Pulau Gaya Island is the biggest that you will find on the Park. Its name is derived from "Gayo" which is a Bajau term which indicates huge. Numerous ridges, elevating over 600 feet as well as looking at 1,000 feet, structure the spine of 3,665 acres of Pulau Gaya. This has 16 miles of coastline with beaches varying from white powdery sand to pebbly, mudflats, sandstone cliffs and mangrove. The main beach area located in Police Beach with a quarter mile of powdery white sand inclining gently to the bay, creating it perfect for swimming in typically crystal clear water. Coral reefs throughout the whole island coast are in prefect state.

Since 1923, this island has been a forest reverse. For adventure seekers, there are hiking trails and a number of undersized to medium sized resorts offering the Marine Ecology Research Centre. It is as well as host to a really huge and developing stilt village situated opposite the waterfront of Kota Kinabalu.

The bay is excellently secluded and the gorgeous white sandy beaches supplies a great place to relax following dives throughout the bay. The predimoninant corals here are Staghorn at depths from 10-20 metres as well as terrain that are sloping to a sandy base.

The island is densely occupied with tiny reef fishes, stingrays, nudibranchs and wrasses and if you are fortunate enough, you may see a strange lobster search for food on sandy terrains. Whale sharks are observed only outside of the bay which creates Gaya Island as an ideal dive destination underrated by numerous dive companies and tour operators.

Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal is located in downtown of KK and this is ideal for those who are heading to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park islands. The ferry terminal also is the departure point for visitors lodging at Gayana Resort or Manukan Island.

Prior to the Ice Age, this island structured portion of Crocker Range accumulation of sandstone as well as sedimentary rock located on mainland. However, around a million years before, the melting ice has given modifications in sea level as well as portions of mainland were removed by the sea and structuring Sulug Island, Manukan, Mamutik Island, Sapi Island and Gaya Island. Evidence shows exposed sandstone of coastline structuring deep crevices, honeycombs, caves as well as cliffs.

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