To get to Tanjung Puting National Park, you will need to fly to the airport of Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan. (Pangkalan Bun = PKN), the nearest entry point.
The easiest option is to fly to Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta (Java). On arrival at Jakarta airport you have several options, depending on your time and budget.
Pangkalan Bun airport is accessible by daily flights from Jakarta, Bali (via Semarang), Kuching (via Pontianak) and Banjarmasin. The flights are operated by small airlines and are NOT regular and the reservation system is NOT computerized or connected to any major airlines system. All reservations are made by phone call or fax only. Do let us know if you need our assistance in domestic flight to Pangkalan Bun.
The flight schedule is also a big concern; as it is subject to change with or without prior notice. It would be better not to connect international flight with the domestic flight. Travel insurance is also highly recommended.
Be aware that most of these small internal flights are more likely to be delayed than on time! Flights do get fully booked especially during religious holidays, so allow an extra day or two for the connecting flight in/out.
Around Pangkalan Bun
Pangkalan Bun, the entry point to Tanjung Puting National Park, is a small town and is approximately 20 minute taxi ride from the airport. The Blue Kecubung Hotel is considered to be the best hotel, but is also the most expensive. Their restaurant is also open to the public and is a reliable place to eat. The nearby Hotel Tiara is cheaper and also very good, but has no restaurant. Close to the Blue Kecubung is a good internet and phone service.
There are plenty of shops and markets in Pangkalan Bun where you can buy most of the supplies you will need, including food, toiletries, ponchos, hats, sandals and camera film. Kumai is an old seaport in Pangkalan Bun which has now developed into a major port. Both modern and traditional vessels come from all parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. To reach Tanjung Puting National Park, you will take a Klotok (small boat) from Kumai Port up the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey. Camp Leakey is one of the three Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Tanjung Puting National Park.
From Kumai Port, the klotok (houseboat) will take about 2-hour journey up the Sekonyer River to the Rimba Eco Lodge, your base whilst exploring the area. It is also possible to sleep and cook meals on the klotok. In order to travel in and out of the park it will be necessary to keep the klotok for the duration of your trip.
The Rimba and the Eco Lodge are approx. 2 hours from Kumai. Camp Leakey is a further 2 to 2 ½ hours up river.
Recommended Flight schedule to and from Pangkalan bun:
- Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun: Trigana Air (09.25 – 10.35)
- Surabaya to Pangkalan Bun: Trigana Air (6.10-7.05)
- Semarang to Pangkalan Bun: Wings Air (07.55-09.25) or Kalstar (08.25-09.25)
- Pangkalanbun to Jakarta: Kalstar (9.55 – 11.10)
- Pangkalan Bun to Surabaya: Kalstar (12.55-13.50)
- Pangkalanbun to Semarang: Kalstar (08.55-11.55) or Trigana Air (11.05-12.05)