Bandar Seri Begawan cruises

Although they live in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, people in the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan have been determined to retain their links with a more impoverished past. That is why you will see many living cheek-by-jowl in traditional houses on stilts in the Brunei River. But do not be fooled – inside are satellite TVs and plenty of other mod cons.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Mangrove Cruise

    Cruise the mangrove lined waterways, before stopping for tea at a local home in the Water Village.

    Mangrove Cruise

    Not far from the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan you can find isolated mangroves where nature still dominates. After a coach ride of around 45 minutes you’ll leave Bandar by boat and travel past the Water Villages towards the mangrove-lined waterways. Moving quietly along the mangroves, stop to listen and look for the birds and animal life that call the mangroves home. If you are lucky you may spot the shy Proboscis Monkey, only found in Borneo.

    Your guide will explain the mangrove ecology and some of the diversity of plant and animal life in the tangle of mangroves, vines, palms and trees.

    The boat returns to the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan pausing along the way to visit a local Water Village house for tea. Afterwards you’ll re board your coach for the return journey to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There are several steps at the jetty and a wooden walkway to embark the vessel. A selection of different boats, with various capacities will be used for this tour. There is a walk of around 300 metres between the jetty and the Water Village house and following your visit, there is a further 300 metre walk to reach the coach. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    BSB_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Brunei Highlights

    This unique tour of Bandar provides an overview of Brunei, highlighting the landmarks, including the Mosque and the Water Villages.

    Brunei Highlights

    Brunei is the richest country on the island of Borneo and is a mixture of old and new. Landmarks ranging from the elaborate Istanas (Sultan’s Palaces) and Mosques to simple Water Villages, makes the culture of Brunei very distinct from other parts of Borneo.

    Enjoy a distant view of the Royal Palace ‘Istana Nurul Iman’ meaning the Palace of Light and a view of the famous Brunei Water Villages which are home to 30,000 people, comprising schools, hospitals, police stations, shops and Mosques built over the water.

    A refreshing soft drink will be served at a local restaurant overlooking the Water Village, providing you with the perfect opportunity to capture photographs.

    Visit the Royal Regalia, which houses the impressive regalia used by the Sultan during his Jubilee celebrations, including the royal chariot, gold and silver armory and jewel encrusted crowns.

    Complete your Brunei experience with photograph stops at the Jame and Omar Saiffudien Mosques.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Although walking on the visit to the Royal Regalia is at guests’ own discretion, it does include two floors and steps to reach the displays. Shoes must be removed when visiting the Regalia Building, and socks should be worn. Photography is only permitted on the ground floor of the Royal Regalia. Cameras and handbags are not permitted anywhere else inside, but can be left at the reception at the entrance.

    Tour code

    BSB_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Best of Brunei

    Discover some of the many highlights of Brunei on this wonderful full day tour with luncheon.

    Best of Brunei

    Travel by boat to a water village, where you’ll visit a local home for tea and cakes. Built entirely of stilt houses and wooden walkways this cluster of houses is the world’s largest water village.

    Your visit to Brunei continues with a leisurely cruise along the mangrove lined river. Have your camera ready as you try to spot some of the birds and wildlife that reside there. You may even be lucky enough to spot the rare proboscis monkey, found only in Borneo.

    Upon your return to the city, a delicious buffet style luncheon will be served at a local hotel. Afterwards a scenic drive will introduce you to some of the city’s highlights, including the Jame and Omar Saifuddien Mosques where you’ll pause briefly to capture photographs of these magnificent buildings.

    Enjoy a visit to the vibrant Kianggeh open air market, for an opportunity to mingle with the local people as they purchase their fresh produce.

    Round off your tour with a visit to the Royal Regalia. The museum is dedicated to the sultan and houses the grand regalia used during his jubilee celebrations. Displays include the royal chariot, gold and silver armory and jewel encrusted coronation crowns.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking on this tour and approximately 30 steps. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Shoes must be removed when visiting the Regalia Building, and socks should be worn. Photography is only permitted on the ground floor of the Royal Regalia. Cameras and handbags are not permitted anywhere else inside, but can be left at the reception at the entrance.

    Tour code

    BSB_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7¾ hours

  • Leisurely Brunei

    See the sights of Brunei at a more leisurely pace.

    Leisurely Brunei

    Your tour begins with a visit to a local wet market for an insight into where the locals purchase their fresh produce. Afterwards, drive to a local handicraft Centre, where you’ll have some time to stroll around and view the various handicrafts on display.

    A short coach ride then takes you to a local restaurant for refreshments. Sit back and relax with a tea or coffee whilst enjoying the activities on the river. Home to around 30,000 people, the Water Village is made up of schools, hospitals, police stations, shops and Mosques all built over the water and the Brunei River.

    As your scenic drive continues, enjoy a distant view of the Royal Palace ‘Istana Nurul Iman’ meaning the ‘Palace of Light’. Photograph stops will also be made at Jame and Omar Saiffudien Mosques, two of the most magnificent Mosques in Brunei.

    Your return journey to the ship pauses at the Royal Polo Ground to capture photographs.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 15 minutes of walking on this tour, however this is at your own pace.

    Tour code

    BSB_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Culinary Delights

    Visit a Bruneian family home and lend a hand to cook a typical local luncheon on this unique tour.

    Culinary Delights

    Bruneians are renowned for their warm hospitality and they will readily welcome visitors into their homes and offer them home-cooked food.

    Accompany a local housewife around the local market and experience one of her most important chores. In Asia, housewives visit the market daily, in order to ensure that they purchase the most fresh produce. The market is a hive of colourful activity, and during your visit you’ll enjoy interacting with the locals as they introduce you to the various spices and produce on sale.

    Once you’ve stocked up with the necessary ingredients to make a traditional Brunei dish, you’ll head by boat to the Water Village to visit a local Bruneian family home. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and a refreshing drink.

    Then it’s time to get ‘hands on’ in the kitchen, as you assist your host to prepare a typical Brunei luncheon. Afterwards, sit down with the family to enjoy the finished dish. As you savour your delicious food in a truly Bruneian atmosphere, you’ll learn all about their fascinating way of life.

    As a souvenir of your memorable tour, you’ll receive a copy of the recipe of the dish you helped to prepare.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is approximately 40 minutes of walking on this tour. Guests are required to cross a wooden walkway at the Water Village to reach the local home. Shoes must be removed before entering the home. The Bruneian family’s English is limited; however your guide will be on hand to translate.

    Tour code

    BSB_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours