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!

Danes will ‘rumble in the jungle’ soon!


Following their orientation and briefing at our Head Office, for the next few days and nights, our adventurers’ from Denmark will be trekking along the historic Salt Trails of the Crocker Range mountains of Sabah!

During their 30-day Expedition Borneo! program, the group will tour the best Sabah attractions under our experienced supervision for each of their activities in the program.

Trekking the Salt Trails is an exhilarating few days that are quite challenging and will certainly broaden the mind – the ingredients of a true adventure!

Before each activity, one of our expedition leaders will deliver a presentation with Q&A for our adventurers’ to have a thorough understanding of what will be involved and most important to us, is their safety and enjoyment!

Nights will be spent at traditional village homestays along the Salt Trail, where they will be welcomed by hospitable locals inviting them to try the delicious local food and participate in dancing to traditional music for the real Borneo atmosphere!

Contact any member of staff at our Head Office, who possess vast knowledge and experience to create a program, for either small or large groups, to adventure the best Sabah has to offer!

Gap Year Group to Borneo Wraps Up

Monday, August 6th, 2012 @ 11:14 Borneo Gap Year, Courses, News

The last of the Gap Year group photographed on Gaya island this weekend

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s true, ask Downbelow’s island crew.

We hosted 3 Gap Year groups over the last 10 days who visited Sabah to stayed with Downbelow and have an epic Borneo diving adventure.

Some learned how to dive, some bettered their diving qualifications, but all of them had fun in the sun on Gaya island just off shore from Kota Kinabalu.

And just like that, the Gap Year groups’ Borneo adventure was over and this weekend past they were packing up and heading home.

The Gap Year group and Downbelow alike had a blast while they were here though.

With the buzz of the Gap Year group gone, things are back to normal on at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre again.

Until the next groups arrives…

UK Gap Year Student Group Arrives at Gaya Island

Monday, July 30th, 2012 @ 13:06 Borneo Gap Year, Groups & Schools, News

Gap Year students Group 1 arrive a the Downbelow's Gaya island dive station

The first of 3 groups of UK Gap Year students arrived at the Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre this weekend, where Managing Director and resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann was on hand to welcome them.

During July we are hosting 3 groups of British Gap Year students, who will travel all the way to Sabah to experience some awesome Borneo adventure.

First order of business, of course, is to learn how to dive, which the Gap Year students will be doing while camping right next to our dive centre on the tropical island of Pulau Gaya.

“Million star accommodation”, as Richard calls it, due to the fact that on a clear night, when you poke your head from under the tent canopy, the stars a clear and bright.

Over the next 10 days Richard and his crew of pro PADI instructors will conduct a total of 24 PADI Open Water courses, 5 PADI Advanced Open Water courses and 31 AWARE Coral Reef Conservation courses, peppered with a generous sprinkling of fun diving for the Gap Year students.

Under the fun wings of Downbelow’s island crew, there is much fun to be had by the Gap Year students.