‘Sleepover-ready’ at Downbelow Adventure Lodge Dormitory Accommodation !

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 @ 08:00 Downbelow Adventure Lodge, Groups & Schools, News

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It’s ‘sleepover-ready’ at Downbelow Adventure Lodge for dormitory accommodation and there are 3 dormitory-style rooms available to cater to our travelling groups on their many expeditions around Sabah, Borneo!

‘Kinabatangan’, ‘Sepilok’ and ‘Coral’ are their respective names and are able to comfortably accommodate 12 pax per dormitory room. They were purposely designed with our many travelling groups that visit our operations each year, which are usually student groups from schools and universities all over the world – from the UK to Dubai to Australia! Group adventure travel is fast becoming a popular choice of travelling because of the ‘community’ atmosphere, and the friendships created from the shared travel experience!

Get more information on our Downbelow Adventure Lodge page on Facebook, and contact us for a personalised itinerary with a night or two in between your Sabah tours with us.

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.

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.

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!


Monday, September 28th, 2015 @ 08:00 Groups & Schools, News
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企业旅行是伟大的团队建设活动,如22组来自中国上海,谁是同事学习潜水在沙巴与我们的潜水作业! 22同事在沉茜国际法律事务部在上海携手合作,他们选择了沙巴和深潜作为自己的出行目的地为自己的企业之旅。探险活动,我们沙巴旅游中心专家认为,该集团将真正享受到最多的就是岛屿乐趣,我们的首要PADI五星级IDC潜水中心和一日游参观Klias河发现长鼻猴和萤火虫!


Adventure group qualify as PADI Open Water Divers!

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Danish adventure group qualify as PADI Open Water Divers, while camping at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

The 10 participants are on our popular 1-month Expedition Borneo program to explore Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, and learn about their chosen exotic travel destination through the best attractions. Scuba diving is definitely one of the most amazing activities to experience in Sabah, and there’s a choice of 49 dive sites within Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park to dive!

Climbing Mount Kinabalu, as far as its Laban Rata plateau at 3272.7m, on our Sabah Travel Centre’s 2D1N Climb to Laban Rata program might be one of the most exciting and highly anticipated challenges.

Contact our travel experts for a group travel itinerary to learn about our ‘Land Below the Wind’!

End of summer with Camps International!

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 @ 08:00 Camps International, Groups & Schools, News, Open Water Course

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Time has flown by so quick – finally it’s the end of summer with Camps International!

Downbelow’s island staff team always prefer the lively atmosphere travelling groups, like schools and universities, create at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Its also great for our independent  travellers who still experience excellent customer service yet feel the great vibe of summer fun!

A total of 12 groups (ranging between 20-49 participants each group) learnt more about Sabah, about why and how we contribute to protect the beautiful nature in Sabah through the opportunity to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver!

We’re already looking forward to the next summer, when the groups will grow, which means there’s a good chance our Downbelow operations will grow too!

Contact us, so our Sabah Travel Centre experts can create a program for your adventure travel group to explore Sabah, Borneo.

A summer of camping at Downbelow!

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So far, there has been a total of 6 groups from Camps International UK visiting for a summer of camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

Groups, ‘Pisang’, ‘Tembikai’, ‘Nanas’, ‘Penyu’, ‘Mangga’, ‘Tarsier’, and now ‘Monyet’ have recently arrived in Kota Kinabalu for their 1-month Borneo adventure, to spend a few nights camping at our paradise island beach house.

The groups will experience the same activities, starting with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of scuba diving on our popular PADI Discover Scuba Diving program! Many of the participants are more than willing to continue their diver education, so their time spent camping on the island gives them the opportunity to gain a qualification in recreational diving: PADI Open Water Diver!

Learning about the importance of protecting and preserving our environment is one of the many responsibilities PADI Instructors dedicate themselves to – one our adventurers’ become inspired to adopt for themselves.

To experience a Borneo adventure with a difference in gaining a deeper appreciation for conservation, contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts to create a similar program unique to your travelling group.

Camps adventurers’ learn diver safety.


Adventurers’ from Camps International learn about diver safety on their PADI Open Water Diver course while camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu!

Groups ‘Tembikai’ and ‘Nanas’, respectively ‘watermelon’ and ‘pineapple’ translated to Malay, have completed their experience program at our paradise island beach house and left with a valuable lesson in conservation.

During their time of island camping, they experienced our popular ‘Try Dive’ program to discover the underwater marine life and their habitat of coral reef. When our team deliver the dive safety briefing for the first confined water dive session, participants are introduced to the basics of scuba diving and how to help protect the marine envrionment even as soon as their first experience. In all diver training, students will be assessed on their buoyancy, which can have a distinct effect on the health of our marine environment.

Beach clean ups are frequently organised during the summer months when our groups of Camps International visit because it’s also the monsoon season. As Project AWARE ambassadors, our team of PADI professionals inspire our groups to contribute in their future daily lives too!

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for more details on unique educational programs we can personalise for your group, and to include environmental conservation.