Expedition Borneo! begins for our 2nd Danish adventure group!


Travel expert Jane escorts our second adventure group to our Gaya Island beach house for a day of island hopping to explore the natural biodiversity to be found in our tropical environment!

When arriving at the Dive Centre, which is only a 10-minute ride on one of our fast speedboats, our island staff team of PADI professionals will greet them warmly and begin supervision of the group’s activity with a priority on the highest standard of safety.

The first session will be to orientate the adventurers’ with a briefing on boat safety procedures when visiting one of the 5 islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park.

Our experienced guides will bring along mesh bags gifted to our dive operations by the non-governmental organization Project AWARE. Whenever possible, the adventurers’ are encouraged to collect any marine debris they find to contribute to the efforts of preserving our marine environment, and dedicate themselves, as we do, to a ‘green’ approach.

For further information on our ‘green’ programs to explore Sabah, contact our Head Office! One of our travel experts will offer a suitable itinerary catered to the needs of your group, small or large, during your Borneo travels!

Preparing for the Mount Kinabalu challenge!


Firstly, prepare yourself mentally for the challenge of climbing to Mount Kinabalu’s highest point, Low’s Peak, if that is your goal! Don’t underestimate the 4,095 metres of rock that is Sabah’s iconic landmark – it’s challenging in every way, but so worth it!

Frequently, adventure groups from Denmark visit Sabah on our 30-day Expedition Borneo! program, and climbing Mount Kinabalu is included in their itinerary.

On a list of items to climb with, every single item must be needed, so no need for bikinis! Circle the word raincoat many, many times, because even though there’s a shelter every 1km along the trail from Timpohon Gate (the starting point at 1,866 metres) to the Laban Rata accommodation compound, you don’t want to get soaked! Especially when you’ve ascended into the next cooler climate!

Snacks, like energy bars will curb mood swings. You’re tired because your blood sugar level is a bit low, and your metabolism seems to quicken as you climb higher and higher, so pack more snacks than you think you need.

You will be elated to have risen to and conquered the Mount Kinabalu challenge, just as our Danish adventure group will, but you want to get back to comfort as soon as possible, which is why one of our fully licensed minivan drivers will be at the Kinabalu Park Headquarters to transfer you back to your Kota Kinabalu accommodation! Contact our Head Office, for one of our experienced travel experts to arrange an itinerary to give you every chance to experience the Mount Kinabalu challenge!

Go PRO intern Jason completes his PADI Divemaster!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, News, Professional Diving Internships


Go PRO mentor and Dive Operations Manager and Equipment Specialist Paul Jones, congratulates his student, Jason from France, on completing the performance requirements of the PADI Divemaster!

Jason’s Go PRO internship program is a 1-month itinerary to include the professional dive training of the PADI Divemaster course with all educational materials and certification. The internship is also inclusive of private and en-suite centrally located accommodation, transport logistics between the accommodation and our Gaya Island Dive Centre, and probably most attractive of all: UNLIMITED scuba diving within the parameters of Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park.

Jason leaves our dive operations a confident dive educator who is qualified to enrol on the PADI Instrutor Development Course (IDC), and our Go PRO team looks forward to offering their own experience to develop his professional career!

For more information on how you can Go PRO like Jason, contact our Head Office, where one of our travel experts will arrange a suitable program for you to start living your diving dream in Sabah, Borneo!


Local and international PADI Divemaster candidates train together!

Monday, October 20th, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, News, Professional Diving Internships


This October has seen a great run of PADI Divemaster professional dive training for our both our international Go PRO internship candidates as well as our Go PRO interns of the local community!

PADI Instructor Timmy assists resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann to conduct professional dive training of the PADI Divemaster course for a group of interns at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

Local Go PRO interns include Danny, Azhar and Adam; and our international interns are Jason and Maria.

Experiences on their workshops and practical scenarios of dive training have been successful and fun too! All participants have built friendships during their dive training, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of a Go PRO internship program.

In one month, which is the minimum for any of our Go PRO internships, candidates are sure to find lifelong friends during their experience as they Go PRO!

Get more information about our Go PRO internship programs when you contact one of our experienced and helpful Head Office staff. Our travel experts will create a suitable itinerary for you to start living your diving dream in Sabah!

Welcoming 2 new PADI Divemaster’s in our local community!

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, News, Professional Diving Internships


In a 1-year local Go PRO internship program, Mac and Kerry have completed their PADI Divemaster course at our Gaya Island beach house under the tutelage of their mentor, resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann!

Once all performance requirements are mastered, the application is sent to PADI Asia Pacific for processing and Mac and Kerry will soon get their confirmation that they are of active status PADI Divemasters, and can start living their diving dream as a fully qualified Go PRO diver!

Both Kerry and Mac joined our Dive Centre without any experience in the dive industry, let alone diving, but once they experienced it on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, they got hooked!

Richard and the whole Downbelow team are so proud of Mac and Kerry’s achievement, and we anticipate them to further their professional dive education!

