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The Gayana Eco Resort is home to four complex ecosystems, with each of them housing different unique forms of life. The humble mangrove trees support oysters, barnacles, algae, mud whelks, mud lobsters, sponges and other creatures through their unusual root systems, which offer sanctuary and protection. The shallower waters are the ideal breeding ground for seagrasses, flowering plants that serve as food for a wide variety of sea creatures. They also serve as a habitat for several species of marine life, such as sea cucumbers, sea stars, molluscs, crustaceans and fishes like pipefish, seahorses, rabbitfish and more.

Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems found in the world, with up to 25% of the planet's marine species calling these intricate formations their homes. The shelter created by coral attracts a myriad of some of the sea's most vibrantly-coloured creatures. Last but not least is the forest,specifically that found on nearby Gaya Island. Considered the first forest reserve in Sabah, this protected area houses primitive cycads, white gardenia, coral trees, and other types of vegetation, which serve as dwellings for birds such as hornbills and bulbuls, as well as macaques, proboscis monkeys, reptiles, snakes and lizards.

A close encounter with so many of nature's incredible inhabitants can be easily arranged by simply approaching our resort staff, who will organise and schedule outings tailored to your specifications.