Downbelow experience in Sabah’s tourism industry!

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On Tuesday, 17th of November 2015. I learned about the marketing for Downbelow with Elizabeth. She explained to me what does she do everyday and how does it work. She taught me how to promote Downbelow in the websites that she posts everyday. After that, I counted the stocks for the t-shirts.

On Wednesday, 18th of November 2015. I counted the stocks at the storage to see if there is still enough food, beverages and also other materials for the office, lodge and the beach house at the island. After that, I filed up the papers and I got to learn how to aluminate the papers. Then, I got to learn how to order stocks from other company and fax them the list of items that is needed from them. Besides that, I also got to learn how to make transfer list.

On Thursday, 19th of November 2015. I went to the island with my mentor, Sarah. We went there to dive and it is called Discovery Scuba Diving. It was quite scary because it is my first time to dive in the ocean. During briefing I was already scared because I thought I couldn’t do all the skills inside the water. After the briefing and change into our wet suits, we went inside the water to test the skills that was told by the instructor. I failed doing it few times and finally I manage to do it even though there are problems in the beginning. Then, we went back to the beach house to rest for a while and then we continue the second session open water discovery 1. We went down from the jetty and I have to jump using giant stride. At first I was panic when I jumped from the jetty because my mask slipped out from my face. But then luckily I was all right. So we went down deeper we dived at the beach shore reef. It was nice and many fishes there. I was scared so I keep on holding the instructor so that I feel safe. After diving for half an hour we went up to the surface and take lunch. After lunch, we continue for the second dive in married reef. We went there by a speedboat. When we reached there I have to dive from the boat. I was also scared but I did it. Then, we went down in there I saw many types of fishes and I saw a moray eel too. I didn’t know the name of the fishes but it so colorful and so beautiful. I finally got to see a clownfish and its own coral where it stays. We went on, then for the first time I saw a school of fishes swimming and I got more excited. I was hoping to see a turtle but I didn’t. Half an hour later we went up back to the surface. I was shocked we were some where far from the place we went down. Few minutes later the boat came and fetch us. We went back to the island then change into dry clothes. I received a certificate from the instructor. I felt so happy and it was very fun to dive. I hope I can go diving again and this time I hope I can see a turtle.

That’s my report for today.

Heather Zeta Ludi

Downbelow Work Experience Memoirs!

Hello, my name is Heather Zeta Ludi. I am fifteen years old and I am schooling at SM St Joseph Papar. Now it is the school’s holiday for two months. There is nothing to do in this month of November besides going out with my family or friends and going for my usual sports training. So, I decided to find a job to fill my leisure times and getting some experiences on how working really is.

My father got a job for me at Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu Times Square. After my father told me about the news that I am going to be working. I was very excited about it but at the same time feeling lazy as well. Finally I got to overcome the feeling of laziness and packed my stuffs to stay with my father.

On Monday, 9th of November 2015, was my first day of internship at Downbelow. I was introduced to each staff there by one of the staff there too which is my mentor and I also met the director After that, I began doing the works that I was asked to do.

First of all, I was asked to follow one of the staff to check on the stocks for the office, lodge, and beach house at the island. I learned that it is important to check all the stocks because everyday the stocks are subtracting and new stocks are coming. So it is a must to write down the number of things or food and beverages left and which is need to be added some more. Besides that, I also did some counting one the books stocks and filed up the papers.

The next day, on Tuesday 10th of November 2015. I did the same work as I did on the first day but only filing up the papers because I haven’t done doing it and there are few more files that I haven’t finish filing. I only took half a day to work because it is the Indian’s public holiday, which is Deepavali.

On Wednesday, 11th of November 2015. I filed up the papers that I haven’t finished doing yet. After that, I counted the masks, gloves, and hoods to make sure that the number of the equipment are the same as it is stated on the paper. Then, I learned about the fishes, sea slugs, and coral reefs. I got to know that there are seven types of Clownfish and I was a little curious about it. I looked at the commercial playing on the screen at the diving shop. So I asked many questions from my mentor. She answered my questions and I was amazed and can’t wait to dive at the island. I also got to know what is the full name for PADI.

On Thursday, 12th of November 2015. I read more about the marine biology. Then, my mentor explained to me about the gears and suits that is being use by the divers inside the sea. After that, my mentor demonstrates to me how to put on the diving equipment and what is the use of the equipment. I also learned how to attach broken straps to the underwater watches. Lastly, I combined the registration forms for the divers and also counted the stocks for the underwater torch or headlamps.

Sincerely,

Heather Zeta Ludi

University tourism students experience SCUBA in Kota Kinabalu!

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Rather than having any rest on a Sunday, our Downbelow team would rather welcome our University tourism students to experience SCUBA in Kota Kinabalu!

A total of 20 visited our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in the TAR marine park, and one of the group members is ex-Downbelow staff Awang, who now attends the University of Malaysia (UMS) to further his studies of tourism – one of the largest industries in Malaysia (and the world!)

