Bako National Park
Bako National Park
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  • Richard H
    North Narrabeen, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make your own tour..
    Bali is well known for the monkeys and natural beauty. The reason for this review is to highlight that you can hire a boat for your own tour and timing. We visited the Stacks and viewed the beaches before setting down at HQ beach. Our boat driver set off to find Proboscis Monkeys to see whist we had coffee, then came to get us. Very nice day out.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • macfod
    Dunedin, New Zealand666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do it yourself
    Its just a 35/40rm Grab ride from Pullman and other hotels. Get there and a guide will latch onto you and help. Registration fee at park $20rm We hadn’t planned anything but opted to pay $400rm for our own boat for 3 hrs. We saw the rocks as we exited the river and ranger station. Then went on Batu Lakei island and a walk to the top for the views. Despite being told we were out of season we were lucky to come across a pod of rare Irraraddy dolphins on the way back to base. We paid an extra 100rm for a private guide ( Riman ) who well educated and worth the money. We didn’t negotiate on price as it’s something we had to do. At 1pm it was easy to negotiate a ride back for 40rm also. Another box ticked
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Niels V
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip to Bako!
    Great day trip! Don’t do an expensive organized Tour, just organise it yourself. Get a grab from the city (35rm) and go to the the registration Office. Get tickets for the boat (boat for 5 people is 100rm for 5pax, you can share the total with other travellers just wait till more arrive). Entrance to the park is 20 rm. Jetty was not crowded or anything it was very well organized. We decided to hire a Guide at the registration Office for 150 rm ( Guides have a small booth there where you can hire them). Boat trip to the park was nice and we did a couple of hikes in the park. We saw alot of animals mainly Thanks to the Guide. He also explained alot about the local tree’s, wildlife etc. Totally worth the price. There is a small restaurant in the park where you can get lunch, drinks and use the toilet. Don’t expect too much, it’s basic. In the afternoon we hiked to a different beach Where the boat picked us up to go to the sea stack rock. We were the only boat there and took some nice pictures. The boat took us back to the restaurant area (this extra trip costed 25rm per person). After this we returned to the registration office. Tried to get a grab back to the city but grab wouldn’t come out here for the return trip. One of the locals hanging around the Office drove us back for 50rm.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Peter Bong
    Kuching, Malaysia2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bako National Park
    The sea was quite calm as the boat approached the Park headquarter. The tide was low and we had to disembark at Telok Assam beach. Taking off the shoes and jump into the cool sea water was a great experience. The trip was very satisfying because it seemed that the animals were waiting for us, a Proboscis monkey walking on the ground, Silvered leaf monkeys in one harem, a family of Borneo Bearded pigs, a green viper and a naughty mother macaque who fearless jumped on to the visitor's table at the cafeteria to grab the remaining food left on the plate. The hiking to Telok Pandan Besar was great although tiring under the morning hot humid weather. However, it was worthwhile considering the hike was an exercise.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Matt T
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it. Highly recommend. Very Hot.
    Went on the day trip to this great place. Saw lots of wildlife within minutes of arriving by boat. The boat transfer is fun and about 20 mins. Wonderful natural national park to visit. Just like being in the jungle!! You could spend several days if you were to walk all the trails available. Caution- it is Very hot and Very humid, some trails are not easy if you’re elderly, overweight or bad mobility issues. Highly recommended. Top tip— get a guide to go with you.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Ninasunlover
    London, United Kingdom878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fantastic day in the jungle wildlife spotting
    We had a tour booked here our guide got us to the boat and we bounced along to the national park..when you jump off on the beach your feet will be in the sea, be prepared. As soon as we walked towards the hall to wash our feet a proboscis monkey was waiting in the trees with the bearded boars and their little ones running around the beach... perfect start. We walked around the "homestay" area and spotted silver leaf monkeys. We then continued to one of the main trails which ends at the beach but is the same route back. My parents are in their 70s and some parts of the trail needed more bending and cautious footing, they did it but having a guide was useful. It's not a path as such it's jungle with tree roots, small wooden ladders, rocks etc but definitely worth the effort...the humidity is insane take more water than you think you will need, we had about 3 bottles each for the day. We were lucky enough to see a family of macaques and their babies on the trail back and a few more proboscis monkeys in the same vicinity which is apparently rare. We saw snakes and a flying lemur too. Over lunch we were treated to another family of silver leaf monkeys entertaining us outside and a cheeky macaque stealing lunch boxes. The food was ok but some of the chicken was dry. After this we did another small trail mostly on a wooden path but didn't see so much here just one snake. Well worth a day out! We spent around 7 hours here with our guide.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Monique C
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place but could be costly for solo travellers
    The park is nice with a few trails you can do although it's not possible to do all the trails in 1 day. We did the board walk near the accommodation and the Lintang Trail which was quite interesting but can be steep at some places. The wildlife we saw were the proboscis monkeys, bearded pigs, pit vipers, all kinds of birds and insects. We didn't see the Silver leaf langurs unfortunately. If you are staying overnight, you could do the night tour and see more. The accommodation is very basic and it's best to book a private room. The dorm we stayed in was very cramped. Blankets and towels are not provided. There were 2 of us and the boat fare was RM200 each way. - total RM400 for 2 persons. If you are 1 or 2 persons only, go there early in the morning to find other people to make a group of 4 (or maybe 5) who will return together with you if possible, because if you don't do that then you will end up paying a lot. You cannot go there hoping to find someone to share a boat for the return journey because the return boat fare must be paid at the time you depart for Bako. Therefore it makes sense to try to arrange your own small group of 4 or 5 rather than go alone unless you have booked a tour. This was 5 months ago in October 2024. I don't know if they have increased the boat fare or changed the terms. Food at the canteen there is expensive for what it is, especially the buffet which is offered when they are expecting many visitors. On weekdays, you may be able to order from a menu and get warmer or freshly cooked food - although not necessarily better. If you are just going for the day, you may want to bring your own snacks or buy some food from the local stalls near the jetty before getting on the boat. Pack your own disposable fork and spoons if you are doing that. The only water sold there is Reverse Osmosis water and they also have soft drinks. If you prefer to drink something else, buy it from Kuching or bring lots of your own water.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 March 2024
  • Mayank
    London, United Kingdom213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and full of wildlife
    We were excited to visit Bako national park and it didn’t disappoint! This is a very unique and beautiful national park with diverse wildlife. You don’t have to venture far from the HQ to see the wildlife. There are several hiking trails around the park. Our only regret is not spending the night at Bako.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2024
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Cape Town Central, South Africa582 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful mangrove, sandstone formations and varied ecosystems. We went with Borneo Adventure and going to this park with a knowledgeable guide really makes the difference as guides know where to spot different types of wildlife at different moments of the days. Amongst others we had 3 different encounters with the rare proboscis monkeys, a close encounter with a large troop of silver leaf monkeys, two pit vipers and wild pigs and learnt a lot from our guide Lemon about the vegetation. The logistics to and from the park (from Kuching by van and then boat) were all arranged by Borneo Adventure and super smooth and we would rate the company 5 stars.

