Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2010 from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 @ 15:06 News

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2010 from KKK- Sabah

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures wishes friends & clients past, present & future a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010!

This year has been an amazing year for us and we could not achieve such success without everybody’s support.

We have some really exciting plans for next year and can’t wait to share them with you all.

Keep an eye on this blog and all will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the BBQ is still burning and it’s time for more BBQ lamb & chicken, then perhaps a little late afternoon dive to look for the frogfish that Evelyn found…

Bye for now!

More images from the event can be seen on our Facebook where you can also see what we all get up to over here in paradise.

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!

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2010 from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Activities for School Kids, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 @ 16:12 Groups & Schools, News

Activities for School Kids, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

School kids form KL International School join us for the weekend for a Snorkeling, Camping and Sea Kayaking 2 Day / 1 Night Adventure Activity Program.

The youngsters have had a fabulous time making the most of our newly expanded PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

They learned snorkeling & sea kayaking during the two day program and at the same time enjoyed some exciting encounters with the local wildlife.

Pictured below, you can see them returning from a snorkel session to find a monitor lizard waiting on the beach and perhaps hoping to join in the fun?

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is ideally suited to groups, friends and families, because we can accommodate people with different levels of experience, at the same time keeping everyone together.

We have a large staff team of divemasters and instructors so we are able to maintain high staff to guest ratios and our 3 speed boats – 37ft, 35ft, & 32ft – allow groups to enjoy private boat charters.

Activities for School Kids, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Should you be visiting Kota Kinabalu and want us to host your friends and family day trips to the island of Tunku Abdul Rahman, please contact us.

We have many non diving activities which include, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking, Trekking and not to forget – just relaxing with a book to the sound of the ocean !!

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!

 

Activities for School Kids, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Holiday & Travel Centre – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 @ 16:13 News

Welcome to Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures !
A Tours and Travel Centre for your Sabah Holiday

Holiday & Travel Centre - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Our Holiday Travel Centre & Dive Shop are based in the city of Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo and we are here to make planning and enjoying your holiday to Sabah in Borneo hassle free whilst saving time and money !

Whether you wish to climb Mt Kinabalu, visit the Orangutans at Sepilok, Scuba Dive, visit the Islands off Kota Kinabalu, Kapalai, Lankayan, take river safaris to the Kinabatangan or relax in some wonderful Resorts – we can assist.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Sdn. Bhd is the brainchild of British expats and award winning Photo Journalists Richard and Joanne of Downbelow Dive Centre UK.

Upon realizing that the country is not only a biological melting pot but also a hidden treasure for Travelers, we felt we wanted to share our knowledge and passion for this wonderful country and put together some fabulous Marine & Wildlife Adventures – please peruse our travel packages and create your ideal holiday adventure.

We also have a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive & Adventure Centre based on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, just 8 minutes offshore Kota Kinabalu City – a perfect day trip location for those staying in Kota Kinabalu wishing to Snorkel, go Trekking, Sea Kayak, Scuba Dive or relax in paradise !

On all our courses and activities you will find high standards of safety, very high staff to guest / student ratio, experienced, well qualified staff and flexibility to your needs and to the conditions.

As part of our internal staff training our office staff spend time at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, learning about all the activities that we offer in TARP (image above – you an see Assistant Instructor Roy giving Naura an entry level snorkeling experience).

Should you wish us to help plan your holiday in Sabah, drop us a line and our Travel Centre girls will assist you. Visit our offices in Kota Kinabalu or email us for more information on our full Range of Scuba Diving Opportunities, Programs and Equipment Sales.

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!

Holiday & Travel Centre – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort & Lankayan Resort under Downbelow’s Price Promise

Friday, December 18th, 2009 @ 15:54 News, Promotions

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort in the Celebes Sea and Lankayan Resort in the Sulu Sea are under Downbelow’s Price Promise.

We are so confident that our clients will not find better rates at these resorts that if a genuine quote is presented to us from another agent we will beat it by 2% !!

Kapalai and Lankayan are the only environmentally friendly resorts in their regions – thats one very good reason to support them above the others !!

Pulau Kapalai
Sipadan – Kapalai Dive Resort

We have stayed at many resorts in the area and without doubt our first choice of residence is Kapalai. Once a vegetated Island, now a sandbank on Litigan Reefs and home to the stilt village resort of Sipadan – Kapalai Dive Resort.

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort & Lankayan Resort under Downbelow’s Price Promise

Comprising 40 wooden chalets, double, twin and triple sharing, ensuite bathrooms with a shower and bathtub, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, you really do get a lot for your money, this is true style at a very affordable price.

Reminiscent of the Maldives, the accommodation huts are build over the water with shutter doors opening to reveal breathtaking ocean views. The soothing sound of the water laps beneath you and reflections dance across the high ceilings.

