Our Recent Article Publication “Ultimate Critter – the Blue Ring Octopus” – Sport Diving Magazine

Our Recent Article Publication "Ultimate Critter - the Blue Ring Octopus" - Sport Diving Magazine

Downbelow company directors Richard and Joanne Swann’s latest article – “Ultimate Critter” is featured in this months Australian Sport Diving Magazine.

The article takes a look at the what makes the highly prized Blue Ringed Octopus the ultimate of critters.

Packed with interesting facts and stunning photography the article makes for a great read !!!

Sport Diving Magazine is in stores now throughout Australasia. You can subscribe to the magazine online and/or read the low res pdf of the article at http://www.divetheblue.net.

The Blue Ring Octopus is seen with some what regularity in the region of Kapalai in the Celebes Sea,

We have also seen the odd individual in TAR Park in the South China Sea where are have our PADI 5 Star Dive Center on Gaya Island.

For more information on this interesting and venomous creature please visit our dedicated Octopus and Squid Marine Biology page.

For Diving within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park have a look at our daily dive package.


Our Recent Article Publication “Ultimate Critter – the Blue Ring Octopus” – Sport Diving Magazine

PADI Scuba Diver – 2 Day Scuba Diving Course Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Short of time but still want to join a Scuba Diving course, learn how to scuba dive and experience the beauty of the Underwater World ?

Then we have the perfect solution for you – The PADI Scuba Diver Course which takes 2 days to complete.

PADI Scuba Diver - 2 Day Scuba Diving Course Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

PADI Scuba Diver Course – 2 days

The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.

As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints.

With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip to a maximum of 12m.

What do I need to start?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a Scuba Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Scuba Diver program available

What will I do?

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.

You earn this rating by completing confined water dives in our lagoon in front of our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island. You will also complete knowledge development sessions which take place at our island paradise below, plus you will make two open water dives in the surrounding tropical ocean.

PADI Scuba Diver - 2 Day Scuba Diving Course Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

How long will it take?

PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you, we allocate 2 days for this course.

Where can I go from here?

After completing the Scuba Diver program, you can at anytime continue your diving education by completing the PADI Open Water Course with any PADI Dive Center which will take an additional 2 days.

How do I book my place?

Please send us an email with your preferred dates and we’ll schedule your course.


Honeymoon in Kapalai, Lankayan, Kinabatangan.

Hi Jo and Gerry,

I just wanted to say thank you for helping us organise such a wonderful trip to Sabah.

We had an amazing three weeks and loved the whole place – Lankayan was a great spot to relax after the wedding, we managed to see three orang utans at Kinabatangan.

The diving at Kapalai and Sipadan was incredible and the Magellan was a fantastic place to spend our final few nights.

Hope all is well on your paradise island…




Honeymoon in Kapalai, Lankayan, Kinabatangan.

Reviews and Feedback for Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures – Sabah.

The Travel and Diving industry is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Especially in and era of conservation awareness and exploration.

Over the years we have met so many lovely people, many of whom return year after year and have become good friends.

We just wanted to say “Thank You” to all of our friends and guests that support us and what we are doing here in Sabah.

We would like to share some of our guest comments because you don’t just want to hear how wonderful our Dive & Adventure Centre is just from us all the time !!!!!




Reviews and Feedback for Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures – Sabah.

Accommodation & Scuba Diving Packages that Save Money – Sabah

At Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures we offer a wide range Accommodation & Diving Packages in Sabah.

Starting from 3Days / 2 Nights and more…..

Of course our flagship diving destination is our very own paradise island PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP), just 8 minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu.


Being so close to the city means we have a large variety of Accommodation options to suit travelers budgets and desires.

Beginning with a 1 million star a night tent! Camping next to our Dive and Adventure Centre is a wonderful experience.

Alternatively for the less intrepid traveler you can stay on the mainland and we will bring you to our island location daily.


We offer very clean and comfortable budget accommodation / mid range to large 5 Star Hotel complexes with swimming pools and facilitates which are either in or close to the city.

You can stay within the Tunku Abdul Rahman park on Manukan Island or on the other end of the scale you could stay in a family owned, very friendly beach resort approx 40 minutes south of the city.

We combine these packages with 2-6 days Scuba Diving and Snorkeling packages within the TAR park and beyond.

We also offer other destinations such as Kapalai Resort and Lankayan Island Resort plus Pulau Tiga

We will soon be publishing these Accommodation and Diving Packages Packages on our website but until then, please contact us for your tailored trip that saves you money !!


Children Scuba Diving – PADI Bubblemaker Program

Hi Richard,

Thanks a million for taking time to gave my daughter the DSD lesson.

She was very happy and enjoyed the session a lot.

She been telling me that she saw a lot of corals and fishes but her favourite things is the clown fish.

Since then she has been asking me when she can go diving again and hope to join me soon.

Also say thanks to Duncan and Cyril for making my daughter day’s a wonderful occasion.

Thanks again.



Children Scuba Diving – PADI Bubblemaker Program