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
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.
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
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.