Nestled amidst the lush greenery and crystal-clear waters of Borneo lies a haven that offers more than just a getaway. Gaya Island Resort beckons travellers to embark on a cultural journey like no other with its Distinctively Borneo Harvest Festival Weekend. The Distinctively Borneo Harvest Festival Weekend at Gaya Island Resort provides a gateway for guests to immerse themselves in the vibrant traditions of the region.

From mesmerising dance performances to age-old rituals, every moment celebrates Borneo’s heritage. Tucked away within the pristine confines of the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this festival will take place from 31 May to 2 June 2024.

The Harvest Festival, also known as Tadau Kaamatan, holds deep cultural significance for Borneo’s indigenous communities. It marks the culmination of the rice harvesting season with joyous festivities and ancient customs.

Originating from Sabah’s animistic beliefs, this annual celebration reflects centuries-old traditions and is vital to the region’s heritage. The Kadazan, Dusun, Murut, and Rungus communities, adorned in traditional attire, unite to showcase Sabah’s diverse cultural landscape.

Visitors can participate in real rituals, such as the symbolic “Bambarayon” ceremony, in which offerings are offered in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. Enthralling musical performances, cultural exhibitions, and traditional dances will offer insights into Borneo’s rich past, promoting greater respect for regional customs and traditions.

Additionally, a variety of outdoor activities and wellness experiences are available for visitors to fully enjoy Gaya Island Resort’s breathtaking natural surroundings. For those seeking peace and adventure, there are guided nature walks through lush rainforests, kayak explorations through mangrove ecosystems, snorkelling and scuba diving excursions in crystal clear waters, and rejuvenating spa treatments influenced by traditional healing traditions.

No cultural journey is complete without a culinary adventure, and Gaya Island Resort ensures that guests indulge in the authentic flavours of Borneo. A feast for the senses, the culinary offerings will reflect Borneo’s rich culinary legacy, from delicious indigenous delicacies to modern takes on classic meals.

For the entire Harvest Festival Weekend experience, staying at least two nights is recommended to explore more resort amenities. Experience the Distinctively Borneo Harvest Festival with the exclusive package, which includes a sumptuous 3-day, 2-night retreat for two starting at RM2,980++.

Enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at handpicked restaurants, including a special Kaamantan Set dinner at Fisherman’s Cove. On 31 May, relax with delicious beverages at the Pool Bar & Lounge and enjoy the exciting scene.

Experience a guided tour of the Harvest Festival Celebration on 1 June, followed by a culinary class focused on the Borneo Culinary Journey and a mouthwatering Singgah Singgarung Barbecue. Guests can also use the convenient round-trip speedboat rides between Jesselton Point and the resort to enhance the experience.

To make reservations or inquire, please visit Gaya Island’s official website. You can also reach out via email or telephone.

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