Archive for December, 2010

Borneo’s Extreme Adventure Experience with Downbelow

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 @ 11:38 News, Promotions

SCUBA DIVING, WHITE WATER RAFTING & MOUNTAIN CLIMBING
9D8N PROGRAM

Coralscapes abound for divers in the TAR Park off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

This program is suited to the adrenaline junkie budget-conscious traveler in pursuit of an adventurous, “on the GO” experience in Borneo.

We take you on a journey of challenge & adventure with a program to experience three (3) of Borneo’s most popular adventure activities.

It includes scuba diving & interaction with our fascinating marine-life, to the raging rapids of the Padas River and to the top of one of South East Asia’s highest mountains – Mt Kinabalu.

DIVE DOWNBELOW

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive & Adventure center based on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah provides a very special experience.

A resort like feel creates a fun place to spend a few days, enjoying the tropical surroundings and chatting about all the wonderful creatures you will have spotted.

When you choose to dive with us, we don’t just guide you. You embark on an adventure and you’ll see some of the most amazing underwater creatures.

Not a certified diver? don’t worry you won’t miss out !

Our program offers an added bonus where you can join our PADI Open Water Diver Course and come back from your holiday as a certified PADI Open Water Diver !!!

Whitewater Rafting on the Raging Padas River Rapids

THE RAGING RAPIDS

The Padas River’s 30km of white water rafting makes it the longest rafting journey in the whole of Borneo.

We will take you along wild Padas River, through seven rapid clusters graded III-IV, while you’re paddling through the middle of untouched nature.

Rafting the Padas River is fun, exciting and promises that you will experience the Borneo jungle in a way you will never forget!

CLIMB MT. KINABALU

Climing Mt. Kinabalu - yes, it's challenging

Rising to 4,095m, this great mountain is one of the highest peaks between the Himalayas and Irian Jaya on New Guinea.

This monolithic peak is an icon of natural history and successful conservation whilst maintaining its position as the most accessible of high mountains to climb.

The climb itself is more of a long, stair-filled walk that requires stamina and endurance, but is not a technically difficult climb.

The hike to Laban Rata takes between 4-6 hours, is 99% uphill, unrelenting and the trail is seemingly endless; you’ll be dreaming about steps and trails for days after.

If it’s a clear night, take a moment to look at the night sky as it’s simply stunning. The summit itself is……. well you have to go and find out, its worth it!

EXTREME ADVENTURE

This is a 9 Day / 8 Night adventure, there is NO peak season surcharge, single travelers may need to pay single supplements but we try to group likeminded people together to avoid this !!

Accommodation, meals, transfers, park, jetty, climbing permit fees, guides and equipment are all included but please contact us for rates and full details. International flights are excluded.

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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Shark Dives – Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu

Friday, December 10th, 2010 @ 11:33 Diving Sabah, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

During the early weeks of December even more excitement than usual has filled the dive centre, with regular daily sightings of Black Tip Reef Sharks at one of our favorite dive sites just offshore Gaya Island, TARP.

Black Tip Reef Shark spotted in the TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

Adult Black Tip Reef Sharks grow to a maximum of 2m in length and are harmless to humans, favoring crustaceans, small rays and schooling fish as their food source.

Traditionally their daily swimming pattern will not take them very far and we are hoping they will remain in the area.

Our resident professional photographer Richard Swann has identified 5 individuals ranging in length from juveniles to fully grown adults.

Sharks Need Friends

Although Sharks are some of the oldest and most successful vertebrates on the earth, many now are becoming increasingly threatened.

They are big business, as demand grows for shark products more and more are targeted.

Over 150 million are killed each year and because their reproduction rates are low, they have long gestation periods and do not mature until about the age of 20 years, the millions that are killed are not being replaced.

Everyone can befriend a shark NOW !

Say NO to Shark FIN !!

It’s especially easy to play our part here in Asia, Boycott ALL restaurants selling Shark Fin Soup !!

Come dive with us at Downbelow, learn about our ecosystems and the irreplaceable role that sharks play to balance the ocean system.

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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