Bako National Park, Kuching
We took K1 red bus at the bus stand near to the Riverbank Suite, Waterfront. It took less than 1 hour to the fishing village where we took a boat from there (RM15 for local adult and free for kid under 5 years old).to the Bako National Park.
We walked around the beach, saw some monkeys and wild boars. We tried to go to the jungle, but there were too many mosquitoes.
We left the park at 3pm and it was raining when we were in the boat back to the village.
Overall I enjoyed the trip, the park is beautiful and peaceful.
Bako National Park is a national park in Kuching, an area in the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo in Malaysia.
It is the first national park in Sarawak since 1957. It lies approximately 40 miles northeast of Kuching on a peninsula.
It consists of forest and sandstone formations. The flora includes a variety of pitcher plants.
We booked an organized trip here through the tour desk at the Damai Beach Resort. We must have looked weak and weedy as the girl at the desk did not seem sure we would be able to cope with it. It turned out to be less strenuous than the jungle walk we had done the day before.
Bako National Park was very enjoyable. We were taken by minibus from our resort, then caught a boat to the park. We passed by some interesting rock formations on the way. Our Chinese guide was knowledgeable and informative. At one point he stopped to show us a stock of grass which to our amazement turned out to be a snake. We saw several poisonous snakes, wild boar, macaque monkeys and, though I've no good photos to prove it, proboscis monkeys.
The tour was very enjoyable and included lunch. Having a guide enabled us to see things we would probably have missed on our own.
Not all the trails at Bako require a good level of fitness.
After having our lunch, we headed in the opposite direction to our 1st trek, and here we found a trail that had Board walks to walk on through the jungle. When it did emerge onto track, it wasn't hill and quite easy walking.
We saw some Birds and a Squirrel on this track
When we finished the Jungle Trek, we came out on a lovely secluded beach.
Here, an offer was made to take you to see the sea stacks, with a local man in his boat, for a small cost. The more people that go, the cheaper it is, although very cheap even for 2 people.
You should do this, as if you don't, like some in our group, you miss out on seeing the beautiful scenery.
After arriving at Bako village, we got into our small boat, and headed past the small fishing village. This was quite interesting.
There were houses on stilts, lots of small fishing boats on the water, fishing nets drying, and people out and about.
A little further on, we passed some with their nets in the water, one of them was having a snooze, so I guess it must be boring waiting for the fish!
Further on, and a beautiful view of Mount Kuching.
We passed by nice scenery, with sandstone formations, mangroves, beaches before coming to the National Park.
It really is a nice journey, I think it took about 30 minutes in our boat which was the old style wooden one, some are a lot faster aluminium boats, so that would cut the time back.
I really enjoyed the Old boat. A new one went flying past us, I would have had no chance for photos if I had been on that!
This is where the Boat pulls in.
You need to take your shoes and socks off, as you have to wade through the water to reach the Beach.
We did day tour to Bako National Park. After travelling over a very bumpy road through Industrial area we arrived at the port to catch a local boat to the National Park.
You see Mt. Kuching in the distance and fishermen.
We had a guide with us because we were on a tour, this came in handy for spotting wildlife.
A jungle trek (not a paved one) was interesting & good, emerging from the jungle onto a beautiful secluded beach. We had a rest, then took a local boat (for a small amount of money) to view the Sea Stacks. These were beautiful as was the coastline, well worth doing.
Lunch was included in the tour, it wasn't the best, then we were left up to our own devices for a couple of hours.
Saw more Monkeys, Goanna and some Squirrels.
This trip is well worth doing. The trekking is on rough ground, includes climbing, so you need to wear appropriate shoes to avoid injury.
Lizards and Snakes, hope you aren't scared.
This was when I was glad that we were on a tour, as our guide pointed out to us an Adult Wagler's Pit Viper and a Juvenile Viper which were in two different Trees. This is the only poisonous snake......It has a broad, flat, triangular head and is coloured Green.
I am sure if I had been on my own, I would have missed these, as being Green, they blend in very well with the Tree leaves.
There are other Snakes here, all of these are harmless. They are the grass green whip snake (bright colour, pencil-thin body and long snout) and Paradise tree snake’s black upper body is marked with green spots whilst its underside is yellowy-green with red spots
We saw the common water Monitor, olive green in colour and reaching a length of 2 metres, they were around the Cafe scavenging for scraps of food.
Some others you may see, we didn't are....... small, brownish grey skink or sun lizard,green crested lizard, common throughout the park, is usually bright green but is capable of changing colour if alarmed and Flying lizards are occasionally seen launching themselves from tree trunks and gliding through the air.
As is the norm with a lot of wildlife sightings, wildlife at Bako is best just after dawn and just before dusk, when the animals are at their most active.
