WOW Borneo’s responsible approach to tourism creates alternative livelihoods for local communities whilst respecting its wonderful ecosystem and fascinating culture.
They convert traditional Kalimantan river vessels into comfortable cruise boats, inviting guests to connect with unique local traditions and the extraordinary diversity of the flora and fauna.
Occupying three-quarters of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, Kalimantan, or rivers of diamonds, is home to the Dayak, or indigenous upland people, generally living along the edges of the vast rivers which flow directly from the mountainous interior. The rivers are the highways, and distinct Dayak languages are spoken along their courses.
Wow Borneo offers 3 cruises into different areas.
Kumai and Sekonyer boats - Tanjung Puting National Park is a pure wildlife experience. Venturing into this park's extraordinary biodiversity, the iconic orangutan is always to be seen. It also abounds in other remarkable wildlife, including endangered proboscis monkeys, gibbons, wild boar, stunning red monkeys, birdlife, and fireflies.
Spirit of Kalimantan plies the Katingan River, which is one of the biggest rivers in the province of Central Kalimantan, which forms the western boundary of the Sebangau National Park. Here they take guests on a trek into the park to spot a wild orangutan (not guaranteed) and other wildlife. They also visit villages here and experience a warm Dayak welcome and cultural displays.
Rahai'i Pangun - 4 cabin larger comfortable boat, their flagship. She operates on the Kahayan River and focusses on orangutans and traditional Dayak village life.
Wow Borneo has been operating since 2008 and continues to employ and train local people to create a sustainable ecotourism industry in that part of the magical island of Borneo.