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Brunei River Mangroves

The nutrients  from mountain rainforests flow downstream in the rivers leading to Brunei Bay. These nutrients feed the mangrove eco-systems which in turn feed the diverse bird, animal and aquatic life which inhabits the bay and its salt water estuaries.

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Mangroves are a key player in the life cycle of Brunei Bay. They have been protected from development and set aside for study and visitor enjoyment in areas adjacent to Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam, and also in Brunei Bay, where the rivers from Temburong's National Parks flow into the bay.
 

Comfortable boats provide transport along the deep channels that flow amongst the mangrove islands.  Engine off and paddle, or just drift with the current, watching for wildlife.  

Early morning and late evening are the best times to find the natural inhabitants active and visible. These are  times when insects and other small prey are also active and this attracts the resident birds to emerge at the edge of waterways and clearings. It's also cooler at these times so it's more comfortable to be out exploring. 

Our 5.45am boat departure to Selirong Island Reserve gives visitors an experience of dawn while travelling down the Brunei River and across the inner section of  Brunei Bay.  An early arrival at Selirong Island provides the best opportunity to see the local inhabitants.

Low or high tide there is always activity. The birds and animals adjust their foraging and hunting activities depending on the water level.

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Our 4.30 pm or 7.00am boat departures for the Mangrove Safari, upstream of Bandar Seri Begawan, allows visitors to explore the mangrove channels as the sun drops lower in the sky, cool shadows spread across the water, and the local inhabitants become active. Each day is different.

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At Selirong Island in Brunei Bay, the Brunei Forestry Department has installed two kilometers of elevated walkways through the mangroves. This is a unique opportunity to be in a mangrove forest without being knee-deep in mud!


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The walks at Selirong can be broken into two sections as a channel gives boat access to the walkway half way across the island.

It's common to see mud skippers, crabs, monitor lizards, wading birds and more. Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques and many other species also inhabit this protected mangrove island.  The deep channels are home to fish, crabs, shrimps, prawns, cockles and barnacles.


4 metre Salt Water Crocodile seen  in the lower Temburong River. 
(Photographed from the water taxi)  

Crocodile and other animal sightings have been increasing in Brunei. Guns are banned and in combination with free public services, (including education, public health and medical), housing assistance, and the general standard of living, the economic pressure that leads to habitat destruction and native animal hunting is largely absent. 

Crocodiles and other wildlife find Brunei a safe haven.
 
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Enjoy  convenient access to the inner areas of Selirong Mangrove Island using the 2 kms of elevated walkway. 

Discover it for yourself

TOURS: 

Mangrove Safari - Bandar Seri Begawan
 
  Evening or Morning Tour

Duration: 1hr 45min    (3hrs with optional dinner/breakfast)
Tour Code:  ITS-E3BR  & ITS-E2BR
Start at: 4.30 pm
Finish at:  6.15 pm  (7.30 pm with optional dinner)
OR
Start at: 7.00 am
Finish at:  9.00 am  (10 am with optional breakfast)

Includes:  Covered boat, mineral water, experienced English/Malay speaking guide.
Optional:  Dinner or breakfast beside the Brunei River (Tour code: ITS-E2BR)

Overview: The tour proceeds upstream by boat to explore the nearby mangrove channels to look for Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques, monitor lizards, birds and occasionally a crocodile. Our driver/guide will help you to find the the wildlife this tangled environment supports. Watch the flocks of egrets returning to their overnight roost. As sunset approaches, photograph the Sultan's Palace from this best viewpoint, then drive past central Bandar Seri Begawan and water village as the lights begin to illuminate.

