Borneo Eco Adventure

Borneo Eco Adventure, Balikpapan: Address, Phone Number, Borneo Eco Adventure Reviews: 5/5

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Borneo, the land to adventure the Unspoiled Jungle, the Great Ape of Orangutan, and the Mystical Culture of Dayak People. This world’s third largest island covers an area about 747.000 sq km, home of amazing plants and animals, such as; the rare black orchid, iron wood, gigantic dipterocarp tree, raflessia flower, the carnivorous pitcher plant, orangutans, proboscis monkey, gibbon, hornbill, etc.
Balikpapan, Indonesia
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radhika b
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Jun. 2022 • Friends
We booked the 4 day, 3 night tour with BEA, and didn't have a single regret!

Risma was warm and welcoming and answered emails and messages very quickly, and provided excellent guidance on not only the best tour options for us, but also suggested flight bookings and more information beyond just the tour.

The tour itself was perfectly organised, we had our guide, Monica waiting to pick us at the airport. An excellent captain navigated us to different parts of tanjung puting national park. The boat assistant and cook were also amazing, efficiently managing the boat and served up amazing, simple yet delicious food.

Monica shared so much history and context to the land and it's courageous people, and we spotted many wild organgutans and proboscis monkeys and even different birds along the way. We walked to different feeding stations to watch rehabilitated Orangutans at feeding time, and had a lovely walk through some beautiful forest with Udin, a local Ranger. We planted trees at Pesalat, and spent time with the Ranger Pedan there.

We appreciated a few specific things that made this trip really, really special:

1. our boat captain NEVER chased down any animal we spotted, and in fact turned off the engine so we could observe the animals without disturbing them.

2. The boat was super clean and well maintained, and all our trash was collected in bins (and not dumped in the river!)

3. All the staff maintained all SOPs and told us clearly about dos and don'ts.

4. The tour groups have been slowly buying land on the river bank opposite the national park to ensure palm oil companies don't take over EVERY tiny bit of land available.

5. This tour helps, supports and benefits locals (including and especially women), helping boost the local economy and preventing outmigration, which allows them to keep at their efforts to preserve and conserve the forests.

6. The staff are paid well and fairly.

Definitely recommend this tour because i noticed at least one other tour boat (and two guides) chasing and disturbing animals to please their tourist. We also saw these two guides walking barefoot in the forest (against SOPs) and disturbing the Orangutans.

We were honoured to have met and talked with various people like rangers, and our guide and boat staff who loved and respected their work and the ongoing conservation efforts.

Oh, and as a bonus, we spotted a river dolphin right at the end of our tour!
Written June 18, 2022
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JLB
7 contributions
Jan. 2020
We did the the Borneo ancien Karst and Orangutans in family in January 2020, and this was really an excellent Adventure !

Before the tour itself, Adie from Borneo eco Adventure team, was really reactive during our emails exchange and answered all my questions with clarity and kindness. He suggested also places to go on Maratua Island alter the tour.

The tour itself was really great, perfectly organized, and as per the planned program. We have seen all the animals we dreamt to see, orangutans, probiscis monkeys, hornbill, tarentulas,...

But what made the tour so brilliant was our guide and driver, Yansa and Ossay. They were really friendly, competent, safe and great cooks ! They took care of us perfectly, and always with a smile! Yansa has become a friend to the whole family and we thank him a lot for this great adventure !

Our kids of 10, 8 and 6 were really pleased with the jungle treks, duration and effort. The accommodations and meals were fine, specially the night in tent next to the Nyadeng lake ! The only drawback was sometimes the duration of the car transfer between the sites, but this gives the opportunity to see a lot of Kalimantan.

