Archive for March, 2014

Alice welcomes Amylia, our new PADI Divemaster intern!

Monday, March 31st, 2014 @ 13:59 News, Professional Diving Internships

Downbelow new divemaster intern

Amylia drops by our Kota Kinabalu Times Square Head Office to have a chat with Alice about her PADI DIvemaster internship program at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Borneo!

Now Amylia has received her PADI Divemaster Crewpak, she can start studying dive theory topics, such as equipment, physiology and physics!

We are confident Amylia will grasp all the knowledge development needed to excel in the various scuba diving skills, scenarios and workshops of the PADI Divemaster course!

Contact any of our Head Office staff to discuss any professional scuba diving internship programs we conduct at our beach house! We can tailor your program to suit your needs and guide you to making your diving dream a reality!

PADI Discover Scuba Diving participants ready for their first breaths underwater!

Friday, March 28th, 2014 @ 10:15 News, PADI Scuba Diver Course


The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is a big ‘hit’ at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Borneo!

It’s a very hot day at our beach house and it’s making our clients anticipate getting into the cool water as soon as they can! Before they do though, they must complete the PADI Discover Scuba Diving brochure because it is a PADI standard requirement.

Once completed, our full time PADI IDC Staff Instructor Tim, and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Mel, delivers a briefing on the basics of equipment use and the simple scuba diving skills they must master before continuing to an open water dive experience. It’s necessary for our participants to be comfortable when performing the skill because it will indicate their readiness for diving to the maximum depth of 12 metres.

For more information on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, get in touch with one of our friendly and experienced Head Office staff at KK Times Square to discuss a suitable itinerary for you to discover the underwater world in Borneo!

PADI Divemaster intern Rhys is given his educational materials by mentor Strike

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 @ 10:22 News, Professional Diving Internships


Strike is one of our full time PADI Instructor Trainers of our Go PRO team and he will be conducting Rhys’ professional dive training to certify his student as PADI Divemaster.

Mentor and student will get to know and work with each other very well over the 1-month internship program of Rhys’. It’s important for our interns to have fun while they are developing their professional skills of supervision and leadership because learning is made easy with a positive attitude.

At our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Strike is also one of our General Operations Manager. Rhys is getting the additional benefit of having a mentor who is an integral figure in our dive operations and possesses vast experience and knowledge on the business of diving.

Contact one of our friendly and helpful Head Office staff to create an internship program for you to follow your diving dream and Go PRO at Gaya Island, Borneo!

Platinum CD Richard educates our latest PADI Divemaster Trainees on our coral planting project!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 @ 14:00 Conservation, News


Our very recent illegal fishing net removal dives have spurred the need for another coral planting project so our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann conducts an educational session on coral planting!

Our latest PADI Divemaster Trainees who are part of our “Work for a Career” program have an awesome opportunity to learn the benefits of coral planting and Richard will show the new members of the island team how to plant coral.

During the net removal dives, broken pieces of coral are collected and kept in a saltwater environment temporarily at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Beforehand, Richard demonstrates methods to anchor the coral on to a similar substrate as the calcium carbonate of the reef and the boys try it out for themselves. The ‘corals’ will then be dispersed close to the edge of the reef because the proximity to healthy corals can encourage the damaged coral to co-exist and flourish itself!

Contact one of our friendly and helpful Head Office staff in KK Times Square to discuss a suitable program with your needs’ in mind to visit our Gaya Island beach house. Come diving and take a look at our conservation work within Tunku Abdul Rahman Park!

Danish nature lovers at the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sandakan!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 @ 09:30 Danish Adventure Group, News


Our first Danish Adventure Group of the year explore the Rainforest Discovery Centre in the Sandakan region of Sabah!

Our full time staff member escorts the adventurers’ during their week in Sandakan and there are various activities to experience on the east coast of Sabah.

The Rainforest Discovery Centre is located just outside of Sandakan town centre and is a very popular educational centre for the amazing work they have done to raise awareness.

It is a very relaxing area, with canopy walkways and observation towers to view parts of the jungle otherwise inaccessible. There are informative plaques and boards with facts on various plants and animals found in the centre to educate the public on the biodiversity found in the area.

