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Sabah Islands > Pulau Gaya
Gaya island occupies an area of 15 km² (3,700 acres 1,500 ha) with an elevation
of up to 300 meters.
Only 10 minutes off Kota Kinabalu City.
Gaya island is the largest island in TAR park covered with dense virgin,
tropical forest reserve since 1923.
The island has 20km of hiking trails.
Three 5 star resorts named
1) Gayana Eco Resort, home to the Marine Ecology Research Centre
2) Bunga Raya Island Resort on the north-east part of the island.
3) Gaya Island Resort
Sabah Parks, the body charged with protecting the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, is
headquartered on the south-eastern part of Gaya Island in a bay shared with the
Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures dive station.
A development on the edge of Gaya island nearest to Sapi island is also used by
Sabah Parks and offers a small, quiet beach for public recreational use.
Gaya island is also known for a legendary beach at Police Bay.
The 400 metres (0.25 mile) stretch of white sand, gently slopes out to the sea
and makes Police Beach ideal for swimming in the crystal clear water. Police
Beach fronts the upmarket Bunga Raya Island Resort.
The coral reefs along the entire coast of Gaya island are in excellent
condition, making it a surprisingly good diving destination, considering its
proximity to Kota Kinabalu city.
Pulau Gaya was the site of the English colonialist's British North Borneo
Company's harbor until the site was razed by Mat Salleh in 1881. After which
British North Borneo Company move the harbor to Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu City).
Mainly uninhabited and protected as Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.
But the eastern shore squatter an international disputed illegal Filipino colony
territory, the "Kampung Lok Urai".
"Kampung Lok Urai" is a water village of 5,000 stilt houses along the beach.
They live there happily even thought Malaysian and Sabah state governments do
not officially recognize these illegal immigrants from the Philippines and their
village is considered a dangerous high crime area by the police and Malaysian
However this village is the main source of cheap labour supply to the economy of
Kota Kinabalu City.
The houses are linked by walkways of weathered planks but new houses spread
seaward each year with sanitation problem spreading toward the city. Fires wiped
out half of Kampung Pondo 2 times in 1994 and 1998.
The speedboat owners of the village are kept busy, ferrying schoolchildren, then
housewives, then traders who sell craftwork at the Filipino market in town.
Gaya Island Resort
YTL Hotels will open the Gaya Island Resort in Borneo on July 1, 2012.
Gaya Island is located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), it
is the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
Gaya Island Resort is a launching pad to discover Borneo, which offers
beaches, diving sites, rainforests home to many rare species, including
orangutans and proboscis monkeys.
Gaya Island Resort will incorporate elements of Sabahan architecture and
contemporary design complete with modern amenities and Wi-Fi
The resort comprised of 121 spacious stand-alone hill villas with a view
of the ocean and Mount Kinabalu, starting at Rm 600 per night. The
resort is easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and
is a 30-minute combined car and speedboat ride from the airport.
The resort offers a unique PURE program, which immerses guests in the
vibrancy, scents, textures, sounds and tastes of the natural environment
and cultural heritage of the region through four paths --
1) The Discovery path will take the curious through land and marine
explorations, such as scuba diving, island hopping, nature walks and
private yacht charters.
2) Vigour is designed to initiate movement and will include activities
such as kayaking, paddle surfing and jogging.
3) The Creativity path nurtures creative expression through intriguing
activities, such as handicraft classes, storytelling session of local
tales and a Borneo culinary journey.
4) Activities in Balance enable guests to focus on restoring peace to
the psyche by traditional Borneo spa treatments or meditating to the
soothing sounds of nature.
YTL Hotels to Open Gaya Island Resort Off of Borneo : http://www.travelpulse.com/ytl-hotels
TURTLE RESCUE CENTRE
The first turtle rescue centre in Sabah
Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre is operated by YTL Hotels.
The rescue centre is located at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which
also carries out coral reef restoration and marine conservation
education programmes. The resort's marine biologist, Scott Mayback
EPP 2 : BOOSTING
TOURISM ATTRACTIONSRELOCATION & REDEVELOPMENT
OF PULAU GAYA
To build 1,400 houses in 3 phases to cater for
relocation of Pulau Gaya residents
To allow Pulau Gaya to be developed as a World
Class Tourism Destination
Development of the new houses for the illegal
squatters maybe costly
The relocation plan may require strong political will
Identifying the Malaysians and Non-Malaysians
(some of them claim to have Malaysian IDs)
Enablers Required to make it happen
Co-operation from National Registration
Department to identify residents
Gazetting the vacant land at Kg. Gusi and Pulau
Key outcome / benefit of this project
Develop Pulau Gaya into a world class tourism spot
Boosting Tourism Attractions
Relocation & Redevelopment of Pulau Gaya
Maang Hill Resort Development
YTL Resort in Pulau Gaya
Karambunai Integrated Resort
South China Sea Place (Ming Garden)
Development of Kokol Hill
Gondola at Inobong Substation, Penampang
Expansion of Diving Academy
Tanjung Dumpil Resort
Water Taxi, Sports & Maritime Centre
Development of Wet Market / Safma