Tour Code: BPBWN02 Departure Time: 7.30AM / 3.30PM (Ex City Area) Duration: 3 Hours Meal: N/A Departure Point: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
The tour starts with pick up from your hotel and transfer to the boat jetty in the capital city. Board an open deck local wooden boat and cruise along the Brunei River passing the Water Village and the Capital City. This experience will give you a view of two different worlds – one side; you will see the modern developing capital city of Brunei and on the other side of the river, you will see the nostalgic serenity of the biggest Malay Water Village in the world.
Your river safari will also pass the biggest residential palace in the world – Istana Nurul Iman with 1,788 rooms which is also the official residence of His Majesty, The Sultan of Brunei.
After passing the Royal Palace, we will start to cruise slowly under the mangrove trees where you can witness the wonder of the mangrove world which is the cradle for a myriads of marine’s life. You will have the chance to see a unique fish that can live underwater as well as on land – the mudskipper hopping around on the muddy river banks searching for food. If you are lucky, you will also have the chance to witness the blue throated and the small red kingfishers taking a killer plunge into the water to catch small fishes. The white egret and night heron are also common sights during this tour.
We will make a few stops under the mangrove trees and on the look out for the rare endangered species primate – the proboscis monkey which usually comes near to the water in the early morning and at dusk time. The odd looking monkey where the male have a large bright orange colored pendulous nose can only be found on the island of Borneo and Sumatera of Indonesia. The unique thing about the proboscis monkey in Brunei is that you don’t have to travel far in the jungle to see them. Normally, we can see at least five to ten families of around 20 monkeys per family. The tour ends with transfer back to your hotel.