ATV adventure & beautiful sunset at Tungku Beach
Tungku beach is a popular scenic hangout in Brunei. It’s located in the Northwest of Brunei facing the South China Sea, making it a great spot to catch a beautiful sunset. If you happened to pop-by the beach on a weekend or during public holidays, you will see lots of beach-goers of all ages engaging in a wide range of activities.
One of the most talked about activities at Tungku Beach will be the ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) adventure ride. There are a couple of companies in Brunei offering ATV rides at Tungku Beach. You can find them at the open plot of land (reclaimed) just before the beach on weekends & PH between 2 pm – 7 pm. If you love adventure, i’ll suggest you go for their guided tour. They will allocate guide(s) to bring you around, into the off-road trails alongside the beach. You will also get to ride up the breakwaters and enjoy the scenic view of the sandy beach. It takes about 1.5 hrs to complete the guided tour and the rental is between B$40-B$50 per ATV (depending on the size of your group). This company that i went with can take up to a maximum of 12 ATVs per group. If you have young children with you and just want to have a fun ride, you can also rent their ATV at B$10-15 for a ten minutes ride around. Be sure you’re dressed for the occasion, the off-road trial can get pretty wet and muddy on rainy days. Insect repellent will come in handy too, the beaches in Brunei can sometimes be infested with sand flies. Bites from sand flies can be quite nasty, it can take up to weeks or months to heal. Bring along your cap and sunglasses if you can. This will keep the sand away from your eyes, especially if you’re riding in a group, certain parts of the route can kick-up a mini sand storm 🙂
If you’re not in the mood for adventure, you may consider driving up Tungku Beach for a laid-back afternoon. The beach is rather safe for swimming, as long as you keep a close watch over your young children. I see some beach goers playing beach volleyball or frisbee, others preparing for a barbecue and for some, just sitting on the breakwater having a mesmerising time watching the sunset. You can usually catch the sunset here in Brunei between 530 pm – 630 pm.
You might want to note that there are no public toilets or rubbish bins to be found anywhere along Tungku Beach. Please be prepared and pack up your rubbish and bring it along with you as you leave. Beach Bunch Association, a non-profit environmental organisation, have organised beach cleaning campaigns at Tungku Beach on many occasions, but unfortunately new rubbish left behind by beach goers have been seen after each campaign. Lets all do our part to keep the place clean and green.
For more information on ATV rental:
Go to http://www.gogoatv.com
Call 8119799 / 8876363 for booking.
If you have a group of 3 or more, you may want to book in advance to avoid having all ATVs rented out on your arrival. Or if you want to make a request for other days apart from weekends.
And if you’re wondering how to get to Tungku Beach, refer to the map and instructions below.
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From Muara, drive along Tutong-Muara highway towards Empire Hotel, take the Empire Hotel exit, make a turn at the roundabout and exit back to the highway in the opposite direction. Drive for 1-2 km, and exit left to Pantai Tungku. Drive along, turn right at the first right turn (the junction might look a little off-road and usually flooded after the rain, still at a safe level for cars to drive through), go straight across the reclaimed patch and you will see the beach.