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Mother Nature's gifts are bountiful and beautiful, but it is up to man to live responsibly and to preserve these wonders. The Gayana Eco Resort has dedicated itself to creating an island paradise that is as much a haven to its guests as it is to is aquatic friends. Simple but effective measures are taken in maintaining an ecologically friendly environment that is both practical and luxurious. Partake in any of a number of activities that bring you closer to the marvelous sights and sounds of nature.

Nestled on Gaya Island’s crescent Malohom Bay off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo, Gayana Marine Resort is a picturesque destination that strikes a balance between ecology and indulgent luxury. Our extraordinary 52 overwater tropical villas boast vistas of the aquamarine sea, mangrove forest or tropical jungle. Each abode is designed in such a way that enhances the lulling sounds of the surf beneath the villa. At the heart of the resort is the protection and regeneration of the island’s precious marine environment – the on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre, the only of its kind on an island resort, propagates endangered giant clams and coral reefs. The resort’s dining venues present palate-pleasing and soul-satisfying local and international cuisine, while the spa beckons with an array of pampering treatments.


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Gayana Marine Resort - Rainforest Villa
Rainforest Villa
The 102m² Rainforest Villa faces green rolling hills of dense tropical forest. Enjoy the cool jungle breeze and be lulled to slumber by the gentle song of cicadas. Amenities: Luxurious linens, Large balcony with sun beds, Large showers, Premium toiletries, Air-conditioning, Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities, 42in LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD system, In-Room safe, Available in king bed settings only.
Gayana Marine Resort - Ocean Villa
Ocean Villa
Offering uninhibited views of the azure waters of the South China Sea, the 120m² Ocean Villa presents a feast for the eyes whichever way you look. The room features a private balcony with stairs that lead straight into the sea. Amenities: Luxurious linens, Private balcony with direct access to the water, Large showers, Premium toiletries, Air-conditioning, Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities, 42in LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD system, In-Room safe, Available in king or twin bed settings.
Gayana Marine Resort - Breeze Villa
Breeze Villa
Gayana Marine Resort’s newly refurbished accommodation, the 116m² Family Breeze Villa marries Bornean rusticity with a touch of design. With a separate living room area featuring additional bedding and two bathrooms, it can be the perfect solution for a family or even a couple wishing for more space. The lengthy private balcony will be an additional area where to lounge and relax. Amenities: Luxurious linens, Separated living room area by a connecting door, with day bed and sofa bed options, Private large balcony with deck chairs and day bed facilities, Upgraded bathrooms with double sink, Shower facilities, Premium toiletries, Air-conditioning, Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities, 42in LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD system, In-room safe, Available in king bed settings only.
Gayana Marine Resort - Palm Villa
Palm Villa
Gayana Marine Resort’s most prestigious accommodation, the 153m² Palm Villa marries Bornean simplicity and contemporary opulence. A glass floor in the room allows you to glimpse into the glistening waters, and a stairway at the private balcony leads you directly into the sea. You could also opt for a relaxing dip in the private plunge pool on the deck. Amenities: Luxurious linens, Private balcony with direct access to the water, Large double showers
Double bathtub, Premium toiletries, Air-conditioning, Private plunge pool and deck
Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities
Espresso machine, 42in LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD system, In-room safe, Available in king bed settings only.


Gayana Eco Resort

Borneo Marine Discovery

4 Day Itinerary
  • Stay in a luxury villa over water!
  • Snorkel, kayak, paddleboard & dive
  • Become a marine biologist for a day
  • Earn PADI Dive certification
Cooking Class, Kayaking, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Spa & Relaxing, Wildlife Viewing
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Gayana Marine Resort’s dining venues offer inspired cuisine that is sure to put a smile on your face. Featuring the freshest of ingredients and local produce, meals can be enjoyed at the restaurant premises or if you wish, in the comfort of your villa.


Alu Alu Seafood - 
Flavourful Chinese seafood cuisines - 
Sounds of playful waves and the kiss of the sea breeze complement the cuisine at Alu-Alu, the resort’s overwater Chinese seafood restaurant that’s open for lunch and dinner. Take your pick of live seafood kept in 28 glass tanks or order from the menu. As the restaurant is committed to sustainable aquaculture, Alu-Alu does not serve shark’s fin.

Macac Restaurant - Western and Malaysian fusion cuisines - With views overlooking the turquoise sea, the resort’s all-day dining venue, Macac, presents Western fusion food with a distinctly Malaysian twist. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, dine on delicious fare, including wood-fired pizzas featuring unique ingredients and flavours.

Latitude Lounge - Drinks and snacks while soaking in spectacular sunsets - After a full day of excursions and activities, wind down at the Latitude Bar, the perfect place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and snacks while soaking in Sabah’s spectacular sunsets. Open from 5pm daily.

Private Dining and Functions
Our restaurants offer fresh and delightful meals that cater to your needs for comfortable in-room dining or private celebration. You may also host a special and private function or gathering at Gayana Marine Resort that gives a wonderful experience of your lifetime.

Recreational Activities

Gayana Marine Resort offers a host of fun and exciting activities for you to make the most of your time with us on this island paradise.

Save A Baby Giant
Established in 2007, MERC started as a learning and educational centre to raise awareness about the marine ecosystem but has since grown to address the increasing threats on marine life on the island. A key initiative is the Giant Clam Restocking Programme, which has and continues to successfully propagate these endangered shell creatures. Another is the Reef Regeneration Programme, set-up to repair coral reef damage on the island. Guests can participate in replanting corals in the reef, or get up close with sea creatures from seahorses to bamboo sharks.

Coral Planting
To restore damaged coral beds is a long and slow process, and guests can take part in our efforts by planting a coral fragment. You will receive a certificate and updates throughout the year on your coral’s development.

Scuba Diving
Gayana Marine Resort’s PADI Certified Dive Centre lets you discover this marvellous underwater world in the waters off Gaya Island, where you are likely to encounter sea turtles, clownfish, coral fish and even whale sharks, to name a few. A license is not required to dive at Gayana as our specially-trained PADI certified instructors will lead you by the hand. Novice divers are first taken for a briefing and training session at the resort’s diving pool before venturing out to sea.

Sea Activities
The resort’s waterfront teems with thriving corals and small wildlife such as starfishes, crabs and resident fishes. Those not keen on scuba diving can opt to snorkel instead – the experience is just as amazing. You could also take to the beautiful waters in a kayak, or go paddleboarding. Equipment for the activities is provided free of charge.

Jungle Trekking
The thick forest canopy hides a treasure trove of flora and fauna, which is best discovered by foot. Embark on any of the various marked trails or take on the four-hour trek to Bungaraya Island Resort on the other side of the island.


Resort Information

Check-In and Check-Out Policy
Check-In 12:00 pm & Check-Out 11:00 am
- For a late check out to 4:00 pm, a 50% charge of daily rate applies and it is subject to availability on the day.
- For check out after 4:00 pm one full night daily rate applies.

Boat Transfers
Our resort provides boat transfer with scheduled as per below:
- Check-In 12:00 pm - Free of Charge
- Check-Out11:00 am - Free of Charge
Any other time, private charter boat rates shall apply.

Charter Boat Rates
Jesselton Point Pier > Gayana Marine Resort: RM159
Jesselton Point Pier > Gayana Marine Resort > Jesselton Point Pier: RM265
*50% Surcharge is applicable for boat charters between 7 pm to 7 am

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