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.

Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Friday, October 16th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News

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The stylish and highly anticipated Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Rip Curl is a favourite brand amongst many of our own staff team, particularly the professional divers of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park. No doubt they will be rushing to check out the variety of hats, rashguards, wetsuits, neoprene jackets, bags, swimwear and countless other products our KK Dive Shop Manager Karen has ordered. Keep updated with our Dive Shop activities, because the range of items will change from time to time, so there’s bound to be something new you haven’t seen.

Visit our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop, located on the Ground Floor of Block F in the KK Times Square complex, to check out our Rip Curl line!

Family of PADI Open Water Divers!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu, News, Open Water Course

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Boulanger family of PADI Open Water Divers are learning the skills of SCUBA together under the supervision of our PADI Instructor Timmy!

We always see parents and their children bonding during any of the many PADI scuba courses or programs, and it’s rewarding just to see the transformation of the individual students as well as the family unit. Having scuba diving in common is very special because there’s so many different interests within the dive community, just as family members themselves are unique. And their travelling choices will be influenced by their newfound shared skill and passion, and while in Sabah the Coulanger family are considering a few days of diving at Sipadan Island. They will more likely choose those tour operators with a corporate responsibility to protect the environment because divers are instantly supporters of the Project AWARE movement!

Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for more information on the PADI Open Water Diver pre-requisites and a suitable itinerary for your family to learn SCUBA with us in Sabah!

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!

Downbelow’s interns protect the TARP environment!


Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures’ interns protect the TARP environment from the many hazards of an illegally discarded fishing net!

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park’s 5 islands is a protected area, which is difficult to police because of its close proximity to mainland Kota Kinabalu city centre. And where there is a high population of tourists and residents, so much more marine debris enters the marine ecosystem. One of the worst marine debris is a fishing net because it’s still ‘fishing’ underwater, until it is removed. Project AWARE ambassador, resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann of our Go PRO team, leads a group of our professional scuba diving interns to remove the net from further damaging the delicate coral. Marine conservation is one of the most fulfilling dive lifestyle experiences any professional divers can have, and whenever possible our operations involves those in training to organise such projects!

Get more details on a Go PRO course at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre facilities in Sabah!

PADI Instructors get deeper into their career!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, News, Professional Diving Internships

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At a pre-determined dive site within the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, PADI Instructors get deeper into their career by qualifying as PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructors!

Go PRO team leader and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, conducts the course for our newly qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, as part of their PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) internship program. They will still need to certify a total of 25 students (not more than 5 from non-diving courses) to apply for the MSDT rating, but before then they are free to teach as many students those PADI Specialties they’ve qualified as Instructors!

Contact us at our HQ to discuss with our Go PRO advisors on a suitable internship for yourself to build an exciting career in professional scuba diving.


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’!

The road to Laban Rata on Mount Kinabalu!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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The road to Laban Rata on Mount Kinabalu is around 4-6 hours, and offers amazing scenic views of Sabah’s Crocker Range mountains!

Arne and Laurens, from Belgium, climb to the Laban Rata plateau with their experienced mountain guide Bonnie. Along the Timpohon trail, the 3 reached the plateau with plenty of time to relax and explore the area at the 3272.7-metre altitude before their dinner at the Laban Rata resthouse. In their 2D1N climb to Laban Rata program, our Sabah Travel Centre experts recommended that they make the journey with walking poles to assist them on the ascent, and especially descent!

Discuss a suitable itinerary for your climb with our experienced and helpful travel experts when you contact us, and receive pre-trip preparation.