Bako National Park
Bako National Park (BNP) with its great biodiversity is one of the best places in Sarawak and Borneo to spot wildlife in their natural surroundings. Commonly spotted here are the strange looking Proboscis Monkeys, Silver Leaf Monkeys, Long Tail Macaques, Bearded Pigs, Monitor Lizards numerous species of birds, insects and others.
Forest and vegetation types include beach vegetation, cliff vegetation, Kerangas or Heath Forest, Mangrove Forest, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, Padang or Grasslands Vegetation and Peat Swamp Forest.
The many trails here offer varying attractions and may be undertaken dependent upon your level of fitness and interests.
Spending a night at BNP affords you greater opportunities to spot the myriad of flora and fauna. Enjoy the wonderful sunset and as darkness falls, take a guided night walk to experience the magic of the forest and its nocturnal creatures.
What is included in this tour? Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Land Transfers (Surcharge applies for residents of hotels outside Kuching City)
- Entrance Fee to BNP & Accommodation x 1 Night (see notes below)
- Boat transfer & life jackets
- An English speaking guide
- Lunch x 2 Diner X 1 Breakfast X1
- Mineral Water X1 large bottle per person per day
Please note this tour will carry a surcharge should your requested dates fall on Public Holiday. For more information please go to our FAQ’s page for more information regarding Public Holidays and surcharges.A surcharge of RM 50 per person for each transfer to/from the Santubong & Damai area/hotels.
Accommodation at Bako National Park is basic and consists of chalets and lodge rooms. Sheets are provided but guests need to bring a towel and personal toiletries. This tour price is for rooms in the Forest Lodge Terrace (Type 5). The rooms have an en-suite shower and toilet and are equipped with fans and 4 units of single beds. If the Forest Lodge Terrace rooms are not available, the room type will depend on availability at the time of booking. Please note if the Terrace rooms are not available the tour price will be different and will depend on the type of rooms available.
Thing to Bring: Caps or Large Brimmed Hats, Light Rain Coats, Good Walking Boots & flip flops, Insect Repellant, Sun Blocker, Swim Wear, Travel Towel, Personal First Aid Kit, Extra drinking water.
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic or canned beverages
- All other items not listed above
- Gratuities to Local Staff (at your discretion)
A National Park since 1957, Bako offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests and wildlife. Bako contains a wide range of vegetation – swamp forest, scrub-like padang vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, delicate cliff vegetation and more. In fact, at Bako it is possible to see almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. Bako also contains a rich variety of wildlife and a coastline covered with small bays, coves and beaches. The park has a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes. Unlike some national parks, visitors to Bako are almost guaranteed to see wildlife. Long-tailed macaque monkeys and silver leaf monkeys are ever present, wild boar are often found rummaging around the park HQ, squirrels and monitor lizards are also common. There is every chance of seeing the rare and unusual proboscis monkeys on trails such as Telok Paku and Telok Delima, You are more likely to see wildlife if you quietly follow the trails and keep listening.
We would recommend long sleeved t – shirts and trousers, comfortable hiking boots, large brimmed hat or cap, sunglasses and a light rain coat/ Poncho
Please remember to pack light. Bring with you only what you need for 2 days 1 night. Leave the Bathrobe at home…Minimize your personal toiletries, if you can. Soap, toothpaste and brush, hair brush or comb, Mosquito repellent, small personal first aid kit, spare t – shirts and socks, something comfortable to change into after you have showered, camera, hand phone, copy of your passport’s photo ID page, spare batteries. Spare Camera Lens, Head torch, spare flashlight light, rain coat/ Poncho, Waterproof Day Bag, anything else you can’t do without.
No, not here but Bako offers a wide variety of wildlife to compensate for that.
Yes, you can but without a guide, you will miss so much more.
2 Days and 1 Night
As long as the tides with us…coming back… we will leave around 1pm.
Yes, you can as long as it is being used for person use only.
No, not at this time.
Yes, you can but only if it is kept out of sight of the monkeys…Very cheeky the Long Tailed Macaque…
Yes, you can, from the small café/ shop within the park but please do not walk around with it in your hand or on display to the monkeys or any other wildlife there.
Yes, toilets are at the café, the HQ and your accommodation.
Depending on what type of accommodation you choose or is available … your room may even come with air-conditioning. All the rooms come with fans, electrical sockets, some even come with fridges. The Hostel here at Bako require you to bring your own bedding…just in case you was thinking of staying there at another time.
There are a few crocodiles roaming around there so be careful, an abundance of birds, Proboscis, Silver Leaf and Long Tailed Macaque. Snakes, Exotic Flowers etc.
Just 45minutes if the traffic is in your favor.
Once you have arrived at the jetty HQ and signed in there you will be divided up in to boat buddies. . .Normally just four pax per boat plus guide and driver.
The crossing is only possible if the tide is with you and safe for the boat to go across to Bako’s peninsular. You may be required to get out and walk through the shallows as you reach the HQ jetty at the park due to Low Tide, so be prepared. Your guide will give you plenty of warning.
Only the bearded pig seem to be trustworthy, the monkeys will rob you blind, pull your hair, steal your food, caps and glasses. As for the rest of the critters in the park…please remember these are wild animals so do not touch what you do not understand.
With our guide yes, on your own…maybe not? The Jungle is a curious thing, during the day time when it’s to hot the jungle seems to go to sleep… After dark, when it has cooled down the jungle comes alive with the sounds of the smallest critters making the most noise.
You can book a tour with Borneo Experiences on line or call into the Singgahasana Lodge in Kuching and book from there.