Ocean Ports of Call

Bako National Park - Malaysia Highlights:
Abundant wildlife, streams, waterfalls, plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails
Bako National Park, established in 1957, is the oldest national park in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It covers an area of 10.5 sq miles (27.3 sqkm) at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers. Millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of white, sandy bays. Wave erosion at the base of the cliffs has carved many of the rocky headlands into fantastically shaped sea arches and seastacks with coloured patterns formed by iron deposition. Some of these rock formations can be seen on entry to the Teluk Assam Beach, which fronts the park.

Its rainforest offers abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails. Bako contains almost every type of plant life found in Borneo and is home to the endangered proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, silvered langur, monitor lizards, plantain squirrels, Bornean bearded pigs and otters. Bako is also home to a number of lizards and snakes and a fascinating place for bird watching, with over 150 species recorded. Bako's nocturnal creatures include the flying lemur, pangolin, mouse deer, various species of fruit eating and insect eating bats, tarsier, slow loris, and palm civet cat.

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