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Pulau Gaya Jungle Trekking | 1 Day | Sabah, Borneo

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A unique jungle trekking day tour offered by Borneo Dream from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. During this day tour you will complete a ~ 9km trek through the rainforest on Pulau Gaya located in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, including trekking to the highest point on Pulau Gaya. You can say you’ve been to the ‘summit’ of Pulau Gaya :-). After you morning trek you’ll after a relaxing lunch break at a cafe located next to a beach. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling from the beach during your lunch break as an added bonus!

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Pulau Gaya Jungle Trekking Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Fancy a jungle trekking day tour during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah? Then choose our Pulau Gaya Trekking Day Tour in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You’ll start your tour by joining a ~ 3 hour trek in the morning through rainforest (including trekking to the highest point on Pulau Gaya), enjoy a relaxing lunch break at a cafe located next to a beach on Pulau Gaya, followed by a shorter ~ 1 hour gentle trek around a couple of bays and by mangroves in the afternoon.

Pulau Gaya is the largest island located in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Pulau Gaya derived its name from the Bajau word “Gayo” which means big. Pulau Gaya is covered with dense virgin, tropical forest and has been designated as a forest reserve since 1923. The island has 20 km of hiking trails of which you’ll trek ~ 9km during your trekking day tour (7km in the morning, 2km in the afternoon). Your Trekking Guide also has the option to adapt the jungle trekking route during the day tour.

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The jungle trekking route is graded as Moderate – you’ll be trekking on a marked trail which includes some rough / steeper sections. The first section (~ 1 hour of trekking) involves jungle trekking up to the highest point on Pulau Gaya and is slightly challenging. It is recommended you have an average level of fitness or above to get the most enjoyment from this trekking day tour.

If you’d like an easier jungle trekking option then check out our lovely Jungle Trekking & Guided Snorkeling Day Tour. This combines a gentle morning trek through the rainforest followed by an afternoon joining a guided snorkeling tour from our boat. If you want to go trekking through pristine rainforest combined with wildlife spotting then you’ll love our 3D2N Sepilok Trek and Kinabatangan River Trip.

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Trip Itinerary – Trekking on Pulau Gaya

The outline itinerary for the Pulau Gaya Jungle Trekking Day Tour is as follows:-

08:50: Collection from Jesselton Point Jetty by our Boat Crew and transfer out into the local marine park. You will be provided with a full boat safety briefing by our crew on boat along with the days agenda.

Let the Jungle Trekking begin…

09:20: Arrive at Base Camp Jetty on Pulau Gaya. Jungle Trek for about ~ 2.5 to 3 hours from Base Camp up t the highest peak before jungle trekking to Padang Point taking in the wildlife, sights and sounds. There will be opportunities for resting along the trek.

~12:00 noon: You will arrive at Padang Point for your relaxing lunch break. After lunch at the cafe at Padang Point, and a well earned drink, you can choose to go for a swim in the sea at Padang Point or chill out on the beach before lunch (changing facilities and toilets are accessible at Padang Point). Optional add on to your Jungle Trekking Tour – you could go on a Zip Line Ride, the Coral Flyer, from Gaya to Sapi Island (an extra charge is applicable) during your lunch break.

~14:00: You will re-group and start your gentle easy trek from Padang Point to Base Camp. This trek is only slightly undulating and skirts around two bays.

~15:00: Arrive at Base Camp. Time just to quickly dip your toes in the sea before going to the end of the jetty to catch our boat transfer

15:30 – 16:00: Arrive back at Jesselton Point Jetty after you Jungle Trek Day Tour Adventure with Borneo Dream 🙂

Trip Pre-requisites

Minimum 4 persons per trip. For the jungle trekking you need to be in good health, physically fit and comfortable at trekking for 2 – 3 hours in a tropical climate (with stops along the way). We recommend children should be minimum 10 years old to join this trekking day tour.

Trip Inclusions

  • Jungle Trekking activities as per the itinerary.
  • Guiding by a lead Trekking Guide supported by educational briefings from a licensed Nature Guide.
  • Return boat transfers from Jesselton Point Jetty in Kota Kinabalu.
  • Lunch (with a choice of meal options).
  • Free use of our rental snorkel gear (mask, snorkel) during lunch break.
  • Island conservation fee and Jesselton Jetty boarding fee.
  • 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.

Trip Exclusions

Extra snacks, hotel transfers to Jesselton Jetty, porter service (for carrying bags), items not mentioned above.

Recommended Packing List – Jungle Trekking Adventure on Pulau Gaya

Comfortable jungle trekking shoes, water bottle (minimum 2 litre), energy snacks, insect / mosquito repellent, sun protection cream, camera, small dry bag (or plastic bag inside a small rucksack), trekking hat, personal medication (as required).


A Liability Release Form must be signed before the trek commences. Any participant under 18 years is supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Please note there is no Porter service available for this jungle trekking adventure so you will carry your own ruck sack throughout the tour (we suggest you make it as light as possible).


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Kota Kinabalu tours

  • Is it easy to get from the city centre to Jesselton Point Jetty?

    Most watersports trips depart from Jesselton Point Jetty (https://g.page/JesseltonPoint) in central Kota Kinabalu. If you are staying at a city centre hotel or guest house you will often find it far quicker to walk to Jesselton Point. If you are staying at hotels or resorts such as Shangri-La Rasa Ria or Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa then I would certainly grab a taxi.

  • How far is Kota Kinabalu from the Airport?

    The Kota Kinabalu International Airport KKIA (airport code BKI) is located to the south of the city and is 8.5 kilometres from the city centre. This journey can be easily done by private car, taxi or shuttle bus. A taxi will charge around RM 30 each way for a pre-booked taxi. Arrivals are on the lower level with departures on the upper level. At busy times allow 30 minutes from the city centre to the airport.

  • What is there to do in Kota Kinabalu in 2 days?

    Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is the starting point for most holidays to Sabah. From Kota Kinabalu, most visitors go to explore other parts of Sabah whether it be on a tour from Kota Kinabalu (to go rafting, biking, climbing Mount Kinabalu etc.), or via a short internal flight to visit other parts of Sabah like the Kinabatangan River or Danum Valley. If you have a couple of days free in Kota Kinabalu during your holiday then there is surprisingly quite a bit you can do and see on your doorstep.

    On the first day, you can explore the city with its many attractions. At the start of the day visit the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar Site, a bird sanctuary close to the city centre. You could then choose to walk up Signal Hill to enjoy views out over the City from Signal Hill observatory platform, visit the Sabah State Museum for a walk through Sabah’s history or explore the handicraft market located on the waterfront. Visit the Atkinson Clock Tower, the oldest building in Kota Kinabalu, or one of the famous Mosques in Kota Kinabalu – Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (‘Floating Mosque’) or the State Mosque. Later in the day watch the sunset from Tanjung Aru Beach before heading back into the city centre for a spot of early evening shopping. Finally, choose from one of the many local cafes and restaurants for a tasty meal to end the day. 

    For your second day visit the local islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The Marine Park is located in front of Kota Kinabalu and easily accessible via a boat transfer from Jesselton Point Jetty. You can choose to join an organised day tour to help you get the most from your visit to the Marine Park whether it be a Snorkeling Trip or going scuba diving to explore the tropical waters. You could also choose to visit the islands independently via an island transfer service and chill out on one of the public beaches on the islands in the Marine Park. Sun, tropical sea, sand – a perfect way to spend a second day in Kota Kinabalu.

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