Since its establishment in 2007, MERC has formed positive working relationships, ranging from individuals (such as student researchers and volunteers teaming up with MERC employees in the field), private organizations (through visits under their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes), institutions (academic professionals in marine conservation and other related fields), non-governmental 

organizations (collaborating in joint awareness programmes either on-site or off-site) and government organizations (such as with Department of Fisheries Sabah on enforcement issues pertaining to Giant Clams and other marine species).


It is with the dedication of the team of six members based on-site (two of whom are from the local villages) that the work of MERC continues. The enthusiasm of all our staff and belief in what they are doing is apparent in the way they share their experiences with visitors.


Gayana Marine Resort rests serenely at the edges of a lush jungle forest on a coral reef island off the coast of Borneo. 52 over water, tropical villas are architecturally designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf below while capturing the enduring vistas of Mt. Kinabalu on the distant horizon.

At its heart, the resort is about protecting and re-generating our precious Marine Ecology, and the only such property to feature its own, on-site Marine Ecology Research Center passionately propagating endangered Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs; where guests of all ages actively participate in restoring vibrant life back to once damaged ocean floors.

Striking the perfect balance of forward thinking ecology and indulgent luxury, Gayana pampers both the body and the enlightened soul.


As sensual and exotic as the hibiscus flower that bears its name, Bungaraya Island Resort is a luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded island hideaway of 48 timbered villas, the resort is tucked away on a tranquil and hidden bay framed by crescent shaped white sand beach on one side and the centuries old virgin jungle on the other. Each private villa is rough hewn and hand-crafted by local tradesmen, terraced into the hillside reflecting the traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style, blending seamlessly with the comforts and needs of the most sophisticated and discerning luxury traveler.

At its heart, both resorts are grounded in protecting our precious marine ecology. Guests of all ages actively participate in restoring vibrant life back to once damaged ocean floors by participating in the programmes at the Marine Ecology Research Centre.

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