Archive for May, 2010

They Enjoyed the Diving at Great Length

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 @ 12:36 Guestbook

Hi Richard and Strike,

Eric and I had a wonderful time in KK especially with the Advanced Course with Strike, his professional guidance and patience put my panic at ease and thus makes me enjoy our diving at great length.

In particular, we saw the two painted frogfish, boxer shrimp and also the orang utan crab, all in one dive. It’s such a great and memorable experience for both of us.

No doubt, I will never forget the underwater experience just like stepping into an aquarium, so beautiful and colorful! Surely we will come back for more very soon I hope! Please ask Strike to stay so that my sons can enjoy the advanced open water course with him.

The quiet forest park and white sandy beach, and last but surely not least, the Downbelow team members made our trip an unforgettable memory. Team members create a friendly and welcome atmosphere for every guest when they entered into the Marine park.

I am tempted to take the underwater photographer course too!

Thanks a million for every team members in Downbelow!!

Eric & Isabelle

Painted Clownfish, The Best Dive Sites, Reef Clean Ups, PADI Courses and Leisure Diving

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 @ 20:58 News, Project AWARE

Painted Clownfish, The Best Dive Sites, Reef Clean Ups, PADI Courses and Leisure Diving

New scuba diving sites, reef & fishing net clean ups, lots of new divers, budding underwater photographers and an abundance of critters are just some of what’s been happening at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island over the past couple of weeks !!

Scuba diving with us at Downbelow is very exciting because we have some of the very best dive guides in the region. With many years of local knowledge and experience we know exactly where to look for the beautifully ugly creature critters of the reef !!!

This week causing much excitement has been the discovery of 2 – yes TWO juvenile painted frog fish on one of the reefs close to our dive centre. We hope that these shy and sensitive creatures will stay in the area for a long while.

We found a fishing net washed up on North Sulug, one of our favorite dive sites, the very next day Richard, a few members of staff and our Divemaster trainees spent almost the whole day cutting it away, fish were saved and the reef was left with only a little damage.

Lots of guests have enjoyed leisure diving to some of the best dive sites at TARP offshore to Usukan Bay WW2 Wrecks, The Rock and Mayne Rock.

The visibility has been great too this week, surface waters were a little low at times due to some heavy rain but still very enjoyable.

Painted Clownfish, The Best Dive Sites, Reef Clean Ups, PADI Courses and Leisure Diving

Should you wish to come and visit us at our island based dive & adventure center 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.

For more information on scuba diving Gaya Island, TARP and Sabah’s West Coast please peruse our links to the left, starting with the Dive Trip 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.

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!

Painted Clownfish, The Best Dive Sites, Reef Clean Ups, PADI Courses and Leisure Diving

Downbelow’s Diving Staff Looked After Them Well

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 @ 09:30 Guestbook

Joanne,

A short e-mail to inform you that our group have received our certificates and I will like to take this opportunity to thank you, Richard and all your diving staff for looking after us so well during our recent basic diving course.

The whole of the Regiment is busy with training now and will be until we come back from our op tour next year. Regards.

Pim

Downbelow’s Diving Staff Looked After Them Well

Kota Kinabalu’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) sees Conservation Dividends.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 @ 12:29 News

Ghostpipefish – a prize find in any location haven’t been this plentiful for long while and we believe the return of fantastical creatures to Kota Kinabalu’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) is pure conservation dividends.

Like many marine creature Ghostpipefish are seasonal and now is their peak season but its been years since they were in such abundance.

TARP has historically been shunned by divers thinking anywhere in Sabah other than Sipadan is boring.

However with marine life returning to the reefs and rare creature encounters frequent, Downbelow is convinced that conservation efforts are rejuvenating the park.

We see something wonderful on every dive – vibrant corals, unusual Nudibranches, Marble & Eagle Rays, Schools of Chevron Barracuda, Orang Utan Crabs, Pajama Cardinals; they’re all here within sight of the city.

Gaya Island & TARP have enjoyed increased protection from Sabah Parks and it’s the reduction of illegal fishing practices that’s a major contributor to the return of marine life.

To discover more about diving Borneo and to dive Gaya Island & TARP, please peruse our website.

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.

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!

Ghostpipefish Gaya Island

Kota Kinabalu’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) sees Conservation Dividends.

Promotion Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort & Scuba Diving or Snorkeling Pacakge

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 @ 12:29 News, Promotions

Shangri La Rasa Ria & Scuba Diving Promotional Package

Rasa Ria Ocean Wing

Stay at the Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort for 4 nights, Scuba Dive for 2 days (6 Dives).

What a perfect way to spend your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah !!!

Promotional Rate – based on 2 people sharing NETT .

Garden Wing
Garden View: RM 1,950.00 per person

Ocean Wing
Ocean View: RM 2,735.00 per person
Save more $$$ with extra days & nights !

Includes:
4 Nights Room with Buffet Breakfast for Two People
2 Days Scuba Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park from Gaya Island with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures.
Hotel – Island return transfers, all park fees, jetty fees, refreshments, lunch, equipment rental included. Qualified Divers enjoy 6 boat dives, non qualified divers enjoy first morning Discover Scuba Diving Program followed by 4 Boat dives.
Non divers enjoy fully guided snorkeling or relaxing on the beach or trekking the rainforest trails of Gaya Island.
Pre-payment is required.

NO HIDDEN CHARGES !!!!

Only – additional peak season surcharges apply to accommodation during:
From 15th July to 31st August 2010 (Summer Holidays)
From 21nd December 2010 to 4th January 2011 (Christmas, New Year)
From 1 – 7 February 2011 (Chinese New Year 2011)
Please contact us for peak season rates !

For more information and to see images, check out the page about Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort.

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

Scuba Diving with Turtles

 

Hartpury College enjoy Discover Scuba Diving on Gaya Island TARP

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 @ 12:28 Groups & Schools, News
Hartpury College enjoy Discover Scuba Diving on Gaya Island

Downbelow hosted 19 students and their teacher from Hartpury College in UK for a fabulous day of Scuba Diving from Gaya Island.

It was a mental day on the island with 36 people in total enjoying the activities – 21 of them were Discover Scuba Divers !! But everyone split into their small groups with their instructors – even with this many people we maintain our very personnel attention to instruction and safety – the more the merrier – and this day sure was !!!!

As usual the whole Downbelow team did a top job well done guys you made us very proud !

The group from Hartpury College in the UK and all our other divers and snorkelers had a great time on the island today discovering scuba and enjoying our little piece of paradise with their Downbelow Instructors (not sure who had the most fun ;)

At Downbelow we specialize in Group Events, Schools, Colleges, University, Clubs and Organizations.

Taking the brief from the client and formulating itineraries to suit group size and duration.

Check out our Adventure Training and Corporate Events for more information about what we can do for you and your groups.

Lots more images from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Hartpury College enjoy Discover Scuba Diving on Gaya Island TARP

Night Dive was One of His Favourite Dives Ever

Monday, May 17th, 2010 @ 11:42 Guestbook

Dive Downbelow,

I just wanted to let you know that the night dive I did with you on Saturday night is one of my favorite dives ever. What a great time! I can’t wait to come back to Borneo with my family and dive again.

Sincerely,

Jack French

 

Night Dive was One of His Favourite Dives Ever

Downbelow Sussed Out Unavailable Availability

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 @ 17:32 Guestbook

Hi Azlinawati,

Your company have been excellent at helping my colleague find a suitable trip for her clients when many other companies were unable to find availability, so thank you for that too!

Regards,

Charlotte
Flight Centre

Downbelow Sussed Out Unavailable Availability

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