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Gaya Island Resort

A serene eco-retreat with stunning beaches and rich rainforest
Gaya Island holidaysBorneo holidays· 121 Rooms · ££

A true tropical haven committed to ecological sustainability and conservation

An excellent eco-friendly option for those who seek a balance between luxury and nature in one of Malaysia's most biodiverse regions.

Rooms: Gaya Island Resort in Borneo offers a blend of modern luxury and natural beauty. The resort boasts 120 villas and suites, each designed to provide breathtaking views of the South China Sea and the pristine rainforest. With their rustic-chic design, the rooms create an intimate connection with the island's lush surroundings.

Location: Nestled on Gaya Island, the resort enjoys a prime location just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The island is part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which offers unrivaled opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and exploring the rich marine life. The resort can be reached via a short boat ride from the city, providing an ideal balance of seclusion and accessibility.

Amenities: Gaya Island Resort offers an array of amenities to ensure guests' comfort and relaxation. The award-winning Spa Village, perched on the edge of the mangroves, provides rejuvenating treatments. The resort's multiple dining options serve a range of cuisine, with a focus on fresh and sustainable ingredients. The inviting pool and sun loungers offer a tranquil place to unwind.

Activities: Guests can partake in a variety of activities. From guided nature walks and trekking to coral planting and educational marine programs, there's a chance to connect with Borneo's rich biodiversity. Snorkeling, diving, and water sports are also readily available, making it perfect for ocean enthusiasts.

Sustainability: Gaya Island Resort is dedicated to sustainability. The resort actively engages in conserving the natural beauty of Gaya Island. They follow eco-friendly practices, reduce waste, and conserve energy. Gaya Island Resort also supports the local community and takes part in conservation initiatives, such as coral planting and sea turtle preservation.

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When to go to Borneo

A month-by-month guide of when to visit Borneo

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January is part of the rainy season, particularly in the northern parts of the island. Cultural events such as Chinese New Year (depending on the cycles of the moon this can be January or February) are a good bet to attend rather than venturing into the jungles where wildlife will largely be hiding from the intense weather.



There is still rainfall in the southern parts of the island but the north is starting to dry up so a good time to head to the beaches around Kota Kinabalu for underwater activities such as snorkelling if you want fewer crowds. Potential Chinese New Year celebrations are good to look out for (check the calendar for the year for when the celebrations start)



Good for wildlife viewing, especially orangutans. Cooler temperatures for jungle treks. As the weather cools down a bit, it's prime time to explore Borneo's diverse flora and fauna with fewer crowds before tourist seasons ramps up.



Great weather, dry and good for trekking. Head out to the rainforests to try and spot orangutans. Visit cultural festivals and enjoy water-based activities. Join in the festivities during various cultural celebrations and explore the island's rivers and coastlines.



Experience vibrant local cultures. Weather is favourable for outdoor adventures, especially wildlife viewing. Connect with the indigenous communities and take part in their customs while enjoying outdoor activities in comfortable temperatures.



Great for hiking and exploring the rainforests. Wildlife is active. See orangutans in the jungles and sea turtles in the ocean. The lush rainforests are alive with wildlife, making it an excellent time for nature enthusiasts.



Warm temperatures make July the most popular month to visit Borneo, meaning prices are often higher and crowds larger. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Ideal for river cruises and exploring markets. Enjoy the warmth and explore the island's waterways and vibrant markets.



Warm and dry weather. Possibly the best month to visit Borneo, as it is perfect for outdoor adventures. The dry season ensures excellent conditions for hiking, jungle exploration, and other outdoor pursuits. Turtle hatching season begins in August so head to Lankayan Island to watch this adorable event.



Tourist season slows down so there are fewer crowds and lower prices but September is still a good time for jungle treks and wildlife spotting. September maintains favourable weather for outdoor activities and wildlife encounters.



Octobers marks the start of the wet season so if you want to visit in this month, try to get in in the first few weeks. Outdoor activities can be challenging. The onset of the wet season means more rainfall and the need to plan outdoor adventures more carefully. A great time for diving around the coral reefs.



Rainy season persists. Limited outdoor options. The wet season continues, which can limit outdoor activities, so plan accordingly.



Middle of the rainy season, bringing storms and heavy rainfall. Large parts of the island become inaccessible due to weather constraints so avoid visiting in December if you can.


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