Archive for June, 2015

Downbelow moves up for clients visiting Sabah!

Monday, June 29th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News, Sabah Travel Centre

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In order for us to maintain our clients happiness when visiting Sabah, Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures moves up in the exciting tourism industry!

It’s such satisfaction when our efforts are recognised by our clients, which is what spurs us on to develop our business and our company is expanding to great heights!

For over a month, our new premises is transformed from the construction site of rubble that it was, into professional and brightly-lit spaces for our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop and Sabah Travel Centre. The most exciting addition to our company is an adventure lodge, which its main purpose is to accommodate our large groups of schools and universities in between their visits to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre and the incredible attractions of Sabah.

We’re really looking forward to settling in and getting groups on our Expedition Borneo program to overnight in between their adventure activities, such as climbing Mount Kinabalu and visiting the Kinabatangan River for a wildlife safari! This is a really unique feature: all facilities – accommodation, travel centre, dive shop and eatery – all under one roof!

Get more details when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where our experts will be more than happy to arrange your travels in Sabah, Borneo!

Project AWARE goals shared with Cardiff University!

Friday, June 26th, 2015 @ 08:00 Cardiff University, News, Open Water Course

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For the second year in a row, Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures and Cardiff University have shared the same Project AWARE goals of marine conservation!

This June, a group of 15 participants (includes 2 University staff) camp for 12 nights at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in the TAR marine park. For the 12 who are not yet certified divers, they will be taught the PADI Open Water Diver course by our team of PADI Instructors before they continue on to our buoyancy clinic to fine tune their buoyancy. Peak performance buoyancy is essential to the students underwater tasks to conduct their ecological surveys: coral identification, fish sizing and mapping. Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann will oversee the students progress and ensure they receive plenty of practise collecting data and also receive a unique education on marine conservation. Because, after all, these surveys are recorded for the purposes of protecting and preserving marine life and its habitat!

Our Sabah Travel Centre have years of expertise in arranging specialised educational programs, such as Cardiff University’s annual tropical ecology field trip – contact our advisors for more information!

What dive destinations are there in Sabah?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Kota Kinabalu, Diving Sabah, News

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What dive destinations  you are looking for is important to our Sabah Travel Centre’s when creating your adventure itinerary – just know that there are plenty of incredible spots in Sabah!

Travel expert Jane, organises a daily leisure diving package for our clients from New Zealand to explore the reefs of the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park under the supervision of the PADI professionals based at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

Having just experienced a scuba diving adventure at Layang Layang Island, they couldn’t get enough of the incredible tropical scuba diving in Sabah; so upon their return to Kota Kinabalu, they dropped by our HQ to book a few days of our recreational diving program for certified divers.

They are inspired to continue their diver education since logging more and more dives during their diving holiday in Sabah, and they invested in a Suunto Zoop dive computer each to consider the first professional level in the PADI system of diver education: PADI Divemaster!

Get more details on Go PRO internship programs combined with a dive holiday in Sabah when you get in touch with our advisors!

How do Go PRO advisors personalise internships?

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, News, Professional Diving Internships

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Go PRO advisors at our Kota Kinabalu HQ possess years of experience to personalise internships for our professional scuba diving candidates!

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Pablo has recently mentored Jessie from Hong Kong who completed the PADI Divemaster course in a 10-day Go PRO internship itinerary! By PADI standards, the Divemaster takes a recommended amount on 50 hours to complete all performance requirements, and still offers Jessie a comfortable amount of time to finish her requirements. Jessie frequently visits our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre (as a matter of fact, she completed ALL of her diver education under our PADI Instructors supervision!); and we’re expecting to see more of Jessie in future, and with every visit our Go PRO team will surely encourage her to use those dive leadership skills she learnt so she builds her confidence until she’s ready to continue to our award winning PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!

Jessie is a full-time history teacher in Hong Kong, and could be back with her very own students to guide them on a scuba diving excursion around Sabah – both in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, as well as the world famous Sipadan Island!

For more information on our Go PRO internship programs that our helpful and experienced advisors can arrange to suit your needs, contact us!

Another 100% pass at the PADI Instructor Exam!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 @ 08:00 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

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Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures celebrate once again as our Go PRO internship candidates successfully achieve another 100% pass at the PADI Instructor Exam (IE) in Kota Kinabalu June 11th–12th!

One of the happiest and most memorable moments for a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is the last day of their 2-day IE, because of the determination they contribute during their PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), which takes an intensive 16 days to complete!

To work as a full-time PADI Instructor is always worth the hard work, to travel around the world teaching others the sport of scuba diving in exotic paradise locations, such as Sabah, Borneo! There’s plenty of incentive for our candidates even during their Go PRO internship programs – they receive a special discount on any product of our KK Dive Shop, as well as all tour packages at our Sabah Travel Centre.

Our travel experts can create an itinerary similar to our very popular Expedition Borneo program, which combines all the very best of Sabah’s adventures: Mount Kinabalu, wildlife safari along the Kinabatangan River, white water rafting, Salt Trails jungle trek, dive at world famous Sipadan Island!

Enrol on a Go PRO internship when you get in touch with our advisors, and receive the many benefits to explore Sabah simultaneously to professional diver training!

Downbelow vision for KK Dive Shop coming together!

Sunday, June 14th, 2015 @ 08:00 News, Sabah Travel Centre

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The Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures vision for our KK Dive Shop is coming together, and we’re looking forward to moving really soon!

Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop Supervisor Karen is really excited to be working in the new premises for our dive shop, especially catering to our clients needs to experience their many adventures in Sabah.

There’s no anxiety whatsoever concerning change in our operations, we’re actually somewhat impatient to begin the new phase of our operations! Not only will our Sabah Travel Centre and KK Dive Shop have more space, but the two floors above will be a special addition, which is a completely new venture for us!

