- The Empire Golf and Country Club
The course: This 18-hole championship course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It is set by the beach and dotted with towering rainforest trees.
Length: Red Tee 4,360m / Black Tee: 6,427m / Par: 71
Open to: Country Club members, hotel guests and walk-in players
Handicap: Not required
Extras: Night golf, driving range, putting green, lessons
Post-game perk: Bunker Bistro and the hotel’s extensive range of restaurants
- Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club
The course: An 18-hole course, set amid rainforest, designed by Ronald Fream.
Length: 6,172m / Par: 72
Open to: Walk in players but priority given to affiliated members
Handicap: Handicap cards necessary
Extras: Night golf, driving range, nine-hole course, lessons
Post-game perk: Tarindak Restaurant. Next door is the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club which has an excellent restaurant as well.
- Royal Brunei Airlines Golf Course
The course: This lush 18-hole course, designed by Max Wexler, features quite a few water hazards.
Length: Black Tee 6,352m / Par: 72
Open to: Public
Handicap: Handicap cards necessary (Men 24/Women 36)
Extras: Driving range, putting and chipping green, pro shop, lessons
Post-game perk: A restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches and Asian favorites like nasi lemak and mee goreng
- Pantai Mentiri Golf Club
The course: This 18-hole course is known for its many water hazards and Brunei Bay views.
Length: 6,105m / Par: 72
Open to: Public
Handicap: Handicap cards necessary
Extras: Pro shop, lounge
Post-game perk: Restaurant serving local food
- Panaga Golf Club
The course: A links-style course
Length: 6,403 yards / Par: 70
Open to: Members of reciprocal clubs
Handicap: Handicap cards necessary (Men 36/Women 45)
Extras: Pro shop
Post-game perk: Restaurant serving Western, Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine
- Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong Park: the sport of kings is alive and well in Brunei with the Sultan and the members of the Royal family being avid polo players and enthusiasts. Wander along the polo fields, admire the horses in their stables and take a look at the grandstands from where VIPs and the Royal Family observe the game. The clubhouse with its opulent Banquet Hall and the restaurant are definitely worth a visit. There’s also a swimming pool, bowling alley, 8-hole golf course, and more.
- BEQ Equestrian Club, Jerudong Park: riding lessons are available here for all ages above five.
Brunei offers many opportunities to stretch your legs and work your muscles. Two of the most popular hiking destinations are Tasek Lama Park and Bukit Shahbandar.
- Royal Brunei Yacht Club
Boats – ISO, Laser 16, Laser 1, Javelin dinghies, Optimists, canoes, kayaks
Extras: The newly revamped Clubhouse is situated on Muara Bay with a view of Sabah’s Crocker Mountain Ranger. They also a sister clubhouse on the banks of Brunei River along Jalan Kota Batu. You can sail down Serasa, dock at the pontoon here and have a game of bridge or a meal at their restaurant.
- Kuala Belait Boat Club (KBBC)
Location: Kuala Belait and Penaga Club
Boats: Laser, Hobie catamaran, Optimist, powerboats
Extras: Diving, waterskiing, rowing, fishing, wind surfing. The Panaga Club offers a golf course, tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pools.
Location: Simpang 912, Kampong Sungai Belukut, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam For a relaxing and unique fishing experience, check into the Mangrove Paradise Resort located in the Kota Batu area. Whether casting your line from the nearby ponds or from the balcony of your over-water chalet, take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding mangroves while waiting for the fish to nibble at your line. Fishing equipment can be provided by the resort for a small fee, or you can bring your own gear.
If you want to wreck-dive, check these out:
- Cement Wreck
Sitting at a depth of about 32m, with its top post at about 9m, this is a great one for novice divers. The Tung Hwang freighter sank in 1980 while transporting cement to Brunei. There were no casualties.
- American Wreck
The USS Salute, a US Minesweeper built in 1943, sank after striking a mine in 1945. It sits at a depth of 30m. it is a classic World War II remnant and live artillery shells can still be found on its deck.
- Blue Water
So called because of the clear blue waters it lies in, this is the wreck of the fishing trawler Mabini Padre, which sank after catching fire in 1981. The date was November 13, a Friday. It sits at 35m underwater, rising up to 24m.
- Bolkiah Wreck
This passenger ship, built in 1955 in Hong Kong, was scuttled in 1992 due to a ruling that no vessel bearing the Brunei royal name be sold for scrap. It lies at a depth of about 20m.
- Southern Glory
Lying at 63m, this is one of the deeper wrecks. The ship was the Karoon, built in 1951, which sank in a storm.
- Petani Mistral
This tug sits upright at a depth of 47m and has only been accessed in recent years by local divers. She lies off the coast of Brunei, between Jerudong and Kuala Belait.
- Seng Ling II
Also known as Scout Rock, this is a 40m-long landing craft that lies in about 15m of water. Not much is known about this wreck other than it sank in the late 1950s.
- Pacific Boxer
This is a deep wreck with its top at about 51m and its bottom at 63m. She collided with the stern anchor flukes of the barge Mantorek, twice during anchor handling in 1982, and sank.
- Baiei Maru
This Japanese oil tanker sank in 1944 in Brunei Bay after hitting a Japanese mine. Discovered by Brunei Shell Petroleum during a survey, the wreck sits in about 50m of water. Divers have been visiting it only since 2008.
- Yuho Maru
This Japanese wartime standard tanker sank in 1944 after being hit by a torpedo from an American submarine. It lies at a depth of about 55m.
- Oil Rig Wreck
A favorite dive site, it contains fragments of an oil rig sunk by Brunei Shell Petroleum in 1994.
Source: Brunei Tourism
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources