Go back 75 million years ago and the area known today as Bako National Park was submerged under the sea. Through the process of erosion, sediment on the inland mountain ranges was deposited in the sea building a large delta over time. The Bako National Park we know today has reveals many fascinating geological structures, especially when taking a closer look at the rocks along the beaches. Erosion has carved out some interesting images which can be enjoyed from the comfort of a boat. Visitors are aslo treated to pink iron patterns on cliff faces, honeycomb weathering, iron skins and veins, sea arches and the famous Bako sea stacks.
The rock formations at Supirak Island tell a different story, resembling a large fossilized ship. According to local folklore, a young but poor man who left his home and his mother in search of a better future, came back years later as the wealthy son-in-law of a king but refused to acknowledge the old woman named Supirak was his mother out of shame and pride. Because of this his mother cursed him and he, along with his ship was turned into stone.
Geo-tourism incorporates the tourism of geology and landscape to create intriguing, educational encounters. Travelers can experience the earth’s geological wonders with environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation, and conservation through a mix of formal and informal education that is fun and rewarding.