enjoying the view at Bako island in Bako National Park in Borneo

Bako National Park Borneo – wildlife rainforests

This post is about the wonders of Bako National Park on Bako Island Borneo. It’s a 10.5 square mile island that’s packed with awesomeness! It’s a can’t miss stop on any Sarawak western Borneo trip.

Bako National Park highlights

Bako island includes rainforests, secluded beaches with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, jungle streams. It also includes lots of wildlife. The star of Bako is the rare proboscis monkey. There are about 300 long nosed proboscis monkeys throughout the island.

proboscis monkey at Bako national park
Rare Proboscis Monkey – relaxing on a low branch | Bako island in Borneo, Malaysia

Wildlife in Bako National Park

Monkeys are everywhere. The most common are mostly Long-tailed macaques, the most common monkeys in Asia. There’s also silver leaf monkeys. Of course the highlight is seeing rare proboscis monkeys . You can also lizards and bearded pigs.

monkey in Bako Borneo

Bako island coastline

The coast line is beautiful. Millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs. You’ll notice brilliant colored patterns formed by iron deposition.

sunset at Bako National Park on Bako island in Borneo

Getting to Bako National Park

Bako is located in western Malaysian Borneo. It’s in Borneo’s Sarawak region. Head to the ferry terminal in Bako village via taxi, shared van, or bus. Then upon arrival, take a boat to Bako Island Bako National Park.

island in Bako Natonal Park in Borneo

Bako island biodiversity and vegetation

Bako also has nearly every type of vegetation found in Borneo. There’s 25 distinct types!

In a couple of days of trekking through the jungle trails, you can see Beach vegetation, Cliff vegetation, Kerangas or heath Forest. Also Mangrove Forests, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, Padang or Grasslands Vegetation and Peat Swamp Forest,” according to the official site.

coastline in Bako with mountains in the background

Hiking around Bako might become a highlight of your Borneo trip. I recommend it!

enjoying the view at Bako island in Bako Borneo

Do you love learning about monkeys?  I’ve had lots of experiences with primates in the wild.  For example, the week before I accidentally photographed monkey sex in Bali. Then, I wrote about Monkeys with huge noses, the largest you’ve ever seen. Finally, a story on when a monkey stole a camera and took selfies.

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