Brunei

Brunei is sandwiched between the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, on the western coast of Borneo. It is a small country with a very interesting history, run by the Sultan of Brunei as a Muslim country. The country is completely dry: you will not find any pubs or alcoholic beverages here.

Diving is a mixed bag in Brunei, with two oceanic islands just off the coast with fringing coral reefs, and the Labuan World War II wrecks not far away. The best time to visit is in the dry season between March and October.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 The Empire Hotel & Country Club

The Empire Country Club & Spa

The Empire Country Club & Spa

The Empire Hotel is located on the coast of Brunei and has everything you could possibly need for your relaxing getaway. There are a number of room categories on offer to suit all budgets, from the standard ocean and superior rooms, right up to the luxurious villas in which you will have a personal butler and private pool! They have a myriad of activities on offer for you stay including gold, a day spa, swimming pool, white sands beach and a number of tours to explore the area.

 

 

DIVE OPERATORS

Poni Divers

Brunei Diving-Photo Courtesy of Andrew Chieng

Brunei Diving-Photo Courtesy of Andrew Chieng

Full service watersports and dive centre located in Brunei Darussalam. With a location right by the water, Poni Divers offers scuba diving trips, underwater tours, scuba & watersports courses and escapes to the beaches and islands of beautiful Brunei. Contact us for packages.

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry Requirements

Australian passport holders require 6 months validity beyond the intended stay. A visa is issued on arrival with $20 BND payment made in local currency only. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

Money

The Brunei Dollar (BND) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar buys approximately 1.2 BND.

Language

Brunei Malay is the national language, and Chinese and English are also widely spoken.

Electricity

230V and uses the British plug type.

Time Zone

GMT+8 (2 hours behind Sydney)

Clothing

Light casual clothing is recommended, and modest clothing is required in public places. Women should not wear sleeveless tops or skirts above the knee.

Climate

Brunei has a humid, tropical climate with a temperature of around 28°C for most of the year.

Water Temperature

27-29°C

Departure Tax

$12 BND payable on departure.

Tipping

Tipping is not widely practiced in Brunei but is always appreciated. Many eateries add a 10% service charge.

A note regarding alcohol: While sale of alcohol is banned in Brunei, visitors may bring in two bottles of wine or 12 cans of beer. It is not recommended to drink these publicly.

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