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Gaya Island Resort in Borneo

By Brian Pho


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Nestled off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, above the waters of the South China Sea, Gaya Island Resort is superbly hidden deep within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, near the third largest island in the world, Borneo, also known as Kalimantan. Accessible via Kota Kinabalu International Airport, 30 minutes away by car and speedboat, this place is extraordinary.

Comprising a total of 121 villas, the resort is found along the coast of Malohom Bay, among hillsides covered by a superb rainforest, outlined by Mount Kinabalu. This stunning Malaysian resort is able to provide a gorgeous starting place for the exploration of Borneo, alongside stunningly pristine golden sand beaches, virgin tropical rainforest, home to many rare species like the proboscis monkey, pygmy elephants and orangutans, and paradisiacal diving sites, hiding spectacular underwater landscapes.

The architectural beauty of the place is equally stunning. Based on Sabahan principles, alongside contemporary touches and amenities, the 121 villas are lavish and found on stand-alone hills with breathtaking panoramas of the sea and the majestic Mountain of Kinabalu. There’s also the pleasurable possibility of bathing in traditional Borneo spa treatments, all upon a backdrop of tranquility, peace, superbly lapping waves and the singing of exotic birds.

The range of activities one can enjoy here is quite wide – wandering through the nearby rainforest, scuba diving, PADI open water course, chartered snorkeling excursions with the resort’s marine biologist, or even safaris. The entire range of aquatic operations and activities here is overseen by the resort’s marine biologist himself, while he’s also made responsible for coral reef rehabilitation, marine conservation programs and coral planting. He will also educate all guests on ways to preserve the natural wildlife and marine life.


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About Brian Pho

Brian is a freelance writer and journalist with a passion for technology, gadgets and home innovations, a love for travel and a keen interest in anything that moves, whether it's cars, planes or yachts. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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