Kumalu Dream Island/Tapawatravallen




4 days

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The trip to Kumalu offers a unique opportunity to experience the beautiful Maroon culture and have special encounters with the locals. During this trip you will visit several villages, the largest medical post, climb the Pineapple Mountain and visit the Tapawatravallen.


Boat trips along several rapids
Impressive forest hike on Ananasberg
Exciting evening tour
Swimming at the famous Tapawatra sula
Watersports (optional to book)

Advice from Insiders

Janice Orange Travel Suriname


Travel Specialist

Kumalu is located opposite the Tapawatra rapids, one of the widest and most beautiful rapids in Suriname!

This beautiful tropical resort is special because of its small scale and the fact that the host (also co-founder) belongs to the local Maroon community.

This tour is definitely worth experiencing if you enjoy boating and mountain climbing. The tour can easily be combined with the 5-day Cultural Maroon Trek.


Alle meals (2x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x dinner)
Water, Coffee, Thee (Drinks included only during meals)
Local excursions
Other drinks and snacks
Optional tours

Tour Information

Day 1

  • 09:00* departure from Paramaribo
  • +/- 3 hours bus ride to Atjoni
  • Lunch on Atjoni or Kumalu*
  • +/- 4 to 5 hours sailing to Kumalu
  • Explore the island
  • Enjoy the cool water
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Adventurous forest walk to the Ananasberg +/- 2 hours
  • Lunch
  • Refreshing visit to the breathtaking Tapawatrasula
  • Night boat tour

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to the Gran Dan sula from the Tapawatra sula +/- 45 minutes by boat
  • 14.00* return to Kumalu
  • Last visit to the Tapawatrasula
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Early breakfast
  • Around 6:30 am* departure by boat back to Atjoni
  • +/- 4 to 5 hours sailing to Atjoni
  • +/- 3 hours drive to Paramaribo
  • Transport: By bus/boat
  • Departure time: 9:00 AM*
  • Travel time: +/- 3 hours driving and +/- 4-5 hours sailing*
  • Back in Paramaribo: +/- 5:00 PM (last day)

*In the dry season it can take 5 to 6 hours of sailing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Good hiking shoes (closed)

Sturdy and closed hiking shoes are essential for comfort and support during hikes and excursions. They protect your feet from uneven terrain and offer stability.

  • Camera & well-charged batteries

A camera is indispensable for capturing the beautiful surroundings. Make sure the batteries are fully charged so you don’t miss any memorable moments.

  • Towel (for showering and water activities)

In addition to showering, a towel also comes in handy for water activities or drying off after water adventures.

  • Hat or cap

Protect yourself from the sun with a hat or cap to cover your face and head, keeping cool.

  • Long pants and (long-sleeved) shirt

Long clothing provides protection against insects and sun exposure, especially during walks and in nature.

  • Insect repellent

Effective insect repellent helps prevent mosquito bites and provides more comfort during outdoor activities.

  • Raincoat/Poncho

Be prepared for unexpected rain showers with a waterproof raincoat or poncho.

  • Toiletries

Personal care products like toothpaste, soap, and shampoo for hygiene on the go.

  • Flashlight

A flashlight is useful for lighting during evening activities or in dark areas.

  • Sunscreen

Protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen with a high SPF.

  • Water shoes/Water-resistant slippers

Special shoes for water activities prevent slipping and protect your feet.

  • Backpack (for excursions)

Use a backpack to carry essential items during excursions and walks.

  • Waterproof bag for electronics and valuables

Keep electronics and important documents in a waterproof bag to prevent damage.

  • Swimwear

Bring swimwear for swimming opportunities and refreshment.

  • Dry clothes

Extra clothing to change into after water activities and in case you get wet.

  • Small change in SRD/Euro/USD (for alcoholic drinks and souvenirs)

Small change is useful for local purchases, drinks, and souvenirs.

  • Fishing gear

If you plan to fish, bring the necessary fishing gear.

  • Passport (due to strict checks on the way)

Ensure your passport is valid, as there may be strict checks along the way.

  • Binoculars

Binoculars expand your ability to observe wildlife and birds, allowing you to enjoy nature more.

  • The lodges are very basic. There are beds with mosquito nets. They have their own bath and toilet. Furthermore, there is no air conditioning or fan.
  • Regular departure on Monday with a minimum of 4 persons

General information

Bus and boat ride

Your trip to Kumalu Dream Island starts with a departure by bus from Paramaribo (Saramaccastraat). You travel towards Atjoni and from there by motorized canoe further to Kumalu.

Water Level

At low water levels (end of the major dry season), the rapids can cause delays. With this simple wooden regular line boat, it is more common to make stops along the way if other passengers (often local residents) need to disembark at villages along the riverbank. Hence, you will arrive at Kumalu in the late afternoon (between 17:00 and 18:00, depending on the water level). Visitors with back problems should take this into account.

Extra Info

You as a visitor contribute! (Sustainable Tourism)

By booking this tour, you contribute to:

Employment & tourism education for local communities (100% of employees are local)

Support (through donations) for basic education in Abena Ston

Maintenance of the playground in Abena Ston & Jaw Jaw

Handling logistics for educational and other types of donated materials

Promoting cultural preservation by supporting cultural music and dance groups.



Kumalu Dream Island/Tapawatravallen

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