Downbelow Directors, Richard and Joanne have featured Kapalai Resort in their latest article “Much and Magic” in Sport Diving Magazine (on the shelves next month).

Read more about this fabulous resort paradise and see a slideshow of images.

Lankayan Island Resort
“One Island – One Resort”

Lankayan Island, located within the Sulu Sea, 80km off the northeast coast of Sabah, Borneo takes Eco Tourism to another level.

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort & Lankayan Resort under Downbelow’s Price Promise

Stunning white sandy beaches surround the small four hectare island. Palm and casuarinas trees form the interior and sparkling turquoise waters lap the shore. One resort operates here under the same management and ownership as Sipadan – Kapalai Dive Resort in the Celebes Sea and Sepilok Nature Resort near Sandakan.

Comprising 20 luxury-detached chalets, each on the beach with balconies over looking the ocean, open air buffet style restaurant, dive station, turtle hatchery and conservation centre, the resort oozes peace and tranquillity.

Read more about this fabulous island paradise and see a slideshow of images.

“Two Centre” tailor made packages are available at both resorts at generous discounts.

Feel free to call us on +6 012 866 1935 or email us with your enquiry.

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort & Lankayan Resort under Downbelow’s Price Promise

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor – OWSI Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Friday, December 4th, 2009 @ 22:09 News
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor - OWSI Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Congratulations to our IDC candidates for succefully passing their PADI Instructor Examination and becoming PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife – Sabah have conducted the first Chinese PADI Instructor Development Course – IDC Course in Kota Kinabalu.

We owe a huge thank you to Susan who acted as translator throughout the entire program including the IE.

We are pleased to say all our Chinese candidates were successful so their journey was not wasted !

Well done also to James who is now a fully qualifed Staff Instructor and Mark who is now a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor successfully completing his 3 month Professional Scuba Diving Internship Program with us.

Big thanks to the team at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures – DIVE DOWNBELOW – who’s support was key to the guys success.

Well done to our Course Director Joseph Chung, Richard, Susan and James for staffing the course and putting in so many hours to ensure the candidates success :)

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor - OWSI Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Thank you to PADI and PADI’s Instructor Examiner from Sydney – Rob Scammel.

WELL DONE and lets look forward to the next IDC on starting 17th March 2010 !!!!!!

Should you wish to join our next IDC beginning 17th March 2010 please contact us either by email, telephone or visit our Dive Shop and Travel 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!

 

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor – OWSI Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

PADI Open Water Course & Suunto Gekko Wrist Dive Computer Package, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Asia

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 @ 22:08 News

Downbelow PADI 5 Star Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu and Gaya Island are very pleased to offer the PADI Open Water Course & Suunto Gekko Wrist Dive Computer at an Incredible bundled price promotion of RM 2,140!

PADI Open Water Course & Suunto Gekko Wrist Dive Computer Package, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Asia

Nope we have not gone crazy we just have great dive equipment prices in our dive shop and are happy to pass them on !!

Throughout the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You will also be taught using the Suunto Gekko Dive Computer (Brand New with Warranty) which will be yours to keep at the end of the course.

Suunto Gekko can be used with both air and enriched air nitrox, and it is designed to give the specifics of any diving situation, including decompression, at a glance.

PADI Open Water Course & Suunto Gekko Wrist Dive Computer Package, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Asia

Easy to use push buttons and a straightforward menu structure make Gekko simple to operate.

The extensive logbook memory stores up to 50 hours of dive profiles and logbook data including dive start time and date, dive time, maximum depth attained and temperature at maximum depth.

In addition the dive history keeps track of up to 999 dives and 999 dive hours, as well as the maximum depth ever reached.

Scuba Diving with a dive computer has many benefits, very simply put – dive computers constantly track a divers decompression status, allow for more time underwater by using multi level techniques, provide accurate depth/time recordings and decompression status is made simple with automatic calculations.

What better way to become familiar with using and diving with a dive computer than learning to scuba dive with your very own !!

Please contact us to book you PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course with the Suunto Gekko Dive Computer – only available while stocks last!

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!

PADI Open Water Course & Suunto Gekko Wrist Dive Computer Package, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Asia

PADI IDC & IE – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 @ 22:07 News

PADI IDC & IE - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Congratulations to our PADI Instructor Development Candidates on passing their PADI Instructor Development Course – IDC Course with Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Center in Kota Kinabalu.

Now its time for the final Instructor Examination !

Over the next 2 days our candidates will be assessed by PADI Instructor Examiners who have flown in from Sydney Australia to assess the candidates.

We will keep everyone updated !!!!

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!

PADI IDC & IE – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Learn to Dive with PADI Scuba diving courses for divers visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Borneo.
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