Holidays to Bako National Park, Borneo

Bako National Park is Borneo’s oldest national park. It’s also the smallest, but what it doesn’t have in size it makes up for in substance. It’s known for its biodiversity, including rainforest, mangrove swamps, beaches, cliffs, streams and waterfalls. Unlike some of its larger counterparts, Bako National Park is easy to get to. It’s just 37 kilometres from Kuching. Ideally, you need a few days to explore it properly, but it’s a do-able day trip from the city if you’re tight on time.

Bako National Park is criss-crossed by sixteen well-maintained and colour-coded jungle trails. Some are quick and easy routes that are suited to most fitness abilities and not too challenging. Other trails are full day jungle hikes for the chance to appreciate the full diversity of Bako and the opportunity to see as much wildlife as possible, including long-tailed macaques and those marvellous bearded pigs. A headliner of Bako National Park is the proboscis monkey. In fact, Borneo is the only place in the world where these rare, elusive monkeys live wildly. Bako’s reputed to be one of the best places in Borneo to observe these primates up close.

The white-sand stretches of Bako’s shoreline beckon beach bunnies looking for some downtime between hikes. One of the best beaches is Telok Pandan Kecil, flanked by limestone and sandstone cliffs with a view to the iconic Sea Stack. If you’re at Bako as dusk draws in, head to Telok Assam beach for the sight of hundreds of swifts by their nests on the rocks. Not to mention a colourful and photogenic sunset.

 

Highlights

  • A small but diverse national park

  • Relax on beautiful beaches

  • Spot the Proboscis monkeys

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Bako National Park

When to go to Bako National Park

Bako National Park has a tropical rainforest climate, with high levels of humidity year round. The Park can be difficult to access during the heaviest part of the rainy season between November-February.

January

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This is the wettest month of the year, reaching up to 26 inches of rainfall.  

February

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The heavy rain has usually eased off by now and temperatures reach 30°C.  

March

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You might experience occasional showers, but it's a great time to get into the jungle and explore.  

April

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Temperatures continue to increase with overnight temperatures in the mid 20s, and high humidity. Explore the rainforest but leave your waterproofs at home.  

May

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Expect average daily highs of 32°C and a welcome drop in humidity.  

June

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Temperatures remain consistent and it's a great time to visit the nearby orangutan sanctuaries.  

July

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Rainfall is at its lowest in July so make the most of the sun and head for the beaches.  

August

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This is a peak time for visitors thanks to the great weather.  

September

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The rainy season returns, but temperatures remain around 30°C.  

October

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Rainy periods are more prolonged with heavier showers.  

November

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Rainy season is at a peak in November with the heaviest showers. Prepare to get wet wherever you go!  

December

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The rains will continue and the wildlife will disappear, but you can benefit from fewer visitors and better prices.