‘Big Mac’ briefs the first session of snorkelling!

Friday, September 19th, 2014 @ 09:45 News


One of our local Go PRO interns, ‘Big Mac’, conducts our 1-day snorkel safari program for one of our clients and delivers a briefing for the first session in the morning with an emphasis on conservation!

‘Big Mac’ has completed his PADI Divemaster course under our ‘Work for a Career’ program for the opportunity to work in the dive industry. He has learnt a great deal from the experience of our Go PRO team and his PADI professional colleagues, all of who are our full time island staff members. Conservation is a passionate mission of our Dive Centre operations and is a daily effort of everyone’s involvement.

The years’ experience ‘Big Mac’ has acquired working with us has raised his awareness on the benefits of conservation. His experience also makes it effortlessly natural for him to brief his client on the environmental contribution they will volunteer during their day. Our snorkel safari program is very popular at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, so we decided to incorporate the collecting of marine debris as part of the snorkeling activity. ‘Big Mac’ will encourage his client to collect any marine debris they may come across in the sea, which he will keep in mesh bags gifted by Project AWARE for our commitment!

Get in touch with our Head Office for a detailed itinerary of an individually catered snorkel safari program with our PADI professionals and contribute to protecting our natural environment at the same time as enjoying it!

Travel Centre staff learn to dive with their clients!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 @ 08:15 News


Travel consultants Jane and Lulu are taking the leap into the world of scuba diving by learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course!

Lulu will also receive the benefits of familiarizing with our customer service experience by learning with her international client from Hong Kong, who is also called Lulu!

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Welson conducts the knowledge development session at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. In this time, students and Instructor will not only study dive theory but will also build friendships, which happen so often between our clients and our staff.

Diving is life changing and the memories of who they share their first experience with is part of that amazing journey!

Let one of our friendly and experienced members of staff organize an individually catered itinerary for you to enjoy the comfort of our personalized approach to customer service for your Borneo adventure!

Fun at the island for both Dive Centre and Head Office staff!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 @ 11:00 News


Our staff truly embraces ‘living like dive downbelow’: a motto of our belief on the truly Sabah experience, which is all about the beauty of the marine, wildlife and adventure to be found in the ‘Land Below the Wind’!

Many of our Head Office staff visited our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre located on Gaya Island in the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Park to experience our variety of exciting activities!

Travel Consultants Jane and Lulu start their PADI Open Water Diver course under the experienced supervision of IDC Staff Welson, whilst Travel Centre Manager Magdalene continued her dive education on the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification with IDC Staff Instructor Tim.

Divemaster Kerry guides HR Manager Merl and Admin Assistant Vivi on our very popular snorkel safari program and Instructor Timmy conducted the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program for our Accounts Executive Rabiah and family members!

The candidates of our September Instructor Development Course were also present with their Go PRO team mentors to practice their in-water teaching skills!

All in all, there was a lot of excitement at every turn! Get in touch with our Head Office where our team can give you their firsthand experience of our Dive Centre and offer a multitude of options to create an amazing Sabah adventure with us!

September Instructor Development Course candidates sit exams!

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 @ 09:00 IDC, News, PADI 教练发展课程


Cindy, Andy and John sit their PADI General Standards and Procedures exam at our purpose-built, multimedia classroom located at our Head Office on the mainland, Kota Kinabalu.

They’ve studied hard for their exams and determination is the only way to achieve their goals of becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

During their Instructor Development Course (IDC), the three will fully comprehend the system of dive education and be fully prepared to conduct PADI courses and programs with confident control and professionalism.

Apart from exams to test their knowledge of the PADI Standards and dive theory, the performance of their in-water teaching abilities will also be examined by our Go PRO team to build their strengths and provide counseling on any weaknesses.

A Go PRO internship program to incorporate dive professional development is highly recommended by our Go PRO team, who attest to experience as the best method of learning.

For more information on how our experts at our Head Office can create an itinerary for your individually catered internship program, contact us, and start living your diving dream as a PADI Instructor in Borneo!

Our travel consultants visit Tabin Wildlife Reserve!

Friday, September 12th, 2014 @ 09:00 News


We are committed to providing tailor-made packages to experience the incredible attractions of Sabah, Borneo and our dedication to customer service extends to fully sponsoring two of our Head Office members of staff to participate in our 3 days and 2 nights Tabin Wildlife Safari so they may have firsthand knowledge to offer our clients!

Staying at the cozy Tabin Wildlife Resort, Stephanie and Joey took the opportunity to explore the protected area of Tabin Wildlife Reserve; a playground of natural beauty!

After a briefing at the Trogon Hall gallery on the endemic birds, insects and small mammals endemic to the forests, the ladies were guided on a trek along the Elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano, where wildlife frequent for the mineral salt lick needed in their diet.

After dinner, a walk through the jungle is arranged to find nocturnal wildlife and enjoy the star-strewn, clear skies above the canopy.

Joey and Stephanie returned with positive reports on the services of our trusted partners in Tabin, and the ladies are really excited to use their newfound knowledge to create a holiday itinerary to suit your needs to discover exotic Sabah!

Enjoy The Natural Sights and Sounds of Mesilau via our 2D1N Mesilau Trail Package

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 @ 12:23 News, Promotions


If you are not climbing the majestic Mount Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo then its equally rewarding to explore and enjoy the scenery, plants and even the animals found on this World Heritage site and one of the best places to do that is in Mesilau. Mesilau is located in a sheltered valley on the East side of Mount Kinabalu and offers a scenic view of the Crocker Range the backbone of Sabah’s hill regions.

