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What We Love

  • On-site Marine Ecology Research Centre, promoting reef regeneration with its “Adopt a Coral” program
  • Solace Spa treatments, featuring the renowned Kerstin Florian product line
  • Free breakfast and 24-hour room service

What To Know

  • Airport shuttle is MYR 150 (about $46) per vehicle each way to the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal
  • Ferry terminal shuttles transfers can be arranged through the hotel
  • Free WiFi is availble


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Eco-sleep with 52 overwater villas, a spa, a dive center and a school of undersea attractions

The Lowdown

When an oceanfront room is still too far a commute, Gayana Eco Resort closes the gap between suite and sea. Set on a coral-reef island near Borneo and overlooking Mt. Kinabalu, the sleepy eco-resort’s 52 overwater bungalows offer easy access to swimming and snorkeling from anywhere on the property. Contemporary dark wood and wicker furnishings anchor the air-conditioned thatched-roof villas, while Frette linens and luxury bath amenities afford the comforts of home. The resort’s tenable commitment to marine preservation is on display at the on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre, which promotes reef restoration through hands-on educational programs and dives.

In the Area

Guests of Gayana Eco Resort aren’t in it for the nightlife; here, daylight brings plenty of diversions. Set out on kayak to explore the mangroves that fringe the island’s shoreline, and bring your mask and snorkel for an impromptu plunge. Hike the nature trails that cross the property for exotic bird-watching, or visit the on-site PADI dive center to arrange an underwater excursion, available to all levels, or a training session for the novice diver. Be sure to visit the on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre to experience the touch-tank filled with native marine life and learn more about the resort’s preservation and restoration efforts in the crystalline waters of Borneo and beyond.

How to Get There

Gayana Marine Resort
Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Gaya Island, 88300 Malaysia


Very relaxing atmosphere

Had a very pleasant 3-day stay at the resort with a friend. And they do a lot of things right for the environment- pitchers of water instead of plastic bottles, gift of bamboo straws, marine center with giant clam nursery program, etc. Friendly and attentive staff. The manager walked around making sure he greeted the guests. As a vegetarian, non-gluten, no MSG, I was happy to find real choices on the menu. Clean rooms. Plenty of water activities. Even the day it poured rain we had a great time visiting their sister resort, Bunga Raya. The spa nestled in the jungle was top! Special thanks to Tina who gave me one of the best massages I’ve had in a long time and whose smile was all the sunshine I needed on a rainy day.

Beautiful Time

Location from the nearest airport is great. Only 20 min away in boat from the Kota Kinabalu's port.

The over water villa was very neat, luxurious and clean. You can opt to go to the sister hotel 20 min away for enjoying of an incredible white-sandy beach, make canopy and enjoy a beautiful view from the zipline.

Corals, colorful schools of fish, sting rays, etc are at one step of your room.

Two things that they should improve are, the very slow service at the restaurants and to pick up some plastics in the mornings when the sea brings some rubish to the cost.


The overall service is good, all staff is friendly and good in communication. but, please clean up all the rubbish. so many rubbish there. its really bad to see the rubbish all around the resort. Thanks