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Gaya Island is the largest island of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which lies just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

There are frequent ferries from the port at Kota Kinabalu over to the island (15 minute journey) and a visit to the island is a lovely day trip or you can stay overnight.

Wildlife of Gaya Island

The island has superb beaches; walking trails through the rainforest where you will see an array of bird life, wild boar, monitor lizards and possibly some macaque monkeys and great snorkeling. The resort here also has a dive center where you can arrange to do some diving around the other islands of the marine park.

Marine Ecology Research Centre

Gayana Marine Resort has two excellent restaurants which you can use if you are just visiting for the day and it also has a Marine Ecology Research Centre which serves as an education and research facility as well as rehabilitation and breeding center for giant clams, coral and many fish species.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Gaya Island

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Gaya Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Gaya Island

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    Places near Gaya Island

    Accommodation choices for Gaya Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Gaya Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Swimming Pool, Gaya Island Resort

      Gaya Island Resort

      First Class

      A stay here allows you to immerse yourself in Borneo's incredible wildlife, both on land and below the waves, and its excellent facilities give you the chance to truly unwind.

    • Beachfront villas, Bunga Raya Island Resort

      Bunga Raya Island Resort

      First Class

      Bunga Raya is one of Borneo’s leading and most exclusive island hideaways, offering great snorkeling and pristine beaches. Only a short speedboat journey from Kota Kinabalu, it's the perfect retreat for honeymooners or those looking to truly unwind.

    • Ocean Villa, Gayana Eco Resort, Gaya Island

      Gayana Marine Resort


      The most modern island accommodation currently available in Borneo and the location close to Kota Kinabalu makes it ideal to start or end your trip.