Pandaw Kapuas River Cruise
Tour Code: PAN1
Duration – 8 Days/7 Nights
RV Katha Pandaw
A PIONEERING RIVER EXPEDITION
RV Katha Pandaw Staterooom
RV Katha Pandaw Staterooom set up with twin beds
DAY 1 TAYAN TO SANGGAU
You will join the ship after driving from Kuching in Sarawak (4-5 hours) or Pontianak in Kalimantan (2-3 hours) at Tayan on the Kapuas River. Lunch and a walk about this attractive river town, then set sail to Sanggau, where you will arrive in time for an evening walk around this bustling river port.
DAY 2 SANGGAU TO SEKADAU
From Sanggau you will make a long boat trip up the Sekayam river to see the waterfalls and hot springs in the jungle. Other waterfalls near Sanggau at Pancur Aljit can be reached by car. Sail on to Sekadau for a walk about this lively town with busy boat traffic coming into trade. Visit the Lawang Shrines by local pernambang boat. The shrines are set on rock face and sacred to the Malays, Dyaks and Chinese alike.
DAY 3 SEKADAU TO SINTANG
Sail through the day and ashore again at Sintang. Here you will see a kraton, or old palace, in the picturesque old town where the Mewali river joins the Kapuas.
DAY 4 SINTANG TO SELIMBAU
At Sintang you will visit an orang-utan rehabilitation centre run by the Jacobson Foundation set in a traditional house decorated with traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon you will head off on a 20km drive in local trucks to the rock monolith of Bukit Kelam, said to be the second largest rock in the world after Uluru (although there is a large rock in Swaziland which might rival Bukit Kelam), which the fit can scale by rope ladder. For the less adventurous there is a 100 year old long house at Ensaid Panjang which is a centre of Dayak weaving.
Cast off and you will take the ‘Japanese Short Cut’, a canal dug by the Japanese in the war to connect the main river with the lakes and moor overnight at Selimbau, perhaps the most delightful of these pretty river towns, and completely built on stilts, so there is not a car in sight.
DAY 5 SELIMBAU AMD SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK
A morning walk around Selimbau and then you will leave the Kapuas River and connect to the lake by a tributary channel. You will explore this little known water world lake and may go ashore for an evening walk. There will also be the possibility of a visit to an orang-utan rehabilitation centre.
DAY 6 SENTARUM LAKES
Traverse the lake system to spot wild life including proboscis monkeys and perhaps orang-utans, not to mention crocodiles. There is the opportunity to go fishing or explore the extraordinarily diverse botany. Bird life is profuse.
DAY 7 SENTARUM ASHORE
Further explorations of the lake system and a visit to Pulay Melayu island with its animist shrines. You will see honey farms along the shores and visit fishing villages with smokeries. Trekking is also available as an optional excursion.
DAY 8 LANJAK
Disembark to transfer to Kuching by road (Lanjak – Kuching travel time 4.5 hours).
The Downstream Itinerary is the reverse of the Upstream Itinerary – on the first day, you will transfer by road from Kuching to Lanjak; and on the final day you will transfer from Tayan by road to either Kuching or Pontianak.
There are generally two cruises of seven nights duration every month (the inaugural cruise was 16 July 2016), except December – one upstream, one downstream.
The Upstream departures are generally scheduled for the first part of each month – 16 July, 13 August, 10 September, 08 October, 05 November, 17 January, 14 February, 04 March. The Downstream departures are scheduled seven days after the upstream departure (23 July, 20 August etc).
Note that prices shown in this table are in US Dollars
Cruise Price Includes:
- Coach transfer from Kuching or Pontianak to Tayan and from Lanjak to Pontianak or Kuching (or vv),
- entrance fees,
- guide services (English language),
- gratuities to crew,
- main meals,
- locally made soft drinks,
- local beer and local spirits,
- jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, and mineral water.
Cruise Price Excludes:
- International flights,
- port dues (if levied),
- all visa costs,
- fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions),
- imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks such as Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar, and
- tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
Photographs courtesy of Pandaw Cruises