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This special early morning visit took place on the beach right under one of the resort’s sun umbrellas as the sun began to rise.
Once her eggs had been safely laid, this majestic creature returned to the South China Sea.

The Turtle Hatchery currently holds 25 nests and a total of 2274 eggs – of these, two batches of hatchlings have already been released. Guests have enjoyed witnessing this amazing experience and the Nest Adoption programme has become a great hit.

We are delighted to share that Tanjong Jara Resort is one of 12 hotels to be selected as the most fabulous hotels of 2017 by Seen in the City on their Hotel Hot List.

As one of their top hotels picks for 2017, Seen in the City particularly loved the resort’s award-winning spa and its signature Assam Roselle experience.

View the article here.


We’re delighted to share that yesterday morning, 11 April 2017, a whale shark made an unexpected appearance in front of the resort just about 100 metres away from the resort’s beachfront.

As this gentle marine giant is under ‘threatened status’, sightings are very rare if at all.

The whale shark is the largest in the shark family. It is a filter feeder, one of only three known filter feeding shark species along with the basking shark and the megamouth shark. It feeds on plankton, krill, fish eggs, small nektonic life, such as small squid or fish.

It is unexpected sightings like these that make a stay at Gaya Island Resort so unique and remarkable.

Common name: Whale Shark
Family: Rhincodontidae
Genus: Rhincodon
Species: R.typus