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Bako National Park

Forests, mangroves and beaches teeming with bearded pigs, otters, proboscis monkeys and macaques await at this park, less than an hour’s drive from Kuching.

Immerse yourself in a wilderness that would be perfectly tranquil were it not for the chatter and calls of the abundant wildlife. Waterfalls, beaches, peat swamp forest, thick jungle and coastal mangrove habitats lend character to this park where almost every species of Borneo’s flora can be found. The diverse habitats offer the chance to see primates, mouse deer, long-nosed tarsier, bearded pigs, civets, otters, crabs, sea anemones and starfish.

From Sarawak’s capital city, Kuching, it takes about 40 minutes by bus to reach the Bako National Park office, where you need get a park permit, and pay a small entry fee. Head to the jetty to take a boat ride through scenic waters to the park itself. Early morning and evening are the best times to see Bako’s astounding array of creatures. For a more immersive overnight experience, book a rustic dorm bed or campsite, or a room with full amenities.  

Make sure to take your camera on your Bako adventure; the animals here are quite used to humans. In fact, you’ll need to secure your tent and dorm room against the macaques as they will quite happily rummage through your things for food!

When you head out on the trails, keep an ear out for the crashing and hooting of the rare proboscis monkeys, which exist only in Borneo. Only about 300 of these large-nosed creatures live in Bako National Park, so ask the park ranger which trails they have most recently been spotted on to make sure you have an encounter with these strange looking monkeys. Trails range from short, easy walks to overnight hikes, so there’s something for every fitness level.

Want to make your visit to Bako National Park even more memorable? Remember to try one or two of these things to do:

When preparing for your day out, you may want to think about buying a Bako National Park Full-Day Tour and a Private Bako National Park with Lunch.

If you'd like more activities, peruse our Kuching things to do page.


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Cove 55 SG$184
Cove 55

Cove 55

Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is within 9 miles (15 km) of Mount Santubong, Damai Beach and Gunung Tanjong Batu. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    Damai Beach Resort SG$96
    Damai Beach Resort

    Damai Beach Resort

    Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Damai Beach and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Santubong. Gunung Tanjong Batu is 11.3 mi (18.2 km) away.

      The Culvert SG$82
      The Culvert

      The Culvert

      Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District, Kuching, Sarawak
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Mount Santubong and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Damai Beach. Gunung Tanjong Batu is 10 mi (16.2 km) away.

        The Village House SG$94
        The Village House

        The Village House

        Pantai Puteri Santubong Village, Kuching, Sarawak
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Mount Santubong and within 12 miles (20 km) of Damai Beach and Gunung Tanjong Batu. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 16 miles (25 km).

          Pullman Kuching SG$63
          Pullman Kuching

          Pullman Kuching

          1a Jalan Mathies, Kuching, Sarawak
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Kuching, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Riverside Shopping Complex. Plaza Merdeka and Kuching Waterfront are also within 15 minutes.

            Hilton Kuching SG$68
            Hilton Kuching

            Hilton Kuching

            1 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Kuching hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Shopping Complex and Kuching Waterfront. Hills Shopping Mall and Tun Jugah Shopping Center are also within 5 minutes.

              Permai Rainforest Resort SG$103
              Permai Rainforest Resort

              Permai Rainforest Resort

              Jalan Sultan Tengah, Pantai Damai Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kuching, this beach tree house is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Damai Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Mount Santubong. Gunung Tanjong Batu is 12 mi (19.3 km) away.

                Damai Puri Resort & Spa
                Damai Puri Resort & Spa

                Damai Puri Resort & Spa

                Teluk Penyuk Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Kuching hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Damai Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Mount Santubong. Gunung Tanjong Batu is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away.