Our clients visiting Kota Kinabalu and Sabah will find each and every facility of our operations to their benefit and convenience when exploring our beautiful ‘Land Below The Wind’! Can’t wait to get feedback from our guests on the spiral staircase that connects our dive shop and travel centre – buy your Suunto dive computer before booking your professional scuba diving internship program with our Go PRO advisors on the floor above!

Get more information about how our operations can create the perfect holiday for you to adventure Sabah, Borneo!

Sabah Earthquake & Mount Kinabalu Updated Information

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 @ 12:20 News

Life will never be quite the same for Sabahans and those people who call Sabah their home. But with a strong spirit and joy for life everyone is moving forward day by day. We will never forget 5th June 2015 at 07:15 hrs when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Sabah and devastated parts of Mount Kinabalu.

We will never forget those lives that have been lost. Fourteen climbers, two mountain guides and two Via Ferrata trainers.  Known to our team and many of our clients these committed men Valerian, Ricky, Robbi & Joseph may now rest in peace in the knowledge that they provided great adventures with lasting memories for so many people that will be always cherished.

To the mountain guides that have supported the rescue efforts we salute you and your bravery.

The latest update from Sabah Parks, confirms that mountain climbing activities will be cancelled for at least three weeks. Operations at Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs re-opened on 7th June, however the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery, Canopy Walkway, Butterfly Farm, Kipungit Waterfall, Langanan Waterfall & Mesilau Nature Resort will be closed to visitors until further notice.  All other activities are operating as usual. We do not expect Via Ferrata Activities to re-open for many weeks.  We would like to again thank our clients who have been so understanding during this time. Especially those whose climbs have been cancelled, your understanding is very much appreciated.

Tomorrow (12th June – one week on) at Kinabalu Park HQ 1000hrs there will be a Remembrance Ceremony. Anyone is welcome to join to celebrate the lives of those lost, pay condolences to families, friends and show solidarity in fellowship.

The Sabah Tourism Advisory have provided an official update which can be found here: http://www.sabahtourism.com/business/events/why-sabah

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Next destination: Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Borneo!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 @ 08:00 News, Sabah Travel Centre

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In Sabah, Borneo, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the next destination that will be on every visitors’ bucket list when it comes to wildlife safaris.

Representatives of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve visit our Sabah Travel Centre to educate our travel experts on the attraction of visiting this natural haven of Sabah.

Video footage is particularly effective when educating others with the ecotourism conducted by our various partners on the eastern coast, and one such popular educational video is played at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary before the two daily feeding times.

Clients from all over the world return to Kota Kinabalu city centre from their wildlife safari program inspired to continue their travels by choosing only those environmentally responsible operators, such as ourselves at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures!
Learning about the conservation efforts conducted at the famous Kinabalu National Park can be experienced in a Kinabalu Park Day Trip program, which includes visiting the Poring Hot Springs. However, our Sabah Travel Centre experts can add more to the day, such as visiting the Kundasang War Memorial Park to learn about the history that surrounds the area.

Get more information on our wildlife safari programs and mountain climbing packages when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ. We specialise in personalising itineraries to suit you and always keeping your safety our top priority throughout your adventure in Sabah, Borneo!

Summer Promo: High-End hotel & 1-Day island fun!

Monday, June 8th, 2015 @ 12:03 Promotions

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The Hyatt Regency is centrally located, which offers guests the convenience of being within walking distance to many attractions of a buzzing city like Kota Kinabalu!

Enjoy the comforts of such facilities of a high-end hotel for 3 nights at amazing value-for-money during your stopover in between trips within your Sabah adventure.

And experience a day at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for either scuba diving or snorkelling to witness the marine biodiversity of the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park’s tropical waters!

3 Nights with 1 Day-Island Activity

(including daily buffet breakfast for 2 persons)

in a City View Room:

  • Scuba Diving: RM 1,095* per person
  • Fully Guided Snorkelling: RM 1,015* per person

in a Sea View Room:

  • Scuba Diving: RM 1,275* per person
  • Fully Guided Snorkelling: RM 1,195* per person

Note: Rates are based on 2 people sharing and single supplements apply and valid from 1st July to 31st August 2015.

*Rates are subject to 6% Government Goods and Service Tax.

PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre facilities include:

  • Return Land and Boat Transfers to Gaya Island for Scuba Diving or Fully Guided Snorkelling
  • Snorkelling & Diving Equipment (except Dive Computer) Rental on Gaya Island
  • Lunch and Refreshments on Gaya island
  • All Park Entry & Jetty Fees

Note: You do not have to be a qualified diver to enjoy the diving activity, just let us know and we will conduct a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program for you with an extra boat dive in the afternoon.

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu? Don’t forget your sunglasses!

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu? Our Sabah Travel Centre suggest you don’t forget your sunglasses…for real!

Jose, our Portugese client, was truly thankful to have his sunglasses at hand when he was descending via Ferrata – the Lows Peak circuit. As soon as the sun rose over the horizon and lit up the Crocker Range valleys, the sunshine continued, and all the way throughout Jose’s mountain climbing activity.

He definitely worked up a sweat as the wind was so mild! Comforts are maximised due to our Sabah Travel Centre’s exceptional customer service, as we refer all climbing guests to our ‘Preparation and FAQ’, where a list of highly suggested items to pack is available to view.

Our Expedition Borneo groups are also offered such packing lists so they are prepared for any eventuality in each and every one of their adventure activities during their 30-day program exploring Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

In our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop, our Supervisor orders, the variety of adventure gear stocked, based on our clients needs and enjoyment.

Get more details when you contact our Sabah Travel Centre to create a suitable itinerary for your mountain climbing activity and any other adventure or experience program in Sabah!

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