Mangrove Safari & Water Village - BSB
  
Evening or Morning Tour

Duration: 3 hrs    (4hrs 30min with optional dinner)
Tour Code:  ITS-D3BR & ITS-D2BR
Start at: 3.15 pm
Finish at:  6.15 pm (7.45 pm with optional dinner) 
OR
Start at: 6.30 am
Finish at:  9.30 (1035 am with optional breakfast) 
Includes:  Covered boat, afternoon tea (at water village), mineral water and experienced English/Malay speaking guide
Optional:  Breakfast or dinner beside the Brunei River (Tour code:  ITS-D2BR)

Overview: The Water Village is still home to approximately 20,000 residents. Described as The Venice of Asia, this traditional community and housing now includes modern services with access to international communications and media. Explore this unique residential area, by boat, and by foot along the elevated walkways. Enjoy afternoon tea in a water village house. Then proceed upstream by boat to explore the nearby mangroves. Explore along narrow channels to look for Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques, monitor lizards, birds and occasionally a crocodile. As sunset approaches, photograph the Sultan's Palace from this best viewpoint, then drive past central Bandar Seri Begawan and water village as the lights begin to illuminate.

Mangrove Safari & Brunei River - BSB:
  
Evening Tour

Duration: 3hr 45min
Tour Code:  ITE-H2BR
Start at: 4.15 pm
Finish at: 8.00 pm (after dinner)
Includes:  Covered boat, mineral water and experienced English/Malay speaking guide & dinner beside the Brunei River.

Overview: The tour proceeds upstream to explore the Mangroves (as in tour ITS-E3BR). After returning to central BSB aroung 6.15 pm, the boat travels downsteam past homes, museums and places of  historical significance. Learn about the river's role in Brunei's past and present while enjoying the last light of the day and the cooling evening air. See riverside housing, fish farms and protected mangroves. Enjoy a great local style dinner beside the Brunei River, watching the river activity.  Return to accommodation in our vehicle.

Mangrove Safari, Water Village & Brunei River:
  
Evening Tour

Duration: 4hr 45min
Tour Code:  ITE-H1BR
Start at: 3.15 pm
Finish at: 8.00 pm (after dinner) 
Includes:  Covered boat, afternoon tea (at water village), mineral water and experienced English/Malay speaking guide, dinner beside the Brunei River.

Overview: The tour initially follows the water village and mangrove safari programme (as in tour ITS-D3BR). After returning to central BSB aroung 6.15 pm, the boat travels downsteam past homes, museums and places of  historical significance. Learn about the river's role in Brunei's past and present while enjoying the last light of the day and the cooling evening air. See riverside housing, fish farms and protected mangroves. Enjoy a great local style dinner beside the Brunei River, watching the river activity.  Return to accommodation in our vehicle.

Selirong Mangrove Island - Brunei Bay:
   
Dawn tour

3 hours
Tour Code:  ITD-M3BB  & ITD-M2BB (with breakfast)
Starts at:  5.45 am (near Bandar Seri Begawan)
Finish at:  9.45 am (near Bandar Seri Begawan) (10.30 am with breakfast - Mangrove Resort)
Includes:  Covered boat, mineral water, NP entrance, experienced English/Malay speaking guide.  
Optional:  Breakfast at Mangrove Resort - Brunei River.

Overview: The  boat leaves just before dawn, speeding across the calm water along the Brunei River and inside Brunei Bay to reach Selirong Island just after  sunrise, when the natural inhabitants are most active, and when you are most likely to see the amazing array of wildlife living amongst its tangle of mangroves, vines, palms and trees.

Selirong Forest Recreation Park is preserved for outdoor recreation, research and nature education. Our boat takes you along some of the secluded waterways to the walkways.

Quietly walk along sections of the 2 kilometres of elevated wooden pathways. Stop to listen and watch the dawn parade of unique mammals, resident and migratory birds, bats, reptiles, fish, crustaceans, and of course monkeys. Perhaps you will see a green turtle, monitor lizard or salt water crocodile.

The tour is lead by one of our experienced guides. All safety equipment, including lifejackets (PFD-1) are provided. 

As the sun climbs high in the tropical sky, and the animals retreat to find shelter, we follow their example, returning to Bandar Seri Begawan, or stopping on-route to enjoy breakfast over the river, at the Mangrove Resort.

Note: This Selirong Island tour can only operate when the tide height at Muara is at least 0.8 metres. (check in the tides section of this website - or with our booking staff.) 

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