Brunei Mangrove Night Safari

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. 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. 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!

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.e 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 Borneo wildlife like the endemic Proboscis Monkey – the world largest monkey, long-tailed macaque, water monitors lizard, common tree skink, crocodiles Porosus, flying fox, Yellow ring mangrove snake, slow Loris, fireflies, and not to forget many species of Birds include the brown cape wood pecker, egrets, little green heron, white breasted water hen, common Iora, and several kingfishers.

This special mangrove forest boat tour is a unique 4-5 hours boat trip that takes you along the most beautiful seascapes on the island where you could see plants unique to Langkawi that very few humans have seen, and majestic limestone rock formations and sea stacks rise from the sea . home to unique flowering plants found nowhere else in the world.