Awang’s peers are also studying similar subjects within the tourism industry field, and for their first time witnessing the underwater world, it really inspired the students to actively support its protection for the benefit of our marine tourism future.

Many visitors to Sabah are amazed at the natural biodiversity that can only be found in Sabah, and Kota Kinabalu is a popular destination because of its accessibility to the very best attractions – both the spectacular underwater world, as well as the terrestrial jungle environment!

One of the most popular activities is one of the most challenging: climbing Mount Kinabalu! Kinabalu National Park is a UNESCO designated site that offers a variety of education for the public to appreciate the importance of preserving the biologically diverse Crocker Range mountains!

Contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ Sabah Travel Centre to discuss any group travel to explore exciting adventures within Sabah, and at the same time receive an educational perspective of our natural environment in Borneo!

Downbelow teach SCUBA to the future of Sabah’s tourism industry!

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Our Downbelow premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre operations were honoured to host a whole day for our 30 friends visiting from Politeknik Sandakan!

The students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Project AWARE mission through their experience of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program and Snorkel Safari. Nothing beats experiencing the reality of scuba diving, and inspiring others to become Project AWARE supporters themselves!

It seemed to be kismet when a whale shark was spotted swimming within the confines of the TAR marine park, and several of the students (who were snorkelling, as a matter of fact) were lucky enough to see it up close from one of our dive boats!

We only wish for the students of Politeknik Sandakan to continue visiting us on the regular basis that they are doing to always remember how important the contribution to our marine environment is for the future of Sabah’s tourism industry.

Sabah Travel Centre experts at our Kota Kinabalu HQ are experienced in creating itineraries to suit the educational mission. Get in touch if your group would like our experts to create terrestrial-based programs – such as jungle trekking the Salt Trails or climbing Mount Kinabalu!

Take advantage of 3 nights of luxury and a day of island fun!

Monday, January 19th, 2015 @ 08:00 Discover Scuba Diving, Dive Kota Kinabalu, News

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Our Sabah Travel Centre based in Kota Kinabalu created a very special promotion to take advantage of 3 nights of luxury and a day of island fun at our paradise beach house in the TAR marine park!

Experiencing the luxurious accommodation facilities of Sutera Harbour Resorts: the Pacific Sutera and the Magellan Sutera, will be one of many highlights of a Sabah holiday!

Guests of both resorts are able to enjoy the 27-hole course of Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club with its white-sand bunkers dotted about the greens’ Bermuda grass!

Each resort has its own spa where there is an array of facial, body, aromatherapy, holistic or traditional therapies and massages to choose from – a relaxing time after a full day exploring Kota Kinabalu!

The dining experience found at either resort eliminates any need to go to Kota Kinabalu’s city centre, as there are several eateries offering different cuisines on location. The world-class Ferdinand’s at Magellan Sutera serves Italian and is known as East Malaysia’s finest dining experience!

For a day, guests on this promotion visit our premier PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, which is located 8 minutes by fast speedboat in TAR marine park.

On the morning of the island activity day of this promotion, one of our Sabah Travel Centre experts will greet guests at the waiting hut – only a 5-minute walk from the either resort.

Upon arrival at our beach house, a member of our island staff team of PADI professionals will greet you with a welcome briefing.

Everyone proceeds to the deck of our Dive Centre, where their PADI Instructor or guide will give them a detailed schedule of their island activity.

There are two choices: either our 1-day fully guided snorkeling, or our 1-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving program! However, discuss with one of our HQ’s Sabah travel experts on creating an itinerary with your individual needs catered to!

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Best New Year promotion: Spend 3 nights in luxury with island fun!

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Who wouldn’t love a few days to rest and relax at a luxury hotel resort and spend a day at a paradise island for some adventure? That’s the shortest list we’ll never write – especially now that the best New Year promotion is available for our clients to spend 3 nights in luxury with island fun!

Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, with partner Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, are offering yet another collaborative promotion to extend the legendary Sabahan hospitality with excellent customer service!

Take advantage of our New Year promotion, which includes 3 nights in one of the new Ocean-view premier rooms of Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resorts’ Ocean Wing. There is a new Italian restaurant too, the Ocean Wing lobby with its traditional Borneo-inspired architecture and a swimming pool – all just at the Ocean Wing!

Room facilities are beyond luxury and unique: a private terrace with daybeds, and a large outdoor bathtub for two!

Of course, we’re very adventurous at Downbelow and can’t keep our feet still, so we’ve included for guests who have as ‘itchy feet’ as we do, to experience an island activity for 1-day at our premier PADI 5 Star Dive Centre based in Kota Kinabalu’s Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park!

Participate in either our fully-guided snorkelling or leisure diving – and you don’t have to be certified diver either! For whatever island activity you do choose, there’s plenty of natural biodiversity of both the underwater world and in the terrestrial environment of the jungles, for anyone of any age to enjoy!

For more information, contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ to create an itinerary to take advantage of this awesome value-for-money promotion – experience a bit of luxury, and a bit of adventure!

