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Kumai / Kalimantan / Borneo
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country Indonesia
City Kumai
Available places 60
Max depth 3 m
  • Water
  • Fuel station
  • Shops
  • Port of entry
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For boats

Kumai Town is the gateway to the world famous Tanjung Puting National Park, home of  Camp Leakey and the largest wild orangutan sanctuary in the world.
Approach and entrance to Kumai river is shallow and narrow, but if you follow the routs you can expect depths of  5 to 9 m. In one point there is a shallow of 2.4 meters (on LW) m.
Note that some electronics charts are moved. Approach from the S.  keep the green buoy to starboard and stay 300-400m off  the beach.
Waypoints are as follows:
a) 003 09.54 S / 111 37.69 E
b) 003 00.33 S / 111 39.93 E
c) 002 57.12 S / 111 41.09 E
d) 002 56.58 S / 111 41.62 E
e) 002 54.73 S / 111 42.29 E
f) 002 54.24 S / 111 42.52 E
g) 002 53.54 S / 111 42.10 E
h) 002 53.26 S / 111 42.15 E
i)  002 51.42 S / 111 43.21 E
then follow the in the middle of the river. Note there is a strong outgoing current on the river (1 to 4 knots). The current change with tide, in-going current is weak (up to 1-2 knots).
If you approaching the river during the night or there is a strong current you can anchor at the mouth of the river at position:
002 53.60 S / 111 42.10 E
Anchor along the east shore opposite to town in 11-15m of  water on mud bottom with good holding. Make sure you give more room than usual, as boats tend to swing oddly with each change of  the tide.
We did it on position:
02 44.53S and 111 43.95E
There is few small wooden wharfs where Klotoks are moored. You can try to tie your dinghy to one of them. Ask locals for permission. We did it to wharf belongs to Tourist Office at position:
02 44.16N and 111 43.87E
Kumai is a port of entry, but I have no data about formalities. The Harbour Master's office is close to the ferry dock. You can reach it via the only main road, it is facing the river.
Ask local people (which come to your boat and offer tours. They can deliver water and fuel in jerry cans.

There are many small and medium size groceries in the town. Basic hardwires can be found. Vegetables and fruit you can buy on local market in the mornings.
There is 2 or 3 banks and ATMs in the town.
If you need to book a tour, take a fuel or do some reparation you can contact:
Jl. H.M.idris No 911, Kumai Hulu, Pangkalan Bun. 74181
central Kalimantan. INDONESIA
Phone-Fax     :   +62 532 61358
Mobile           : +62  812  5086105, +62  8567 434 414 (24 hours service)
Email             :  harryyskumai@gmail.com
Radio channel  :  77/16/17

For crews

Orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park are the main attraction in Kalimantan. When you drop the anchor some local boats will come to greet you and offer a 1,2 or 3 days trip to the Park by boat (Klotok). There is few tour offices in the town also.  
Two and three day trips up the Sekonyer river can be arranged and your agent will organize all the park permits, the Klotok river boat, guides and crew. One day trip is possible, but you will not see much, it's definitely to short.
I recommend 2 day trip.


anchorage - free
fuel - 10.000 rupiah per liter
2 days trip ~2.000.000 rupiah
3 days trip ~3.000.000 rupiah
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