Archive for August, 2010

Everything went smoothly from the 1st booking

Friday, August 27th, 2010 @ 14:13 Guestbook

Dear Shirly,

Just a note to say thank you for organising our Mt. Kinabalu trek. Everything went very smoothly from 1st booking with you right up to the actual day. Even you phoning us at the hotel to confirm our pickup the next day and our driver to the mountain was lovely.

Our guide was Fredlin, and if you can, we would really appreciate if you could get a message to his managers; he was outstanding and we truly could not have done it without him. He was more than just a guide to us and so so so so helpful and reassuring.

I had a few moments were i was so scared, but he literally held my hand throughout and made me feel safe so that I was able to complete the climb, for which we are truly thankful.

Thank you once again for all your help and assistance in our booking and I look forward to making another booking with you in the future.

Rebecca and James :-)

Discover Scuba Diving DSD – Try Dive Lessons for Beginners

Monday, August 16th, 2010 @ 12:28 Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu, News, Promotions

Try Dive – Discover Scuba Diving, fondly known as the DSD is Scuba Diving Lessons for Beginners – An ideal day trip to the TARP Islands offshore Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo.

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.

Just take a look at some of our recent guests, pictured left with their PADI Instructor Strike, they all chose to take their first breaths underwater with us, gaining our “Dived and Survived with Downbelow Stamp !!!!

Discover Scuba Diving Our Island based PADI 5 Star Instructor Development & 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.

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.

Our half day program competes before lunch time so you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the tropical beaches, snorkeling, trekking or sea kayaking.

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 Sutera Harbour Marina
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 Mainland Jetty
16:15 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

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Scuba Diving – Kota Kinabalu

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 @ 12:10 News

Painted Frogfish spotted in the TAR ParkGenerally people look at the TAR Park and think that surely there’s no great diving so close to a busy city like KK, especially when they go to the tourist beaches on Manukan and Sapi and see the coral damage from crowds of people.

The truth, however, is that because it’s so near the city, it’s increasingly well protected by Sabah Parks, and once you go slightly deeper than the height of your average tourist, the real fun starts.

People who have dived around the park, especially with knowledgable, enthusiastic guides the likes of Downbelow’s staff, realize that the proximity to the city is actually the number 1 selling point. Frogfish (pictured left) are frequently encountered, nudibranchs are very common with many rare and varied species regularly encountered. Seahorses, ghostpipefish, flounders, stargazers, mandarin fish, moray eels, lion fish, and many species of crustaceans are among the usual suspects and divers can frequently interact with cephalopods as they slowly fin along the reef.

A dive before breakfast? Do it in the TAR Park. Lunch time diving? Yup, that too. A night-dive just before dinner? Downbelow does that quite often :)

So, in bullet form, the TAR Park is great because:
– There’s varied and interesting dive sites just 10 minutes from the city;
– Destructive fishing practices in the park are nearly extinct;
– Corals are vibrant and evermore populated by a myriad of undisturbed and returning fish;
– Macro-creatures abound;
– Pelagic fish encounters are increasing;
– Turtles, rays, even the odd reef shark or two, they’re all in the TAR Park;
– There’ shallow dives with lots to see;
– Deep dives with interesting critters;
– Usually no significant current, but if you fancy a drift dive there’s sites with that too;
– And there is 1 big wreck just outside park (but quite deep – 35m – 50m), and 2 not too far away;

Here’s some comments from the Downbelow Guestbook that highlighted the Park in particular:

FrogfishOn 25 May Eric & Isabelle who dived with Downbelow said “We enjoyed 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.”

On 17 May, Downbelow guest, Jack French, said “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.”

On 23 April, James, a guest of Downbelow, said “thanks 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”

On 9 Feb, Ying Li and Jans Kier said “On the way back from Kota Kinabalu I asked the kids what was the best experience from our holiday. Both Ellen and Adam said the snorkeling day trip!”

On Nov 18 Charles Silva said “I just got back to grey, cold and rainy Stockholm and already miss Borneo and my wonderful long sunny days and diving adventures among the turtles, sharks and nudibranchs in the TARP.”

See where in the world we are on Google Maps, otherwise stop by, email or phone 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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Travel Centre for your Sabah Holiday in Borneo

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 @ 12:00 News

Downbelow's Dive Shop & Classroom in KK Times Square, Kota KinabaluWelcome to Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures!

A Tours and Travel Centre for your Sabah Holiday in 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.

This is why we 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.

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

Please visit our offices, drop us an email or give us a ring. Details are on our Contact Us page.

A Seamlessly Arranged Trip to Sabah

Friday, August 6th, 2010 @ 14:04 Guestbook

Dear Shirley,

I just want to thank you for our seamlessly arranged trip to Sabah from which we returned yesterday and for your call the day of our arrival.

I have been impressed by your quick responses, efficiency and professionalism and we had a perfect, hassle-free holiday. I even made it to the summit of Mount Kinabalu and although my husband and daughter did not, my husband did at least make it to Pendant Hut!

I am still wanting to do snorkelling (for my daughter and husband) and a diving trip (for me) in Sabah sometime, especially to see sea turtles.

We will certainly seek your advice and arrangements when we have dates for that holiday.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Reimi Kinoshita Liu

A Seamlessly Arranged Trip to Sabah

Scuba Diving Internships – Kota Kinabalu

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 @ 11:52 News, Professional Diving Internships

Scuba Diving Internships - Kota KinabaluSCUBA Diving internships are great way to spend the summer months, between university holidays, gap years or sabbaticals from work !!!

Pictured left: Tom (aka: Rambo) a KK dive club member joins our scuba diving internship candidates, Gabriel, Simon & Joe for the PADI Rescue Diver portion of their program.

Our Internship program has become very popular and successful. Please take a look at our Facebook page to see up to date information on Gaya Island happenings and see how the scuba diving internship candidates are progressing with their training.

The internships represent great value for money, provide exceptional experiences and training and at the same time they are great fun.

On all our internships you receive UNLIMITED scuba diving. We can offer this because our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre is based within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park with direct access to our training lagoon & house reef.

Based only 10 minutes from the City of Kota Kinabalu, we dive everyday !

Annually we run a minimum of two Instructor Development Courses (IDC) to co-inside with these two IDC courses we run 1 month – 1 year internship programs, which can be joined at any time throughout the year.

Our internship programs cater for people who are complete beginners to the sport of diving and those more experienced.

We include very affordable accommodation to participants.

Continuing education is offered to the already certified PADI Instructor as Emergency First Response Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer and IDC Staff Instructor.

Anyone can apply to join our program, for more information please see our Professional PADI Internship Program dedicated web pages or 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!
Learn to Dive with PADI Scuba diving courses for divers visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Borneo.
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