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Gaya Island is the biggest island within the TAR Park, it’s the only island with an inhabitant. The water village is pretty unique and could be clearly seen from the mainland or the Kota Kinabalu city. The water village is actually being inhabited by the refugees from The Philippines who fled to Sabah during the civil war in the 1970s. It is actually an illegal settlement and considered dangerous by the authority and the locals. Therefore, it is a no-no to visit the water village.
However, the other parts of the island are still safe for a visit as well as the other islands around it. Gaya Island actually has the top resort in the state, such as the Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island Resort, Bunga Raya Resort and also Marine Ecology Research Center, as well as a diving centre, Dive Downbelow Beach House.
Attraction: Gayana Island, Bunga Raya Island Resort, Gayana Island Resort, Gayana Marine Resort, Borneo Reef World Pontoon, diving with Down Below Dive Centre and jungle trekking, coral flyer, zipline and the other beach and water activities.
Accommodation: There are few hotel resorts in Gaya Island or stay in the city Booking.com / Agoda
Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Getting there: Get a boat transfer from Jesselton Point.
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Tags: Visit Sabah, Sabah Tourism, Visit Kota Kinabalu, beach, ocean, islands, Jesselton, tropical paradise