River Cruise Buzz: Pandaw Moves Into Kalimantan, Borneo


Pandaw has announced the launch of a new "Into the True Heart of Borneo" seven-night river cruise, which sails the Kapuas River System in western Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. 

The river system is the largest in Borneo, flowing over 700 miles, fringed with rainforest and surrounded by mountain ranges. The seven-night expedition on the Katha Pandaw takes in the upper part of the Kapuas, a voyage that includes traversing the Danau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river and are now a national park.

Pandaw’s ship, the Katha Pandaw, has 16 staterooms, open deck dining, self-service bar and panoramic round ship promenade decks.

Passengers fly in via Kuching in Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo), which has connections to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. As a stopover Kuching offers Brooke Raj colonial buildings, a museum and a Chinatown. Alternatively, there is the option to fly into Pontianak, the capital of Western Kalimantan, which has daily flights to Jakarta.

The Borneo rainforest is 140 million years old, making it one of the world’s oldest rainforests. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo.  It is also one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan and is an important refuge for many forest species, including the Borneo elephant, the Eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the Hose's palm civet and the Dayak fruit bat.

Cruise-only prices for the ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’ seven-night cruise start from $2,350 per person, based on two people sharing a main deck twin cabin.