Lake Sentarum in Borneo where Pandaw will soon return.

River cruising in Borneo will be available from July this year thanks to expedition brand Pandaw this week launching its maiden itinerary in the region – a seven-night journey on the Kapuas River in Kalimantan which explores the 140 million year old Borneo rainforest.

The ‘Into The True Heart of Borneo’ itinerary will embark from Tayan before cruising to Sanggau. Highlights of the voyage will include a long-boat trip along the Sekayam River to visit the waterfalls and hot springs; a visit to the Sentarum National Park which is teeming with native bird life; and spend time on Pulay Melayu Island. Guests will also visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre before mooring overnight in Selimbau.

In total, the voyage covers a distance of 500kms and operates in both directions. To access the embarkation port, guests need to fly into the town of Kuching which is readily accessible on a number of air carriers including Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and AirAsia X. An alternative nearby port to join the cruise is Pontianak, which is served daily from Jakarta.

Pandaw is returning to the Borneo region after a five-year break, from where it operated between 2009 and 2011. The ship offers 16 staterooms, an open-deck dining room, self-service bar and wrap-around promenade deck, with itineraries priced from US$2,350 per person twin share.

The 16-cabin RV Katha Pandaw will operate Pandaw's river cruises in Borneo
The RV Katha Pandaw will sail in Borneo