Get in touch with one of our Head Office staff to explore the Sandakan region and other areas of Sabah with one of our flexible travel packages we offer!

The friendly and helpful staff at our KK Times Square Headquarters will assist you in creating the perfect Borneo adventure for a Group activity or for the individual traveller!

There’s so much going on at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 @ 08:41 News


Our premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house on Gaya Island, Borneo, is enjoying the multiple programs being conducted!

Our full time PADI Instructors conducted the various activities for our clients, which ranged from the entry-level PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, all the way to the professional-level PADI Divemaster course.

The facilities we possess at our beach house are how we logistically offer so much variety to our clients’ activities. On the doorstep of our beach house is a confined training lagoon where all initial scuba diving skills are conducted, such as the PADI Open Water course and PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.

To enjoy a day or multiple days of one of our many activity programs at our Gaya Island beach house, contact one of our experienced Head Office staff in KK Times Square to discuss a suitable itinerary for your Borneo adventure!

Salt Trail watch out! Our Danish Group is on the way!

Monday, March 24th, 2014 @ 16:46 Danish Adventure Group, News


Our first Danish Adventure Group of the year is prepared with a presentation on the Salt Trail Jungle Trekking activity of their 30-Day Expedition Borneo program!

The Danes will be escorted by one of our staff team and a number of guides and porters, as with all activities in their program, through the jungle terrain of the Crocker Mountain Range. The trek will cover approximately 42KM of primary rainforest.

En route the adventurers’ will be invited each night to rest at village homestays. The facilities are basic, common in remote villages, but the unique experience is priceless!

Local guides will escort as well since this is their “back yard” and we encourage our Adventure Group to ask any questions about the natural biodiversity they find during their journey.

Contact us at our Head Office in KK Times Square where one of our members of staff will create a suitable itinerary to experience the historical Salt Trail on your Borneo adventure!

Visit Gaya Island and meet some of our friends!

Monday, March 24th, 2014 @ 10:39 Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu, News

Jurassic Park in Borneo TARP

Gaya Island is the largest within the parameters of the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and only a short 7-minute fast speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu City Centre!

If you only had a day to spare in your Borneo holiday plans, it’s worth visiting our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre! In just one day, you can go trekking, or snorkelling, kayaking or experience scuba diving or a mix of these different types of activities!

There’s plenty to see whatever activity you choose to do! In-water activities will offer sightings of anemone fish, snappers, wrasse and even blacktip reef sharks! Taking a walk along jungle trails or on a kayaking excursion, you can spot hornbills swooping in and out of the trees, long-tailed macaques. Our island team found a friendly Green-crested lizard in front our beach house this morning!

We have a solid reputation on the excellent standard of customer service we provide to our clients and our commitment to completing your perfect Borneo adventure is proven with the praise we regularly receive.

To experience Gaya Island at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house, contact us at our Head Office in KK Times Square, and one of our friendly and experienced staff will organise an itinerary to create a memorable day!

Vic gets his PADI Open Water Diver students ready for skills in our sheltered bay!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ 20:00 News, Open Water Course


PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Vic, conducts the PADI Open Water Diver course for two of our clients today, and they’re readying their mask before descending underwater to complete some skills from the course!

All of our entry-level scuba diving courses and experience programs are conducted in the sheltered bay right on the doorstep of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

Vic already briefed his students on what to expect, equipment set-up and use, underwater signalling, and the skills that must be mastered before going for their very first open water scuba diving experience!

Get in touch with us immediately to take advantage of the amazing facilities we have to offer at our beach house on Gaya Island, Borneo!

One of our Head Office staff based in KK Times Square will help you to create an unforgettable scuba diving experience!

Mel checks our speedboat engines are in good condition for the day!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ 14:39 News


Mel is one of our full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and also one of our boat captains!

Our fleet of fast speedboats are essential to our dive operations, so of course Mel checks each engine with his vast knowledge and experience. This morning we have a few clients who are visiting our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, to enjoy leisure diving within the protected area of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park!

Our divers will enjoy 3 open water dives, each at different reefs within the marine park and at all times will be supervised by one of our professional dive guides of the island team.

Contact one of our members of staff in our Head Office at KK Times Square to organise a daily dive package to suit your scuba diving holiday in Borneo!