Waterbuffaloes and Traditional Diamond Mining


Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (conversational), Indonesian (fluent), Malay (conversational)

Banjarmasin Tours

Diamond Digging at Cempaka
Cempaka is a small village 10 km from Banjarbaru, and 45 minutes from Banjarmasin. It is an old site of traditional diamond digging using very simple equipment.
The digging is a collective work by a group, usually consisting of one family and its close relatives.
In 1985 a large raw diamond of 116. 7 carats was found in a hole of 15 meters deep.
Martapura is the center of diamond and precious stones polishing; it is also the center of diamond marketing. The town is 40 km from Banjarmasin.
The polishing work uses traditional as well as modern equipment.
Martapura Plaza is the center of diamond and jewelry marketing. Stone-craft of various origins and forms are easily found in the markets of Martapura
NAGARA ( Waterbuffalow)
Nagara is at the South Hulu Sungai district whose capital is Kandangan. The town is about 4hours by car from Banjarmasin. The road is good. However, from Kandangan to Nagara the road goes as far as Halunuk, a small village.


Day 01 :Upon arrival in airport Banjarmasin , meeting service then transfer to Nagara to spot the waterbuffaloes swim while enjoy the fascinating sunset of the swamp, to continue to Loksado for overnight at Lodge. Accomodation: Loksado
Day:02. After breakfast
Trekking to Mounts Meratus
Stop over at Dayak village to see daily aktivity of Dayak people then to waterfall .
Afternoon back to the Villa
Lunch box And fresh water prepared.
Day:03. Early morning After breakfast explore Amandit River By bamboo rafting to Down River . Then back to the Villa for lunch And prepared to Martapura Hotel

Day 04:Martapura - Diamond Mining
After breakfast , we will take an adventure trip of Martapura Cempaka to observe Traditional Diamond mining than continue to Diamond Polishing Center then to traditional Diamond Market. mafternoon back to Banjarmasin for overnight at hotel.
Day:05:Floating Market - Airport
Early morning you will picked up to visit Borneo Floating market then transfer to Airport for your next destination

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Air port or Hotel

End location: Air port (Arrival room) or Hotel (Lobby Hotel)

Duration: 5 days


What’s Included

Alll Private transport (Car full AC/Private boat )
4.Star Hotel /Villa/Bungalow
Breafats /Lunch/Dinner /soft drinks/ Hot drink/Porter for trekking
English speaking tour guide


I am not a Driver, we will take a Driver with us.
National Parks and Private Reserves have their own local guides, we must hire them as needed.

A Recent Review of this tour

This tour combines everything anyone would want to see in South Kalimantan. Burdan is a great coordinator, highly necessary for the dozens of contacts and hard to access launch points for some locations. Everywhere is a different style of river culture. Boat rides are a blast. Burdan is great at adjusting to the needs of the tour group especially when weather conditions don't cooperate. The whole Loksado area is a gem, great for families since the December additions to the waterfall trail and rafting.
Caleb Slayton

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