Contact our Head Office for more information on our Go PRO internship programs, which can be catered for either local or international clients, and their individual career goals to Go PRO in Sabah, Borneo!

Getting to know Sabah better!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 08:00 News


Sabah, Borneo, holds incredible natural biodiversity that scientific experts dub as a ‘biological melting pot’, and it’s our passion to introduce the amazing nature to visitors!

Travel experts Jane and Lulu from our Head Office, visit the east coast of Sabah to experience the many attractions and witness endemic wildlife of Borneo’s ancient rainforests!

Their trip’s purpose is to ensure the level of customer service is of a high standard, and also to familiarize themselves with our wildlife adventure programs, which we cater to suit our clients’ needs during their visit to Sabah.

Gaining firsthand experience of travelling to such places as, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and the Lipad Mud Volcano, is valuable knowledge when customizing their guests’ individual itinerary.

Contact either Jane or Lulu, or any of our other experienced Head Office staff, to tell you more about Sabah and they will organize your Borneo adventure!


Adventure group explores Kinabatangan River on Expedition Borneo!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 @ 08:00 Borneo Gap Year, Danish Adventure Group, Groups & Schools, News

bilitOur Expedition Borneo program is popular for its variety of adventure activities, and this month our first adventure group from Denmark visits the Kinabatangan River in Sandakan on their 1-month program!

Borneo lures adventurers’ from all over the world with its rich natural biodiversity, and on our Expedition Borneo program the best attractions of Sabah are combined to experience each in a month.

Visiting Kinabatangan River for wildlife spotting is one of the more relaxing activities of the program, during which participants will learn about the history and culture of Borneo and its peoples’ traditions and custom too.

A river cruise is organized each morning and late afternoon, because it’s ‘prime time’ for wildlife spotting, and it’s also a widely known fact that animals visit riverbanks as part of their daily routine.

In the evenings, a walk through the jungle terrain is arranged to find the shyest creatures, such as the tarsier with its iconic plate-sized eyes!

Contact our Head Office to experience such an itinerary as our Danish adventurers’ on their Expedition Borneo program! One of our experienced staff can create a program to suit your needs to explore exotic Sabah!

Welcome to new Go PRO intern, August!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships


August Wagner is our new Go PRO internship candidate who will be completing his PADI Divemaster course, as well as the Instructor Development Course (IDC) under the tutelage of our Go PRO team of PADI Instructor Trainers at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Alice, one of our Travel Centre Managers, briefs August about the educational materials included in his CrewPak to complete the requirements of the PADI Divemaster. August needs to study as soon as possible to prepare as much as possible for the IDC starting on November 2nd!

Within the PADI Divemaster CrewPak, August will find the PADI Instructor Manual, which includes the standards of dive education that he must adhere to be granted professional membership. Our Go PRO team has vast experience in teaching to guide our Go PRO interns to become successful and confident Go PRO divers!

Get more information to Go PRO from Alice, or any of the experts of our Head Office, and make a start to live the diving dream with the dedicated counseling of our Go PRO team in Sabah, Borneo!

Maria is guided by Danny at our House Reef!

Friday, October 10th, 2014 @ 08:00 Divemaster, IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships


Prior to the mapping project of the PADI Divemaster course, local Go PRO internship candidate Danny conducts an orientation dive for our international Go PRO intern Maria’s familiarization of our dive training environment!

Both candidates are currently completing the performance requirements of the first professional level of the PADI system of dive education to be qualified as PADI Divemasters.

Danny, as all our local Go PRO interns, certifies as PADI Divemaster under our Downbelow-created 1-year ‘Work for a Career’ program and Maria will be developing her professional career further, by enrolling on our next PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) starting in November to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor! With more than a months’ time to familiarize with our training lagoon, we’re confident Maria will be successful on our Go PRO internship program!

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann and our Go PRO team of PADI Instructor Trainers are passionate dive educators and will be following the two candidates’ progress throughout their dive training.

For further information on our Go PRO internship programs and how our Go PRO team can offer their professional experience for you to Go PRO in Borneo, contact our Head Office!

Familiarity trip to Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 @ 08:00 News


Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures is an authorised agent for our trusted partner Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, providing our shared clients a variety of island activities at our premier PADI 5 Star Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Travel centre Manager Magdalene and travel consultants Lulu and Stephanie conducted a ‘familiarity trip’, to be introduced to new developments at the luxury facilities of the resort.

These visits are so valuable in giving our travel consultants their own firsthand experience, and as a result are far better informed to create an itinerary suited to their clients’ holiday expectations to experience the very best of Sabah’s attractions!

Currently, a promotion is available to spend 5 nights in an Ocean-view room at the luxury Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort including a 1 day Sabah attraction, which is a choice of either a privately guided tour at Kinabalu Park and Poring canopy walkway, or an exciting island activity at our own Gaya Island beach house!

Contact our Head Office, where one of our travel experts will give you more details and arrange a program individually catered for your own personal experience of Sabah!

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