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Sarawak ~ Similajau National Park

Situated about 30km from Bintulu Town, the Similajau National Park with long sandy beaches, geological formations and rainforest treks, offers a host of activities from trekking to bird watching and coastal and river cruises

The Park
It consists of a narrow shoreline dominated by many small inlets (crystal clear fresh water streams, many cascading down from small waterfalls right onto the beach sand) and unspoilt golden sandy beaches. The beach runs for some 25km along the gently meandering coastline, punctuated by rocky headlands. On weekends, it bursts to life as Bintulu folks come to enjoy a short break.

Flora and Fauna
The park boasts 24 Recorded species of mammals, such as gibbons, banded langurs and long-tailed macaque. The Park records the presence of 185 species of birds, which include hornbills and migratory water birds like Storms Stork. A very noteworthy reptile found here is the Saltwater Crocodile. Lucky visitors may be able to sight dolphins out amongst the waves.

Trekking allows you to see the changing scenes between two types of forest here. In the dipterocarp forest, you see huge, majestic trees like meranti, keruing and kapur dominating the landscape. In the heath forest, the scene is strikingly different. Smaller trees dominate instead, like the selunsur trees with reddish bark, insect-eating pitcher plants and wild orchids. These can be found along the streams in the park. Guides will show you where the huge estuarine or salt water crocodiles bask in the sun or where green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

Turtle Beach is so named because turtles come there to lay eggs. Three common species recorded are the Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Leatherback turtle (Dermochelyes coriacea), and Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate). They come during the month of March to September annually. They leave behind tell-tale signs of track and depressions on the sand. Visitors are advised that turtles are totally protected animals and that it is an offence to disturb them or their eggs.
There are two species of riverine crocodiles exist in the park. They are False Gharial (Tumistoma schlegii) and an estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porousus). The former is harmless while the latter is dangerous

King Crabs also visit the area during the dry season starting from early May to October. They usually come in pairs, being the males on top of the females. The males are smaller in sizes as compare to the females. They come to the shore to lay eggs. During this breeding season you will also see plenty of catfishes coming to feed on the eggs.

Park accommodations are available and include single lodges, double storey chalets (suitable for a small group of four at one time.) as well as hostel
with double-bunker beds.


Sarawak ~ National Parks
View all various national parks located throughout Sarawak. These parks which within reach from Miri, Bintulu and Kuching offer visitors an excellent collection of flora and fauna. They contain abundant wildlife, lakes, waterfalls, exotic plant species, secluded beaches and jungle treks.



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