With our newly introduced 2D1N Mesilau Trail package, anyone can enjoy this fantastic place. Your stay will be best remembered as one filled with nature and cool humidity as Mesilau is located 2000 metres above sea level.

The highlight of the program is walking on the beautiful Mesilau Trail where you will enjoy first-hand many endemic species of rhododendrons, orchids, pitcher plants and wild ginger. One endemic pitcher plant here is the Nepenthes Rajah, a highland plant that is listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). So don’t forget to bring your camera along as you might stumble upon them on your walk.

Your knowledgable guide for the trail will also bring you to a spot with a clear view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu, clouds permitting where selfies (and groupies) photos are a must.

Our 2D1N Mesilau Trail Package includes transportation to and fro your hotel in Kota Kinabalu city to Mesilau.

Read more about our package here and contact our head office if you have any questions.

Congratulations to Missy for completing MSDT requirements!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 @ 09:10 News, Professional Diving Internships


One of our awesome Go PRO interns has completed the performance requirements to apply for her PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating!

For the past month, Missy has developed her instructional skills by conducting various PADI courses and programs at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre and under the direct supervision and guidance of our experienced team of PADI professionals!

In June, Missy completed the Instructor Development Course (IDC) and successfully passed the Instructor Examination (IE) with the dedicated counseling of our Go PRO team of PADI Instructors Trainers and she returned to Borneo for another Go PRO internship program to continue her professional education.

With her mentor, resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, she chose 5 PADI Specialty Instructor courses to add to her skillset, which will improve her employability.

Get in touch with our Head Office for more advice on how a Go PRO internship program can be catered to your individual needs, whether you are a recreational or a professional diver!

Half Board, Ocean-view room at Rasa Ria and a 1-Day Sabah attraction!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 @ 14:44 News, Promotions


Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort is renowned for their excellent level of customer service. This common quality we share provides utmost loyalty to our clients, as we are dedicated to recognizing their convenient needs to create their perfect Sabah holiday!

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort is nestled between the lush green grounds of Dalit Bay Golf Club and Spa and the vast expanse of the open South China Sea!

A unique attraction of the area is an Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre located in a Nature Reserve, offering an educational experience on the endemic icon of Borneo!

You will be spoilt for choice at the 5-Star Resort! You may revel in relaxing spa treatments, or the serenity of the golf ranges; lounge on the pristine sandy beaches looking out at the horizon with nothing but sky and sea, and look forward to the dazzling colours of the sunset!

You can understand why we have suggested 5 nights – so you get to experience as much as possible!

This is a promotion not-to-be-missed, in which we provide clients visiting the tropical and exotic ‘Land Below the Wind’, Sabah, the very best of its natural beauty!

We and our partner Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort are offering a most tempting promotion to enjoy the luxury facilities of the 5-Star beach resort accommodation for 5 nights in an Ocean-view room with Half-Board (includes daily breakfast and dinner), and a 1-Day activity to experience an awesome Sabah attraction!

Select either:

These rates are based on minimum of 2 persons booking.

The promotion is valid until 30th June 2015, except for the following blackout dates:

  • 21st December 2014 – 4th January 2015
  • 17th – 23rd February 2015
  • 2nd – 8th April 2015

Note: Booking period is valid until 20th December 2015.

Of course, it is no problem to experience both Sabah’s famous scuba diving and the World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park! We can tailor a program to suit you! Contact our Head Office, where one of our friendly and helpful members of staff will offer their expertise to create your itinerary!

Our September Instructor Development Course begins!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 @ 09:00 IDC, News


Our Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates for this Septembers’ intake are international interns John and Andy from the UK, and our local intern Cindy. Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann provides them with their IDC Crewpak and explains its contents at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

For our IDC candidates to successfully pass the course performance requirements, the educational materials of their Crewpak will clarify the PADI system of dive education. Our Go PRO team will assist them on how to use these tools effectively so they are confident when enrolling onto the Instructor Examination (IE), and prepared for the real world of dive instruction afterwards.

We are confident ourselves that John, Andy and Cindy will achieve their goals at the IE to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and begin living their diving dream, because our Go PRO team is as committed as they are!

For further details on how our Go PRO team makes the diving dream a reality, contact our Head Office. One of our members of staff will advise on combining your IDC with our highly valuable internship programs to Go PRO in Borneo.

Be an eco-tourist on our snorkel safari program!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 @ 09:00 News


It’s all going to plan and it’s been a great start with our international clients enjoying our newly transformed 1-Day snorkel safari program at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

We fulfill responsible tourism into each of our holiday packages when you experience beautiful Sabah. Our approach to conservation has become a daily effort during our snorkel safari program, in which our PADI professional guides conducting it will bring with them mesh bags provided by Project AWARE. The intent is to include our snorkeling clients to participate in the activity of goodwill to collect any marine debris found.

Each of the three sessions of the program will be provided a briefing about where in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park the session will be conducted and what coral and fish species are atypical for the snorkelers’ education of our local area. The most negative culprit effecting our local environment is the scourge of the ‘silent killer’ – marine debris!

Over time, integrating the conservation activity to collect marine debris during our very popular snorkel safari program will make a noticeable difference to the health of our marine environment!

Contact our Head Office for further details on how we can create a Borneo holiday to make a difference!

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