Archive for October, 2015

Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal!

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Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal was fitting – to show the macabre effects on the local marine environment in TARP from an illegally dumped fishing net!

Soon after the net was found on a dive site, a team of our dedicated and full time professionals and Go PRO interns assembled to remove it, and they did it in a single dive. Internship candidates Mike, Ian, Ashley and Katie valued the experience so much, for the positive contribution towards the Project AWARE movement, and a passion that divers share: marine conservation! It’s been more than 150 net removals in the past decade, all of which have been fully sponsored by our Downbelow operations with necessary dive logistics and the manpower of experienced professional divers, and our support for Sabah’s local environmental authorities to preserve and protect will continue indefinitely!

Get more details on how to get involved in marine conservation projects at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, in Sabah, Borneo!

Promotion to witness Borneo Wildlife & Sea Turtles!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 @ 13:20 Promotions

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Downbelow’s Travel Centre is offering a promotion to experience our 4D3N program to visit the protected Selingan Turtle Island, followed by 2 nights along the Kinabatangan River!

THIS promotion is on a first come, first served!…actually there will be only the one lucky guest (or TWO rather!) to take advantage of this rare promotion! The first night will be spent at Selingan Turtle Island where there is a chance to witness turtles laying their eggs on the beach and hatchlings entering the sea too. For the next two nights, you will overnight at the boutique river lodge along the Kinabatangan River, to join river cruises and forest walks to spot as much rare and endemic Borneo wildlife! And the tour includes ‘treats’ in between: visits to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Gomantong Caves!

Every part of the itinerary is focused on demonstrating the positive results of ecotourism, which is (apart from our clients’ safety and enjoyment, of course!) is most important to our operations corporate responsibility to care for the environment!

4Days 3Nights Selingan Turtle Island & Wildlife Adventure Program Boutique Package

RM 1,077.00 per person (Instead of RM 1,655.00 per person)

Package Includes:

• 1Night stay at Selingan Turtle Island – Twin Bedded Room with basic facilities, air-conditioned and attached bathroom
• 2Nights stay at our recommended Boutique Accommodation along the Kinabatangan River
• 4D3N Full Board Meals
• Entrance Fees
• English Speaking Guide
• Return Land Transfers
• Visits to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Gomantong Caves
• River Cruises 1 morning, 2 later afternoon

Package Excludes:

• International and Domestic Flights
• Snorkel Equipment Rental at Selingan
• Alcoholic and carbonated beverages
• Video/Camera entrance fees at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre & Gomantong Caves
• Drinking Water
• Other items not explicitly stated

Terms and Conditions

• Minimum 2 persons booking.
• Valid for travel on 25th to 28th November 2015 only.
• Rates subject to 6% Government Goods and Service Tax.

Simplest decision to Go PRO in Sabah!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 @ 08:00 News, Professional Diving Internships

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It’s the simplest decision to Go PRO in Sabah with Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures!

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, our Go PRO team, and our island staff team of PADI professionals: support internship candidates 100% on their journeys to achieve their goals to live the diving dream. It’s an unforgettable time in life to be a professional diver, particularly as a full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, and our award winning PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the route to start the diving dream.

For more information on becoming a ‘Pro Diver’ under our Go PRO internships, contact us for a personalised itinerary suited to your needs.

Boy Scouts ‘troop’ to Downbelow!

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American Boy Scouts Singapore Troop visit Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for a week of scuba diving!

Arriving in Kota Kinabalu, are 12 American Boy Scouts between 10-15 years old with their 4 chaperoning adults who are also their Scout Leaders. Before transferring to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for a few nights of outdoor camping, the troop spend one night in our Downbelow Adventure Lodge located above our HQ, so when organising their many activities it’s effortless! The troop participate in a multi-activity program at our Gaya Island base camp, in which some qualify as PADI Junior Open Water Divers and others experience our daily leisure dive program and Snorkel Safari, and everyone will try the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline too! Whatever activity it is, they all witness how beautiful both the terrestrial and underwater world can be in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. To gain additional Scout Merit Badges they will learn other adventure skills, such as building a campfire and using it to cook!

Get more information on travel programs our Downbelow Sabah Travel Centre experts create for you to achieve your adventure travel goals in Sabah, Borneo.

