Spend the day in Brunei's wild Temburong District, a botanically fertile land of rain forests, mangroves and indigenous people who were once headhunters.
Leaving the pier by coach, you will drive to the town jetty, where you will board a water taxi and cruise across serene Brunei Bay. On the way to the town of Bangar-Temburong in the easternmost section of Brunei, you will pass several unpopulated islands forested with mangroves, an indication of the area's remoteness. Keep a close eye out as you may see monkeys scurrying about the trees and monitor lizards basking in the sun.
Near town, you will visit a longhouse used by the Iban, the original settlers of Borneo, who were once fierce headhunters that frequently engaged in battle with competing tribes. Many of the Iban still live in longhouses, which consist of numerous connecting rooms that share a verandah where traditional ceremonies are held. The Iban people have their own language and deep-rooted culture, which you will have the chance to observe during a traditional Iban dance performance.
Next, you will board an Iban long boat and cruise the Temburong River. Lined by virgin forest, the river supports a diversity of wildlife, so be on the look-out for animals in and around the water. Stopping at a riverside venue, you will be treated to a luncheon of freshly caught fish, chicken, and local vegetables.
Following lunch in this tranquil setting, you will retrace your route to the town jetty in Bandar Sen Begawan, where your coach awaits to transport you back to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however, some of the walking is over uneven surfaces and there are steps to negotiate. Guests must be agile enough to enter and exit the different tour boats on their own. Additionally, there are frequent changes of transportation and some bumpy roads to travel over. The long boats are narrow with wooden seats and do not have a roof. Movement in the boat will be limited so as not to create any imbalance. Keeping in mind that this is an underdeveloped area of Brunei, the buses in Temburong are for the most part, old with narrow seats, no a/c and no P.A. system. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Cotton knee-length shorts; sleeveless cotton shirt; a hat; sunglasses; sun screen; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip in and out of are recommended. Low cut tops and short skirts, shorts or dresses are not considered appropriate.