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One to add to your bucket list…

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Gaya Island, Malohom Bay, is set within the Tunku Abdul Marine Park, a group of 5 islands located off Kota Kinabalu.  Fringed with coral reefs, they pride themselves on the marine wildlife and coral reef restoration.

The endangered Sea Turtle is one of the marine wildlife animals that Gaya Island are keen to help and to date they have helped and released four turtles back into the sea – Bobby, Ninja, Carman and Nick Jr all of which have undergone rehabilitation and research.

Guests recently staying on the island were lucky enough to be joined by a gentle green turtle on their Coral Garden snorkelling excursion with the resorts Marine Biologist – This sounds like an amazing experience.

If this is something that you would like to add to your bucket list, why not get in touch to enquire about how you can put together your own holiday and look forward to making amazing memories on an amazing island getaway. Please contact us for more details .

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Star Clippers – Discover the Hidden Wonders of Thailand

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Star Clippers who offer a different sailing experience with the character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises, are offering an adventurous cruise around the hidden parts of Thailand and Malaysia.

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

 

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

These sailings explore some of the most iconic and beautiful parts known as the “Pearl of the Orient” with un spoilt beaches and islands that form part of the

National Marine Park here. The people are friendly, the water beautifully clear and the marine life amazing.

 

Nor do you have to bring your own snorkel and flippers, they are provided. If you need other activities as you sale around the islands and along the coast, you can try sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking – all complimentary.

 

 

 

For 7 nights cruising, 2 nights pre cruise in the Sala Hotel in Phuket and flights the cost is from £2179 per person and always subject to availability.

Please call us for more information on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Gaya Island Resort

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Tucked amidst the protected mangroves and sheltered coral reefs of Borneo and curled around the stunning sandy coast of Malohom Bay you’ll find Gaya Island Resort.

This beachfront resort blends in perfectly with the natural environment and offers a collection of hillside villas with views that feature the mangrove forests and surrounding canopy to the breathtaking Mount Kinabalu.

For the nature lovers among us this is the perfect place to stay and here are just a few reasons why:

–          The Proboscis (Long nosed) monkey – you will have the chance of a lifetime to see these endangered and unique monkeys in the jungle of Gaya Island Resort.

–          Turtle Rescue – this programme was set up to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles. You can find more information about this at the Marine Centre on site.

–          Red Giant Flying Squirrels – take an evening stroll through the resort gardens and keep an eye out for these beautiful animals gliding from branch to branch or foraging for food.

–          Mangrove kayak – let the resident naturalist take you through the 100 year old mangrove jungle. Watch out for mangrove crabs, oriental pied hornbills, monitor lizards and many more fantastic creatures.

 

So if you’d like to know more about a bespoke, tailor made trip to this amazing resort and the island of Borneo please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk for more information.

Picture Courtesy Of YTL Hotels

 

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The World’s Largest Marine Reserve – Pitcairn Island

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The U.K. Government is creating the world’s largest marine reserve when it is endorsing the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve. These islands are amongst the most remote places on the planet and the seas around the islands are pristine and home to a wealth of marine mammals, seabirds and fish. They are roughly 2170km (1350 miles) east south-east of Tahiti and just over 6600km (4100 miles) from Panama. The Islands’ administrative headquarters are situated in Auckland New Zealand, 5310km (3300 miles) away.

The Pitcairn Island Council fully supported raising the status of their seas and is rightly proud of their commitment to this huge marine reserve, knowing that it is safeguarding the ecosystem for the future generations. The Reserve is 322,000 square miles in size which is nearly 4 times the size of the UK. The Government is also using the most sophisticated technology for surveillance and enforcement for the MarinePark.

A good news story which we hope will be replicated in other parts of the world.

 

Courtesy of Peter Ellis

Courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Courtesy of Peter Ellis

Courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

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