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!

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’!

Another adventure travel group on Expedition Borneo!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, Groups & Schools, News

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Our 30 day Expedition Borneo program welcomes its 3rd group of the year in 2015. The adventure travel group are touring all over Kota Kinabalu and Sabah under our care and supervision!

Their first activity with our operations is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife safari, with the chance to spot rare and endemic Bornean animals, such as the pygmy elephant, orang utan, proboscis monkeys!

Each and every activity has so much to educate the young adventurers’ about the cultural traditions of Sabah and Borneo; and of even more value, partner operators are also responsible corporate citizens just like us at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures.

A couple of the other adventure activities they will experience include, climbing to Lows Peak summit of Mount Kinabalu on our popular 2D1N standard climbing package and learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park! Marine conservation will be an element of their unique educational program they will receive when camping overnight at our island beach house, to gain an appreciation and respect for our natural environment.

For more information on other educational programs we can arrange for group adventure travel, contact our Sabah Travel Centre, where our experts have years of experience in creating bespoke itineraries for our clients!

Planting in Sabah for rainforest conservation!

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Before returning to Kota Kinabalu city centre, our Expedition Borneo group receive another practical lesson about tree planting in Sabah for rainforest conservation!

Their itinerary is filled with the very best adventure activities and ecotourism-based attractions found in Sabah, which will offer the young adventurers’ a greater appreciation for the natural environment.

For 30 days, the unique educational programs are conducted under practical experiences, such as planting young sapling trees that are endemic to the Kinabatangan River and Bilit Village area! Eventually, the terrestrial biodiversity will thrive!

One epic challenge, which is probably the toughest in Sabah, is climbing to Mount Kinabalu’s Low’s Peak at an altitude of 4,095m! Before they begin each activity, they will receive a briefing of what to expect in a comprehensive presentation delivered at our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where its location is right next door to our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop. This suits our participants very well, as they may purchase items they may have forgotten to pack.

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre, where our experienced experts will be delighted to assist in creating a personalised itinerary for a travelling group of any size to experience beautiful Sabah, Borneo!

Adventure group try zipline action in Kota Kinabalu!

Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 08:00 Borneo Adventure, Danish Adventure Group, Groups & Schools, News

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Our first expedition group of the year try the zipline action in Kota Kinabalu for an extra land day trip to explore more of the very best attractions in Sabah!

Zipline, wall climbing, abseiling and rope-walking activities, which are all located outdoors with a view of the beautiful Crocker Range mountain plains, is so close to Kota Kinabalu city centre! With its accessibility such a convenience for our adventure group, they had a full afternoon of fun and fitness!

One of our Sabah Travel Centre experts, Jane, escorted the group to the venue and assisted when necessary. There’s a long list of attractions in and around Kota Kinabalu, and it’s important that our travel and tours packages consist of other operations that also share our corporate responsibility to practise environmental friendliness.

This group of 20 young adventurers have already experienced many other activities within their 30-day Expedition Borneo program to discover more about Sabah, Borneo, such as climbing Mount Kinabalu – a massive achievement for any climber!

Get more information on how our Sabah Travel Centre experts can assist you to create a detailed itinerary for you and your group to explore Kota Kinabalu!

A Downbelow adventure is a unique education of marine and wildlife!

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In support of World Wildlife Day, our 20-strong adventure group from Denmark take a mass selfie to raise awareness that they are ‘Serious About Wildlife Crime’, as they gain a unique education on marine and wildlife during their Downbelow adventure!

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann encourages our newly qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, Azhar and Kerry, to share their own experiences in marine conservation. The two have many experiences, from beach clean-ups to ‘Ghost Net’ removals, which they can draw from to relate the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty presentation for their student divers’ knowledge development!

Newly qualified PADI Open Water Divers, such as our Danish adventurers’, are equally passionate as the PADI professionals of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, and our Go PRO internship candidates assist for their own experience of contributing to the marine environment!

‘Expedition Borneo’, is a 30-day program we personalised for our adventure groups of young travellers from Denmark, which offers a unique educational approach through various activities at choice ecotourism operations.

For more information on holidays that help to make a positive difference, get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre in Kota Kinabalu, where our experienced and helpful will create a program catered to you and your adventure group to explore Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

Adventure group learns to SCUBA while camping in paradise!

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (specifically, Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park) offers our adventure group the opportunity to learn SCUBA while camping in paradise!

An endless list of adventure activities can be found in Sabah, and our adventurers’ have just started their 30-day ‘Expedition Borneo’ program that we designed for them. This makes their experience in Sabah a unique one, in which they get to experience the very best of beautiful Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

Within the first 48 hours of their arrival in KK, the group of 20 participants transfer to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park to begin their first adventure. They will be staying at our beach house in a very spacious camping tent for 6 days and 5 nights, which is the perfect platform for them to acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of our local natural environment.

Our PADI Instructor team will guide them through their dive education, and whether their goal is: to qualify in the entry-level PADI Open Water Diver course, or continue their diver education to certify as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or in PADI Specialties, our team will conduct all activities with their safety in mind always!

After they depart, the adventure continues to see more of Sabah, such as jungle trekking the historic Salt Trails, climbing Mount Kinabalu’s Low’s Peak summit trail and other once-in-a-lifetime activities!

Contact one of our Sabah Travel Centre staff to create a detailed itinerary that is personalised to you and your group travelling Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: Dream destination for adventure group travel!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, Groups & Schools, News

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is one of those dream destinations for adventure group travel, and combined with our exceptional Downbelow customer service, groups of young travellers from Denmark visit every year to experience our 30-day ‘Expedition Borneo’ program!

This years’ first group have 20 participants, who have signed themselves up for so much ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ activities – they may never want to leave Borneo!

Within 24 hours of their arrival in Kota Kinabalu, the group have completed a day of island-hopping to see more of the natural beauty that can be found so close to Kota Kinabalu city centre in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park!

Marketing Director Joanne and Sabah Travel Centre Manager Alice will brief the adventurers’ at our HQ’s multimedia classroom facilities before each activity of their 30-day program to give advice, answer questions for their preparation! Their first activity is learning to scuba dive, with the possibility of earning a PADI Open Water Diver course, all the while camping at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for 6 days and 5 nights!

Each activity, which range from climbing Mount Kinabalu to jungle trekking the historical Salt Trails, is filled with a unique education of Sabah’s culture and traditions to broaden any travellers’ life experiences!

For more information on our ‘Expedition Borneo’ program (that can be catered with less or more activities; less or more than 30 days!), contact our Kota Kinabalu Sabah Travel Centre, where one of our helpful and experienced travel experts will create one to suit your adventure group!

Borneo history along the Salt Trails jungle trek!

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, News

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The Salt Trails, or ‘Laluan Garam’ in Malay, is a route historically used by merchants to reach marketplaces far from their village settlements to trade their goods for salt, which is needed for food preservation.

On our 30-day Expedition Borneo! program, our second Danish adventure group complete the jungle trekking experience in 4 days and 3 nights to learn more about Sabah’s rich history and culture!

Along the route, our adventurers’ will cross rivers, walk suspension bridges and admire views of rolling green hills…during the day! Evenings are spent at villages to rest overnight for the following days’ trek. Local residents offer their wonderfully warm hospitality to welcome their international guests by introducing traditional entertainment and a banquet of delicious local dishes for dinner too!

Our travel experts will organize a suitable Expedition Borneo! program for any size adventure group to explore the amazing attractions of Sabah when you contact our Head Office in Kota Kinabalu!