Recent visitor, Les Newman, owner and PADI Course Director from Langley Diving in Langley, Canada, left us this shining review:
If you are looking for adventure with quality, economy and safety you have to think of Malaysia. If your goal is to dive and enjoy the wealth of aquatic life Malaysia has to offer at a truly Five Star facility, you have to consider Kota Kinabalu.
There, you will want to dive with Joanne and Richard at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures. Richard, a PADI Course Director, and Joanne, a PADI Staff Instructor run an active team teaching all levels from novice diver and snorkelling to instructor levels.
Their location on Gaya island with proximity to the city of KK and fleet of high-speed dive boats make diving in the area a breeze. With nearly 50 different identified dive spots and highly skilled local staff who know the waters and sea life, you get a lot of diving in without seeing the same reef twice.
This is macro diving at its best. Hover, watch as the reef comes alive below you. When your Malasian dive guide tells you where you will see a sea horse – and then delivers – you know you have chosen the right place.
While on shore in Kota Kinabalu you will be overwhelmed with the sights, sounds and smells of a variety of open air markets that make this part of the world very special. Pick a country and you can find a restaurant within walking distance of your hotel with food from that country. Downbelow can not only handle your diving, but arrange an entire accommodation package to meet your budget.
If you are traveling to South East Asia, stop in Malaysia, visit Kota Kinabalu, dive with Downbelow and be reminded why you got into diving in the first place.
Les Newman, C.G.A., PADI-CD
Owner, Langley Diving
Langley, BC, Canada