Archive for January, 2010

Adventure Sports Training & Team Building – Royal Gurkha Rifles – British Army in Sabah Borneo

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 @ 10:01 British Army Gurkha, Groups & Schools, News

Adventure Sports Training AT & Team Building - Royal Gurkha Rifles - British Army in Sabah Borneo

We were very proud to again host the British Army Adventure Sports Training & Team Building for the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles – British Army in Sabah Borneo.

For many years the British Armed Forces have chosen us, Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures, to organize and conduct the adventure training.

Our island based PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is an ideal location for such events.

This group of 40 men took part in various activities, including the PADI Scuba Diver Course, Sea Kayaking, Sailing & Snorkeling.

They enjoyed beach BBQ’s and in the evening painted the town blue in their Dive Downbelow t-shirts (image below).

Adventure Sports Training AT & Team Building - Royal Gurkha Rifles - British Army in Sabah Borneo

An incredible amount fun was had by all and at the same time everyone achieved their qualifications.

We would like to thank the British Army once again for bringing their boys to us.

It’s a great honor for us to organize and conduct such an event and we look forward to the next group.

Using the country’s natural environment and skills of our international staff team, we run a wide range of programs, activities and courses for many different people.

Adventure Sports Training AT & Team Building - Royal Gurkha Rifles - British Army in Sabah Borneo

On each you will find high standards of safety, experienced & well qualified staff and flexibility to your needs and to the conditions.

We are activity involved in a number of marine and environmental conservation and awareness initiatives and we include these concepts within our programs.

Adventure training complements both individual and collective development and should:

– Planned and executed with proper supervision by qualified staff
– Have well defined objectives, with clear instruction
– Provide mental stimulation by exposure to the perceived element of risk
– Stimulate initiative and teamwork

Throughout our programs participants face personal challenges and as a group work together to achieve a common goal.

Often in alien environments, understanding and camaraderie is key to success.

We specialize in bespoke Adventure Training, taking the brief from the client and formulating itineraries to suit group size and duration.

Adventure Sports Training AT & Team Building - Royal Gurkha Rifles - British Army in Sabah Borneo

 

Adventure Sports Training & Team Building – Royal Gurkha Rifles – British Army in Sabah Borneo

Thanks to Roy – He was fantastic with the Kids

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 @ 21:48 Guestbook

Hi Joanne

We have just arrived home. Had a fantastic day at Kinabalu Park, Denis was terrific and answered a lot of questions the kids threw at him. Amazing countryside to see up there, just the drive is worth it.

Also had a great day at Gaya when we went there, a special thanks to our guide, Roy, he was fantastic with the kids.

Thanks for organizing things for us, it was great.

Kind regards
Adrian & Elizabeth Webster

 

Thanks to Roy – He was fantastic with the Kids

Pajama Cardinalfish – Sphaeramia nematoptera Gaya Island TARP, Kota Kinabalu

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 @ 19:54 News

Pajama Cardinalfish - Sphaeramia nematoptera Gaya Island TARP, Kota Kinabalu

We have discovered a wonderful colony of Pajama Cardinalfish just outside our island based PADI 5 Star Dive Centre on Gaya Island – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

These spectacular but shy fish are quite rare in the park however we can occasionally find them in sheltered bays where they prefer the calmer protected waters.

They are particularly sensitive to pollution so it’s a good sign of a healthy reef to find them in any numbers.

Richard got a few pix for you to enjoy and help you know what to look out for !

Request your Downbelow dive guide to show you them next time you are here with us ;-)

You can see more images on our Facebook page.

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!

Pajama Cardinalfish – Sphaeramia nematoptera Gaya Island TARP, Kota Kinabalu

 

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

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 @ 21:37 News

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort in the Celebes Sea and Lankayan Resort in the Sulu Sea are under Downbelow’s Price Promise and our 2009 holiday price remains for 2010 !!!!!

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).

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.

Jo-and-Beach-PanaaSipadan - 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.

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!

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 @ 21:36 News

Kinabalu Park Day Trip – “A Walk In The Park”

“Offering Great Flexibility – so much to see in One Day !!”

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

The ecosystems of Mt Kinabalu are very special with climatic zones ranging from tropical lowland forests to polar type summit zones.

This great mountain has become an icon of natural history and successful conservation whilst maintaining its position as the most accessible of high mountains to climb and explore.

This private day trip to Mt Kinabalu offers great flexibility.

Whether you wish to take relaxed walks along the river and through mountain trails, enjoy the beautiful and rare flowers of the Botanical garden, see the rainforest from a different perspective at 45m above the canopy floor or take a dip into sulfur springs or try your luck at searching for the Raflessia Flower.

All this can be experienced on a one day trip from Kota Kinabalu.

For the more adventurous you can climb HALF WAY to the summit!

This 8 KM return climb follows the same route that climbers of Mt Kinabalu take but instead of continuing to Laban Rata you will turn around at Layang Layang (2700m) and return to the comfort of your car and driver It’s a very physical climb and can get a little cold at 2700m but well worth the views.

For more information on this fabulous day trip from Kota Kinabalu 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

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

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Emergency First Response Course, Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 @ 21:53 News

Emergency First Response Course, Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu

All the Downbelow Divemaster trainees are taking part in our PADI Emergency First Response Course – EFR.

Some for the second time to keep skills fresh, but the difference is this time Roy and Cyril are the instructors!

Richard and all the Downbelow instructors like this ! Hang on a minute, take a look at someone not taking it seriously!

Downbelow are committed to training all our staff to be able to handle emergency medical situations and, who knows, maybe this time next year it will be these trainees conducting the program with the next interns.

