Bako National Park
Bako National Park is Sarawak’s most easily accessible park and it houses an abundance of wildlife. The secluded park is only reachable by boat, making it a well protected ecosystem with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The park is located on a peninsula near Kuching. The South China Sea surrounds Bako. Within the park, you will find mangrove forest, heath forest, and dipterocarp forest. Its diverse nature also includes grasslands, beaches, and ocean cliffs.
The many trails in the park are an ideal way to experience the nature and spot proboscis monkeys, flying lemurs, and pit vipers, and much more.
About the Tour:
The Bako National Park day tour takes you to one of Borneo’s most prominent national parks. The park is a prime location to tick off a handful of animals from your bucket list. You will travel by van to the village of Bako, where you will take a speedboat to the national park. Get ready to get wet feet as you enter the park’s beach through ankle-deep water.
Together with your guide, you will hike the trails of Bako National Park in search of the big-nosed and pot-bellied Proboscis Monkey. The main trail runs along plank walks and pathways through various types of forest, including Mangrove Forest, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest and Heath Forest. Within these forests live Silver Langurs, Macaques, monitor lizards and otters. Your trek will bring you to a beautiful beach, overlooking the South China Sea.
About Bako National Park:
Bako National Park covers approximately 27 square kilometres. The park is only a 45-minute drive, from Kuching making it a perfect way to get out and experience the nature of Borneo and be back in the comfort of your hotel at the end of the day.
The only way to access the park is by a 20-minute boat ride from Kampung Bako. Most visitors experience the park as part of a daytrip, while there is also accommodation available for the more adventurous nature lovers. If you want to take a multi-day custom Bako National Park trip, drop us an message and we will set you up.
There are sixteen trails that run through the park, all of different lengths. As Bako is located on the coast, it boasts some stunning secluded beaches and waterfalls that offer great swimming possibilities. Some of these beaches include Telok Assam, Telok Paku, Telok Limau, Telok Sibur and Telok Kruin. Off the coast of the mainland lies the island of Pulau Lakei, which has simple accommodations for the traveller who seeks isolation on a breathtaking beach.
Almost every type and species of plant that is found in Borneo can be found in Bako National Park, making it an exquisite biodiversity. More than 25 different types of vegetation can be found throughout the peninsular of Bako. Some of the most interesting and unusual plants include four types of the carnivorous pitcher plants.
About Bako National Park’s Wildlife:
The easy access to Bako National Park from Kuching provides a great nature escape from the big city. Bako has a rich ecosystem and a wide variety of animals that call the park their home. The famous Proboscis Monkey is one of the most notable animals in Borneo, and they are easily spotted in Bako National Park. With more than 150 species of birds, the area is exceptional for bird-watching.
- Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis Larvatus): An orange furred monkey with a large nose and round belly. Nicknamed the “Orang Belanda”, or Dutchmen, by the natives for their resembling appearance. There are about 150 individuals in Bako National Park. Listed by IUCN as Endangered.
- Sunda Pangolin (Manis Javanica): Also known as the Malayan Pangolin, this creature has thick scales. Even though it has poor eyesight, it has a strong sense of smell. Its long tongue is ideal for collecting ants. Listed by IUCN as Critically Endangered.
- Horsfield’s Tarsier (Cephalopachus bancanus): A small tree-dwelling animal with giant eyes that do not reflect light. It’s head to body can reach up to 15 centimetres, and it’s tail can reach up to 22 centimetres! Listed by IUCN as Vulnerable.
- Sunda Flying Lemur (Galeopterus variegatus): The animal, also known as the Malayan Colugo is strictly arboreal and only active at night. Contrary to its name, it does not fly but instead glides from tree to tree.
- Silvered Lutong (Trachypithecus cristatus): This Old World monkey has a grey-tipped dark fur. This langur rarely leaves the trees and live in groups of up to 40 individuals.
- Pygmy White-eye (Oculocinta squamifrons): A small olive-brown bird also known as the Pygmy Ibon. It is endemic to the hills and lower mountains of Borneo.
- Osprey (Pandion haliaetus): An impressive hawk that roams around rivers and seas. The bird’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi): A medium sized bird with a small pointed bill. The male has very long tail feathers, usually longer than the length of its body.
- Tiger Shrike (Lanius Tigrinus): A small solitary bird that feeds on small animals. Its name is derived from the tiger-like patterns on its feathers.
- Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa): A black bird with a striking orange beak and bright orange-yellow patches of naked skin on the side of its head. The Hill Myna is known for its distinct loud whistle.
- Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris): A white bodied kingfisher with bright blue wing-feathers. It mainly lives in mangrove habitat.
There are many reptiles to be found in the park as well, including the saltwater crocodile (crocodylus porosus), the Borneo pit viper (trimeresurus borneensis) and the unusual Five-lined Flying Dragon (Draco quinquefasciatus).
Itinerary – Bako National Park Day Tour
Day 1 Kota Kinabalu – Maliau Basin
- Pick up from a hotel in Kuching.
- Transfer to Bako village jetty by minivan.
- Register for park entry
- Board the boat to Bako National Park.
- Trek the various trails in search of wildlife.
- Return to the Park Headquarters and have lunch.
- Return to Bako village by boat.
- Transfer back to Kuching city by minivan.
Want to spend a night in the national park for a greater experience? You’ll get more time to explore the trails, go out on a night walk in search of nocturnal animals and snakes, and in the early morning, you will go for a dawn-walk to look for the many species of birds. Contact us for details.
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