However, and that explains the 3 stars only,
is the presence of huge amounts of trash. Plastic just floats everywhere and is a thorn in the eye and an environmental disaster. The boardwalks should be better maintained as well by the Sarawak Forestry, something we have noticed in all the National Parks of Sarawak.
Written 12 May 2024
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Mayank
London, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We were excited to visit Bako national park and it didn’t disappoint! This is a very unique and beautiful national park with diverse wildlife. You don’t have to venture far from the HQ to see the wildlife. There are several hiking trails around the park. Our only regret is not spending the night at Bako.
Written 2 April 2024
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Monique C
Singapore9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The park is nice with a few trails you can do although it's not possible to do all the trails in 1 day. We did the board walk near the accommodation and the Lintang Trail which was quite interesting but can be steep at some places. The wildlife we saw were the proboscis monkeys, bearded pigs, pit vipers, all kinds of birds and insects. We didn't see the Silver leaf langurs unfortunately. If you are staying overnight, you could do the night tour and see more. The accommodation is very basic and it's best to book a private room. The dorm we stayed in was very cramped. Blankets and towels are not provided. There were 2 of us and the boat fare was RM200 each way. - total RM400 for 2 persons. If you are 1 or 2 persons only, go there early in the morning to find other people to make a group of 4 (or maybe 5) who will return together with you if possible, because if you don't do that then you will end up paying a lot. You cannot go there hoping to find someone to share a boat for the return journey because the return boat fare must be paid at the time you depart for Bako. Therefore it makes sense to try to arrange your own small group of 4 or 5 rather than go alone unless you have booked a tour. This was 5 months ago in October 2024. I don't know if they have increased the boat fare or changed the terms. Food at the canteen there is expensive for what it is, especially the buffet which is offered when they are expecting many visitors. On weekdays, you may be able to order from a menu and get warmer or freshly cooked food - although not necessarily better. If you are just going for the day, you may want to bring your own snacks or buy some food from the local stalls near the jetty before getting on the boat. Pack your own disposable fork and spoons if you are doing that. The only water sold there is Reverse Osmosis water and they also have soft drinks. If you prefer to drink something else, buy it from Kuching or bring lots of your own water.
Written 29 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ninasunlover
London, UK878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a tour booked here our guide got us to the boat and we bounced along to the national park..when you jump off on the beach your feet will be in the sea, be prepared.

As soon as we walked towards the hall to wash our feet a proboscis monkey was waiting in the trees with the bearded boars and their little ones running around the beach... perfect start.

We walked around the "homestay" area and spotted silver leaf monkeys. We then continued to one of the main trails which ends at the beach but is the same route back. My parents are in their 70s and some parts of the trail needed more bending and cautious footing, they did it but having a guide was useful. It's not a path as such it's jungle with tree roots, small wooden ladders, rocks etc but definitely worth the effort...the humidity is insane take more water than you think you will need, we had about 3 bottles each for the day.

We were lucky enough to see a family of macaques and their babies on the trail back and a few more proboscis monkeys in the same vicinity which is apparently rare. We saw snakes and a flying lemur too.

