Gayana Marine Resort

Resort in Pulau Gaya

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8.3 out of 10

Fifty-two stunning villas stuffed with modern amenities and island-chic touches make up posh Gayana. The Bakau (mangrove) Villa overlooks a tangled, flooded forest, while the Palm Villa's deceptive simplicity masks steps that lead into the warm heart of Tunku Abdul Rahman's protected waters. Minimum two-night stay mid-July through August.

While here check out its inspiring on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC), which restores and rehabilitates different forms of marine wildlife. It has had great success in propagating giant clams.

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Situated at the edge of a jungle on Gaya Island, Gayana Eco Resort boasts spacious overwater villas with wooden interiors. It features 3 dining options, an outdoor pool and a spa. Complimentary scheduled ferry transfers is provided to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Each villa is air-conditioned and fitted with a 42-inch flat-screen TV. Some villas have a private pool and a separate living area. For your comfort, the private bathroom includes luxury amenities and a shower. Daily breakfast is served at Macac, which also opens for lunch and dinner. Alu Alu provides an overwater dining experience and specialises in Chinese cuisines, while Latitude Bar offers drinks. Guests can enjoy pampering treatments at the spa or relax by the poolside. Friendly staff at the 24-hour reception can assist you with a wide selection of activities, such as snorkelling, fishing and jungle trekking. Gayana Eco Resort is a 20-minute boat ride from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. The nearest airport is Kota Kinabalu International Airport, 11 km from the ferry terminal.

Important information

Please note that guests are required to head to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, where the resort's check-in lounge is located.

Scheduled boat transfer provided by the resort:
- Inbound 13:30, 15:30
- Inbound 18:00, 22:30 (fee applies)
- Outbound 07:15, 09:00, 11:00
- Outbound13:00, 16:00 (fee applies)

Boat for excursion is based on scheduled transfer and fee per person applies. Any other time, private charter boat rates applies. For more information regarding boat transfers, please contact the property directly.

A tourist tax of RM 10 per room per night is applied to all foreign guests. This tax is not included in the room rate and must be paid upon check-in. Guests with a valid Malaysian Identity Card or valid permanent residents MY PR Card are exempted.

Features of Gayana Marine Resort

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Luggage storage


  • Fishing
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Billiards
  • Gift shop
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Wifi


  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool


  • Free WiFi available