Bako National Park

Holiday Travel Guide
Bako National Park which includes rocky coastline and tropical scenes

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.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Bako National Park

OYO 90287 Rb Homestay & Farms
OYO 90287 Rb Homestay & Farms
2 out of 5
No 170, Jalan Kuching-Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$60 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Kuching, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Teluk Nipah and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mount Santubong and Damai Beach. Teluk Bandung and Teluk Penyuk ...
OYO 90287 Rb Homestay & Farms
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$150 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Teluk Nipah and within 6 miles (10 km) of Damai Beach and Mount Santubong. Teluk Bandung ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Resort
"Just relax and enjoy the sunrise"

Reviewed on 10 Apr,2021

Cove 55
Permai Rainforest Resort
Permai Rainforest Resort
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Pantai Damai Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$81 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Kuching, this beach tree house is within 1 mile (2 km) of Teluk Penyuk and Damai Beach. Teluk Bandung and Mount Santubong are also within 3 miles ...
3.8/5Good! (64 reviews)
"The foods should be more variety."

Reviewed on 3 Jan,2020

Permai Rainforest Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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OYO 90287 Rb Homestay & Farms
OYO 90287 Rb Homestay & Farms
2 out of 5
No 170, Jalan Kuching-Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$60 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
OYO 90287 Rb Homestay & Farms
Cove 55
Cove 55
5 out of 5
Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah, (Santubong/Damai Road), Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$150 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Cove 55
Permai Rainforest Resort
Permai Rainforest Resort
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Pantai Damai Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$81 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Permai Rainforest Resort
Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Teluk Bandung, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$104 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Damai Beach Resort
The Culvert
The Culvert
3 out of 5
Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$93 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
The Culvert
The Village House
The Village House
3.5 out of 5
Pantai Puteri Santubong Village, Kuching, Sarawak
The price is S$86 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
The Village House
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
3 out of 5
Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching, Sarawak
Santubong Suite Just Like Home
Damai Puri Resort & Spa, Kuching
Damai Puri Resort & Spa, Kuching
4.5 out of 5
Teluk Penyuk Santubong PO Box 3058, Kuching, Sarawak
Damai Puri Resort & Spa, Kuching
Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House
Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House
2.5 out of 5
2619 Lorong Cahya Damai 8C, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak
Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.