Frogfish choose Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park!

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What is it about Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park that makes frogfish choose it for their home?

Frogfish (Antennariidae) are part of the anglerfish family, characterised for luring their prey, and learning frogfish marine biology has shown us they are masters of camouflage! They can change colour to suit their environment; or they may use other organisms, such as algae, to hide.

Recently, our island staff team have enjoyed visiting a frogfish that has taken up residency on a coral block of a reef in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park where we operate. It’s very special (amongst divers) to find a frogfish because these fish are somewhat particular of their marine environment. So if the frogfish stays, it’s very happy – the best compliment, for Project AWARE supporters like ourselves at Downbelow, to receive!

Contact us at our Sabah Travel Centre to arrange a daily leisure diving program at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to visit the frogfish with one of our experienced PADI professionals!

Richard and Strike Diving in Sabah Together To Visit Ruby the Froggy

Friday, April 26th, 2013 @ 09:50 Gaya Island Animals, News, TAR Park Froggies

529208_10200232875198574_2034616083_nDownbelow Operations Manager & PADI Instructor Strike couldn’t help but to have a dive with Downbelow Managing Director & resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann to meet Ruby the Froggy.

He made full use of the Sola 500 dive light which performed perfectly in the low visibility conditions. By the way, you can read our review of the Sola 500 Dive Light on our online Dive Shop.

Richard & Strike first dived together around 10 or more years ago & both still love a dive together once a while.

Ruby the Froggy is a shallow water Frogfish or Anglerfish from the family of Antennariidae and can be found within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. You can read more about them in our Frogfish Marine Biology page.

Custard the Frogfish Resurfaces in the TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 @ 10:13 News, TAR Park Froggies

Custard the Frogfish

Last year July there was a lot of buzz around a tiny, juvenile frogfish named Custard.

It was found in the TAR Park, not far from our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, and enjoyed some fame.

Custard was featured in a blog post, a video and even has a Facebook album dedicated to it.

Custard the frogfish was frequently visited by Downbelow’s staff and guests and become somewhat of a celebrity on Adik Reef.

Eventually Custard the frogfish matured and flew swam the coop and, we hoped, lived on happily in some other nutrient rich nook of the TAR Park.

Well, recently Downbelow’s Alvin was out diving in Ribbon Reef and, deep inside a coral bush, he saw a familiar face.

Wouldn’t you know it, it was our long-lost friend Custard the frogfish.

Hearing of the joyful reunion, our resident PADI Course Director Richard just couldn’t resist.

He popped back to get an updated photo of young Custard, which has been added to its album linked above.

If you want to meet the TAR Park’s young frogfish celeb, contact us and let’s go diving.

Whale Shark Diving in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Monday, February 6th, 2012 @ 11:52 News, TAR Park Froggies, Whale Sharks


Whale sharks came early to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah this year when a few members of Downbelow’s staff spotted whale sharks early in January, but without pictures, it was dismissed by others as only rumours.

This weekend the rumours were laid to rest when our resident PADI Course Director and professional photographer, Richard Swann, went whale shark diving in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo.

He returned after the dive with plenty of beautiful whale shark photos, which you can check out in the video above on our Facebook Whale Sharks in Kota Kinabalu Album.

In the meantime our February Instructor Development Course (IDC) had started and our lucky candidates also got to dive with the whale sharks, making it one of the most memorable IDCs to date.

The whole of Kota Kinabalu is abuzz with talk of the whale shark sightings and, of course, everyone wants to get a glimpse.

If you too want to try your luck to dive with whale sharks in Kota Kinabalu, check out our daily diving package.

Our IDC interns – being in the water as much as they are with their free, unlimited diving privileges – have a greater chance for more encounters, of course, so if you’re considering a professional diving career, there’s one more reason to Go Pro with Downbelow.

Video of Frogfish Walking & Swimming Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 @ 14:31 Diving Sabah, News, TAR Park Froggies

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: A couple of days ago we introduced the small, but very interesting frogfish, Custard, to you.

See her in action below, with video of the frogfish swimming and walking!

So Custard is the little froggie that’s hanging out over at Adik reef in the TAR Park, which is 10 minutes off shore from Kota Kinabalu here in Sabah.

You can read the blog that introduced her here, or check out the video clip below, also available on our YouTube video channel:

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

Custard the Frogfish in TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 @ 11:28 News, TAR Park Froggies, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Downbelow's PADI Master Instructor and Marketing Director Joanne, meets CustardTAR Park, Kota Kinabalu: There’s been quite a few exciting frogfish discoveries recently in the TAR Park here on the porch of Kota Kinabalu.

Let’s introduce you to our newest friend…

Meet Frogfish Custard, discovered just last week by our PADI Course Director Richard on the very exciting Adik Reef in the backyard of our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island offshore Kota Kinabalu.

Little Custard is only a few centimeters long, but is very mobile and forever seems to be walking somewhere.

The island crew regularly visits Adik Reef, because you just never know what you will discover next.

They will be able to keep a keen eye on Custard and her progress.

Come dive with us and meet Custard as well as the other interesting characters we regularly visit here in the TAR Park. Just drop us an email or call us to get organised.

To see more of Custard, have a squiz at her album on our Facebook page.

Rare Species of Scorpionfish Spotted in TAR Park

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 @ 15:58 Diving Sabah, News, TAR Park Froggies, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu: There was a buzz of excitement around the dive station on Gaya Island in KK on Wednesday as Downbelow MD Richard return from a fun dive more buzzed than usual.

“I have found an awesome and rare creature,” he said, almost audibly panting in an email to the office, “stay tuned for an update.”

I waited with bated breath.

Richard must have some sort of TAR Park radar, because if there’s a rare creature in the TAR Park, he knows about it. And usually gets a photo of it too.

Scarlet The Scorpionfish Rhinopias Frondosa as seen in the TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

Dolphins? Yup, they’ve been in the TAR Park. Sharks? Yeah, them too. Marble rays, cobia, peacock mantis shrimp, marble ray, frog fish, seahorses, blue ringed octopus, barracuda, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp?

Yes, yes and yes – not only have they been spotted in the TAR Park, but Richard has the pictures to prove it too (check out or Flickr photo stream for some highlights).

So when he says he found something awesome, move to the edge of your seat and prepare to be awed.

The critter he discovered this time, luckily armed and ready with his camera rig, is a very rare species of scorpionfish.

This particular scorpionfish (Rhinopias fondosa) is usually only found in certain parts of Indonesia.  But such is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, where she lies just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, that you never know what you might find below the surface.

And like one of our Facebook friends rightly said: “Dive with the best, you will see the best“.

To see more of the rare scorpionfish, check out the Facebook album online.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!