Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: A group of 10 Danish adventurers joined Downbelow for the month of May to undertake a series of adventures. First up, was learning how to SCUBA dive at dive centre on Gaya Island in Kota Kinabalu.
The young group of 8 women and 2 men, aged 19 – 28, came all the way from Denmark for a 3 month adventure in Asia, starting with a month with Downbelow right here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
For 5 days the adventurers lived at our PADI 5 Star IDC Centre on Gaya Island in the group-tent we erected for the previous group we hosted.
For the ladies and gents, most of who have never been in a jungle environment, Gaya island was a soft introduction to the jungles of Borneo, more of which are to come later.
But as you may know, Gaya island, in spite of being so near the city, is still wild jungle – and on a couple of occasions the quiet island atmosphere was pierced by Danish screams as a variety of (innocuous) critters and bugs came too close to the group.
The challenges of bugs and furry or slimy island inhabitants aside, the Danes eventually triumphed over the challenges of island life and successfully completed their Open Water SCUBA Diver courses, with 8 qualifying as PADI Open Water SCUBA Divers and 2 as PADI SCUBA Divers.
In the coming days the group heads out the white waters of Sabah for some river rafting followed by a 5 day journey across the Crocker Range Mountains to retrace the steps of villagers along the Salt Trails.
Stay tuned for more of the Danish group’s adventures.