Holiday Promo: Sipadan Kapalai & Lankayan Dive Resort Special Rates, Sabah Malaysia

We are very pleased to offer a special holiday promotion with additional discounts for bookings at Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort and Lankayan island Resort from 1st November to 15th December 2010.

Further discounts are available if you book TWO Centre Packages with us at Gaya Island !!!

We are taking bookings NOW for these dates.

Kapalai Dive Resort aHoliday Promo: Sipadan Kapalai & Lankayan Dive Resort Special Rates, Sabah Malaysia

We are offering an additional 10% discount to our already discounted rates which make staying at these beautiful resorts a must when visiting Sabah !!

Refer to our travel centre’s accommodation section as well as the Lankayan Island page to learn more about these tropical destinations and see some stunning images.

Both resorts are protected under our Price Promise.

Please email us for more information and to check availability.

Why not start begin your holiday in Kota Kinabalu with a leisure and fun SCUBA Dive, Snorkelling or jungle trekking with us on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre offers marine & wildlife lovers an unforgettable day trip in paradise.



Holiday Promo: Sipadan Kapalai & Lankayan Dive Resort Special Rates, Sabah Malaysia

They Enjoyed the Snokeling and Love Our Dive Centre

Hi Jo

Just a quick note to say thanks to you both for our visit to Gaya – we were really surprised – given past experiences of KK bay, our expectations weren’t really up there, but we had a great time, enjoyed the snorkeling and loved your dive centre.

Fidelis also did a good job in looking after us. I think we may do a couple of courses in the summer – the little guy is interested in doing his Open Water – despite getting stung by a Jelly – I’ll be back in touch about this nearer the time.

Also thanks to Richard for his suggestion about the walk via the Mangrove Swamp – Heather and I loved it.

If a testimonial is useful let me know.

Hope the Army visit is going well.



Project Aware – Dive for Earth Day Awareness on Gaya Island

Reversing the tide – cleaning up Gaya Island

Dive operator Downbelow invited 40 volunteers, both local and foreign, to lead by example and clean up some of the rubbish choking the TAR Park.

Working from 9am till 2pm on the shores near Sabah Parks Headquarters & Downbelows PADI 5 Star IDC Centre, the trekking trail and in the mangrove swamps, Downbelow staff and the volunteers managed to rid the environment of the TAR Park of a staggering amount of rubbish, which included
• 180kg of glass bottles (mostly discarded beer bottles);
• 50kg of plastic items (plastic bags and drinks bottles the main culprits); and
• 40kg of aluminium and tin cans.

Project Aware – Dive for Earth Day Awareness on Gaya Island

The clean-up is to help raise awareness for Dive for Earth Day coming up in April, a PADI Project AWARE initiative that encourages the conservation of our oceans, be it below the surface or on the shorelines.

“Every year we sponsor several clean-up operations to collect rubbish on Gaya Island”, said Evelyn Bernadinus, Downbelow’s Regional Manager. “We transport participants to the island and provide refreshments and lunch in exchange for trash collected”, she said.

Sabah Parks, as well as Sutera Harbour Resort, contributed to the initiative by waiving their respective jetty fees for the volunteers.

“As part of the clean-up initiative, we also donated RM888, and collected an additional RM310 from participants,” added Bernadinus, “which is for the PADI Project AWARE Foundation in support of their mission to conserve underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.”

Bernadinus hopes that more dive operators would step up to support awareness of Dive for Earth Day and contribute to keeping Kota Kinabalu’s national marine park clean, as both local and foreign volunteers expressed their satisfaction with the results of the cleanup.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures heavily promotes the TAR Park’s diverse and vibrant underwater life and, when not on a mission to clean it, conducts daily diving and island activities to explore it.


Project Aware – Dive for Earth Day Awareness on Gaya Island

Downbelow Travel Centre Girls go Scuba Diving, Gaya Island

Downbelow Travel Centre Girls go Scuba Diving, Gaya Island

Downbelow’s Travel Centre girls took to the reefs last weekend and spend the day SCUBA Diving on Gaya Island.

PADI Staff Instructor Joanne conducted a Discover SCUBA Diving program with Azlina.

Shiau Lee, already a qualified diver, joined for a SCUBA Review as its been a while since her last.

The water was stunning and we saw schools of fish, some beautiful coral reef and had a fabulous day all round !!!

More information on our courses, day trips and travel packages please peruse our links to the right.



Cryptic Critters! Ghostpipefish, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu

Criptic Critters ! Ghostpipefish, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu

Ornate or Harlequin Ghostpipefish – Solenostomus paradoxus

Closely related to the family Syngnathidae – Seahorses and Pipefish they are from same order and share the long tube like snout.

Easily identified and arguably the most elaborate of Syngnathiformes, the Ornate or Harlequin Ghostpipefish is a highly prized discovery among divers and underwater photographers and we have several pairs around Gaya Island and within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

The fins of the Ornate Ghostpipefish are well developed, large and as the name suggests ornately decorated.

Spending most of its time in a head down position, drifting or slowly swimming in gentle surge and currents. In our image to the left, photographed by Richard just a couple of minutes from our PADI 5 Star IDC Centre on Gaya Island, you can see a pair of Ghostpipefish cryptically nestled among the branches of a feather star.

