Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Similajau National Park, Sarawak

Situated in Bintulu Division (about 30km from Bintulu Town and 2 hours drive from Miri) the national park provides recreational ground for the people within the central region of Sarawak. It has one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Malaysia with miles of unspoiled white and golden sand and rocky beaches facing the South China Sea. Similajau National Park initially gazetted with an areas of 7,064 hectares of virgin forest, starting from Sungai Likau in the south and as far as 30km stretch to Sungai Similajau to the north. Another 1,932 hectares of areas was extended to the park on 17 February 2000 this made the total areas to 8,996 hectares. Even though it's a small area of strip land running from North-South direction, approximately 30km, but it is rich in flora and fauna that provided nature lovers with rich experience and activities.

Similajau Trip Dec 2006

The flora consist of three main types namely; Beach, Kerangas and Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, which provide Home to various species of plants, trees and wildlife. Among the well-known plants found here are the Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longisolia) and Bintangor trees (Barringtonia Asiatica). The terrestrial fauna of 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 Storm's Stork. A very noteworthy reptile found here is the Saltwater Crocodile. Lucky visitors may be able to sight dolphins out amongst the waves. Occasionally, green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Visitors are advised that turtles are totally protected animals and that it is an offence to disturb them or their eggs.

Similajau Trip Dec 2006

Aktiviti hujung minggu kami sempena dengan cuti Krismas - Antz, Ella, Wanna, Yatee, Rhoni, Nizam dan Yus. Cadangan asal ingin bertolak seawal jam 8 pagi, tetapi akhirnya hampir jam 12 tengahari baru bertolak dari Miri, itupun setelah masing-masing mengisi perut dengan Nasi Briyani dan roti canai. Perjalanan yang lancar dan tenang mengambil masa sekitar 2 jam tanpa henti, ditemani cuaca yang sungguh sempurna dan pemandangan hutan sekunder dan ladang kelapa sawit. Setelah selesai 'check-in' di Chalet No. 5, kami langsung ke bandar Bintulu - satu lagi bandar minyak/gas di Malaysia. Selesai makan dan bersiar di sekitar pantai yang berombak deras, kami pulang semula ke Similajau. Pemandangan petang di Similajau sungguh mendamaikan dan tenteram. Bunyi unggas, serangga, desiran ombak..... terasa amat jauh sekali dari 'dunia luar'. Makan malam kami sediakan sendiri, berBBQ...elok hampir selesai makan, hujan turun mencurah-curah sehingga lewat pagi. Malam itu dipenuhi dengan gelak-tawa dan pelbagai cerita sambil bermain 'board games/card games'.

Keesokannya, ada yang awal-awal pagi sudah bangkit untuk jungle trekking dan morning walk. Beberapa orang antara kami menjelajah hutan Similajau, ke View Point sahaja, kerana jalan yang licin dan persiapan yang kurang lengkap membuatkan kami berfikir beberapa kali untuk melakukan jungle trekking 18km. Dalam perjalanan pulang, kami cuba membuat jalan pintas, tetapi denai telahpun dinaiki air laut, mau tidak mau kami terpaksa melalui kawasan 'sarang buaya'!!!!!!!!!! To Antz, aku memang respect kau sebab tak takut meredah hutan bakau, walaupun telah ada signage 'Awas Ada Buaya'. Acara terakhir hari kedua ialah mandi air laut yang keroh.... kerana hujan lebat dan monsoon. Selalunya air laut dan sungai di sini jernih, hijau dan membiru... menjadi tempat permainan beberapa spesis ikan dolphine. Terasa ingin ke sini lagi, meninjau ikan Dolphine, buaya air masin dan penyu. Ada yang berminat ikut serta?

Background Song: La Camisa Negra by Juanes

6 comments:

Xis said...

Rush
hmm.. jungle trekking.. sound interesting... :) Dolphine? hmm.. cool..

Rush Murad said...

xis - i like jungle trekking, have been doing this since i was in primary school... cuma lately dah jarang2 buat... i like to be surrounded by jungle... masuk dalam hutan.... hening-bening... tenteram. wanna join me?

Xis said...

Rush
I see.. it's one of my fav too.. join you? hmm... would love too.. but then.. in purba time.. those who went to the deep forest would bring back, say, a deer.. if i go to the deep forest.. afraid I have to carry with me.. a giant gorilla-like creature.. hehehe..

perjalanan hidup said...

bestnyer! dolphine? ye ye la tu. camne ye nak ke sana? kena guna 4wheel ker? will be there someday. insyaallah.

Anonymous said...

I always luv your background music..nice

Ebie said...

huhu i've been there b4.. tapi x berani nak explore smua.. 'awas ada buaya' ya mbataskan kaki melangkah.