Our Sabah travel experts share their own experience!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 @ 08:00 Discover Scuba Diving, Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu, News

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Knowledge is fundamental for our Sabah travel experts to create an itinerary for their clients to experience an amazing adventure whilst their travelling Sabah!

Travel expert Lulu sits down with her client, Torbern from Sweden, to discuss a suitable itinerary to include adventure activities that would interest him, and he’s particularly keen on acquiring a divers’ license.

Our Downbelow operations consists of a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre based on Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, where daily dive packages and dive instruction of all levels are conducted!

Lulu offers Torbern our 1-day snorkel safari program to explore the marine environment, and another 1-day program to experience SCUBA on our popular 1-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program. Lulu recently completed her PADI Open Water Diver qualification, and since, has become more confident with creating dive packages for our clients! With her valuable firsthand experience, Lulu advises Torbern to participate in the DSD program, because he can decide after the morning session if he would like to upgrade to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver himself!

Contact us, or visit our Travel Centre, to create a program to add to your Sabah adventure! Our travel experts are experts, because they travel!

Experience lux at Gayana Island Resort and adventure at our Dive Centre!

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Our 4D3N Gayana Island Resort promotion is awesome value-for-money to include a choice of either a day of scuba diving or fully-guided snorkelling conducted at our Dive Centre!

Lagoon, Mangrove and Ocean Villas offer luxurious facilities to complete any Borneo holiday! All 3 villas include air conditioning, satellite TV with DVD player, WiFi, minibar and tea/coffee facilities, and a private bacony with sun beds, however there are some novelty differences. For example, the Mangrove Villas are designed with stairs for guests to walk into the sea from their private balcony! At the Ocean Villas, the stairs run from your private deck into the sea! For an even more special treat, breakfast is served at your private deck…and delivered by boat!

Take advantage of the Solace Spa and a complimentary entrance to the Marine Ecology Research Centre, which is attached to Gayana Island Resort, and thoroughly educational on its many environmental projects, such as protecting the giant clam!

Visit our Gaya Island Dive Centre on day 2 of the promotion, and explore fantastic reefs and the tropical biodiversity within Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park! Snorkelling and scuba diving activities at our beach house doesn’t require for you to have any experience, and you will always be under the direct and experienced supervision of our PADI professionals for your health and safety throughout!

This promotion will only be valid until 19th December 2014, so hurry and contact us for more details from helpful travel experts based at our Head Office!

Treat yourself to our promotion of luxury and adventure right here in KK!

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Our 4D3N Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa promotion offers amazing value for luxury experience during your travels in Sabah, and includes a 1-day island activity program; a choice of either scuba diving or fully-guided snorkelling conducted at our Dive Centre facility located on Gaya Island!

The selection of villa accommodations are Superior, Deluxe or Plunge Pool. The large 1-bedroom Superior Villas are scattered about the rainforest hillside offering incredible views of the South China Sea, whereas the Deluxe villas offer views of the sea as well as jungle canopies. Each Deluxe villa includes a living room extension with a TV and DVD facilities for entertainment and can be converted into a bedroom, so the added space in Deluxe villas are great for small groups! The Plunge Pool Villas…comes with your own private pool on an open deck balcony, complete with deck chairs and bathtub!

For total peace and relaxation, the hilltop Solace Spa provides therapeutic remedies, such as body scrubs, massages and facials for guests to enjoy! This is a great idea, particularly after experiencing a 1-day island activity at our premier Dive Centre!

On the second day, explore the marine environment of Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park under the guidance of one of our experienced PADI professionals. Our dive operations conducts 3 dives a day, every single day! For non-certified divers, the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program includes an extra boat dive in the afternoon for participants to experience more! Our snorkelling program is fully-guided and offers the best shallow snorkel sites!

The most difficult choice is which villa? Which island activity?

This promotion is valid until 19th December 2014, so don’t take too long in deciding on your luxury travels in Borneo! Travel experts in our Head Office will organise an itinerary for a Sabah holiday that suits you!

It makes us happy to be part of your happiness!

Monday, October 27th, 2014 @ 16:23 Courses, Discover Scuba Diving, News

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How flattered we were to be involved in one of the most happy and life-changing moments for our international clients from Hong Kong at our Gaya Island beach house!

During a lovely couples’ 1-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, their PADI Instructor assisted in setting up the perfect moment underwater for the marriage proposal! Of course she said ‘yes’!

Our team of PADI professionals’ main concern is their clients’ safety, and we are passionate to providing that ‘extra mile’ in our customer service to make their Sabah adventure extra special!

Downbelow’s island staff team have celebrated in so many occasions at our premier PADI 5 Star Dive Centre – always eager to sing the ‘happy birthday’ song! Sometimes, there needn’t be any reason for singing!

Get in touch with our Head Office staff team to arrange a visit to our beach house and experience one of our island activities for your next special occasion, and our team will create an itinerary catered to your individual needs!

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