Mired in wanderlust for the wilderness? Bako National Park is here to save you from the humdrum of the concrete jungle. Be one with nature and make the most of your time at Bako National Park by having a go at these exciting activities.
The best way to start your journey into Borneo’s untapped beauty is by going on jungle trekking. There are plenty of trails for you to choose from. In fact, there are more than 10 color-coded jungle trails that cater to both extreme adventurers and casual visitors. Lintang trail, for instance, is a popular path that passes through nearly all of Bako’s greenery. This trail would usually take about 3 or 4 hours, depending on your pace. Tanjung Sapi trail is much shorter and less strenuous. However, you’d still need to climb a steep hill before you are greeted with the magnificent view of Santubong and the South China Sea
With over 150 species of bird recorded, Bako National Park is a treat for all fowl fans. Here, you can spot a variety of exotic birds, such as the kingfishers, owls, and flycatchers. The park has been gazetted since 1957, hence it is relatively easy to spot these birds as they are less wary of humans. Just be sure to stay as quiet as possible and see how many species you can spot within the mangroves and woods.
Conducted by experienced guides, the Night Walk in Bako National Park is definitely something you should try once in your lifetime. The animals come out to play as dusk sets in. Keep your eyes peeled for flying lemurs, macaques, palm civets, and other nocturnal creatures that roam the dense forest. Other than that, the park is also rife with insects and other creepy crawlies. Just be sure to apply mosquito repellent before you embark on the hike. Please mind your steps so that you wouldn't end up disturbing a resting tarantula!
Tajor Waterfall is one of Bako’s lesser-known gems. You will, however, need to dedicate one whole day for hiking before you reach this location. The hike itself is rather easy so there is no need to rush. Tajor Waterfall is small in size. However, it cascades down into several smaller pools which serves as an excellent spot for a refreshing dip.
On the last day of your trip, bid farewell to Bako’s National Park by getting yourself in some monkey business. Home to approximately 150 rare proboscis monkeys, you will need to demonstrate a certain degree of patience as it is not easy to spot them immediately. The best time to get yourself acquainted with these odd-looking creatures is during early morning or before sunset. They usually move about the forest or mangroves in small groups, feeding on leaves, shoots, and seeds. These monkeys are usually spotted at Telok Delima and Telok Paku trails.