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Gaya Island is an island located 10 kilometres off Kota Kinabalu. It is the biggest island in the national park, being covered in thick forest. The island gets its name from the word “gayo” in Bajau which means big. Some of the nearby attractions here include Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Marine Ecology Research Centre. End your day at some of the best Gaya Island hotels that can be found here.

Best hotels in Gaya Island

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Gaya Island Resort - Small Luxury Hotels of the World
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Gayana Marine Resort

Gayana Marine Resort

Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu
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LOBBY Bunga Raya Island Resort

Bunga Raya Island Resort

Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu
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Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu
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Gaya Island Resort - Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Gayana Marine Resort

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yapp v. k.
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13 Jun 2016
Friendly attenders will come again
Kingsley K.
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4 Jun 2023
Rubbish experience. 1. Hotel does not provide Free boat travel from pier to the hotel. And 15 mins of boat travel can cost you myr 160 per person. Which is apparently overpriced. 2. The hotel swimming pool is not clean. 3. Nearly all the activities are priced. 4. We booked the free morning yoga and the receptionist has confirmed that. However, it turned out unbooked and the receptionist has a face of "none of my business" when we asked the reason. No apologies or compensation. I would say the small luxury hotel brand should kick this hotel out of his brand. You guys should save money on this resort.

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Where are the best areas to stay in Gaya Island?

The best areas to stay in Gaya Island are Tuaran, Kota Belud, Inanam, Penampang, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu, Kinarut, Manukan Island, Pulau Tiga

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Currently, there are around 4 hotels that you can book in Gaya Island


Gaya Island is an island located 10 kilometres off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. While people come over to Kota Kinabalu to visit the capital of Sabah, they may drop by Gaya Island during their visit to Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Gaya Island is the biggest island in the national park, being covered in thick forest. The island gets its name from the word “gayo” in Bajau which means big. Historically, back in 1882, the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) set up a trading settlement in the island. It was famously destroyed by Mat Salleh in 1897. After the destruction of the Gaya Island harbour, the BNBC decided to move to Jesselton which is later renamed to Kota Kinabalu. Moving forward to 1974, the island is gazetted as Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park alongside Sapi Island. In 1979, this was revised to include the nearby Manukan Island, Mamutik Island and Suug Island into the list of gazetted islands. At the same time in the 1970s, refugees from Philippines come flocking over to inhabit the island in order to escape from the south Philippines war. They raised a colony in the eastern part of the island, which is not acknowledged by the state government. Since then, a lot of measures have been taken to deport these refugees or relocate them to a better place. This is in line with the state’s initiative to develop Gaya Island into a tourism hub as part of the Kota Kinabalu development as a metropolitan.

How to Get There

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can take flight on-board with the Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia for a direct flight to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Then you can head downtown using public transportation to the Jesselton Point ferry terminal. From here, one can board a ferry to Gaya Island which would cost around forty ringgit for economy class and fifty ringgit for business class tickets. Locals bringing along their identification card could get up to fifty percent discount for the tickets.

Tourist Attractions

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

It feels incomplete to talk about Gaya Island without mentioning this park. The marine park is a collection of islands with some beautiful wonders of nature, home to numerous species of wildlife and mesmerizing flora – some of them are actually remaining untouched by human development till this day. To begin with, travellers can do island-hopping around the Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Mamutik Island, Manukan Island and Suug Island with the Jesselton Point terminal as a starting point. There are touring services provided by the tour boat companies with affordable rates.

Marine Ecology Research Centre

The Marine Ecology Research Centre is a research, rehabilitation and educational centre for the unique ecology of the ocean and its underwater life. It gained prominence in 2007 when it gets certified by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first of its kind to produce all seven species of clams native to Malaysian waters. Easily accessible from Gaya Island, the place gives the chance for visitors to be able to go up close and understand the marine life better and the impacts the human activities have on their ecosystem.


Gaya Island Resort

This accommodation is one of the five-star rated hotels in the island. Situated at the Malohom Bay, the resort offers very nice and comfortable villas for visitors to choose between the ones that provide garden view or sea view. All rooms come with breakfast and high-speed WiFi services as well as concierge and laundry services provided in-house. In-room facilities are generous too; these include cable television, coffee maker, minibar, in-room safe and balcony. There are a lot of facilities provided such as the spa, garden, health club, outdoor pool, picnic area and library. In addition to that, tour services, wedding services and ferry terminal shuttle services are also provided for the visitors.

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