Welcome to the Jungle

May 9, 2009 · 2 comments

Last night I went to a photography meet with Sydney who introduced me to a few people, one of those was Coco and her Husband Jeff. Coco told me she was heading over to the Bako national park and invited me along so the next day they picked me up and took me along.
We went in on a group of 5, another woman joined us and Paul who seems to know everything about the park and was keen on using me as a model for the day in his picture taking.

Fishermen in rowing boat

Fishermen in rowing boat

We first boarded a boat and went down a river. The route was to sail around the outside of the national park, taking in the scenery and board a beach a few km in (a few of these pictures are from Paul the guide on the tour).

We passed a few sandstone formations which looked like orangutans, dolphins, cobra head, and alien head, you’ll have to work out which one is which from the photos though!

Rock formation rising from the sea

Rock formation rising from the sea

Can you see a face?

Can you see a face?

Cliff face

Cliff face

More formations in the rocks

More formations in the rocks

After all the wonderful scenery we boarded a beach to relax for an hour, whilst the option to swim was there I decided to avoid the sea in the direct sunlight and just stay in the shade and observe the creatures there. This hermit crab amused me and Paul for a bit:

Hermit crab

Hermit crab

I climbed up a rocky area and noticed all the small pools below in the rock, it looked a bit like an alien planet which hasn’t been disturbed so far with all the craters in.

Cratered rock

Cratered rock

After a while on the beach we headed out for the walk back. Firstly it was an all uphill section with a few steps which led up to a nice view. The rest was a hot walk back over the highlands with little trees for shade, so hot is indeed the word to describe it. It took us about an hour to walk the 2.7km back to the jetty, certainly quicker and less stressful then Mount Kinabalu! But a lot hotter!

View from top of rocks

View from top of rocks

Which way back?

Which way back?

After making it back we had a bit of lunch (I hardly ate anything as it was too hot, but did drink 4 cans!) We got another short boat ride back and headed back, the national park seems to be as easy or as difficult as you want the walk to be so I would reccomend it to everyone, but the boat ride is not to be missed due to the great views.

Watch out!

Watch out!

Group shot

Group shot

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Alex May 11, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Some quality things right here, pretty exciting day by the looks of it! Are those pants the cut-off ones? Or didn’t you get a pair in the end?

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Adventure Rob May 12, 2009 at 4:17 AM

I wouldn’t call it exciting, but it was a nice walk and a bit of needed exercise, a hell of a lot easier then Mount Kinabalu.

Trousers are full length nosquito’s, I never got cut offs in the end as I couldn’t find any in the right size (short legs).

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