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Wow Borneo

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Palangkaraya, Indonesia
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About Wow Borneo
Wow Borneo's unique cruise boats take you along meandering forest lined rivers, passing islands with orang utans visible in the trees and the brilliant splashes of kites, hornbills and kingfishers overhead. Further upstream visit villages and meet the inhabitants dependent on the jungle and the river for their livelihoods. Cabins are comfortably air conditioned and have ensuite bathrooms. The food is amazing, eaten on the spacious viewing deck.
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KatMac76 wrote a review Jun 2021
Jakarta, Indonesia52 contributions14 helpful votes
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We had great expectations for this trip and they were surpassed! The staff onboard welcomed us and were the perfect hosts throughout our journey. Every meal was fresh, plentiful and delicious! Two teenage boys and we still couldn’t finish the plates. Wow Borneo have a brilliant product with a social and environmental conscience - we are all more enriched for the experience and the beautiful local people we met. Watching and learning about the Orangutans in theIr Sanctuaries was fascinating.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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1charlie123 wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada30 contributions1 helpful vote
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This was one of the best trips we’ve ever been on. The boat is beautiful and one of the very few we saw that had air conditioning in the rooms (most had a mattress on the upper deck with mosquito nets – so worth it). The boat has 6 fans on the deck which is amazing for a breeze and to keep any bugs away at night (weren’t that many anyway). Rusty was our guide, SO amazing - relaxed, perfect energy, and extremely knowledgeable. He seemed to know exactly when to chat and when to let us just sit and enjoy the scenery and the animals. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide. I wish I remembered the name of the chef as every meal was outstanding. Better than any restaurant we visited after the trip. We were lucky to see so many orangutans. Each day you’ll go to one feeding station. Either an afternoon (2 or 3pm) or morning. These lasts 2 hours. It’s an incredible experience to watch them come swinging from the trees to the stations where they will receive bananas, watermelon etc.. whatever the ranger brings that day. Couldn’t recommend this experience more. Should note that we were the only guests on the boat (got lucky). A few useful tips. 1. Don’t bother with hiking boots. We wore flip flops the entire time. Maybe sneakers for night walk if you want. 2. Bring binoculars for sure, there’s so much to see. 3. Bring deet. Bugs aren’t terrible but keeps them away, more at night. 4. If you want your own little area book the room at the back of the boat.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from IbuGaye, General Manager at Wow Borneo
Responded Apr 16, 2020
Hi 1charlie, Thanks for your wonderful feedback - each time I visit the boats to make sure everything is running smoothly, this beautiful, biodiverse park once again casts its spell. The variety, richness and uniqueness of the wildlife is stunning and I once again would like to share it with others on our comfortable boats. Our new boat, the Kumai, has solar panels for electrical needs and to silently power the air conditioners at night. Best regards
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SusanneMH wrote a review Dec 2019
Kelowna, Canada10 contributions12 helpful votes
3 day trip on a boat to see orangutans in their natural habitat. We didn’t see any in the national forest only on orangutan island but the experience was once in a lifetime. We were the only 2 passengers on the boat so it was like a private cruise. Room was comfortable. Lots of relaxing time looking at proboscis monkeys hornbills and long tail macaques. Food was excellent. Crew on the boat were helpful. We did a few trips up smaller rivers in motorized canoes that were fun. Our guide Abi was very friendly and helpful. My daughter got heat exhaustion and the crew were very adaptable and changed the itinerary to help her get better. All in all a wonderful experience
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from IbuGaye, Owner at Wow Borneo
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Hi Susanne, Thank you for your feedback! Visiting the Sebangau National Park and the Katingan River was an adventurous option as few tourists explore this area and its river. Our guides and crews take pride in caring for our guests and making the adventure as comfortable as they can. Kind regards
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megglauer wrote a review Dec 2019
Vancouver, Canada36 contributions5 helpful votes
This was a great trip. We saw orangutans and proboscis monkeys and lots of birds. The food was amazing! We were the only ones on the boat and they bumped us up to a nicer cabin. They were also able to modify the itinerary when I got sick for which I was immensely grateful!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from IbuGaye, Owner at Wow Borneo
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Thank you for your review. Once again you mentioned how good the food is! We take pride in training our cooks and updating their skills to make your time on board an exploration also of the culinary arts of Indonesia, as well of the vibrant animal life in Tanjung Puting National Park.
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Anna_Dublin_BLR wrote a review Dec 2019
Dublin, Ireland94 contributions37 helpful votes
What a fantastic experience in a stunning environment! We visited three camps over two days and had an amazing opportunity to see orangutans, some of which were only a few inches away from us. That was surreal! Our boat (Kumai) was very comfortable, spacious and clean. Our guide Faisal was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. His knowledge about the wildlife and orangutans was impressive. The rest of the crew were very helpful and friendly too. They looked after us really well! The food was delicious.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from IbuGaye, Owner at Wow Borneo
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Thanks Anna for the review - much appreciated by our crew and guide. It certainly is a unique (truly) destination where these critically endangered species may be observed amid the beautiful forests and river landscapes and comfort of the boat.
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