FIELD TRIPS

  • A1. West Brunei and North Sarawak (Malaysia)

    Date: Sunday, 12 - Monday, 13 November, 2017

    Duration: 2 days

    Leaders: Antonino Briguglio, László Kocsis

    Minimum Participants: 10 persons

    Price: Estimated at around 150 BND per person*

    * Including excursion material, all entry fees, transportation, accommodation in double rooms, lunches, second day breakfast; dinners and drinks are not included, for single room charges may be applied.

    The field trip is aimed to show the regional geology of the western part of Brunei and the northern part of Sarawak. We will visit very large outcrops of standard prograding sequences, which are visible from well-log analyses from offshore sediments to lower and then upper shoreface environments. Plenty of sedimentary structures and ichnofossils will be visible. The field trip enters into Malaysia, hence participants needing a visa to enter Malaysia are kindly requested to make all the necessary preparations for it.

    Details for visa in Malaysia can be found here.

    Schedule

    Day 1: Sunday 12 November 2017

    • Departure at 08.00 from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
    • Stop 1, 8.30: Jalan Tutong 2, Prograding sequences and ichnofossils.
    • Stop 2, 9.30: Ambuk Hill, Fossil paradise: A late Miocene outcrop full of nice fossils (sharks, molluscs, crabs, foraminifera).
    • Stop 3, 12.00: Billion Barrel monument, visit at Shell center and lunch in a local restaurant in Seria Town.
    • 14.00 crossing border with Malaysia.
    • Stop 4, 15.00: Canada hill outcrop and petroleum museum.
    • Stop 5, 17.00: Airport road outcrop in Miri.
    • 19.00 check in Hotel Miri, dinner. Free time in Miri Town.

    Day 2: Monday 13 November 2017

    • Departure at 07.00 from Miri.
    • Stop 1, 9.30: Limestone outcrops of Niah caves.
    • Stop 2, 11.00: Visit to the Niah caves.
    • 1300 lunch at Niah.
    • Departure at 14.00 from Niah.
    • Arrival at 18.00 at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.


    A2. Scuba Diving/Snorkeling in the Modern Sea Bottom of Brunei Darussalam

    Date: Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

    Duration: 7 hours

    Leaders: Antonino Briguglio, László Kocsis

    Minimum Participants: 5 persons

    Price: Estimated at around 300 BND per person* OR 50 BND per person**

    * For 5 scuba dives, including all gear, diver masters on board, lunch and drinks.

    ** For snorkeling, including all equipment, lunch and drinks.

    This amazing experience includes one full day diving and snorkeling activities to explore the modern sea bottom of Brunei Darussalam. Participants are required to have an open water diving certification. We will see amazing coral reefs in mesophotic environments in a siliciclastic setting at the sea bottom of Brunei Darussalam. Those holding an advance open water dive certification, can participate in scuba diving to some nicely preserved WorldWar II shipwrecks.

  • B1. Sedimentary Succession of Eastern Brunei

    Date: Sunday, 19 November, 2017

    Duration: 10 hours

    Leaders: Antonino Briguglio, László Kocsis

    Minimum Participants: 10 persons

    Price: Estimated at around 40 BND per person*

    * Including field trip material, transportation, lunch and beverages, snacks and entry requests fees.

    This is a one day field trip aimed to show the most important sedimentary units cropping out in the eastern part of Brunei. The outcrops will showcase different palaeoenvironments which characterised Brunei from the lower Miocene to the Pliocene. Structural geology, sedimentology, palaeontology, mineralogy and stratigraphy will be the main topics related to the various outcrops and all of them will be always seen in terms of petroleum geology, sequence stratigraphy and also seismic analog interpretations.

    Schedule

    • Departure at 08.00 from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
    • Stop 1, 8.30: The Jedurong line, the injectites and the tides vs. waves systems dilemma (structural geology, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, seismic interpretation, petroleum systems and exploration). Stop at Jerudong line, lion king and Tanjong Nanka sections.
    • Stop 2, 11.00: The southern expression of the Jerudong line and the oldest Brunei sediments at the Jalan Kuala Lurah outcrop (sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeogeography and structural geology with amazing slumps!).
    • Lunch at a local restaurant (buffet style lunch Mangrove paradise at Kota Batu).
    • Stop 3, 14.00: Ichnofossils at the Kota Batu reservoir (palaeontology and stratigraphy: how to use fossils to make more accurate mappings and to better interpret local tectonics).
    • Stop 4, 15.00: Jalan Subok, lignite outcrop (palaeoenvironments, stratigraphy and source rock studies).
    • Stop 5, 16.00: Sungai Akar section (stratigraphy, seismic interpretation and sedimentology).
    • Stop 6, 17.00: Sunset at Berakas Beach and visit to the famous fluvial sediments of the Pliocene Liang Formation.
    • Return to the Universiti Brunei Darussalam at 18.30.


    B2. Diving/Snorkeling at Louisa Reef

    Date: Monday, 20 - Thursday 23 November, 2017

    Duration: 4 days

    Leaders: Antonino Briguglio, László Kocsis

    Minimum Participants: 10 persons

    Price: Estimated at around 700 BND per person*

    * Including accommodation and full board on the boat, full diving and or snorkeling equipment and diver master on board.

    The Louisa reef is an amazing carbonate platform occurring 80 km offshore Brunei, at the southernmost port of the Spratly island. An almost vertical coral buildup emerges to the surface from a depth of about 2000 meters. White carbonate sediments are nicely visible for snorkelers and free divers. This is an incredible location for scuba divers where visibility can be up to 80 meters and sharks may be easily spotted. Unlimited dives are possible due to available compressor on board excursion.