Product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 @ 08:00 News

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Downbelow’s Managing Director Richard Swann and Downbelow Travel Centre’s senior travel expert Sarah Jane, make decision on their product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!

Sarah Jane ‘takes the lead’ on the product research meeting with Richard on how customers will ‘tapau’ (Malay word for ‘takeaway’) without harming the environment. It’s our corporate responsibility as 100% supporters of the Project AWARE movement to encourage the public to reduce their ecological footprint. One that will prove very effective to demonstrate a positive change in our local environment in Kota Kinabalu, would be to reduce plastic waste! So be rest assured, when you come to ‘tapau’ from ‘The Downbelow Deli’ (opening soon!), you’re doing your part for environmental conservation because it’s not plastic.

Contact us for more information on our amazing services for your convenience during your travels in Sabah!

Seasfire return for more dive adventure!

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Mont Kiara International Schools’ Seasfire organisation return for more dive adventure to experience in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park with our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

This is the scuba diving crews’ 3rd consecutive year, with similar faces (and new!) visiting for their annual trip to our Gaya Island beach house. Educating on marine conservation is the priority of their program, and comes so natural because all participants complete a PADI course, all of which have skills to encourage student divers to gain a deeper appreciation for the local marine environment. Those new to the crew begin their dive adventure on the PADI Open Water Diver course, and returning members  continue their dive education to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and PADI Rescue Divers! They are also the first Seasfire crew to enjoy our new accommodation facilities – the Downbelow Adventure Lodge, located above our HQ in KK Times Square on the mainland.

Get more details on group travel for your schools and universities needs when you contact us at our Downbelow Travel Centre.

Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Friday, October 16th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News

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The stylish and highly anticipated Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Rip Curl is a favourite brand amongst many of our own staff team, particularly the professional divers of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park. No doubt they will be rushing to check out the variety of hats, rashguards, wetsuits, neoprene jackets, bags, swimwear and countless other products our KK Dive Shop Manager Karen has ordered. Keep updated with our Dive Shop activities, because the range of items will change from time to time, so there’s bound to be something new you haven’t seen.

Visit our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop, located on the Ground Floor of Block F in the KK Times Square complex, to check out our Rip Curl line!

Family of PADI Open Water Divers!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu, News, Open Water Course

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Boulanger family of PADI Open Water Divers are learning the skills of SCUBA together under the supervision of our PADI Instructor Timmy!

We always see parents and their children bonding during any of the many PADI scuba courses or programs, and it’s rewarding just to see the transformation of the individual students as well as the family unit. Having scuba diving in common is very special because there’s so many different interests within the dive community, just as family members themselves are unique. And their travelling choices will be influenced by their newfound shared skill and passion, and while in Sabah the Coulanger family are considering a few days of diving at Sipadan Island. They will more likely choose those tour operators with a corporate responsibility to protect the environment because divers are instantly supporters of the Project AWARE movement!

Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for more information on the PADI Open Water Diver pre-requisites and a suitable itinerary for your family to learn SCUBA with us in Sabah!

Expedition Borneo cruise Kinabatangan River!

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, News

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Expedition Borneo cruise Kinabatangan River for a chance to spot rare and endemic wildlife of Sabah!

Animals that habitate the surrounding forests roam randomly, so there’s always a chance to spot…say: the Bornean pygmy elephant! This mammal is endemic to the island of Borneo and is protected because of their low population, which makes a sighting of the gentle (and mini!) elephant so special for visitors.

Each early morning and late afternoon, the group of 10 participants are met by river guides for a 1-hour cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, orang utan, hornbills and more, to observe them in their natural wild habitat!

Get more details on touring the Kinabatangan River from our Downbelow Travel Centre experts when you contact us.

Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, Danish Adventure Group, News

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Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing is given before beginning ascent to the Laban Rata plateau.

As part of their safety briefing, the experienced guides cover: the trail from Timpohon Gate to the plateau at 3,272.7m altitude, the differences in environment, pit stops, drinking water, toilets, and general health and climbing pace too!

Our Expedition Borneo group D will be both climbing to the plateau, as well as participating in the basic via Ferrata ‘teaser’, so their mountain guides also inform them that they will be given advice on pace to reach the plateau in time for the safety equipment briefing.

Get more information on climbing Mount Kinabalu when you contact our Downbelow Travel Centre experts!