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 birdlife, 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.
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
- Manukan Island less than 5 miles away
- Kota Kinabalu 7 miles away
- Kinabalu National Park 36 miles away
- Mount Kinabalu 37 miles away
- Garama Wetlands 97 miles away
- Brunei 106 miles away
- Deramakot Forest Reserve 106 miles away
- Maliau Basin 118 miles away
- Sepilok 133 miles away
- Kinabatangan River 135 miles away
- Sandakan 141 miles away
- Danum Valley 148 miles away
- Mulu National Park 158 miles away
- Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park 184 miles away
- Tabin Wildlife Reserve 205 miles away
- Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai Islands 211 miles away
- Kapalai Island 222 miles away
- Mataking Island 225 miles away
Photos of 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.