Lovely day for diving!


Experiencing the sport of scuba diving couldn’t be made any easier at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park!

In the morning, one of our Downbelow vans is arranged to pick up our guest from the hotel accommodation Kota Kinabalu City Centre and transferred to the Marina where our fast speedboats are docked waiting to transfer our clients to Gaya Island to meet our team of PADI professionals eager to introduce others’ to the awesome underwater world!

Missy, one of our Go PRO PADI Instructors conducted the PADI Discover Scuba Diving for our client, which is a 1-day program that includes a few basic dive skills in confined water to assess the participants’ comfort level and an open water dive before lunch to explore our house reef in front of our beach house!

Many of our clients wish to upgrade to the PADI Open Water Diver course to certify because it will last them a lifetime – the certification, as well as the memories!

For more information, contact any of our members of staff in our Head Office to arrange a suitable program to create an amazing Borneo holiday!

Goodbye to our 4th Camps International group… until the next dive!

camps Borneo leaving

Our team of PADI professionals dreads to say ‘goodbye’ to the awesome UK-based students of our 4th batch of Camps International adventurers’, but it’s a happy occasion to know that they are inspired to care for our beautiful natural environment!

Everyone has had such great fun at our Gaya Island beach house and we hope to see them all again one day for another adventure in the tropical paradise of Borneo!

Fingers crossed we will see them again next year to continue their dive education, or they might like to explore other parts of Sabah with other activities, such as jungle trekking or climbing Mount Kinabalu!

We offer adventure training and team-building programs, and we are able to cater to small and/or large groups and providing excellent customer service and high standards in safety throughout!

Contact us to organize and conduct an amazing itinerary of adventure to explore the beautiful biodiversity of exotic Sabah!

Undying Patience

Hi Sarah,

How are you?

I just came back from the Open Water course and an extra dive with you guys, and it was such a pleasure. I enjoyed the entire activity and loved my instructor Pablo for his undying patience with me hahaha.

Thank you,

Ian lives out his diving dream in Borneo!


The diving dream for Ian, our Go PRO intern, is a reality since he’s come back to the our Gaya Island beach house in Borneo for another Go PRO internship program to increase his teaching experience!

In June, 9 candidates of the Instructor Development Course (IDC) successfully completed the Instructor Examination (IE) to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, and Ian was one of them!

However, not long after his achievement, Ian returned to continue his professional dive education to increase his chances of employability by completing another 1-month Go PRO internship program to include the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.

Part of the professional-level is to certify 25 student divers and Ian has most definitely exercised his awesome instructional abilities for our clients. Recently, two of our international clients qualified as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers thanks to Ian’s teaching!

Get in touch with one of our Head Office members of staff who will discuss a professional internship program to suit your individual needs to live your own dive dream in Borneo!

Our interns get real dive experience in teaching!


Go PRO interns Polly and Ian have really made us proud as they grasp so enthusiastically their teaching experiences at our Gaya Island paradise beach house!

Polly conducts the PADI Open Water Diver whilst Ian teaches the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and our clients have enjoyed each and every dive with the two PADI Instructors!

Their professional internship program includes the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating. To attain the professional level the candidates are to complete five PADI Specialties chosen between themselves and our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, who is also Managing Director at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

During their 1-month internship program, teaching experience is offered and this is such valuable benefit for the Go PRO interns. It is especially so because the instructional experience is under the guidance of Richard who is dedicated to imparting his vast knowledge of the dive industry to improve our candidates.

Get in touch with our Head Office to ask for more details on our fully inclusive Go PRO internship programs we offer. We can arrange an itinerary to suit your needs to become a Go PRO diver when you visit tropical Borneo!

A really a wonderful time was had!

Hi Sarah Jane,

Thanks for the email. And yes unfortunately I am back in Perth and feeling rather cold. I would like to thank all of Downbelows staff both in KK and on the island. I really did have a wonderful time, even though I was travelling on my own. Thankyou for your help in rearranging my diving. I am really glad I did it all, but have also realised that 9 dives on consecutive days would have been too much.

I have come home rather tired, but happy that I did do it. Hopefully I will try and do it again but probably do only 2 days diving and see more of the other aspects of Sabah. Once again I thank you sincerely for all your help over the whole period that I was in contact with you.

Best wishes for the future,


Walking the Nepenthes Trail!


The Nepenthes trail in Mesilau offers a different perspective to the Summit trail from Timpohon Gate; the natural biodiversity to be found and spectacular views of the Crocker Range Mountains are not to be missed!

Mesilau is an area located on the low lying hills of the eastern side of Mount Kinabalu and the iconic mountain itself can be seen towering above as trekkers walk along the Nepenthes trail.

Flora and fauna endemic to Kinabalu Park, in fact endemic to Mesilau, are strewn along the route! Nature’s beautiful creations, such as the Nepenthes Rajah are easily spotted, amongst other species of pitcher plants.

Pitcher plants are fascinating as they are carnivorous feeders that dissolve their prey unfortunate enough to fall into their pitfall trap filled with a fluid concentrated of digestive enzymes.

Moss-covered boulders, peaceful sounds of birdcalls and small streams, as well as a small crossing bridge over the Mesilau River are of such charming additions to the Nepenthes Trail.

Contact our Head Office staff to arrange a package to visit the beautiful location of Mesilau, and enjoy the peaceful serenity that can be found in Sabah’s famous Crocker Range!

Camps International Group 4 is in Borneo!


Learning to dive is an incredible achievement! An achievement that the UK-based students of Camps International will be reaching for, as those not already qualified will strive to complete the PADI Open Water Diver course at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, whilst qualified divers will complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course!

After mastering the dive skills of the entry-level course in the shallow training lagoon on the doorstep of our beach house, our team of PADI Instructors proceed to build their students confidence in open water environment to test those skills once again.

The stunning coral reefs and multi coloured tropical fish is marveled by any students though, not just those participating in a diving activity. Our island staff team members are of all levels of PADI professionals who are experienced in conducting snorkeling programs and presentations on coral reef conservation.

Gaya Island offer jungle trails to explore the primary rainforest of Borneo, and any trekkers in our visiting group of adventurers’ might be lucky enough to see proboscis monkey amongst other endemic mammals that can be spotted!

Get in touch with our Head Office to arrange a program to suit your adventure groups’ needs for an unforgettable Borneo adventure!

It’s all about safety at our Gaya Island beach house!


Scuba diving is not without its risks, just as is life! Although risk can’t be completed ruled out it can be minimised through risk assessment, training and preparation!

Our Camps International program of PADI Open Water & PADI Advanced Open Water Diver courses consists of more than 300 students, but split into manageable groups of 30 to 40, then reduced again to 3 or 4 students per PADI Instructor to complete their qualification within several days and camping overnight at our beach house.

Safety is essential to learning and enjoyment, for both the PADI Instructor as well as their student diver. With each group, the students are required to assemble & check their own dive equipment as well as check their buddy. This is part of learning, and they are also required to adhere to our roll call procedures.

Each session the student diver and a PADI professional enter the water to complete skills of the course, students must log in and out of the water noting their tank pressure and the time of entry and exit. Upon completion of their PADI Open Water Diver course, the student divers will expect and appreciate all the more the safety procedures implemented during their dive training!

For more information on how to learn scuba diving with an emphasis on safety, contact one of our experienced Head Office staff to arrange a program to discover an amazing adventure in Borneo!