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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO
MIRI : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Loagan Bunut National Park
 
 

LOAGAN BUNUT NATIONAL PARK

MIRI DISTRICT

 

Located on the upper reaches of the Bunut River, where Sarawak?s largest natural lake (650ha) is found, this park covers 10,736ha. In 1991, an area of about 10,736 hectares encompassing the 650 hectare lake was gazetted as a National Park as part of the on-going effort to preserve the unique habitats, rare and valuable plants and wildlife indigenous to the region. The local Berawan fishermen call the lake, Loagan Bunut. The Bunut river is a tributary of the mighty Baram river and the lake is connected via a narrow channel to the Baram and Tinjar rivers. The lake is utterly dependent on the Sungai Bunut, Sungai Tinjar and Sungai Baram whose water level are subject to seasonal fluctuations and this accounts for the fluctuating levels of the water in Loagan Bunut.

 

During spells of extreme dryness, usually lasting between 2 - weeks, the lake is converted to vast expanses of dry cracked mud. As the water level in the rivers drops, the flow in the Bunut River is reversed and the lake begins to drain between February and May. It shrinks and exposes a vast expanse of mudflats on which one can walk. The local Berawan people have developed a distinctive method of fishing called selambau in which they literally scoop up the migrating fish as the water levels change. Not only is this successful, it is also ecologically friendly and a major cultural attraction. This technique has been used for centuries and has enabled the Berawan fishermen to manage their fishery effectively, making it sustainable for many generations.

 
 
FLORA & FAUNA
 

The area surrounding the lake is primarily peat swamp and mixed dipterocarp forest. It is, however, extremely rich in large birds and is a paradise for bird watchers. Darters, egrets, eagles, herons, bitterns, hornbills, kites and kingfishers as well as a host of smaller birds such as bulbuls, doves and drongos are plentiful.

 

The animal life is typical of peat and dipterocarp forest and includes the bearded pig, barking deer, sambar deer, mouse deer, palm civet, long-tailed macaque, langur and the giant-tufted squirrel. Primates are represented mainly by gibbons whose extremely long arms enable them to swing pendulum-like high up in the trees.  The loud piercing calls of the females of the species, are clearly audible in the early mornings.

 
 

 
 
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
  • Selambau fishing

  • Forest trails

  • Virgin rainforest

  • Bird watching

  • Boat trips around the lake

 
 
PLANNING AN ITINERARY

The remote park beckons those in search of something different. For 2 - 3 weeks in February, May or June, the water level in the lake drop drastically on account of the dry weather.   This is the time to witness and maybe even participate in the traditional "Selambau" method of fishing, developed and still practiced by the local Berawan fisher folk. This unique technique was developed to harvest the migrating fish during periods of fluctuating water levels. It is a rare and exciting activity, not to be missed.   You might want to take the opportunity to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot across the dry cracked mud of the dried up lake, to get a feel of the simple pleasures in life-long forgotten by many! It could be an exhilarating experience, especially for the uninitiated.

 
 
ACCOMMODATION

The Forest Hostel at the park headquarters has four rooms, each with seven bunk-beds. There is also a cafeteria serving simple meals and drinks. Electricity is supplied by generator and is available morning and nights. No cooking is allowed in the rooms.

 
 
GETTING THERE

It is accessible by road from Miri via Pekan Belura and Kampung Lapok. It is about three hours or 130km from the town of Miri by four-wheel drive vehicle to the park. Public transport takes you to Lapok village, which is about 15km from the park. Here, visitors can rent private transport to the park. The journey by 4WD takes about 2 hours.  From Kampung Lapok, a 1? hour journey in a long boat takes the visitor to Loagan Bunut.

National Parks in Malaysia - Loagan Bunut National Park in Sarawak, East Malaysia or Borneo

 
 
 
MIRI : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Loagan Bunut National Park
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO