Gayana Island EcoResort, Pulau Gaya, Off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


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  • Individually controlled Air-Conditioning 

  • Ceiling Fan

  • Mini Fridge

  • Television

  • Attached Bathroom with Hot & Cold Shower

  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea Making Facilities

  • Shampoo and Soap

  • Hair-dryer

  • Electric Kettle

  • Complimentary bottled drinking

  • Lounge

  • Amenities Kit

  • Hangers

  • Room Services from 0800 to 2200 hrs


  • Snorkeling Gear

  • Kayaking

  • Canoeing

  • Nature Walk

  • Swimming Fins

  • Leisure Diving

  • Transfer to Police Beach, Sapi Island, Mamutik and Manukan Island

  • Island Hopping


  • The Island Seafood Restaurant from 0700 to 2200 hrs daily

  • Gaya Lounge from 1000-2200 hrs

Gayana Island Eco Resort

Sabah, Malaysia
where the tropical forest embraces the tranquil sea

More information and places of interest in Sabah

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Manukan Island

Secluded beaches, calm turquoise waters, lush green landscape. Wake up to the call of exotic birds. Take a leisurely hike through the jungle canopy. Snorkel among colorful marine life. Watch fishes swim by from the privacy of your own balcony. Dine al fresco under the moonlight…… Treat yourself to the tranquility of this little patch of tropical paradise where you can completely unwind and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Idyllic Gayana Island EcoResort is an ecological paradise nestled away in a beautiful bay on the far side of Gaya Island, off the shores of Kota Kinabalu. Crystal clear waters and secluded beaches wrap around the inlet, with lush tropical rainforest and mangrove forming a serene backdrop.

Just minutes away from the bustling city, Gayana offers a secluded island escape, designed and operated with nature in mind. Gayana features 22 semi-detached over water chalets built on timber stilts constructed out of sustainable local woods with thatched roofs.

All 44 rooms are tastefully furnished and absolutely relaxing with spacious private balconies, and equipped with modern conveniences for your comfort. An elevated wooden boardwalk winds its way past the chalets, lined with flowering bougainvillea and tropical plants.

The resort also features a gift shop, offering a selection of beach wear, leisure wear, handicrafts, postcards and snacks. Conveniently located at the reception lobby, it is popular with guests and visitors alike. Gayana offers non-motorized watersport facilities including canoeing, snorkeling, sea kayaking and scuba diving. Island hopping, fishing and crab catching can also be arranged upon request. As the forest is virtually at your doorstep, you can also go jungle trekking. The challenging 6 Km trial leading from the resort through the thick canopy of high dipterocarp trees to the nearby Malohom Beach is well-marked and can be explored with a guide or on your own.

The resort's ground is also a sanctuary to many of the island's wildlife such as the pied hornbills, long tailed macaques, monitor lizards, wild boars, green imperial pigeons, jungle rats, geckos, snakes, Buffy fish owls and various species of insects. So keep your camera handy…… you'll never know who or what you'll bump into. However, it is important to remember to keep your distance. Do not feed or provoke the animals in any way.

Another important reminder….. Do keep all doors and windows or at least the nettings closed when you leave your room or when you go to bed at night. You surely do not want any uninvited furry or scaly visitors in your room! (just in case)

Swimming in the open sea can be fun, but do watch out for stonefish, sea urchins, scorpion fish and sharp rocks.
This is because the resort is sitting on a reef. Do wear shoes or any other suitable footwear if you insist on swimming in the crystal clear waters. The Nature Pool is just as fun!

Being one of only 6 such facilities in the world, Gayana offers you the unique opportunity to observe the various species of giant clam and marine life housed in 19 display aquariums at close range at the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC). The MERC focuses on the conservation, rehabilitation and restoration of the coral reefs and its key organism, the giant clam. Several interactive programs are currently being offered to interested guests and visitors, including the Marine Ecology Seminar and Field Trip, Reef Check and Adopt-A-Coral Program. Feel free to talk to our MERC's manager, Mr. Wilson Alex, who is also our resident marine biologist to find out more about the centre and the programs available.


Room Rates 2011

 Type of Room

Room Rates (Ringgit Malaysia)

Normal Rate Peak Season
 RIMBA VILLA (Hill View Room)

RM 780

RM 905
 Breakfast Daily
 Marine Ecological Research Centre Tour
 Non-Motorized Water-sports
 Fish Feeding
 PANTAI VILLA (Sea Facing Room)

RM 1010

RM 1110
 Breakfast Daily
 Marine Ecological Research Centre Tour
 Non-Motorized Water-sports
 Fish Feeding
 Fruit Platter
 BAKAU VILLA (Mangrove View Room)

RM 1280

RM 1374
 Breakfast Daily
 Marine Ecological Research Centre
 Non-Motorized Water-sports
 Fish Feeding
 Fruit Platter
 BAYU VILLAS (Sea View Room)

RM 1460

RM 1549
 Breakfast Daily
 Marine Ecological Research Centre Tour
 Non-Motorized Water-sports
 Fish Feeding
 Fruit Platter
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Rates includes Two way Ferry tickets.

  • Rates are subject to 5% e-commerce charge if payment made by credit card.

  • Check-In Time: 2.00pm (1400 hours)
    Check-Out Time: 11am (1100 hours)

  • Note: A 50% charge is applicable for late check-out (between 12.00 noon and 5.00pm). A full day charge can be applied for late check-out after 5.00pm. Extended check-out after 12.00 noon is by request and subject to availability of rooms

  • No outside food and drinks are allowed in the resort

  • No outside boat or ferry is allowed to enter the resort unless prior approval is given

  • Extra Adult Rates RM 240 per night / Extra Child Rates RM 160 per night



  • Before boarding the ferry (at the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal jetty), kindly register yourself at the Gayana Eco Resort counter which is located at the ferry terminal building.

  • There is a terminal fee of RM 6.00 (Adult) and RM 3.00 (Child) payable to Sabah Ports Authority counter

  • Please be at the ferry terminal at least 10 minutes before departure. The ferry departs according the above schedule. Transfers outside of the scheduled ferry times are available at RM 150.00 per way.

  • The ferry operator reserves the right to change the ferry schedule without prior notice.

  • The journey to Gayana Eco Resort will take about 30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal and 20 minutes by ferry to the island jetty..


Tempted to stay? We treat all guests to their own exclusive cozy suite. Each thatched roofed home possesses a modern interior with a touch of homely local flavour. Guests can choose to stay in any one of our four designs: RIMBA, PANTAI, BAKAU and BAYU.


RIMBA presents you with a beautiful view of the jungle and hills. We invite you to rest your head as the cool jungle breeze envelopes your private suite. Extend your window a little wider and allow our gentle cicadas to lullaby you to sleep.


From this cozy terrace, take a look at our beautiful resort living in its splendour. At night, watch it light up to serene beauty as its friendly huts rest in unison. Feel at one with us in this sociable yet personage terrain.


Enjoy this rare delight- a view of tropical mangroves. As the sea opens up to airy space, find solace in nature as you gaze into natural structural art. Like a painting that prods the depths of your soul, allow this view to prompt your senses to life.


As its name indicates, allow ocean breeze to blow your mind away. Guests can enjoy a truly sensory experience as constant breeze carrying freshness in the air accompanies your perfect view of an endless sea. The idyllic backyard of coral reef and crystal clear waters cascading on your steps makes this suite a class above the rest.

We at Gayana take room service to a supreme level of its own. All orders will be gracefully delivered by gondola to your private deck where your personal butler will create your exclusive dining experience set against a magnificent view. Imagine sleeping in and waking up to a delectable and sumptuous breakfast, served on your seaside balcony waiting just for you.

All Bakau and Bayu suites come with their very own floating deck. You can begin your day's discoveries with a dive from your very own private water entry from your balcony.

Our room features

  • Minibar-fridge, Safe deposit box in room
  • Private Balcony
  • 29 inch LCD Television
  • Hair-dryer
  • Attached shower with heater
  • Amenities kit
  • Hangers
  • Room service from 0700 to 2200
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Individually controlled air-conditioned
  • Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities
  • 44 luxurious rooms with King/Twin beds
  • Single storey of contemporary tropical style architecture
  • 2 units per building
  • Open deck area
  • Hill view / Resort view / Mangrove view / Sea view

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