Bako - Treks and Trails
Map I Treks
& Trails I Wildlife
and Other Vegetation
Bako's extensive trail system is made up of 16
jungle trails which offer a range of walking and hiking options.
The fit and adventurous can opt for full-day jungle hikes or overnight
camping expeditions, whilst those who prefer to take it easy can
opt for a relaxing forest walk. The following paragraphs provide
brief details of each of the trails. If you require further information,
please consult with the park wardens.
A short but steep
climb through cliff vegetation. Takes about 30 minutes. Excellent
views of Telok Assam, the South China Sea and Santubong.
Takes about one hour
and passes through cliff forest before reaching a small secluded
beach. Proboscis monkeys are often seen during early morning or
late afternoon. Move slowly, keep as quiet as possible and listen
out for strange grunts or movements in the canopy.
Passes at first through
swamp forest and a flat section where proboscis monkeys are sometimes
seen. At the 'Beware of the Bees' sign, the trail climbs steeply
and at times you must hang on to tree roots to keep your balance.
At the top you are rewarded with breathtaking views of Bako's coastline.
one of the best
trails in the park for spotting proboscis monkeys, and only 45 minutes
from park HQ. As the Lintang trail bears right and climbs a small
bill you are in prime proboscis territory. Listen out for strange
grunting noises or the crash of vegetation. If you hear something,
stop, keep as quiet as possible and scan the forest. Try to 'follow'
the strange noises with your eyes. If you are lucky you may see
a harem of proboscis monkeys.
This trail takes about
one and half hours and ends at the park boundary. It is not frequently
used and is somewhat secluded. Good for seeing some of Bako's rainforest
Telok Pandan Kecil & Telok Pandan Besar
The one and half hour trek to Telok Pandan Kecil is one of Bako's
most popular. It ascends the forested hills overlooking Telok Assam,
reaching a plateau covered in scrub vegetation, and continues along
a sandy path lined with carnivorous pitcher plants, before reaching
a cliff top with stunning views of the secluded bay below and the
famous sea stack just offshore. A 10 minute descent through cliff
vegetation brings you to one of the best beaches in the park. Whilst
swimming, watch out for monkeys who steal unguarded bags. The Telok
Pandan Besar trail ends at a cliff top with views of the beach below.
Lintang The Lintang loop trail
is a very popular trek as it passes through nearly all of the vegetation
types found at Bako. The whole trek takes between 3 and 4 hours.
The section between the Ulu Assam and Serait junctions is another
good spot for seeing proboscis monkeys. The Bukit Tambi viewpoint
is a short detour off the main trail.
Tajor The Tajor trail passes
scrub and padang vegetation and ends with a steep climb down to
a small beach. Take a hat as the sun can be quite fierce on the
exposed sections of the trail. The trail also passes the Tajor Waterfall,
a popular resting spot. The waterfall is quite small (and best after
heavy rain) but it has a beautiful jungle setting and a small dip
pool. From the park HQ it takes about two and half hours to reach
Tanjung Rhu This trail branches
off the Tajor trail and leads across open country to the rocky Rhu
peninsula and a small headland where you can see wave-cut platforms
and rock pools. From the park HQ, it takes about two and half hours,
or 45 minutes from the Tajor junction.
Ulu Serait This trail connects
the Lintang trail with the Bukit Gondol hill walk. It is deep inside
the park and passes through scrub, padang vegetation and swamp forest.
From the Lintang junction to the base of Bukit Gondol is about one
and a half hours.
Bukit Gondol This semi-circular
loop trail passes over Bukit Gondol, the highest point in Bako at
260 metres. From the top of the hill there are excellent views of
Pulau Lakei and Muara Tebas. The loop trek takes about 45 minutes.
Paya Jelutong This trail is
actually a short cut for those who do not wish to climb Bukit Gondol.
Although it is a very short trail it offers the opportunity of seeing
fresh water swamp forest. The most dominant species in the area
is jelutong, a softwood used for making pencils.
Bukit Keruing This trail connects
Bukit Gondol with Tajor and passes some mighty rainforest giants.
It passes along the slopes of Bukit Keruing, the second highest
point in Bako. From Paya Jelutong to the Tajor Waterfall takes about
one and half hours.
Telok Sibur A full day trek.
From the park HQ it takes about three and half hours to reach the
end of Telok Sibur trail, first following the Tajor trail to the
waterfall. Continue along the main trail for another 45 minutes
until you reach a junction and the start of the Sibur trail. After
a very steep 45 minute descent, a walk through the mangroves and
a wade across a river you finally reach the longest beach in Bako.
Telok Limau This is Bako's long
distance trail, six or seven hours front the park HQ to the small
beach at Telok Limau. You pass through rich rainforest, scrub land
and swamp forest, cross small streams and climb a number of hilly
sections affording excellent views of the whole Muara Tebas peninsula.
You can camp at Telok Limau and return the next day or arrange for
a boat to pick you up.
Telok Keruin Being so far from
the park HQ, the Telok Keruin trail is rarely used. It is usually
done as a side trek from Telok Limau. From Telok Limau, the first
section is a 15-20 minute climb through the forest until you reach
a scrub section. You must then trek for another 25 minutes before
you reach the Telok Keruin trail. Shortly after the junction the
trail descends to an area of scrub vegetation. Look out for pitcher
plants that line the side of the trail. There are four short side-trails
which lead to the Bukit Keruin lookout, a small rock pool, the Muara
Tebas lookout point, and the Tanjung Keruin and Tanjung Po viewpoints.
The last section of the trail is a very steep descent to a mangrove
forest. The trail then continues through the mangroves. Look out
for the marks on the trees which show the way to the deserted beach
- one of the best in the park.
Pulau Lakei This small island
has a superb white sand beach. The National Parks Department has
a small guard house located on the island. Trips to the island can
be arranged with your boatman. There are some mysterious rock paintings
just a short walk from the beach.