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Bako National Park
Sarawak’s oldest national park, Bako National Park packs a lot of action into just 10 square miles (27 square kilometers) of land. Seven different ecosystems, including rain forest and mangroves, are home to wildlife from long-nosed proboscis monkeys to orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants, bearded pigs, and mudskippers (“walking” fish).

The Basics
Just 23 miles (37 kilometers) from Kuching, Bako National Park is typically visited as a day trip from the city, although overnight stays are possible—and the sunsets are spectacular. Entrance tickets are very reasonably priced, but you will also need to pay for a boat ride from the village of Bako to the park itself. The park’s 17 color-coded trails are easy to follow independently, so a guide is not essential—although many prefer to join a Bako National Park tour with a guide who can spot and identify wildlife and explain the park’s seven different ecosystems.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bako National Park is a must for anyone who loves nature and wants to see Borneo’s unique wildlife.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and a sunhat, as the trails can be surprisingly exposed.
  • Facilities on the island are very limited, although there is a canteen. Bring water and snacks if traveling independently.
  • Bako National Park is not wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Bako National Park is around 23 miles (37 kilometers) northeast of Kuching, reached by a boat ride along the Santubong River from the park terminal at Bako Bazaar. Bus 1 connects Bako Bazaar to the city, with stops near the open-air market and along the waterfront, but many travelers prefer to join a tour that includes door-to-door round-trip transfers.

When to Get There
Bako National Park is open from morning until late afternoon seven days a week, including public holidays. It’s also possible to spend the night, whether camping, in a hostel, or in a chalet. November to February is the rainy season around Kuching, which can mean rough seas and fewer boats.

What to See in Bako National Park

Besides geological formations, such as the precariously balanced rock columns known as “Sea Stacks,” wildlife is Bako’s signature attraction. Mammals are surprisingly easy to spot here. Proboscis monkeys, with their long noses and pot bellies, are often seen around the visitor center and elsewhere, while there are also flying lemurs, macaques, monitor lizards, bearded pigs, and more.
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Bako National Park Day Trip with Sea Stack Rock Formation

Pick up from hotel and drive about 35 minutes to Bako Village. From the village, take about a 25-minute boat ride (depending on the tide) to the park situated in a peninsula. Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in natural surroundings. The various types of animals that are commonly spotted at Bako include the proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys,long tail macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards, flying lemur, snake and numerous species of birds. Tropical rainforest ranges from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There are several trails inside the park depending on level of fitness and interest.
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Sarawak Bako National Park Tour

Reaching Bako National Park independently is a major hassle: Take it easy on yourself with this convenient door-to-door tour. Look out for wildlife such as long-tailed macaques, silvered leaf monkeys, proboscis monkeys, squirrels, and monitor lizards as you explore the pristine forest. Tour includes lunch and door-to-door round-trip transfers.
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Sarawak Bako National Park with Sea Stack Tour

Take a tour through the world of rare species and lush rainforest on the cliffs and headlands of Bako National Park. This journey lets you admire the pristine scenery of land and water around Sarawak's oldest national park, along with the remarkable diversity of plant and animal life within.- Rich flora & fauna in Sarawak's oldest national park- Habitats for unique, rare & endangered species of wildlife- Fun & adventurous journey to Bako park via land & water- Relax within the pristine & undisturbed rainforest jungle- Panoramic views of rugged coastline & green hilltops
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Sarawak Bako National Park Tour with Sea Stack

Take a tour through the world of rare species and lush rainforest on the cliffs and headlands of Bako National Park. This journey lets you admire the pristine scenery of land and water around Sarawak's oldest national park, along with the remarkable diversity of plant and animal life within.- Rich flora & fauna in Sarawak's oldest national park- Habitats for unique, rare & endangered species of wildlife- Fun & adventurous journey to Bako park via land & water- Relax within the pristine & undisturbed rainforest jungle- Panoramic views of rugged coastline & green hilltops
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Bako National Park

With its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails, Bako National park offers visitors an excellent introduction to the rainforest of Borneo. Bako may not have an instantly recognizable star attraction but there can be very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited area, all just 37 km from Kuching. Its accessibility – and its sheer range of attraction and activities – have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak.Gazetted as a protected area in 1957, Bako is Sarawak’s oldest national park, covering an area of 2,742 hectares at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula. It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. A well-maintained network of trails - from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment.
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Bako National Park from Kuching City

Cruise across the South China Sea from the Bako fishing village to Bako National Park on a 8-hour nature tour. Your professional guide points out the wildlife, including macaques and proboscis monkeys, during a jungle walk. Admire the picturesque rock formations during a boat ride to a beautiful beach where you’ll have time for a swim. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Kuching are included on this small-group tour, limited to seven people.
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Bako National Park Rainforest Day Trip from Kuching

Explore the primary forest of Bako National Park on a day trip from Kuching to the Muara Tebas Peninsula, where you’ll find diverse plants, wildlife, and ecosystems. Travel by coach and boat to Bako National Park, watch for monkeys, lemurs, slow loris, and many more animals as you enter the forest, then enjoy a local-style lunch at the park’s canteen. With park entrance fees, transport, and lunch included, pickup and drop-off is available in Kuching and the Damai Peninsula, for a fascinating look at Sarawak’s wild side.
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Bako National Park with Sea Stack Tour

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is simply unique. No other city in Malaysia has such a romantic and unlikely history, nor displays its charms with such an easy grace. The residents of Kuching enjoy living here, and take great pride in their fascinating city, which is reflected in their attitude to visitors. Visit Bako and the rainforest and then relax on the beach after the rigours of jungle trekking.
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