Kalimantan (Borneo) is a huge, sparsely populated landmass known as the “River of Diamonds” with vast rainforests and enormous mineral wealth. Borneo is home to approximately 11 million people from headhunters with bones in their noses to 21st century technocrats.

Borneo Island


Kalimantan is truly one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet.

  • Large nature reserves for wildlife
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Exotic animals such as: orangutans, pheasants, clouded leopards, tarsiers and proboscis monkeys
  • Exotic plants such as: enormous Rafflesia flower
  • Cascading rivers: Mahakam, Kapuas, Apokayan, Kahayan
  • Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Dayak carvings and traditional longhouses
  • Martapura and Barito River in Banjarmasin known as the “Venice of the East”
  • Bustling floating vegetable and fruit markets
  • Martapura River where houses, shops and even gas station are built on floating platforms
  • Tanjung Isuy is one of the last places in Borneo where traditional vegetable fiber cloth is still woven and Dayak traditional dances are performed

Photos from Almayer’s Folly – except longhouse photo, from Wikipedia