Their coloration is variable and the female has much larger ventral fins to store her eggs. Males are generally smaller in size than females, who grow to approximately 10cm in length. If undisturbed they will remain in the same host fauna for many weeks allowing us to revisit and respectfully show our divers !!!

Gaya Island and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – TARP offers some fabulous scuba diving possibilities, teeming with marine life it should not be missed by divers coming to Sabah.

For more information on SCUBA diving Gaya Island, TARP and Sabah’s West Coast, please have a look at our leisure and fun diving section.

For more information on the marine creatures you are likely to see please peruse our Marine Biology Section of the website. All information and photography is the work of Richard and Joanne, Directors of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures.


Cryptic Critters! Ghostpipefish, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu

Why Scuba Dive Borneo with Dive Downbelow?

Dive Shop and Travel Centre Kota Kinabalu

Dive Borneo – Dive Downbelow – What makes Downbelow Different ?

There are only two Dive Centres actually based in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – we are one of those two !!!

We also have our Head Office in KK Times Square offering tailor-made Travel in Sabah. 

Our island based dive & adventure center provides a very special experience. Located on the beach 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.  

Plus …. 

Safety & Equipment 
New and maintained Dive Equipment with Documented Service History 
Boats equipped with Sounders, GPS and Marine Radios for Complete Safety and Enjoyment 
Marine Radio & Handheld Radio Communication links the Team & Dive Centre
DAN Emergency Oxygen Kit and First Aid Kits on Boats and at Dive Centre
Emergency Assistant Plan & Risk Assessment Updated and Displayed
All staff members trained in Emergency First Response with 7 in house EFR Instructors

Downbelow Staff

Offering the widest range of Scuba Diving Courses – Try Dives to Staff Instructor – in house !
Offering the widest range of Scuba Diving Day Trips on comfortable, fast dive boats.
37ft, 35ft & 32ft Comfortable Powerful Dive Boats – plenty of space with cover from the Sun & Rain !
Small Groups & Personal treatment – No Crowds !
Fresh Water Showers and Toilets !
Marine Biology Information & Enthusiastic Staff 
Over 50 dive sites within easy reach of our Dive Centre 
Only 5 minutes by Speedboat from Kota Kinabalu City


Authorized PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive & Adventure Centre 
PADI Professionals in Active Teaching Status 
International Team – British, Malaysian, Chinese 
7 x PADI Instructors, 2 x PADI Assistant Instructors, 2 x PADI Divemasters, 4 x Snorkel Guides and 24 members in the Downbelow Team resulting in an Exception Level of Service 
Underwater Photography Experts – in House 
Fully Licensed through the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism 


For bookings please call or email us

TEL: +6 012 867 7375

Underwater Camera Rental & Sale – Canon Powershot G11 Camera & Underwater Housing.

NEW in the Downbelow KK Dive Shop – The Canon Powershot G11 Camera & Underwater Housing.

In stock now at our Scuba Dive Shop and Dive Centre – Kota Kinabalu.

Advanced amateurs who have overwhelmingly embraced the G Series will be delighted with the PowerShot G11, which features RAW mode for unlimited editing options, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and a 2.8-inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD.

Add to that Canon’s new High Sensitivity System and high-speed ISO for incredible image quality, and Canon’s top-range compact digital camera is a truly groundbreaking successor.

Underwater Camera Rental & Sale – Canon Powershot G11 Camera & Underwater Housing.

This is a camera that supports and nurtures creativity, with a full range of shooting and recording modes and compatibility with exciting accessories including Speedlite flashes.

Canon Underwater Housing
Toshiba 4 GB SDHC Card
Leather Camera Case
Moisture Alarm

When in Kota Kinabalu please visit our Dive Shop and Travel Centre – its is a place for existing and potential clients to visit and discover what Sabah has to offer both on land and Downbelow !

Reservations for Adventure Travel, Sepilok and Kinabatangan Wildlife Packages, Lankayan, Kapalai and Layang Layang among others can also be explored and booked at our Travel Centre.

Our Dive Shop & Travel Centre is a hive of activity and information.

We are resellers for Suunto, Atomic Aquatics, BARE Wetsuits, Sherwood Scuba, AKONA, Unidive, Dive Rite and more. We sell a selection of clothing and cool boxes plus many diving accessories.


Underwater Camera Rental & Sale – Canon Powershot G11 Camera & Underwater Housing.


Check out our Hammerhead Shark Underwater Video from Sipadan, Borneo

Videographer Richard Swann from Downbelow managed to capture some of our Hammerhead Shark encounter on film, we were deep and it was dark but you can still see the school of Hammerhead Sharks at Sipadan, there were more than 100 sharks in total – AWESOME !!!!

We offer TWO Centre Scuba Diving Packages to Sipadan – Kapalai Dive Resort & Gaya Island with very generous discounts.

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

A Lovely Day’s Diving of Gaya with Downbelow

Please thank Richard and his staff for a lovely day’s diving off Gaya.

I hope Richard managed to get the shots of the Ghost pipefish he was after. They must be special given the excitement amongst the staff (Kelvin and Jamie especially) who spotted them and radioed for Richard to come out with his camera.

Unfortunately we surfaced just as they were spotted so missed out.

We will be back.

Thanks again,
Ian and Lorraine


A Lovely Day’s Diving of Gaya with Downbelow