Paradise: Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu

One of the perks of living in South East Asia is the ability to travel to places you otherwise wouldn’t… and to be completely honest, places you didn’t even know existed.

This weekend past was a public holiday in Singapore and like every other public holiday, the husband and I took the opportunity to explore. With little idea or expectation, we set off to Borneo, more specifically Kota Kinabalu and Gaya Island. This amazing place and people touched us so much, we can’t wait to come back…
Gaya Island JettyThe jetty at Gaya Island Resort. Gaya Island is apart of a cluster of Islands called Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.


The beautiful resort perched on a beachfront in amongst the rainforest … an awesome collaboration of man & mother nature don’t you think?

Other than the blissful massages, poolside coconuts and vitamin D absorption, we did take advantage of the guided snorkelling tour with the resorts marine biologist. The below snap was taken from the jetty… Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine ParkWe ventured back to the mainland for some village and market visits and we did do some trekking on Mt. Kinabalu.


Mt. Kinabalu is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. If you don’t want to hike to the summit (we didn’t) you can hike half way or just wander the lower ground areas including visiting the botanic garden. The images to the right show the contract between the Farmer village and Water village… but both ruggedly beautiful.

Beachfront strolls became an afternoon ritual…
Kota Kinabalu Sunset But nothing took our breath away like the awe inspiring sunset we experienced from a 64 foot boat on our last night…the perfect end to such an amazing holiday.

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2 thoughts on “Paradise: Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu

  1. JulietS says:

    Your photos are stunning! So tangibble as if I could feel the sun ray on my skin.. 🙂 You’ve inspired me for my next travel destinations x Juliet

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