Once a part of mainland Borneo, today Gaya stands apart as a tropical paradise that rarely fails to delight. At 15 square kilometres, Gaya is by far the largest of the five islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and offers visitors the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.
A short 15 minutes off the coast of Sabah sits the alluring Gaya Island, offering the the perfect backdrop for those seeking a spoiling island retreat. The majority of the island is covered by largely untouched tropical forests, bordered by a ribbon of pristine white sand and embellished with a beautiful array of small and sheltered bays. These stunning retreats are perfect for those seeking a serene place to unwind, as well as being fantastic locations to admire an island sunset. The largest and most popular of the island’s beaches sits within Police Bay, and is a 400 metre stretch of white sand merging with dazzling crystalline waters.
As well as beckoning the tranquil traveller, Gaya Island is also an adventurer’s paradise. Swimming, snorkelling and diving are just a few of the many activities on offer. The island is a fantastic yet underestimated diving destination, with the entire coast of the island bordered by a beautiful colourful coral reef teeming with tropical life. Gaya also has 20km of marked trails with an abundance of rich wildlife waiting to be explored. Visitors should be on the lookout for long-tailed macaques and monitor lizards amongst other exotic creatures.