Discover SE Asia's biggest water village by boat, dine with locals and explore the mangroves and wildlife
If you only have 3 hrs to spare, then why not take a boat trip to discover Kapong Ayer, Brunei's very own water village. Departing from the central Bandar waterfront by water taxi, we take a cruise around the water village to see the sights and step off to explore the jetties and houses. Our visit includes a warm welcome inside a local house, complete with light refreshments and home-cooked food.
We will then ride by water taxi speedboat down the Brunei river to the mangroves to spot some local wildlife, which can include Proboscis monkeys (unique to Borneo), freshwater crocodiles, monitor lizards, birdlife (including the magnificent Hornbill species if we're lucky) - we have even spotted wild boar drinking at the shore before!
A picture postcard end to the tour normally awaits as we quietly bob on the water and see a magnificent red Borneo sunset. . . (weather dependant of course). We then speed back to Bandar, maybe even getting the chance to stop and see some fireflies on the way. . .
1. Collection from your hotel /pick-up point (around 3pm, dependant on location).
2. Departure from the Bandar waterfront by water taxi speedboat 3. 30pm.
3. Site-seeing tour of Kapong Ayer (the water village) by boat.
4. Water Village tour and visit to a local house (including local cuisine and hospitality).
5. Speedboat along the Brunei river to see proboscis monkeys and other local wildlife.
6. View a spectacular red-tinged Borneo sunset (weather dependant of course).
7. Speedboat return to Bandar waterfront after dusk.
8. Drop-off by private vehicle at your hotel / drop-off point.
THINGS TO BRING:
Sensible footwear for embarking to and from the boats.
Light fitting clothes as will be hot and sweaty and we may get wet from splashes / rain - but that's also part of the fun!
A camera to record your memories!
Lifejackets are provided for the journey (for guests over 2yrs old).
Please note the trip is weather dependant. If raining heavily at the time of departure, it may not be suitable/so much fun to go!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: ust let me know where to pick you up! Any hotels/locations within the Bandar Seri Begawan area are included within the price.
For pick-up points further afield, the additional charges will be:
The Empire Hotel / Jerudong area +10 USD
Cruiseship Terminal / Muara Port +20 USD
Tutong Town +40 USD
Seria Town +65 USD
Kuala Belait Town +75USD
End location: Simply let me know where you would like to be dropped off!
Ending your tour at any location within Bandar Seri Begawan is included in the price.
For places further away, charges are the same as per pick-up.
Duration: 3 hours
A modern air conditioned car or minibus
My services as your personal tour guide and transportation in a private vehicle to and from your local hotel / cruise ship terminal * and the boat and licensed boat driver.
Light refreshments and local snacks on the boat are also included, as well as a light meal of locally cooked cuisine when we visit a house in Kapong Ayer.
* Additional transport costs for Pick-up/ drop-off from locations outside the central Bandar area, or more than 4 guests
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 BND - All tour related expenses including admissions and transportation are included in the cost of the tour.
This suggested additional money is only required if you want to purchase souvenirs, extra snacks, give tips to other locals etc.
UPGRADE to a CLASSIC CAR - I can pick you up in a 1960's show-winning VW Beetle if you prefer (+USD 15-30 per person depending on location - Max 2 people tour for comfort, as non-A/C).
For additional costs for pick-up and drop-off outside the Bandar Seri Begawan area , please see the meeting location section.