Other expenses not mentioned
•Diving and diving equipment
•Travel and cancellation insurances
•Booking costs and Calamiteitenfonds contribution € 30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person

Day 1 Arrival at Berau, to the Dayaks in Merasa

Upon arrival at Berau airport, your driver and guide will be waiting for you. You then drive to the village of Merasa in about 2 hours. In the village you will see the traditional local life of the Dayaks and their culture. In the evening dinner in a local restaurant, overnight stay in a local guest house in Merasa.

Day 2 Dayaks and orang utans in the wild

After a simple breakfast you sail up the Lesan river with a motorized canoe. During the 2-hour tour you can enjoy the landscape and the river banks with green lowland and towering dipterocarp trees that herald the entrance to the deep dark Borneo. Slowly you tour through the primary rainforest and reach the island of Bawan, the orangutan island. We make a simple jungle trek and, depending on the weather conditions and passability, you walk to the waterfall, an old Dayak grave and a limestone cave. At the end of the morning you sail back to Merasa and drive to the village of Benua Baru, a Dayak Kayan village. The Dayak Kayan tribe is known for their colourful art and wooden ornaments that reflect life in the rainforest. There are still a few elderly women in this village with long ears with rings and tattoos, which represent the last memorable Dayak Culture. Y continue your trip by car for about four hours to Talisayan, Lunch on the way in a local restaurant, transfer to hotel in Talisayan for overnight stay, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Long Sam en van Merasa naar Talisayan

After breakfast at the jungle lodge, cruise downstream to Merasa again and get in the car for the bumpy road to Benuaq Baru Dayak Kanan village. The patterns in the Dayak images and statues portray jungle life and are influenced by China and Vietnam. Some older ladies still have the traditional long ears and tattoos. After the visit, the driver will drive you to the coastal town of Talisayan. 1 night in Talisayan

Day 4 Whale sharks, sea gypsies and mirror lake

After an early breakfast you drive to the port of Talisayan and sail with a local fishing boat to the fishermen where the whale sharks in the morning feast on bycatch. You can spot the whale sharks from the boat or snorkel from the water. Upon returning to the village you visit the Bajau village and get acquainted with the way of life of the Bajau sea gypsies. Then you drive to Labuan Cermin, known as the mirror lake because of its two types of water, with fresh water at the top and salt water at the bottom of the lake, where freshwater and saltwater fish swim in the upper and lower layer of the lake. After lunch you continue by car to Teluk Sulaiman, where you continue your trip on a dirt road through the dense forest to the Teluk Sumbang bay in the most southern part of Berau. Dinner and overnight at the Eco Lodge.

Day 5 Kaniungan, mangroves, waterfall and Dayaks

After breakfast you walk or sail through the mangroves (depending on the water level) where you can see the long-nose monkeys in the trees and you visit a Dayak village with traditional Dayak culture. Then you continue to the Bidadari waterfalls. Along the way you will see various monkey species, many bird species and small bears. Return to the resort in the afternoon. Lunchbox en-route. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at Kaniungan

Day 6 Kayaking at the mangrove and jungle trek

After breakfast, you kayak to the mangrove forest to view the proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. After lunch in the eco lodge we go into the jungle to see gibbons, honey bears (also called sun bears) and dragons. Lunch and dinner at the eco lodge

Day 7 Back to Berau

After breakfast you say goodbye to the people of the Eco lodge and drive back in some 4 hours to Talisayan. After check in into your hotel another goodbye to your driver and guide who will return home. The next days, the crew of Maratua Seaview resort will escort you in the Derawan archipelago. 1 night in Talisayan.

Jungle Lodge Merasa

Zéér eenvoudige lodges, midden in de natuur bij het gehucht Long Sam in de buurt van Merasa. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Merasa homestay

You stay in one of the local homestays in the village of Merasa. The homestays are extremely basic: usually a mattress on the floor, mosquito net, shared toilet and bathroom (Indonesian style mandi, no shower). meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Aneka hotel Talisayan

Simple local hotel on the coast, in the village of Talisayan. Rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom with hot running water. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Lamin Guntur eco lodge

The eco lodge has a great location, with coral reefs directly in front of the beach and the jungle at the back. The lodge has 6 standard cottages, simple cottages with a terrace downstairs and a bedroom upstairs. Mattresses are on the floor in the bedroom. There is no air conditioning or fan. There are communal bathroom and toilet facilities with cold running water and western toilet. The resort has its own restaurant. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Kaniungan resort

Simple local small hotel. We haven't visited it yet. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires



Merasa is a Dayak village about 2 hours drive from Tanjung Redeb. The village has a number of local guesthouses with very simple facilities.

From the village you will sail by motorized canoe in two hours to the primary rainforest and the river island of Bawan. As often in the jungles of Kalimantan you come face to face with the orangutans



The absolute highlight in Talisayan is swimming with the whale sharks. All year round, except around the full moon, fish from 5 to 10 meters come to the bagans, floating fishing platforms, to feast on the scraps of sprat.

A colorful Bajo (sea gypsies) village is located near Talisayan. A little further you will find the Labuan Cermin mirror lake with salt water on the surface and fresh water in the depth.

Teluk Sumbang

Teluk Sumbang

The small fishing village of Teluk Sumbang on the east coast of Kalimantan is the base for trips to the Bidadari waterfalls, the island of Kaniungan and various traditional Dayak villages.

With the jungle at the back and pearly white beaches and colorful coral in front of you, it is a good place to be.