Half-day Tour of Bako National Park, Kuching, Sarawak

booking for Bako National Park guides and tours
booking for Bako National Park guides and tours

Although I have visited Bako National Park, my previous trip was four years ago. Therefore, when an opportunity arose for me to revisit, I signed up in a heartbeat.

on the speedboat
on the speedboat
rocky headlands of Bako
rocky headlands of Bako

This side tour was offered to media delegates who were invited to provide coverage for the Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

a boat with Mount Santubong as backdrop
a boat with Mount Santubong as backdrop
rock formations of a dog and its master
rock formations of a dog and its master

Bako National Park, which covers an area of merely 27.27 square kilometres, is one of Sarawak’s smallest national parks, yet it is the oldest in the state, established in 1957.

Bako National Park headquarters
Bako National Park headquarters
 information counter
information counter

Situated at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of Sungai Bako and Sungai Kuching (rivers), a fruitful tour of Bako National Park on the speedboat very much depends on the tide and weather.

beach side
beach side
at the beach
at the beach

With seven types of eco-systems within Bako National Park, there is certainly plenty to see. In general, what you can find here are similar to those available at Kuching Wetlands National Park, yes, including the Irrawaddy dolphins.

at the beach
at the beach
Irrawaddy dolphins
Irrawaddy dolphins

In fact, way more dolphins were seen at Bako National Park than during our Santubong River Cruise at Kuching Wetlands National Park the day before. I couldn’t stop ooh-ing and aah-ing.

Bako National Park's iconic sea stack shaped like a cobra
Bako National Park’s iconic sea stack shaped like a cobra

What makes Bako National Park distinctive is probably its sea stacks, especially the one that looks like a cobra about to strike, rising from the waters off Teluk Assam.

map of hiking trails
map of hiking trails
yours truly at the start of one of the trails (ignore my inappropriate footwear)
yours truly at the start of one of the trails (ignore my inappropriate footwear)

There are currently ten trails available for hiking, that pose different levels of challenges. As with any expedition into the jungle, do equip yourself with organic mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and quick-dry clothing in case of rain.

mushrooms
mushrooms
mushrooms
mushrooms

Among the wildlife that can be spotted while hiking are three species of monkeys: proboscis, long-tailed macaque and silvery lutung; monitor lizards, flying lemur, as well as the Bornean bearded pig.

 a bug
a bug
liana vines
liana vines

The smaller the group of hikers, the better the chance of spotting wildlife. Even so, visitors are advised to keep their voices as low as possible, so as not to disrupt the environment for the animals.

long-tailed macaque
long-tailed macaque
sleeping proboscis monkey
sleeping proboscis monkey

During our visit, we came across a sleeping proboscis monkey. What a precious sight it was! We also managed to get a close up view of the Bornean bearded pig.

Bornean bearded pig
Bornean bearded pig
long-tailed macaque
long-tailed macaque

Do remember to keep food and drinks out of sight, especially when you encounter long-tailed macaque monkeys near the park headquarters, as they might snatch these out of your hand and scare the living daylights out of you.

one of the hiking trails
one of the hiking trails
pandanus leaves
pandanus leaves

Bako National Park is also a firefly colony amongst the api-api mangrove trees. To see fireflies, a night visit should be arranged.

rattan (rotan)
rattan (rotan)
walking path
walking path

While Bako National Park is popular among day-trippers, accommodation is available for guests who wish to stay the night here, for an extended visit.

 a speedboat comes to fetch passengers at the jetty
a speedboat comes to fetch passengers at the jetty
aerial roots at a mangrove forest
aerial roots at a mangrove forest

General rule of the thumb is to bring out what you have brought in; take only memories, leave only footprints.

agarwood (gaharu) tree
agarwood (gaharu) tree
passing by a village on the return journey
passing by a village on the return journey

For more information, contact Sarawak Forestry at:
Tel: +6082-610088 (General Line) 1-800-88-2526 (Toll Free Line)
Fax: (+6) 082 610099
Website: LINK
Email: info@sarawakforestry.com

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