Over lunch we were treated to another family of silver leaf monkeys entertaining us outside and a cheeky macaque stealing lunch boxes.

The food was ok but some of the chicken was dry. After this we did another small trail mostly on a wooden path but didn't see so much here just one snake.

Well worth a day out! We spent around 7 hours here with our guide.
Written 21 March 2024
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Matt T
Hertfordshire, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Went on the day trip to this great place. Saw lots of wildlife within minutes of arriving by boat. The boat transfer is fun and about 20 mins. Wonderful natural national park to visit. Just like being in the jungle!! You could spend several days if you were to walk all the trails available. Caution- it is Very hot and Very humid, some trails are not easy if you’re elderly, overweight or bad mobility issues. Highly recommended. Top tip— get a guide to go with you.
Written 19 March 2024
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Peter Bong
Kuching, Malaysia2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The sea was quite calm as the boat approached the Park headquarter. The tide was low and we had to disembark at Telok Assam beach. Taking off the shoes and jump into the cool sea water was a great experience. The trip was very satisfying because it seemed that the animals were waiting for us, a Proboscis monkey walking on the ground, Silvered leaf monkeys in one harem, a family of Borneo Bearded pigs, a green viper and a naughty mother macaque who fearless jumped on to the visitor's table at the cafeteria to grab the remaining food left on the plate. The hiking to Telok Pandan Besar was great although tiring under the morning hot humid weather. However, it was worthwhile considering the hike was an exercise.
Written 7 February 2024
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CulinarySlut
Toronto, Canada1,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Bako contains a rich variety of wildlife - including the endangered Proboscis Monkey - and a coastline covered with small bays, coves and beaches. While it’s relatively small (only 27 sq km) it is reputed to have almost every type of vegetation in Borneo within its boundaries.

It’s criss-crossed with a number of hiking trails ranging in difficulty from moderate to challenging. Be aware that hiking here requires a reasonable level of fitness, and lots of water, in order to manage the heat and humidity.

We took the advice of a number of bloggers and booked accommodation for one night (booking online is easy, but book early as there is limited availability).

Accommodations are simple (we stayed in a Type 4 Forest Lodge) but do the job. Our unit had air conditioning, ceiling fans and a private toilet and “shower”. Note: water pressure is almost non-existent in the shower, and there was no hot water, so a cold bucket and ladle shower had to suffice. Not a huge deal, though.

Staying overnight also affords you to take in the night tour, which we highly recommend. Out night tour didn’t reveal any large fauna (these things are always hit and miss), but we saw a remarkable variety of insects, arachnids, amphibians, lizards and snakes. It was great!

We also ensured that we arrived at the park early on the first day - around 9:00 a.m. - which allowed us to do some hiking both days (Note: getting there requires a boat trip, which costs RM200 round trip. If you can share the boat ride with others the cost per person goes down to as little as RM40 if you can get the five person maximum in your group).

We had a fabulous opportunity to see a troop of Proboscis Monkeys both days, including a very up-close and personal encounter with the Alpha male of the troop. We also had the good fortune to get great views of a couple different troops of Silvered Leaf Monkeys (aka: Silvery Languars), including three mothers carrying very young babies on their chests.

We highly recommend a visit to this amazing park.
Written 29 November 2023
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tobegold
Vancouver489 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
The shuttle boat operators have set up their own version of the taxi mafia scam system that is present in some SE Asia locales. When I visited 7 years ago I November it was a simple system of buy your return ticket, get put on a boat and then take any boat at whatever time you want to return. Now the system is that you have to charter a boat, with a set return time, with the fee set at 100 MYR for 1-5 passengers and 200 MYR for 6-10 passengers ONE WAY, so double that for a return trip. This on top of the park admission fee. Now my experience was that five other people arrived and hired a boat together, “sorry there are 5 of us”, same story with the next group. Since I already visited 7 years ago, knowing the slim chance of seeing proboscis monkeys, I was not going to pay out 200 MYR to these thieves, I got the next bus back to Kuching which is only 1 MYR in comparison. Skip this place unless you absolutely want to have a slim chance seeing the Proboscis monkeys.
Written 21 November 2023
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MtRainierDave
85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I enthusiastically booked 2 nights here in eager anticipation of seeing an abundance of unique Borneo wildlife. We left enthusiastic to leave the next day. The good: pretty jungle trails with beautiful trees, plants, and eventual overlooks; seeing bearded pigs and silver leaf monkeys up-close; a fabulous night tour that was our highlight here with good sightings of flying lemur, palm civet, green vipers, and lots of spiders and bugs.
The bad: accommodations aren't very clean, aren't very comfortable(though they have a/c), and don't provide towels or sheets; the only food options are at the cafeteria and was horrible; very few bird species and the probiscus monkeys only offered glimpses of their bizarre forms; pretty beaches but it's forbidden to go in the water and get refreshed from the very hot weather.

As I said in the title, it was(barely) worth a night to see the unique night creatures and bearded pigs we'd not seen in Sabah, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend.
Written 17 November 2023
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Agnieszka O
Wroclaw, Poland42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Fantastic place. Amazing views. You must take a boat and view the park from the sea. The best attraction.
Written 28 October 2023
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