The easiest access to Pujungan is by big motorized trading boats up the Kayan and Bahau rivers from the town of Tanjung Selor, Bulungan District, or from the village upriver of Long Bia. Several rapids, especially on the Bahau River, make the navigation challenging. Information on departing boats can be sought from traders in Tanjung Selor and Long Bia. The boat trip is part of the real river adventure. The trip can take one full day to or 1 ½ day with overnight stay in one of the several shelters along the Bahau River. From Long Pujungan, small motorized canoes will take tourists further upriver to Long Jelet. Transportation upriver is arranged by the local Ecotourism Committee in Long Pujungan.
When in Tanjung Selor, check in at Assoy Hotel. The owner (Mr. Moming) is also the owner of a longboat that departs from Tanjung Selor or Long Bia (further upriver on the Kayan River) to Long Pujungan. Mr. Moming’s phone number is: 086812104070. Other traders and longboat owners from Long Pujungan have a house in Tanjung Selor (Jalan Beringin II), so quite easy to find out information about departing boats.
Tanjung Selor can be reached by regular speed-boat service from Tarakan. Tarakan is connected daily by plane to Balikpapan, Jakarta and Surabaya (several flights daily operated by Lion Air, Sriwijaya, and Batavia).
It is also possible to charter MAF flights from Tarakan or Malinau to the airstrip of Long Pujungan. This might be more expensive but ideal for a small group of travelers (3-5 individuals). Charter flights must be arranged ahead of time with MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) in Tarakan (0551-34348 or TRK-Operations@maf.org)
MAF Extra-flight transportation (based on 2011 tarifs)
- Malinau-Long Pujungan Rp 4,200,000
- Tarakan-Long Pujungan Rp 6,400,000
U’ung Melu’ung Ecotourism Committee, Long Pujungan and Long Jelet, Kecamatan Pujungan, Kabupaten Malinau. The head of the local ecotourism committee is Mr Laing Jalung, Long Jelet.
When in Long Pujungan, look for Mr Yu Taang Bawan. He is a local guide who can help you arrange your next part of the journey up the Pujungan River. He does not speak much English, but he understands tourists’ needs very well and is used to taking tourists around.
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