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!
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Emergency First Response Course, Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu

Wildlife on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 @ 21:52 News

Wildlife on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

This harmless & stunning Green Snake is frequently seen hunting nearby our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

There is so much wildlife to be seen at our little piece of paradise on Gaya Island, which is surrounded by tropical ocean & primary rainforest – we love it!

Referred to locally as the simple green snake, it’s found among the island palm trees.

This is one of the only snakes to have a horizontal pupil.

Please contact us should you wish to come and spend the day on Gaya Island, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Trekking, Sea Kayaking or just relaxing.

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!

Wildlife on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Scuba Diving Day Trips from Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 @ 09:29 News

Scuba Diving Day Trips from Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Scuba Diving is becoming more and more popular and January has seen a busy start to the year.

We can offer Scuba Divers a very enjoyable day out.

We own 3 speedboats that take our divers to different dive sites within the TAR Park and offshore daily, we choose the best dive sites to suit our divers that day.

Operating very small groups with their own Divemasters and Instructors ensuring a very personal and safe service.

Between dives we return to our paradise dive & adventure centre located on Gaya Island.

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island provides a very special experience, with a resort like feel it is a fun place to spend the day, enjoying the tropical surroundings and chatting about all the wonderful creatures you will have spotted.

We’re only 10 minutes speedboat ride from the mainland of Kota Kinabalu so less time is wasted on boat trips leaving more time for Scuba Diving!

Our International staff team are highly skilled with many years of experience in their field, we pride ourselves on an exceptional level of service and safety.

We have an ALL INCLUSIVE POLICY with NO HIDDEN EXTRA CHARGES

This means that you pay one price which includes: return transfers from your hotel – subject to confirmed bookings and availability, (KK City including Tanjung Aru & Sutera Harbour), boat transfers, park and jetty fees, equipment (except dive computer) refreshments – free flow water / tea / coffee, freshly cooked lunch and 3 guided boat dives are all included. If you bring your own equipment we offer 5% discount from the prices below.

Scuba Diving Day Trips from Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Diving here in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is very good, our guests are always very surprised to see such a variety of Marine Life and healthy corals.

The park offers some great diving for beginners and experienced divers alike, lots of hard and soft coral, great macro life, schools of tropical fish and many prized critters.

TARP Dive Sites, Offshore Dive Sites and The Wrecks

Our Daily Diving Program is an all inclusive day out.  We offer day trips and multiple day trips, night dives and sunset dives, costs are as follows:

We have 37ft, 35ft and 32ft dive boats which are very spacious and comfortable to dive from, we have a great variety of dives sites just minutes from our island dive center.

We limit the number of divers on the boat and try to keep people with similar levels of experience on the same boat. Our staff to client ratio is very high so we can accommodate all levels of divers with their own Divemasters.  We offer NITROX and dive computer rentals.

Scuba Diving Day Trips from Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Daily Itinerary for TARP

0800 – 0815 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings)  transfer to marina
08.30 Meet Downbelow Staff & Transfer on Boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
Welcome Briefing
09:00 Registration & Payment. Equipment Selection.
09:30 Dive Briefing
09:45 1st Boat Dive
Return to Dive Center for Tea / Coffee / Fruit & Biscuits
11:30 Dive Briefing
11:45 2nd Boat Dive
13:00 Lunch at Dive Center
14:00 Dive Briefing
14:15 3rd Boat Dive
16:00 Boat Transfer to marina
16:30 Return to Hotel

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!

 

Scuba Diving Day Trips from Gaya Island, TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Snorkeling, Trekking, Sea Kayaking Day Trip at Gaya Island

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 @ 09:29 News
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Join us for a multi activity day on Gaya Island, where you can go snorkeling, trekking all in one day trip from Kota Kinabalu.

Based 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). Our paradise island location is perfect for friends, couples, groups and families to enjoy a day trip from Kota Kinabalu. 

Our Multi Activity Day Trip offers the flexibility to Snorkel some beautiful sites from our island base, go Trekking through the primary rainforest & mangroves and Sea Kayak to explore some secluded bays and see the island from a different perspective.

A member of our staff team will guide you throughout the Snorkleing & Sea Kayaking taking you to the most interesting places and pointing out fascinating marine & wildlife. Our guide will also bring along all the required safety equipment. Life ring & snorkel vests (if required) and marine hand held radio. This enables non swimmers to enjoy the activity. For Trekking it is very safe to wander through the Jungle Trails without a guide, we will give you a hand held radio for communication with the Dive & Adventure Centre and provide an area orientation.

Lots of fun actives but also plenty of time to relax and enjoy our tropical surroundings. We are the only operator at this location so we enjoy no crowds, pristine corals, walking trails through primary rain-forest that meets the reef and mangrove treks teaming with wildlife.

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We provide full snorkeling equipment including snorkel vests for adults and children.
Itinerary

0800 – 0815 hrs    Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings)  transfer to Sutera Harbour Marina
08.30 hrs Meet Downbelow Staff & Transfer on Boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island 
09:00 hrs  Welcome Briefing / Payment & Registration 
09.15 hrs Snorkeling & Trekking
13.00 hrs Lunch at Adventure Centre
14.00 hrs Sea Kayaking
16.00 hrs Boat Transfer to marina
16.30 hrs Return to Hotel

Please contact us should you wish to come and spend the day on Gaya Island, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Trekking, Sea Kayaking or just relaxing.

PADI_IDC

Our international staff team provide premier 5 Star service which it to be expected from a 5 Star Instructor Training Centre.

We pride ourselves on very small group tuition & guiding providing a very personal service.

We have extremely high safety standards and procedures and follow British HSE Guidelines. 

We have a Dive Shop & Travel Centre located on the KK mainland, please feel free to drop in, we offer free wireless internet, tea,coffee and biscuits !!!

TEL: +6 012 866 1935
www.divedownbelow.com


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