Departing from the Bako Fishing Village, travel by motorboat along the beautiful coast to visit Bako National Park. The oldest of Sarawak’s national parks, Bako offers a perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests and wildlife, as well as the best spot to see the rare Proboscis Monkey. With easy trails and much of the wildlife possible to spot around the Park Headquarters, Bako is a delightful day out from the city of Kuching.
Lucky visitors will have the chance to get up close with Proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, long-tailed macaque monkeys, bearded pigs, flying lemurs, monitor lizards, as well as many different bird species. Birders will also be rewarded as the park is home to many species including the Rufous-backed Kingfishers, Stork-billed Kingisher, Red-crowned Barbet, White bellied Woodpecker and sightings of the Hornbill have also been enjoyed (though are much rarer!)
Despite the seemingly small size, Bako contains a wide variety of vegetation – swamp forest, scrub like padding vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, delicate cliff vegetation and beautiful sandy beaches. Swimming is not possible due to the saltwater shores being a habitat for local crocs – though they are very rarely spotted.
Adventurers can tackle longer trails through the park, or easy walks to viewpoints are also possible for those looking for a relaxed day out. Lunch can be enjoyed as you relax at park HQ with wildlife all around.