Bintan Island Excursions & Tours: The Mangrove Discovery Tours by boat ride takes you down Sebong River, cruise down the river in the cool air and experience the serenity and calmness of the mangrove forests. The 75 minutes eco tour takes you on a back-to-nature encounter with Bintan island’s rich mangrove forests.
As you journey through the quiet waterways of Sebung River, you’d enjoy the sights and serenity around you. Observe the myriad plant and animal life forms that flourish alongside the fleshy green mangrove leaves. Wildlife: The river plays host to a variety of exotic wildlife. Some of the shy wildlife includes the macaque and silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and snakes. You’ll hear the calls of the kingfisher and purple heron, and perhaps see a kingfisher in action as it swoops to the water to snare a fish. The riverbed teems with marine life including coral fish, mudskippers, crabs, prawns, mud lobsters, snails, clams and a variety of small fish.
On your discovery tour, when the river meanders south, you’ll catch a glimpse of the orang laut (sea gypsies) and kelongs (over-the-water fishing houses built on stilts) of the river folk. Also look out for the traditional charcoal kiln, and static fishing traps (bubus) that fishermen use.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 10:30am.
End/closing time: 2:30pm.