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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.

Popular Activities at Bako National Park

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at Bako National Park. Here are the most popular things to do:

When organising your visit, you may want to consider purchasing a Bako National Park Full-Day Tour or a Private Bako National Park with Lunch.

If you're after even more activities, peruse our Kuching things to do page.


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Cove 55 RM536
Cove 55

Cove 55

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

    Situated in Kuching, this luxury guesthouse is 4.2 mi (6.7 km) from Mount Santubong and within 12 miles (20 km) of Damai Beach and Sarawak Timber Museum. Sarawak State Library and Cat Museum are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    Damai Beach Resort RM222
    Damai Beach Resort

    Damai Beach Resort

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

      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. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 20 miles (32 km).

      The Culvert RM250
      The Culvert

      The Culvert

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

        Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Santubong and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Damai Beach. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 16 miles (25 km).

        The Village House RM288
        The Village House

        The Village House

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

          Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Mount Santubong and 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Damai Beach. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 16 miles (25 km).

          Permai Rainforest Resort RM332
          Permai Rainforest Resort

          Permai Rainforest Resort

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

            Situated by the ocean, this tree house is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Damai Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Mount Santubong. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 20 miles (32 km).

            Damai Puri Resort & Spa RM190
            Damai Puri Resort & Spa

            Damai Puri Resort & Spa

            Teluk Penyuk Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
               
              4.5 out of 5.0

              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. Sarawak Timber Museum and Sarawak State Library are also within 20 miles (32 km).

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              Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House

              Sakura Bandar Semariang Guest House

              2619 Lorong Cahya Damai 8C, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in the suburbs, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Sarawak Timber Museum, Sarawak State Library and Cat Museum. Sarawak Stadium and Masjid Jamek are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Puteri Wing, Riverside Majestic Hotel RM138
                Puteri Wing, Riverside Majestic Hotel

                Puteri Wing, Riverside Majestic Hotel

                Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Kuching, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tun Jugah Shopping Center and Kuching Waterfront. Vivacity Megamall is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.