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Gayana Island EcoResort


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Gayana Island EcoResort is nested into the lush tropical wildness of ancient and dense Dipterocarp forest. It offers a rare glimpse into a primordial jungle. Caressed by the gently, lapping of the South China Sea, visitors will come to an understanding of the fragility of perfection.

Gayana Eco Resort is a luxury travel destination nestled in Malohom Bay in Sabah, Malaysia. The resort lies on a coral reef island with lush pristine forests as backdrop.

Gayana Eco Resort has 44 above water villas with opulent modern in-room fixtures, boutique amenities from Harnn and Thann, and spectacular sea views. The Ocean Villas offer guests the ultimate indulgence, with private balconies which lead straight into the sea. The resort offers its privileged guests the rare opportunity to gain a full PADI certification within the confines of the resort's sheltered waters.

The Macac restaurant features award winning fusion cuisine with a full tasting menu for dinner which changes seasonally to fully utilize the land's fresh produce. The Alu-Alu Chinese Seafood Restaurant showcases a plethora of live seafood prepared to culinary perfection by local chefs. In villa dining offers guests a more intimate dining option.

For most romantic of couples, the resort offers a private dinner by the beach.
LOCATION : On Gaya Island, 10 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu Jesselton Point Jetty.

ACTIVITIES : PADI certified dive courses, wreck and reef diving, kayaking, snorkeling, jungle trekking, sunset cruises, private beach excursions, deep-sea fishing, spa treatments, paddleboats, coral planting & bird watching.

Gayana Eco Resort features the Marine Ecology Research Center (MERC), Malaysia's first centre fully committed to the propagation of giant clams. The centre contains 7 out of the 8 giant clams known to man and prides itself in their protection and rehabilitation. The center's core efforts are focused upon the protection and regeneration of marine life, coral reef and the surrounding mangroves.

At the center, guests will be able to learn more about sustainable eco tourism and their role in protecting our heritage at sea through lectures and multimedia presentations presented by our trained marine biologists working at the MERC. Guests are given the opportunity to touch the various marine creatures which have been rehabilitated through the center's efforts. These creatures include sharks, sea turtles, crabs and fishes. For the most eco conscious of travelers, the center offers coral planting.

Room Rates (Ringgit Malaysia)
Total 44 Rooms
Doubles and Singles from RM 780
Plus applicable taxes.


Sales and Reservations Office:
Telephone: +6088442233 Fax: +6088381390 Email:

Resort Location:
Malohom Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Gayana Island EcoResort in Pulau Gaya, near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is the brainchild of Datuk Joseph Ambrose Lee, a well-known businessman in Malaysia who also owns a fast food chain, Sugar Bun in Borneo.

The desire to rehabilitate marine life, his main wish to see people love the nature and his overwhelming dream to see tourists coming in are temptations that he could not resist for so long. He developed Pulau Gaya into a resort area for people to come and rest, for scuba divers to swim and see with their own eyes the beauty of coral reefs as well for marine researchers to initiate research on marine life.

Pulau Gaya has a resort hotel as well as plenty of activities for the visitors, not only from foreign countries like Brunei, Middle East and Europe but more importantly the island has now become a favorite get-away for the people of Sabah too.

The hotel, Gayana Island EcoResort is actually nested into the lush tropical wildness of the National Park of Tunku Abdul Rahman. The island is famous for its ancient, dense Dipterocarp forest and it offers a rare glimpse into a primordial jungle. Caressed by the gently, lapping of the South China Sea, visitors will come to an understanding of the fragility of perfection.

Pulau Gaya is just a leisurely 30 minutes ferry ride from the vibrant, modern and hectic city of Kota Kinabalu and the island presents an overture of majestic rainforest as well as the watery glory of the South China Sea. It has a horde of activities for the visitors to linger away their time such as multi-day kayaking, hiking, scuba diving trips, snorkeling in the turquoise sea or even splashing in the natural water pool.

In the evening visitors can request for environmental lectures by the resort's marine biologist or forest ecologist. Your evening can be a colorful and authentic cultural dances from the multi-variety people of Sabah including the Brunei Malays. Or you can just sit back and relax, have a tropical drink and ponder the setting sun reconstructing the forest into a kaleidoscope of shadows and colors.

INDEX - Islands of Sabah  September 27, 2017 06:21:20 PM

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