PARK PAGE - SARAWAK
Attraction and Activities
It takes about an hour passing through a cliff forest before
you reach the small secluded beach of Telok Paku. Proboscis
monkeys are often seen during seen during the early morning or
late afternoon. Move slowly, keep as quite as possible and
listen out for strange grunts or movements in the canopy.
Telok Delima is one of the best areas in the park for
spotting proboscis monkeys and is only 45 minutes from the Park
Office. As the Lintang trail bears right and climbs a hill, you
are in prime proboscis territory. Listen out for strange
grunting noises or the crash of vegetation. If you hear
something, stop and be as quiet as possible. Scan the forest
and try to observe where the strange noises come from. If you
are lucky, you may see a harem of proboscis monkeys.
Pandan Kecil & Telok Pandan Besar
The one and half hour trek to Telok Pandan Kecil is one of
Bako's most popular. It ascends the forested hills overlooking
Telok Assam, reaching the plateau covered in scrub vegetation
and continues along a sandy path lined with carnivorous pitcher
plants before reaching a cliff top with stunning view of the
secluded bay below the famous sea stack just offshore. A 10
minutes descent through cliff vegetation brings you to one of
the beaches in the park where you can swim. While swimming,
watch out for monkeys who steal unguarded bags. The Telok Pandan
Besar trails ends at a cliff top with views of the beach.
From the Park Office, it takes about three and half hours to
reach the end of the Telok Sibur trail. First, follow the
Tajor trail to the waterfall. Continue along the main trail for
another 45 minutes until you reach a junction and the beginning
of the Sibur trail. After a very steep 45 minutes descent, a
walk through the mangrove and a wade across a river, you will
finally reach the longest beach in Bako.
This is Bako's long distance trail. It takes six or
seven hours from the Park Office to reach the small beach at
Telok Limau. You pass through rich rainforests, scrub land and
swamp forests, cross small stream and climb a number of hills
with excellent views of the whole Muara Tebas peninsula. You can
camp at Telok Limau and return the next day, or arrange for a
boat to pick you up.
Even though the trail is far from Park Office, the Telok
Keruin trail is still being used. It is usually done as a side
trek from Telok Limau. The first section is a 15-20 minutes
climb through the forest until you reach a scrub section, then
trek for another 25 minutes before you reach the Telok Keruin
trail. Shortly after the junction, the trail descends to an area
of scrub vegetation. Look out for pitcher plants that line the
side of the trail. There are four short side-trails which lead
to the Bukit Keruin lookout, a small rock pool, the Muara Tebas
lookout point and the Tanjung Keruin and Tanjung Po viewpoints.
The last section of the trail is a very steep descent into a
mangrove forest. The trail then continues through the mangroves.
Look out for the marks on the trees that show the way to the
deserted beach, one of the best in the park.
To reach Ulu
Assam, head through the swamp forest and a flat section where
proboscis monkeys are sometimes seen. At the 'Beware of the
Bees' sign, the trail climbs steeply and at times you must hang
on to tree roots to keep your balance. At the top, you are
rewarded with breathing views of Bako's coastline.
Ulu Serait is deep inside the park and the trail passes
through scrub, padang vegetation and swamp forest. From the
Lintang junction to the base of Bukit Gondol, is about an hour
and a half. This trail connects the Lintang trail with the Bukit
Gondol hill walk.
This trail takes about an hour and a half and ends at the
park boundary. It is not frequently used and is somewhat
secluded. It’s a good place for seeing some of Bako's rainforest
From the Park Office, it takes about two and half hours to
reach the waterfall. The Tajor passes scrub and padang
vegetation and ends with a steep climb down to a small beach.
The trail also passes the Tajor Waterfall, a popular resting
spot. The waterfall is quite small but it has a beautiful jungle
setting and a small dip pool.
This semi-circular loop trail passes over Bukit Gondol: the
highest point in Bako at 260 meters. From the top of the hill,
there are excellent views of Pulau Lakei and Muara Tebas. The
loop trek takes about 45 minutes.
This trail connects Bukit Gondol with Tajor and passes some
mighty rainforest giants. It passes along the slopes of Bukit
Keruing, the second highest point in Bako. From Paya Jelutong to
the Tajor Waterfall takes about an hour and a half.
This trail is actually a short cut for those who do climb
Bukit Gondol. Although it is a very short trail, it offers the
opportunity of seeing a fresh water swamp forest. The most
dominant species in the area is Jelutong (softwood used for
This small island has a superb white sand beach. The
National Parks Department has a small guardhouse located on the
island. Trips to the island can be arranged with local boatmen.
There are some mysterious rock paintings just a short walk from
Getting there and away
From Kuching, take a taxi or a Petra Jaya Bus No. 6 to
Kampung (village) Bako. The journey takes approximately 45
minutes. Continue on a 30-minute boat ride to the Park. Boats
can be chartered at the terminal and they are operated by the
local village. Permits and accommodation reservations can be
acquired at the National Parks Booking Office in Kuching. Local
tour operators also organize trips to Bako.
Park Contact Number:
Tel No: (6)
011 – 225049
Note: Book a
return boat journey immediately after you arrive at the Park. Be
prepared for hot and humid weather. Fishing is not allowed in
Package Tour to Bako National Park