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PADI 5 STAR IDC Dive Centre – Gaya Island

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island is the perfect destination for marine and wildlife lovers. Location is “almost” everything and we proudly offer purpose built facilities on a paradise island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park just 10 minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu mainland.

Our PADI 5 STAR IDC Dive Centre fondly known as “The Beach House” consists of an international team of PADI professionals. Our beach house dive centre is the location for the conduct of our internationally renowned PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and other professional internships as well as a large range of activities

Surrounded by primary rainforest and tropical ocean, visitors can enjoy daily scuba diving, PADI discover scuba diving for first timers, snorkelling and skin diving/free diving. If you prefer to spend your time above the surface, the dive centre also offers trekking, sea kayaking & hiking.

Our Gaya Island dive centre is one of two PADI 5 Star IDC Centres owned by us within the marine park. The other is located just 10 minutes away on Manukan Island. Our clients know that Downbelow represents quality & safety so the diving experience form either one of our dive centres is the same. The difference is what you experience when not underwater. You can read more about the comparisons and choose which PADI Dive Centre offers the experience that suits you better. We also offer two centre packages so you can experience both locations during your holiday in Sabah.

Where Rainforest Meets Reef!

The Beach House Downbelow Dive Centre
PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

At 15km², Gaya Island is the largest of the five beautiful islands that make up the land mass of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP). It remains un-spoiled and is not on the main tourist route.

Primary rainforest forms an ampitheatre around the beach house which is home to a myriad of wildlife including macaques, hornbills, snakes and lizards to name just a few.

Our dive centre provides a very special experience.  We are the only operator at this location so our surroundings are non crowded. Surface intervals between activities are taken on the beach house veranda so even if your family or group are taking part in different activities you will still be together during the breaks.

Beside our beach house is a large field used for our camping and sporting activities and we can accommodate large groups for adventure & educational training, yet separate the groups from our daily clients.

Full Service PADI Dive Centre

Our dive centre is a full service beach house dive station with 4 fast, custom- built speedboats, 2 air compressors with NITROX, a certified equipment service center plus equipment to easily handle very large groups.

Confined water training takes place immediately in front of the dive centre, which boasts a natural training confined open water lagoon. Open water dive sites start literally a giant stride away from our jetty, with the rest a few minutes away by boat.

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling the Best Dive Sites in TARP !

Master Instructor Joanne Swann Scuba Diving TARP

Our PADI 5 STAR IDC Dive Centre offers scuba diving and snorkelling trips to all the best dive sites in TARP & west coast Sabah.  The fun, however, does not stop here as we love to explore, so our dive team regularly journeys farther afield to locations such as Pulau Tiga, Usukan Bay Wrecks, Tuaran, Mayne Rock and Deluar Shoals.

Downbelow’s international staff are highly skilled with many years of experience in their field and we pride ourselves on an exceptional level of service and safety. Our diver-to-dive-guide ratios are very low, ensuring that new divers a well looked after and experienced divers can enjoy the dive to the full.

Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and HSE Guidelines. Our boats are equipped with marine radio, GPS & First Aid kits and our qualified snorkel guides always bring a life ring with them. All our guides are trained in Emergency First Response. Read more about our scuba diving safety.

You will see from our marine biology pages that we have spent many years photographing and studying the creatures that inhabit Sabah’s surrounding waters. We love to share this knowledge and explain a little of how this marvelous ecosystem works. When you choose to dive with us, we don’t just guide you. You embark on an adventure and you’ll see some of the most amazing underwater creatures.

We have a second PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre based on Manukan Island. Here we offer exclusive Stay & Scuba Dive, Stay & Snorkel Safari packages.

All images are photographed on location Platinum PADI Course Director and our MD Richard Swann.  

We Offer a Full Range of PADI Programs & Courses from Beginner to Professional Levels

Testimonials

It doesn’t get any better than Downbelow!
They planned our entire 2 week stay in Borneo, we didn’t have to lift a finger. We saw everything you can imagine; Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Crocodiles, Horn bills!They know all the best local spots and really take care of you which is so important when traveling somewhere new!
Tamsin & Phil, Independent Travellers
One stop shop for marine and wildlife adventure
I spent a month with Dive DownBelow studying to be a PADI Open Water Instructor. Great location (near markets, shops and cafes), professional staff and a fun experience all round.
Carl Charter, GoPro Intern
A very memorable holiday!
The whole Dive Downbelow team is great and this was a huge contributor to us having a very memorable holiday with you. Thank you for your help all through the trip, and also thank you to Tim who was very professional, patient and made our diving course so enjoyable and successful.
Dmitry & Helen, Independent Travellers

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Take a Look at Other Areas of Our Organisation

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Adventure Lodge

Our newly established accommodation based in KK Times Square offers twin or family rooms with private bathrooms or a unique style of dormitory room with communal bathrooms. The expedition style lodge is ideal for those people wishing to combine basic clean and secure comfort at an affordable price.

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Downbelow
Adventure Lodge

Our newly established accommodation based in KK Times Square offers twin or family rooms with private bathrooms or a unique style of dormitory room with communal bathrooms. The expedition style lodge is ideal for those people wishing to combine basic clean and secure comfort at an affordable price.

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Travel & Tours Centre

We offer tailor-made tours, trips and holidays to suit your budget and wish-list. Designed for the independent traveller, family or group wishing to organize time and cost effective trips within Sabah, Borneo. Our high level of repeat business and pride in what we do testify to our success.

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Dive Shop

Based at our HQ in KK Times Square, we are the largest Dive Shop in Sabah. Offering known brands such as SUUNTO, Dive Rite, MARES, BARE, Rip Curl, GoPRO Hero, Igloo and much more.

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Downbelow
Dive Shop

Based at our HQ in KK Times Square, we are the largest Dive Shop in Sabah. Offering known brands such as SUUNTO, Dive Rite, MARES, BARE, Rip Curl, GoPRO Hero, Igloo and much more.

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Our Commitment to Conservation!

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During the past 15 years the company has established itself as a leading conservation and education provider locally and on the international platform. At Downbelow we are committed to responsible tourism. We design experiences and provide courses that foster appreciation, awareness and conservation of our environment and development of local people. In the course of this labour of love, our effort has been acknowledged by various publications and awards. To date, Ghost Net Removals, Underwater and Beach Clean Ups, Coral for Life, Tree for Life & Project Aware remain a large focus of our day to day life Downbelow!

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What Makes Downbelow Different ?

  • Full Service Island Based PADI 5 STAR IDC Centre – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
  • Own and Operate Our Adventure Lodge Accommodation – KK Times Square
  • Fully Comprehensive Quality Control Standards and Procedures
  • Resident Platinum PADI Course Director – In House and Full Time
  • Gained International Awards for Excellence, Education and Experiences
  • Awarded the PADI Green Star Award for Environmental Practices to Reduce our Environmental Footprint
  • Hassle FREE – airport to airport service all under one company.
  • Dedicated experienced travel consultant for planning your trip, during your trip and post trip support.

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