I would highly recommend this tour and the team at Borneo Eco Adventure !
Written January 30, 2020
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Hello, Thank you very much for the review, we are very happy and appreciate it so much. We are so glad to hear that your trip in Kalimantan ran well with pleasant and unforgettable memories. Best regards, Adie
Written January 31, 2020
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H8547KImicheles
Kleinbaai1 contribution
Sep. 2018 • Couples

Beautiful places.
Organization and kindness of excellent guides.
Far from the usual western routes.
To try!!!!!!!!!
Written February 11, 2019
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Hello, Thank you very much for your review about our service. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed so much the trip in Kalimantan. Best regards, Adie
Written February 12, 2019
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Andreachrist
Rotterdam, The Netherlands23 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Couples
We booked the “Cross Borneo Trekking”. I had found them on the internet but there where no reviews about this trekking. I found some but they where more then 10 years old. So we finally just booked because the owner was so kind and answered al my questions almost imedeately and we where looking for a trip off the beaten track.We had an English speaking guide who picked us up at the airport. The next day we flew to Putussibau where we met the rest of the crew. The next day we left by boat with two guides (one who spoke English, one who knew the route) and a crew of two boatmen and 4 porters. After 2 days on the river we started the real trekking. The 2 boatmen left, took the boat back (against the current) and we had to carry our stuff in our backpacks for the next days. Luckily some of the porters took some heavy things from our backpacks. Every night we stoped at about 4 o’clock to build the next camp. The porters and guids made a fire place and cooked the best meals, some days we had fresh fish from the river. We crossed the river a lot of times and sometimes the current was very strong so we had to build a human chain to cross savely. Unfortunately we had very bad weather almost all day it rained very heavily so the rivers where strong and deep. Luckily we bought some simple rubber shoes on the market in Putussibau because our expensive water shoes were way to slippery.Becaus of the weather we needed an extra day to reach the destination and after a quiet scary last trip we reached this lovely little town. We met some people who where on a business trip, my boyfriend talked to them and they where leaving with a super fast boat to the next bigger city from where some car took us to the airport just in time to take a shower in the Hotel sleep 2 hours and catch the plane home. The whole trekking trip we really did not meet other people. It was extremely heavy and you really need some experience. But if you dare, JUST DO IT!The crew was great and some of them sometimes send pictures, still now after 1,5 years. I would not do it again but it absolutely is a trip I will never forget and we are proud we did this.Our trip was in August of 2017.
Written January 12, 2019
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Hello, Thank you for your review about your experience in Borneo. Congratulation, you accomplished the Borneo toughest Adventure. The Cross Borneo Trekking is a world-class adventure, it is the most challenging trip of Borneo. I am sorry to hear about the difficulties on the trekking, the nature is really wild up there. Yes, the rubber shoes are really recommended for this trekking but the problem is the sizes of the shoes are mostly fit to the locals only. Anyway, without those challenges, the trip would not be unforgettable experience. Best wishes, Adi
Written January 15, 2019
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D♥️M
Vienna, Austria11 contributions
Mar. 2018 • Couples
We booked the 5days Kutai National Park Tour via Borneo Eco Adventures and we were more than happy. Our assigned guide Nurul perfectly guided us through the whole tour although being sick herself! She is such a friendly happy and inspiring person! Adie from Borneo Eco Adventure made sure no wishes were left open for us. He even considered our wish to have a vegetarian diet (which is not always easy in Borneo) and frequently talked to our guide about the progress of our tour! We felt save all the time and they really took great care of us! Exactly what we were hoping for a good price! You get what you book so don‘t expect any luxury, but this wasn’t anything we were seeking for. Adie was prior to our trip in permanent contact with us answering patiently and always friendly all our major and minor questions (and we had a loooot). Communication with this agency was great! We happily recommend them! If you want to see wild Orangutans, Prosbiotic Monkeys, Crocodiles and a bunch of nighttime Insects go for them!
Written December 31, 2018
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Hello, Thank you very much for your review about our service. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed so much the trip in Kutai National Park. Happy New Year 2019 and Best wishes, Adie
Written January 2, 2019
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