We did see wildlilfe, but probably not as much as if you were staying here overnight. We were on a tour with a small group, so our tour leader pointed out the Monkeys and other interesting Flora & Fauna.
We walked slowly and kept as quiet as possible. At one stage, there was that much crashing and noises overhead we all wondered what was going on! It was a large group of Proboscis monkey's. They are a BIG Monkey, so make plenty of noise!
Bako is home to approximately 275 rare proboscis monkeys, found only in Borneo. The male is an odd-looking creature, with a huge pendulous nose (I call it a Jimmy Durante Nose) and a large pot-belly, weighing in excess of 20 kg. Both male and female are covered in reddish-brown fur with grey limbs and a white tail.
You may see Long-tailed macaques, silvered langurs or leaf-monkeys, plantain squirrels, wild boar and mouse deer.
Some in our group saw the Silver Langurs. The Silvered Langur is docile, has silver-grey fur and a spiky crest of head hair, whilst the infants are covered in bright orange fur. I had to make do with a do with a look in the camera view finder!
The best places to see these are Telok Delima and Telok Paku trails and the mangroves at Telok Assam.
Otters are found at Bako - the oriental small-clawed otter and the hairy-nosed otter. Hairy-nosed otters are sometimes seen early in the morning around the mangroves at Telok Assam.
We didn't see any.
We did see the Bornean bearded pig near the Park's Office, It is Bako’s largest mammal.
This is a beautiful place for scenery, trekking and wildlife.
With its rainforest abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails, Bako offers visitor an excellent introduction to the rainforest of Borneo. Bako may not have an instanly recognisable star attraction but there can be very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited area, all its sheer range of attractions and activities have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak.
Gazetted as a protected area on 1 May 1957 and was published to public on 4 may 1957. Bako is Sarawak's oldest national park, covering an area of 2,727 hectares at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula. It is one of the smallest national park in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. A weii maintained network of trails from wasy forest strills to full day jungle terks, allows visitors to get the most out of this unique envirnment.
Get there early in the morning so it's not too hot to walk around. You need to take a boat to the park. Once there, go to the park headquarters. We saw most wildlife at the park headquarters actually.
What else are you looking for other than the probobsis monkey in Bako NP?
Probobsis monkey is the main attraction in Bako NP. It can be spotted during the dusk or dawn especially along Paku trail. Morning it can be spotted around 7am and evening around 5pm. Be prepared on the trail with a camera with good zoom. They are near paku trail because their food are from the trees near the mangroves. And guess what, probobsis monkey can only be found in the Borneo, thats what makes it more appreciable.
Other than the monkey, you can do some trekking in Bako if you like to. The trails are well marked. However, people lost too even so. I guess the answer is simple, I believed that jungle does play trick on people.
Try the Pandan Kecil trail to see the sea stack. You can climb down the cliff, picnic on the beach or swim in the sea. Once you are there, a boatman who spotted you will approach and offer you a ride. It costs RM30 for a boat back to the headquarter. You can always say no and trek back.
I only have time to do Simpan Kecil trail and Tajor trail. Thought the waterfall in Tajor trail will be a fascinating one, but it ended up to be a small stream, and hell it is a real long way there.
And if you are trekking, please be aware that the weather can be very very hot. I thought I will be walking under the trees as it should be a rainforest, so not much protection was put on. But Bako is formed by sandstone and the top part is exposed to the sunlight, and I got burned.
Visiting Bako National Park was one of the highlights of my visit to Sarawak.... simply stunning natural beauty, plenty of wildlife and only 37 kilometers from Kuching.
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The journey started at 0730; we boarded Petra Jaya Bus No. 6 at the bus stop opposite Electra House. The journey is approximately 1 hour, which took us to Kampung Bako.
A boat-ride is needed to reach the Bako National Park. It took us one hour to reach the Park Headquarters, due to technical problem on the boat engine; the propeller was broken and stuck in the muddy river. It is drizzling during the boat ride; however the weather was fair once we reached the Park Headquarters. Need to mention that the boat only stopped at around 500m away from the Jetty in the morning, as it is low tide period. The path is kind of like a peat lands, we took off our shoes to walk over.
Wild boars welcome us at the Park Headquarters. After registered at the headquarters office, we started our journey towards Teluk Pandan Kecil, which we can see Seastacks over there. The journey was really tiring; it took us 2 hours to reach the hills top at Teluk Pandan Kecil. A 10 minutes descent through cliff vegetation brings us to the beach of Teluk Pandan Kecil. We were exhausted, and took a boat-ride back to the Park Headquarters. The fare is RM30.00.
Next, we went up to Tanjung Sapi hills top. It is a short but steep climb through cliff vegetation which takes about 30 minutes. At the hills top, we can see Telok Assam, Santubong and South China Sea, pretty nice view.
We started our journey back to Kampung Bako at 1400.