FIELD TRIPS

Important Note: 

The participants of this field trip must have an insurance which covers:

a) Basic health coverage,

b) Personal liability coverage and

c) Accident coverage.

Kindly please provide us a copy of your insurance to the Registration Counter upon your arrival.


 

  • 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: 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: 9 hours

    Leaders: Antonino Briguglio, László Kocsis

    Minimum Participants: 5 persons

    Price: 300 BND per person* OR 75 BND per person**

    * For 4 scuba dives, including all gear, diver masters on board, lunch and drinks.

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

    This amazing experience includes one full day diving and snorkeling activities to explore the modern sea bottom of Brunei Darussalam. 

    Here some information:

    Brunei's Deep Offshore History, Sunken Wrecks

    Wreck and Roll: The Amazing Wreck Diving Sites Off Brunei

    Brunei Sub Aqua Dive Club

    For those interested in snorkeling: we will depart from Serasa toward Pelong Rock which is a very nice shallow fringing reef with an extraordinary diversity of marine life, both nektonic and benthonic. Participants need to be able to swim independently and to be confortable in the water. Equipment provided is limited to life jacket, mask, snorkel and fins only. Wet suites and/or skin suites are very limited only. Boats are provided to basic first emergency kit and communications facilities to the land for safety purposes. The boat will return to the harbour at lunch time. The program might change due to last minute weather conditions.

    For those interested in diving and possessing a PADI Open Water Certification (or Similar), they need to proof their certification and their dive logbooks clearly indicating number of dives logged and maximum depth experienced. The boat will visit the following sites depending on weather and participants: Oil Rig Wreck (-18), Abana Reef (-14), Pelong (-8), Bolkiah Wreck (-18). Equipment provided is limited to life jacket, mask, snorkel, fins, weights, complete BCD and sufficient Air Tanks only. Wet suites and/or skin suites are very limited only. Dive computers will not be provided, participants need to bring their own or follow the dive guide instructions. Boats are provided to basic first emergency kit, emergency Oxygen and communications facilities to the land for safety purposes. The boat will return to the harbour after lunch time. The program might change due to last minute weather conditions.

    For those interested in diving and possessing an advanced PADI Open Water Certification (or Similar), they need to proof their certification and their dive logbooks clearly indicating number of dives logged and maximum depth experienced. The boat will visit 3 to 4 of following sites depending on weather and participants: Australian Wreck (-35m), US Wreck (-25m), Oil Rig Wreck (-18), Abana Reef Pole (-15m), Dolphin Wreck (-24m). Equipment provided is limited to life jacket, mask, snorkel, fins, weights, complete BCD and sufficient Air Tanks only. Wet suites and/or skin suites are very limited only. Dive computers will not be provided, participants need to bring their own or follow the dive guide instructions. Boats are provided to basic first emergency kit, emergency Oxygen and communications facilities to the land for safety purposes. The boat will return to the harbour after 4 pm. The program might change due to last minute weather conditions.

  • B1. Sedimentary Succession of Eastern Brunei

    Date: Sunday, 19 November, 2017

    Duration: 10 hours

    Leaders: Antonino Briguglio, László Kocsis

    Minimum Participants: 10 persons

    Price: 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

    Maximum Participants: 20 persons

    Price: 750 BND per person*

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

    Equipment provided is limited to life jacket, mask, snorkel, fins, weights, complete BCD and sufficient Air Tanks only. Wet suites and/or skin suites are very limited only. Dive computers will not be provided, participants need to bring their own or follow the dive guide instructions. Boats are provided to basic first emergency kits, emergency Oxygen and satellite phones for safety purposes.

    This trip is designed for participants who are familiar with sailing boat life style and are more than confident in the water. Good swimmers and experienced divers are only allowed on the trip. Participants should consider bringing seasickness medications if needed. The boat will not touch land for 4 days and a large variety of weather conditions can be expected. Depending on participants, we can have up to 4 to 5 dives per day and unlimited snorkeling but night dives are not possible.

    Divers need to show their certifications and experience. All dives will be made well within the recreational limits and with the highest safety precaution possible. Snorkelers need to confirm their swimming capacity and their confident in the water. However do to the challenging environment and do to the distance to shore, participants will sign an extra liability form and must mandatory have a travel insurance.

    The program might change due to last minute weather conditions.

    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.