Gaya Island Resort, Malaysia

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About the Gaya Island Resort

Located on Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Gaya Island Resort is a natural sanctuary, 15 minutes off Kota Kinabalu by speed boat. This beautiful beachfront resort in stunning surroundings makes a perfect destination for discerning travellers seeking active engagement or peaceful, uplifting and breath-taking Borneo. Couples, families or curios will encounter distinctive Borneo through authentic experiences and sense of intimacy with nature. The hilly island is covered with lush tropical rainforest with abundance of flora and fauna and has the stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu, visible in the distance. This intimate retreat is fringed with a golden beach, rocky coastal outcrops, and surrounded by coral reefs. Exposed sandstone outcrops on the coast form cliffs, caves, honeycombs and deep crevasses along the shore.


  • Baby Sitting
  • Car Rental Services
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Desk
  • Doctor On Call
  • Foreign Exchange Counter
  • Gift Shop
  • Gym
  • Jogging Trail
  • Laundry & Valet Services
  • Library
  • PADI Dive Centre
  • Photo Processing Services
  • Photography & Videography Services
  • Postal/ Courier Services
  • Room Service
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Swimming pool


Bayu Villa

  • Situated on a hillside amidst lush rainforest, these inviting villas offer a peaceful setting with leafy views ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves. Connecting rooms are available for families.



  • Activities Padi Snorkelling & Dive Programmes

    Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park lies within The Coral Triangle, known as the world's marine epicentre. Home to diverse marine life exceeding 75% of species known to science with coral gardens found 20 metres from the shore; this underwater realm has over 25 dive spots for all year exploration. Programmes are conducted around 5 islands within the marine park.

  • Fishing excursions

    Set sail in the wake of the seafaring Bajau Laut, Sabah's marine nomads. Whether a novice or an experienced angler, these exhilarating experiences led by the resort's expert guides allow you to explore the ocean's depths aboard a charter boat. These seasonal activities include refreshments and can comfortably accommodate up to 6 anglers.

  • Deep Sea Fishing

    Take a chartered trip to Mengalum Island, where history lends itself back in time to the 16th century and is associated with the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan across Asian waters, for a unique fishing excursion. Located about 20 nautical miles away, it is also the pre-designated game fishing area for the annual Sabah International Fishing Tournament whereby participating anglers are restricted to only fishing within 20 miles radius around the island.
    Species that can be encountered include wahoo, dorado, tuna, giant trevally, barracuda and even rainbow runner. Billfish like marlin and sailfish are rare but can be spotted occasionally.

  • Leisure Fishing

    A wide variety of marine and inland fishing spots offer a plethora of fish species and present the casual angler with an opportunity to discover one of the world's top fishing destinations. Anglers can test their skills at nearby island waters with depths of more than 150 metres and attempt to catch amberjacks, ruby, kerisi bali or black grouper species.

  • Guided Nature Walks

    Discover an exceptional botanic reserve, diverse wildlife and a rare, undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forest, found only on this island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Our nature walks offer an environmental education voyage with our Resident Naturalist with limited guests allowed daily to minimise human impact to the wildlife and their habitat.

  • Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre

    The marine centre advocates 3 key conservation themes - Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation Through Education. Our resident marine biologist and dedicated team work together with equally passionate partners, championing initiatives to protect marine life, raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices and aim for pollution-free waters.

  • Borneo Craftworks

    With over 32 ethnic entities in Sabah, handicrafts lend an insight into the cultural identity and history of each group. Each craft is unique to their ethnicity like brightly hued beadwork for the Rungus while the Kadazandusun are notable weavers using plant fibres to make products. Try creating your own handicraft memento with our complimentary classes.


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