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Photo of the Day ~ Orangutan ~ Balifornian Tours and Travel Blog

Orangutan are among the most intelligent primates and use a variety of sophisticated tools, also making sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. They are generally not aggressive and live a mostly solitary life foraging for food. They are the largest living arboreal animals with longer arms than other great apes. Their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of other great apes.

Native to Indonesia, orangutans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and China. There are only two surviving species, both of which are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii).  The word "orangutan" comes from the Bahasa Indonesian words "orang" (man) and "(h)utan" (forest); hence, "man of the forest". (wiki)
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WWF article on Ecotourism in Borneo, Indonesia

Borneo Ecotourism

Heart of Borneo (HoB)

There is one important place remaining in Southeast Asia where tropical rainforests can still be conserved on a very large scale, a place where endangered species such as orang-utans, elephants and rhinos, and countless other undiscovered species continue to thrive. This is theHeart of Borneo.

The Heart of Borneo is positioned within the borders of the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Indoensia Malaysia Philipine, East ASEAN Growth Area), straddling the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Within the Indonesian border lies the mountainous interior mainly inhabited by Dayak communities, and still largely covered with tropical forest and a mosaic of human-shaped agricultural landscapes. This area has already established itself as a new frontier for tourism development, especially ecotourism.

WWF:Our Approach to Ecotourism in the Heart of Borneo

The ecotourism pilot project areas described below have great ecotourism  potential in the long term. The beauty of the landscape, natural attractions, archaeological remains,  rich cultural traditions, and the generous hospitality of local people constitute exceptional conditions   for an unforgettable ecotourism experience.

Working with communities, WWF-Indonesia and the field teams in Betung Kerihun National Park and Kayan Mentarang National Park have gradually built local capacity to manage a community-based ecotourism enterprise. Activities have included: capacity building; marketing/promotion; developing homestay system; arranging cross-visits; and /customer care among others.

An important aspect of our work, especially in Kayan Mentarang, has been to create strategic networks with communities and ecotourism initiatives across the border with Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah), in the Heart of Borneo area. The WWF Kayan Mentarang National Park project has also supported exchanges and cross-training in technical issues and community entrepreneurship in ecotourism.

Fore more info about Borneo ecotourism, visit


Balifornian Tours announces amazing new tours

Exciting new tours announced from Balifornian Tours- Go to   for more information. 

The new tours include...

Kalimantan and Borneo- Including the Orangutans!

Discover Central Kalimantan, visit the Orangutan National Park / Tanjung Puting National Park. See the Orang Utan ( Pongo pygmeus ) and other wildlife; agile gibbons, black handed gibbons (hylobates agilis), gray gibbons, proboscis monkeys, crab-eating macagues, larges dragonflies, a several large birds such as hornbilis, eagles & kingfishers

Tana Toraja - Experience increadible culture and mindblowing rituals.  

This unique tour to one of Indonesia most mysterious places can also be combined with any Bali tour. 

Bright green rice terraces, tall limestone outcrops and bamboo graves are set against a backdrop of blue misty mountains. Traditional Tongkonan houses stand proudly in this setting. These intricately decorated houses with upward-sloping roofs are the center of all Aluktodolo ( Torajan religion before the coming of missionaries; the ancestors belief ) rites; from storing the harvest in the carved rice barns, "alang", to slaughtering sacred water buffaloes at a week or more-funeral ceremonies. Tana Toraja's beauty is also reflected in its people. Although they are devoutly Christian ( there are small number of Moslems especially in the southern area), they combine this religious belief with magic and mysticism. Secure in their ethnic identity, they welcome visitors to witness their ceremonies.

The land of the Toraja people, many notionally Christian but most in practice animist, is above all famed for their spectacular (and rather gruesome) burial rites. After a person's death, the body is kept — often for several years — while money is saved to pay for the actual funeral ceremony, known as tomate. During the festival, which may last up to a week, ritual dances and buffalo fights are held, and buffaloes and pigs are slaughtered to ferry the soul of the deceased to the afterlife (puya). The deceased is then finally buried either in a small cave, often with a tau-tau effigy placed in front, inside a hollow tree or even left exposed to the elements in a bamboo frame hanging from a cliff.

Tana Toraja has unique culture set in stunning scenery. Globalisation and tourism may have impact, but if you venture away from the tarmac roads you will find soon a way of life that has not changed much in the last 100 years.(Wiki)

Komodo- This boat tours stops at some remote islands with great opportunities for snorkling and diving and culminates with an up close and personal trek with The Komodo Dragons.  The tour starts from Lombok with a half-day tour to visit traditional Lombok villages and it’s peoples’ daily life.  We will also stop in Lombok’s main pottery making village on the way to the harbor. With a newly designed boat, we will explore the beauty of The amazing Sumbawa coast with its beautiful small islands including the well known Komodo Island.  Then we are off to Labuan Bajo in Flores. On the way back, we will have a chance to visit Rinca, Moyo, and Keramat Island. We will then make our return to Lombok.


Yogyakarta is one of the last intact Javanese Empires in all of Indonesia, with the Sultanate still holds jurisdiction. The Sultan's Palace is the hub of Yogyakarta's traditional life and, despite the advance of modernity, still emanates the spirit of refinement, which has been the hallmark of Yogya's culture for centuries. Yogya is center of Javanese arts and culture, as well as a historically rich and important city.

Yogyakarta is the gateway to reach the world famous "Borobudur" Buddhist temple, which is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Borobudur was built by Sanmaratungga in the 8th century, and was revealed by Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles in 1814. The temple was found in ruined condition and was buried. After the independent (1945), the Indonesian Government gave the restoration of Borobudur high priority, invited archaeological mission and in 1955 requested UNESCO's assistance.



Papua New Guinea (formely Irian Jaya)

Papua New Guinea or Irian Jaya is one of the world's most remote regions and contains some of the most interesting and protected cultures one can find.  Balifornian Tours unique access to this region will make your trip infinitely easier and more rewarding.

West Papua Package Tours (Formerly Irian Jaya)

The cultures of the Papua tribes are fascinating. The island's terrain is rough, mountainous, and covered by rain forest. Communications between villages are by narrow foot paths.  Nowadays Irian Jaya is divided into 2 Provinces: Papua Barat and Papua Timur. Sorong is the capital city of Papua Barat, while Jayapura, the capital of East Papua province, is five hours by plane from Bali. Daily flights connect these two cities via Ujungpandang or Biak. From Jayapura or Sentani, a tour to the hinterland is possible. A police permit is required in order to visit Irian Jaya. We can arrange this for you in Jayapura.


Other tours include Sulawesi, Lombok, Sumatra and many other exotic locations.