"Stay Longer...At least a night!"
Bako National park is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Such diverse flora and fauna that the space enchants and exhilarates you. The boat ride to Bako is little less than an hour and once you reach, the seclusion and quiet of the place hits you. The island is busy between 10am to 4pm when most of the day tourists come in. Post 4pm the place is gorgeous. It's a mistake to leave the island before 6pm as most of the wildlife come out then There are about 16 color coded jungle trails. We went on the long lintang trail. You can see almost all of the vegetation types in this trail. It's a good idea to have a guide for two reasons. The obvious one is that you can get lost, and the other because there is so much detail that you can otherwise miss. There is just one food outlet and the stuff is strictly mediocre. The staff however, are willing to make some items on request if you so wish. You can see the macaques and the bearded pig by day. Come evening, when the park is almost empty, the silver backs and proboscis slowly emerge. They are gorgeous. The macaques come to the beach looking for beached crabs on low tide. They swipe the occasional beer can if you aren't fast enough :) Take the time out to go for the night trail. You will be amazed at the number of creatures that emerge. Go armed with a powerful torch and mosquito repellent or it can get very difficult.