Archive for December, 2008

Scuba Dive Shop Kota Kinabalu – Large stock of Underwater Kinetics Dive Torch Lights

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 @ 02:56 News

Downbelows Scuba Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu has a wide range of underwater dive lights and torches.

We have become a reseller for Underwater Kinetics and now stock a wide range of underwater dive and torch lights.

Scuba Dive Shop Kota Kinabalu - Large stock of Underwater Kinetics Dive Torch Lights

Underwater Kinetics (UK) were the first to make injection molded protection cases, high performance waterproof lights and innovative accessories providing uncompromising performance since 1971

Also available are Ikelite C-Light 8 torches. Led, Rechargeable, Battery powered Dive Lights are all in stock.

We are also resellers for Atomic Aquatics, Suunto, BARE, Sherwood Scuba and Akona Dive and Adventure Equipment.

Please come and visit to see for yourself our range of Dive and Adventure products.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

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Discover Scuba Diving – Scuba Diving Lessons for Beginners

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 @ 02:55 News

Discover Scuba Diving DSD – Scuba Diving Lessons for Beginners – An ideal day trip from Kota Kinabalu.

Discover Scuba Diving DSD - Scuba Diving Lessons for Beginners

It could not be easier to try Scuba Diving and within the same few hours see the beauty of the underwater world in a safe, warm paradise location.

Our Island based PADI 5 Star Dive Centre in the The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is ideally suited to beginner divers providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats.

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner.

It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves.

Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment.

After trying scuba, many new divers may decide to repeat the experience. If not immediately, then on other occasions or in different areas. Others will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course.

When certain requirements are met, new divers may earn credit toward PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification.

Our half day program competes before lunch time so you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the tropical beaches. Alternatively we can take you on an additional pleasure dive to a maximum depth of 12m with and instructor in the afternoon as part of the full day program.

You don’t have to book the afternoon dive, “try before you buy” if you get the dive bug you can decide on the day.

Daily Program

08:00 – 08:20 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings)  transfer to Jesselton Point Jetty
08:30 Meet Downbelow Staff and Transfer to Downbelow’s The Beach House – Gaya Island
08:45 Registration & Equipment Selection
09:00 Dive Theory, Equipment Orientation and Dive Briefing
Confined Water Dive & Skill Practice
Open Water Scuba Dive
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Optional Scuba Dive or Relax on the Beach or go Trekking.
16:00 Boat Transfer to marina
16:15 Return to Hotel

As with all our programs we offer a fully inclusive price, including hotel transfers (KK City) boat transfers, park entry fees, instruction, equipment rental, learning materials and certification fees.

For booking information please contact us.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

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PADI Open Water Course & Scuba Diving Lessons, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 @ 01:53 News

Congratulations to Peter, Paddy, Salin and Miska who have just completed their PADI Open Water Course – Scuba Diving lessons with Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The PADI Open Water Course is the first certification within the PADI system of education.

PADI Open Water Course - Scuba Diving Lessons, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The PADI Open Water Course takes 4 days to complete (8.00 am till 4.00 pm daily) and courses offered by Downbelow are all inclusive with no hidden charges !

At Downbelow your safety is paramount, we have a large staff team to accommodate different client requirements.

We adhere to PADI Standards and Procedures and follow British HSE guidelines.

Our ratio is no more than four people on a course with 2 PADI professionals, your PADI instructor and a Divemaster.

Most of the time we have 2 people on a course with 1 PADI Instructor.

Peter and Paddy chose to save a day on this course and completed the academic portion online in their own time through the PADI eLearning system of education. Peters wife Sandy also joined Peter on the island, she enjoyed snorkeling on our crowd free house reef with our snorkeling guide.

Peter wrote a very nice email to us after completing his course, the email can be viewed in our Guest Book, he has also uploaded some great pictures.

Our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre known as the Beach House is located within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on Gaya Island where “Rainforest meets the Reef” located just 10 mins boat ride from the City of Kota Kinabalu (KK).

We have a very quiet lagoon for our confined water training, we have a very special house reef with lots of marine life and all dive sites are within 5 minutes boat ride from our centre.

We have many non divers joining us for the day who wish to snorkel or go trekking so if your friends or family wish to join, it would be a great way for you all to still be together during your course.

We have some excellent walking trails around the dive station all set in primary rain-forest and guides can be arranged for all activities.

So please join our recent clients and become a PADI Open Water Diver in Kota Kinabalu, email us now for a quick response.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

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Thoroughly enjoyed the open water course

Sunday, December 21st, 2008 @ 17:06 Guestbook

Hi Richard,

Once again many thanks for looking after Paddy and I so well over the last three days.

We thoroughly enjoyed the open water course and the company of yourself and the rest of the staff.

You run a really great operation in a lovely spot.

We have both suffered withdrawal symptoms today, so I am sure we will be back.

Please find below a link to the photo’s Paddy took, and feel free to use anything you think may be up to standard.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/atthepikes/sets/72157611415789246/

Cheers and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Peter

Meet the Children on Gaya Island in the TAR Park

Friday, December 19th, 2008 @ 02:33 News

 

Meet the Children on Gaya Island in the TAR Park

Our Island based PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is nestled in a tropical bay and surrounded by primary rain forest.

We are the only operator in the area and we have some lovely neighbors.

We share our little piece of paradise with some of the staff of Sabah Parks, their little children can often be seen playing around the Beach House, holding our hands and laughing every time a guest brings out their camera.

Meet the Children on Gaya Island in the TAR Park

They have great fun with families that join us for the day, although the children don’t speak the same language, its doesn’t make any difference they spend all day together and get along just fine.

Here are a couple of recent pictures of the little angles.

Time and time again our quests tell us how wonderful it is to spend the day with their family whilst they enjoy their different activities with everyone returning for tea and coffee breaks, refreshments and lunch throughout the day.

We run daily scuba diving, snorkeling & snorkeling safaris, trekking, sea kayaking and camping from our dive centre. A trip to Downbelow’s Beach House – Gaya Island is a must when in Sabah.

Click on the link if you wish to learn more about our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive & Adventure Centre.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

 

Fishing Net Removal from Coral Reef, TARP, Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 @ 16:44 News, Project AWARE

Fishing Net Removal from Coral Reef, TARP, Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia.

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TAR Park) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is a Section 3 protected national park, which means only single line fishing with a maximum of 2 hooks is permitted by indigenous fishermen.

The use of nets within the park is prohibited, but sadly this protection does not stop lost and abandoned fishing gear, primarily large trawl and drift nets, floating into the region and coming to rest within the more protected, low-energy, shallow water environments.

Whilst SCUBA diving around Gaya Island in the TAR Park we found a huge fishing net smothering the reef posing a real threat to the living coral and surrounding marine life.

Disturbed by what we found we called upon the KK Dive Club to volunteer their time and help us with the delicate, time consuming job of carefully removing the net from the reef.

KK Dive Club members were more than happy to lend a helping hand and spend their free time with us removing the net.

After the job was done we provided them a free lunch and refreshments and they got to spend the rest of the day at our Beach House on Gaya Island – in fact they played Frisbee on the grassy green next to our Dive Centre.

KK Dive Club members spend the day removing an illegal net from the TAR Park

Since this net removal project we discovered another net on Sapi Island, caught in the net was a dead black tip reef shark and a parrot fish.

The worry with this particular net was that it was still floating and therefore consuming more victims.

We called Sabah Parks, the governing body in charge of the parks protection.

They immediately called on the Marine Police to investigate the situation and began cutting the net to pieces to avoid any further casualties.

Illegal Fish Net Removal From the TAR Park

The following day Sabah Parks staff returned with our logistic support and some of our own staff to remove the net from the reef.

We would like to thank the KK Dive Club for helping us remove the first devastating fishing net.

We highly commend Sabah Parks for their immediate response and commitment to removing the second fishing net and providing protection for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Should you wish to join the KK Dive Club and get involved in Conservation and Awareness Programs please visit the website or contact us for more information.

Should you wish to SCUBA Dive with us in this stunning tropical paradise, join us for our daily leisure and fun dives.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

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Discover Scuba Diving for Beginners, Tarp – KK Sabah

Monday, December 8th, 2008 @ 17:07 Guestbook

Hi Richard,

We are back Singapore now with wonderful memories of Kota Kinabalu.

Thank you for the wonderful day on Gaya Island on 1st Dec for my family.

My son Julian certainly enjoyed his Discover SCUBA Diving for beginners experience with your team.

Can you send the photos we took on the boat to my email address?

Thank you!

Warmest Regards,

Elsie Tan

Enriched Air Nitrox Course in Kota Kinabalu (KK)

Sunday, December 7th, 2008 @ 22:01 News

Enriched Air Nitrox Course Kota Kinabalu KK, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, TARP

Congratulations to Noah and Domenica for successfully completing their Enriched Air Nitrox Course with Downbelow PADI 5 Star Dive Centre on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Noah and Domenica are in Sabah with their friends and colleagues, they are taking a break from their Cinderella Stage Production currently touring Asia.

Whilst diving with us in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park the group have enjoyed 4 days daily diving, joined courses and a night dive, they will now fly on to Bangkok where the show must go on !!

Safe Travels Guys !!

Our dive centre is ideally suited to groups and families all wishing to enjoy different activities.

