PADI Open Water Course – Sabah Parks Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu

Congratulations on completing the PADI Open Water Course Kota Kinabalu, KK. Sabah !!

PADI Open Water Course Kota Kinabalu, KK. Sabah Parks Learn to Dive

Pictured left, Mazlan, Hairol and Felix who work in the Marine Biology Department for Sabah’s Government statutory conservation department – Sabah Parks within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park have recently completed their Scuba Diving Course with PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures.

Also pictured with them – standing outside the Beach House – Downbelows Dive Centre, in the centre is Misol their PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The PADI Open Water Course is not only our most popular course but the most popular Scuba Course in the world.

This Scuba Diving Course is the first level of PADI Certification and as a certified PADI Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

The Beach House on Gaya Island, Downbelow’s island paradise location in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah provides an ideal venue for this course, with a confined shallow, sandy area lagoon – ideal for skill practice and open water coral reef dive sites just minutes from the centre – ideal for open water dives.

Throughout the course, students learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.

Completing five confined sessions, knowledge development sessions and four open water dives. Participants don’t have to be super fit to learn, virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

For more information please peruse our PADI Open Water Course website page or CONTACT US for more information.


Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese Family Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Day Trip, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Winsor Chui and her family enjoyed a wonderful day trip to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu.

Cantonese and Mardarin Chinese Family Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Day Trip, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Basing themselves at our Beach House Adventure Centre & PADI 5 Star Dive Centre.

Winsors parents spent the day with Clare, our PADI Divemaster who conducted a full day Discover Snorkeling Program, whilst Winsor, her husband and brother went scuba diving.

Between scuba dives we returned to the Beach House for for tea/coffee/ refreshments and lunch, where everyone could take fresh water showers, relax and enjoy the surrounding wildlife living in the primary rain forest.

A trip to our Adventure Centre is a ‘Must See” day out whilst in Kota Kinabalu.

For more information please contact us.


Snorkeling Day Trip in TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Downbelow’s dive centre, based on Gaya Island in the TAR Park provides the perfect island base for a snorkeling day trip in the TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.


With daily pick ups from Kota Kinabalu City hotels and departure from Jesselton Point Jetty snorkelers, trekkers and scuba divers can choose from a range of daily activities.

Non swimmers can also join various programs, we provide snorkel guides and snorkel vests.

Snorkeling takes place in our shallow lagoon just in front of our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, on our house reef and from the Dive Boat to various stunning coral reef just minutes from our Beach House.

To discover more information on the various programs that we offer please visit the Travel Packages section of our website.


PADI Advanced Open Water Course, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, Asia

Hi Richard,

Thank you very much for your online confirmation and I have also received a confirmation email from Padi webmaster through my yahoo email. I made an excellent choice in joining you. I truly and sincerely enjoyed my program.

You have such a wonderful and friendly staffs, especially ivy, extremely friendly, I can still hear her laugh, ha ha. I will plan my diving again as you mentioned to me the whale shark season is in April and maybe I can do another course at the same time.

Take care and send my regards to everyone.

Kind regards.


Professional SCUBA Diving Training Internships & IDC

Looking for a Career Change ? Are you a Gap Year Student ? Are you looking for a Challenging Internship Program in Asia ? Do you thrive on Adventure Sports ? Looking to live and learn about another culture, meet new people and learn new languages ?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you should consider joining one of our Professional Scuba Diving Internship Programs in the exciting city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo South East Asia.

Professional SCUBA Diving Training Internships & Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Our great value internship programs can be suited to non divers wishing to enter the professional sport of scuba diving or qualified divers wishing to continue their scuba diving education.

The minimum internship period is 1 month.

To co-inside with these internships we run at least two PADI Instructor Development Courses (PADI IDC) annually which are followed by the PADI Instructor Examination (PADI IE)

On all our internships you receive UNLIMITED scuba diving.

We can offer this because our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is actually based within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) with direct access to our training lagoon & house reef and just a handful of minutes boat ride from TARPs surrounding dive sites.

On all our internships you receive UNLIMITED scuba diving.

Based only 10 minutes from the City of Kota Kinabalu, we dive everyday!

We also have a Dive Shop and Classroom in Kota Kinabalu City.

We can also include very affordable accommodation to participants.

At Downbelow we also offer internship programs to local people under long term contract, providing opportunity and security for their career development.

Local and international candidates mutually benefit from the mixed program by providing opportunity to learn new languages, cultures and traditions and most importantly it brings people together forging new friendships.

For more information please visit the Scuba Diving Internship section of our website.

Contact us via phone or email with your enquiry.


The afternoon with Tourism Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun

Downbelow's Regional Manager spends the afternoon with Tourism Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures were invited to spend the afternoon in Klias Wetlands with Sabah’s Tourism Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

Downbelows Manager Evelyn, along with other guests enjoyed a Fish Foot Spa, traditional Malaysian buffet dinner, a river cruise and admired the fireflies that light up the mangrove jungles like a Christmas tree !!

Everyone had a fabulous time including our Instructor Development Intern, James who enjoyed rubbing shoulders with some of Sabah’s industry players.

Klias Wetlands can be visited on a day trip from Kota Kinabalu.

For More information on Adventure getaways in Sabah, please visit our Sabah Travel centre.

Day Trip Scuba Diving Tunku Abdul Rahman Park TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Hi Richard & Joanne,

Thank you for being part of what was a fantastic holiday! You have a great set up/business, the staff were very friendly, and your approach to service was spot on.

Not that many of my friends dive and pop over to Borneo very often, but you will certainly be recommended if they do.

Hopefully will be over again in a couple of years for a fortnights diving!

Of course the 4 of us are extremely jealous and feel you made the right move (England is currently 4 degrees, grey and windy).

Kind Regards,
Matt, Andy, Helen & Jane.

P.s. Joanne, hope you managed to catch the end of ‘Heroes’!