The tropical paradise at Derawan Islands is nature’s bounty for avid snorkellers and divers who will find no dearth of an amazing underwater life of mantas, stingless jellyfish, rays, green turtles and sea horses. Called the third best dive destination in the world, the archipelago comprises of 31 islands, the well known of which are Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. Here on these islands one can find nesting sites of endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles and the most diverse jellyfish lake at Kakaban. No wonder, Kakaban is considered for UNESCO nomination as a World Heritage Site.Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Mila Zinkova
Central Kalimantan is home to the indigenous Dayak tribes who have sustained themselves on the eleven rivers from the mountainous Schwaner Range. Rahai’i Pangun in Palangkaraya harbour is the start for many river cruises that offer an intimidating view of the floating longhouses and orangutan islands. As you canoe through the black, sparkling lakes, iconic animals like proboscis monkeys, hornbills, red langurs and Brahmini kites will come to meet you.
The Apokayan Highlands of East Kalimantan are located within the 1.36 million-hectare Kayan Mentarang National Park, the largest protected forest area in Southeast Asia. Tour the place to meet Kenyah Dayak, one of the Dayak tribes staying at the Apokayan Highlands. Rough to access due to the fast white water rapids along the Sungai Kayan, the highlands are a great place to canoe and trek Borneo’s landscape and indigenous species.
The swamp forests of Borneo are one of the last places on Earth where Orangutans roam freely. The Tanjung Puting National Park, Mount Palung National Park, Gunung Palung National Park, Kutai National Park and Sebangau National Park are the natural wonders of the world where Orangutans reside in the natural habitat with no barrier. Along with, thousand of species of birds, including deep forest birds, hornbills, many wetland species and numerous threatened species are found in these parks. Book Eco tours to see Orangutans in the wild. On the way, visit longhouses, make a bamboo raft, and cruise along the river and canoe in the wilderness of the rainforests.Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Jarek Tuszynski