A trip to our Adventure Centre is a ‘Must See” day out whilst in Kota Kinabalu.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

Christmas Day Package Promotions

Sunday, December 7th, 2008 @ 21:58 News

Christmas Day Package Promotions & Celebration Information now Online

Full details of our Christmas Day Package Promotions & Celebration Information can now be viewed online.

Guests are invited to join us for Christmas Day or both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Options are there to include accommodation in Budget/ Backpacker, Mid Range or High End Accommodation.

Please join us and enjoy the fun !!!!

Christmas Day Celebrations on a Tropical Island Paradise just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu

The team at Downbelow have put together an itinerary for a fun filled Christmas Day Celebration. Ideal for families, couples and friends wishing to spend Christmas on a tropical island taking part in various activities !!

Ideally suited to divers and non divers with and without Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu City.

Surrounded by tropical rain-forest, ocean, marine & wildlife, Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive and Adventure Centre, known as the Beach House is located on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu City.

Celebrate Christmas Day with a Beach BBQ, Scuba Dive, Snorkel, Trek, enjoy Games a Christmas Day Raffle – What better way to spend Christmas Day !!

FOUR dives will be available to those who wish to dive – two morning dives, an afternoon dive and a sunset dive (in search of Mandarin Fish )!!

Enjoy a delicious BBQ, with Tenderloin Steak flown in from Australia. Vegetarians will not miss out, we have TOFU alternatives !

Football & Frisbee can be played on our green, we have a Treasure Hunt and a Christmas Day Raffle to win a SUNNTO GEKKO DIVE computer worth RRP 1,300.00 !!!!!

The days itinerary is as follows:

Christmas Day Celebration

Diver Rate: MYR 460.00 p/p
Non Diver Rate: 270.00 p/p
0825 hrs
Meet Downbelow Staff & Transfer on Boat to Downbelow PADI 5 Star Dive Centre at The Beach House – Gaya Island, TARP
0915 hrs
1st Boat Dive/ Games / Snorkeling/ Trekking
1030 hrs
Surface Interval for Divers
1115 hrs
2nd Boat Dive/ Games / Snorkeling/ Trekking

1300 hrs
Beach BBQ & Christmas Day Raffle to win a SUNNTO Dive Computer
1430 hrs
3rd Dive Boat or Shore
1600 hrs
1st Boat Transfer back to Jesselton Point for those that wish to return
1745 hrs
Sunset Dive
1900 hrs
Return to Jesselton Point Jetty

All our programs are ALL Inclusive, the only additional option extra is the RAFFLE Ticket costing MYR 50.00, the chances of winning the SUUNTO Dive Computer are very good with only 16 tickets for sale per computer!!!!

Includes: Boat transfers from Jesselton Point Jetty to Beach House, Gaya Island Return (10 minutes each way), Park Entry Fees, Jetty Fees, Dive & Snorkel Equipment Rental, BBQ Lunch & Refreshments, Beer & Wine, 4 Guided Boat Dives (Diver Rate).

Overnight camping is available for the intrepid adventurer !!

Pre booking for this special Christmas Day Celebration is required, please contact us on (+6) 012 866 1935 or Email Us.

Below is a list of various packages available to complement this exciting program.

Boxing Day Program
Christmas & Boxing Day Program with Backpacker Budget
3N/2D Christmas & Boxing Day Program with MID Range Accommodation
Christmas & Boxing Day with High End Accommodation

Underwater Camera Rental

Keep the memories alive by renting one of our Canon G12 digital cameras with Canon U/W housing, a 10 megapixel camera setup with fully controllable functions at only RM225 per day. Included with the cost is an image download to CDROM.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

DSD Discover Scuba Diving in TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

Sunday, December 7th, 2008 @ 21:57 News

Our Good friend Jeffrey (AKA Jeff D’ Corner) joined us for a DSD, Discover Scuba Diving Program in our Lagoon and House Reef on Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands TARP. KK.

DSD Discover Scuba Diving in TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

He came with a group of his friends which included our dear friend John.

Every one had a fabulous time, each couple with their own qualified Divemaster or Instructor, they saw a turtle, lots of snappers, parrot-fish, clownfish, sting rays along with all the usual suspects.

This was Jeffrey’s second DSD program and no doubt he will be back again.

Jeffrey is the owner of Jeff D’Corner and in our opinion he cooks the best steaks in town, you can read more about him on our Eating Out in KK page.

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner.

It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves.

Jeff, from Jeff D' Corner fame, and his family and friends

Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment.

After trying scuba diving for the first time, some of the group are considering completing a PADI Open Water Diver course.

Should you wish to try this wonderful and rewarding sport please contact us.

 

 

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