Archive for March, 2013

Latest Turtle Sightings in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Borneo

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 @ 17:09 Gaya Island Animals, News, Sightings


We are experiencing quite a number of green turtles sightings in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park at the moment.

The above is a picture of one such turtle captured by Downbelow’s resident Platinum PADI Course Director and PRO underwater photographer Richard Swann.

Generally turtles can be seen in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Borneo all throughout the year so if you’re lucky you might stumble upon one such beautiful creature during one of your dives.

You don’t have to be a scuba diver – many of our snorkelling clients also encounter turtles underwater during their activity.

So come and dive and snorkel with us, you might find yourself out in the open sea with a turtle swimming next to you.

Contact us today!

Story of our favourite Ghostpipe Fish in Borneo

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 @ 17:04 Gaya Island Animals, News


Remember “Little Red” back in January?

Downbelow’s PADI Open Water Staff Instructor (OWSI) Pablo discovered him under the jetty one day in January and after around a month off he went on to the open waters but guess what – Pablo spotted him again this morning while taking a couple of PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) participants along the house reef.

This time however our favourite Ghostpipe fish has found a girlfriend :)

All of us became very fond of Little Red as he could be seen from the surface & we are delighted he has found himself a steady loved one with the potential of “babies” on the way ;)

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann has been documenting his progress from above & down below so look out for more amazing images.

Japanese Film Crew Captured Sabah’s Underwater Beauty

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 @ 09:53 News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park


Richard & the Downbelow team had a great day showing the awesome film crew from Sky 1 Japan, Go Hayakata,Yuka Yuka Matsubara, Masayuki Kuritani, Mari Hatano, Natsu Mori and Gold medalist Freediving champion Hanako Hirose around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Borneo.

At the request of Sabah Tourism, Downbelow were excited to host the group for the day & do our best to show the highlights of the area for their upcoming film promoting Sabah’s underwater wonders.

Needless to say we look forward to seeing the footage on air :)

It was a beautiful day & TARP didn’t disappoint delivering stunning corals, Turtle, Matting Squid, schooling Barracuda & the list goes on.

Downbelow Managing Director and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, who is an underwater photographer himself even had the privilege to join in and captured a few nice images to pass to the crew.

We wish to thank our new friends from Japan for spending a fantastic day with us & we hope to welcome you back to “the land below the wind” soon.

Best of wishes Hanako with your next record attempt from all the team at Downbelow.

Divemaster Training for IDC Candidates

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 @ 09:43 News, Professional Diving Internships


It was a PADI Divemaster training day with Platinum PADI CD Richard & Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Victor at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

Holly, Bernard & Mike our international GoPro interns who will be with us for three months were joined by our local interns Morin & Suzi who work full time for Downbelow as they complete their PADI Divemaster program.

Do you want to step into the world of professional diving? Then come and join our PADI IDC starting 16th May 2013. Join us earlier for some free prep lessons.

Don’t know how to contact us? Check out this page!

Captains Went Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 @ 10:00 News


Downbelow boat captains recently went fun diving guided by fellow captain & PADI Divemaster Mel.

The two captains just recently gained their PADI Open Water qualification so as a bonus for all their hard work senior captain Mel took them all for an afternoon dive – needless to say they all had fun diving in the waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park!

If our captains can spare an afternoon to take a time out and go diving, there is no excuse for you not to go for a dive in the beautiful waters just outside of Kota Kinabalu city.

Contact us to get all the details.

Welcome to our latest PADI IDC Asia Interns

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 @ 09:00 IDC, News


Downbelow welcomes our latest intake of Go-Pro Interns to our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Borneo.

Our candidates this time around are Holly, Beth, Mel, Bernard, Mike, Charlie & Vui How (not in picture) who after completing their PADI Divemaster Courses will be going on to the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) in May with resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann.

Once again we have a wonderful mixed bag of nationalities & personalities but one thing is for sure we will all have tons of fun!

Why not join us & enjoy our free IDC prep sessions before the program starts – just make contact with us and we’ll guide you all the way.

Downbelow Hosted PADI Instructor Examination (IE) Borneo

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 @ 15:01 News, Project AWARE


Last weekend Downbelow assisted PADI for their PADI Instructor Examination in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo.

We proudly welcomed the candidates for this session together with PADI Instructor Examiner Mike Hayes as they utilized our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for the last day of the exam.

Our centre which is located only 10 minutes away on a speed boat from the city, boasts properly-maintained diving equipment, privacy from the crowds and of course, the lovely open water for diving.

It was good to see the candidates concluding their exam with flying colors and it was even better when everyone shouted in unison “Extinction is not an option!”.

Downbelow Staff Completes PADI Open Water Course in Gaya Island

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 @ 09:00 Courses, News, Open Water Course


Good news! A few of our staff completed the PADI Open Water Course at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre last week.

Under the watchful eye of our PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors Victor and Sam, assisted by PADI Divemaster Mel, the student divers accomplished all of the required tasks without much struggle.

Downbelow has always been encouraging our staff to utilize the manpower that is available even if the course is not directly related to their day-to-day job.

Sometimes though, new experience outside of the normal daily routine can help you re-charge your career and probably your life.

Maybe it is time that you or your staff to experience diving?

Do consider Downbelow with our qualified PADI instructors in teaching status and led by PADI Course Director Richard Swann. We are located only 10 minutes boat ride away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Talk to us today and see what we can do for you!

Danish Adventurers Observes Elephants in Sandakan, Borneo

Monday, March 18th, 2013 @ 17:04 Borneo Adventure, Danish Adventure Group, News

A pleasant update from our young Danish adventurers on their trip in Borneo.

Last week they sighted a herd of Borneo Pygmy elephants feeding by the Kinabatangan river on the east coast of Sabah.

After a week of camping in the island while completing their PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu and then five days of walking through the jungle of Borneo , the latest experience of witnessing the elephants in their natural habitat would surely create lasting memories that will surely never be forgotten.

This trip was also part of their Borneo Adventure Program in Borneo with Downbelow.

Downbelow can accomodate any group wanting to experience their own Borneo adventure, just contact us and let us do the rest!

International School Visits Dive Center in Gaya Island, Borneo

Monday, March 18th, 2013 @ 16:48 Groups & Schools, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park


Last week our friends from Wild Borneo Expeditions visited our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre again with another group of international school students.

The group comprising of young kids looked like they had an awesome time visiting the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and hopefully it will instill a love for the environment in them, most importantly a desire to keep it just the way it is.

It is on this note that Downbelow took time to inform them of the struggle that a lot of the marine animals face especially sharks.

We are happy to say that the kids agree that sharks should stay in the ocean rather than in a bowl of soup!

Do you want to visit our dive centre? Contact us and we can arrange for a visit!