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Swim with sea turtles by day and sleep over the water at night in your luxury stilted villa at the Gayana Eco Resort!  Built over the turquoise waters surrounding Gaya Island, the Gayana Eco Resort is only a short boat ride from the capital city of Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking or rejuvinate at the award-winning Solace Spa. A visit to the Marine Ecology Research Center to learn about giant clams, pregnant seahorses, and bamboo sharks is a great experience for adults and children alike! 

Gayana Eco Resort tours can be arranged to suit any trip length. Please contact us for more details. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Gaya Island
Days 2-3 : Gayana Eco Resort Marine Discovery
Day 4 : Return to Kota Kinabalu


  • Stay in a luxury villa set on stilts over the water!
  • Snorkel, kayak, paddleboard or dive in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
  • Become a "marine biologist for a day" at the Marine Ecology Research Center
  • Earn your PADI Dive certification in the emerald waters of Borneo

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Day 1 Arrive Gaya Island

Transfer by boat from the capital city of Kota Kinabalu to Gaya Island. Settle into your private villa at the Gayana Eco Resort. Gayana Eco Resort features luxury tropical villas, 52 of which are over water, that are architecturally designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf below. The traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style blends seamlessly with the comforts and needs of the most sophisticated and discerning luxury traveler.

Visit the on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre to see up close the programs implemented to safeguard different species of marine life. Experience firsthand the tactile treasures of the sea by interacting with the friendly creatures in the touch tank, or even spend a day as a marine biologist! 

Day 2-3 Gayana Eco Resort Marine Discovery

Enjoy fun yet tranquil days at Gayana. Kayak through emerald waters. Explore awe-inspiring mangroves. Catch a sight of hornbills perched on century-old trees. Trek through thick jungles bursting with butterflies, birds, cicadas, and endless flora. Dive into ocean treasures or sunbathe afloat its waters as you smile at seahorses and gigantic clams. Bask in the tranquil beauty of an azure ocean as Solace Spa takes you to new levels of total relaxation, and indulge in any of a number of special packages, including signature treatments which are tailored to the needs of each of Solace's valued guests. For lunch and dinner, choose from one of the resort's three restaurants, or indulge in a fine meal in the comfort of your own villa.

Activities at Gayana may be booked in advance or upon arrival; please contact us for additional details.

Day 4 Return to Kota Kinabalu

  • 1 Breakfast
Board the speedboat back to the mainland this morning. Continue on to climb Mount Kinabalu, explore deeper into the Bornean jungle, or transfer to the airport for your international flight home. 

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Rates based on 4 Day/3 Night stay in Lagoon Villa
Rates based on double occupancy
Rates vary by season, please contact us for additional details

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.


  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.


  • Gear Rental
    • The use of snorkel gear, kayaks and paddleboards are included in your stay. Additional equipment is available to rent. Please contact us for rates.
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions
    • Please contact us for more information on optional excursions.


  • $ Meals not Included
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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