Catching a boat ride to or from one of the park's beaches is a good way to avoid retracing your steps on a hike. Arrangements can be made at the Koperasi Warisan Pelancongan Bako Berhad counter at park HQ, although skippers sometimes pass by the more popular beaches looking for tired hikers who might be tempted by a lift back.

Going out on the water is also the best way to view the unique sandstone sea stacks off Bako's coast, and the only way to get close enough to photograph them. Look out for sea snakes, sometimes visible in the water.