Gaya Island Jungle Trekking


Gaya Island Jungle Trekking takes advantage of the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just offshore from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Skills that you’ll learn and use during Gaya Island Jungle Trekking include navigating with a map & compass, jungle survival skills, natural medicines identification & usage, and observing & identifying tree, plants and animal species.

The day starts at 8:30am

We meet at Jesselton Point jetty for the 15 minute boat transfer to Gaya island.

At 9am we gather at Padang Point for a welcome briefing and site familiarisation, followed by a safety briefing and an introduction to the rainforest. The jungle trekking commences and we’ll hike for about 2km.

Our lunch is made wild-style en-route, after which we continue trekking ending up back at the start at Padang Point.

The program wraps up at around 2:30pm.

Our activity includes return boat transfers, English-speaking guide, first aid support, activity equipment, permits & entry fees and lunch.  It excludes anything not mentioned.

You might want to considering bringing suitable footwear (closed shoes, ideally with grip), waterproof jacket or poncho for those unexpected downpours, swimwear and towel for some leisure time afterwards, water container, sunscreen and insect repellent.

About Gaya Island

Hilly and, in large parts, still overgrown with virgin rainforest, Gaya island is a 15km² tropical wilderness, easily accessible by short boat ride from the city nearby.

From the unexpected populations of macaque and proboscis monkeys to the shy wild boar, the huge monitor lizards, various bird species including hornbills, right down to the plethora of colourful, if noisy, insects, Gaya island’s 20km of hiking trails have potentially many surprises in store.

Tourist-drawing beaches are in short supply on Gaya island, which is why the island is still surrounded by colourful reefs of healthy coral. Mangrove swamps create intertidal zones, amazing ecosystems that provide estuaries where juvenile fish species abound. The low-lying parts of the islands rise to 180m in many places, with the highest peak on Gaya island being 300m above sea level.

The diverse ecology and the landscape, the size of the island and it’s proximity to the city, makes Gaya island a jungle trekking treasure hiding in plain sight.


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This listing was last updated on 20 August 2020