Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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!

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!

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!

Lovely day for diving!2018-02-03T00:58:59+08:00

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

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!

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!

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 organise and conduct an amazing itinerary of adventure to explore the beautiful biodiversity of exotic Sabah!

Goodbye to our 4th Camps International group…until the next dive!2016-02-01T03:52:19+08:00

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!

Part of the professional-level is to certify 25 student divers and Ian has most definitely exercised his awesome instructional abilities for our clients.

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!

Ian lives out his diving dream in Borneo!2018-02-03T00:58:59+08:00

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!

During their 1-month internship program, teaching experience is offered and this is such valuable benefit for the Go PRO interns.

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!

Our interns get real dive experience in teaching!2018-02-03T00:59:15+08:00

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.

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.

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!

Walking the Nepenthes Trail!2016-02-01T05:43:09+08:00

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!

The stunning coral reefs and multi coloured tropical fish is marvelled by any students though, not just those participating in a diving activity.

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 marvelled 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 snorkelling 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!

Camps International Group 4 is in Borneo!2018-02-03T00:59:15+08:00

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.

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.

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!

It’s all about safety at our Gaya Island beach house!2016-02-01T07:17:54+08:00

A weekend getaway for our Head Office team to Mesilau!

As a Tours and Travel Company, our responsibility and passion is to provide our clients with the best adventures Sabah has to offer! So one weekend was arranged to explore the accommodation and nature trails of Mesilau Nature Park.

Mesilau Nature Resort offers serene mountain lodge accommodation at 2000m above sea level, where the climate is cooler and the views of the Crocker Range Mountains are spectacular!

The lovely ladies of our Head Office team brought snuggly jumpers, wine, chocolates and lots of enthusiasm for the overnight expedition! Mesilau Nature Resort offers serene mountain lodge accommodation at 2000m above sea level, where the climate is cooler and the views of the Crocker Range Mountains are spectacular! The Nepenthes Rajah, a species of Pitcher Plants, is endemic to Mesilau and easily accessed by visitors with an experienced guide.

Mesilau Nature Resort is a very special and beautiful area of Sabah! If you wish to visit the area on a 2 day 1 night trip, or stay 1 night at Mesilau Nature Resort and acclimatize to the altitude before climbing to the summit our Head Office staff can offer their firsthand experience and arrange a suitable program!

A weekend getaway for our Head Office team to Mesilau!2018-02-03T00:59:15+08:00

Group 3 of Camps International learn to dive!

Yet again it’s a busy few days for our island staff team at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, as the third instalment of young adventurers’ from Camps International participate in the PADI Open Water Diver course!

Without hesitation, the PADI Instructors and their new students readied dive equipment necessary, followed by a mass demonstration of equipment assembly.

To begin their first day, Managing Director Richard Swann, welcomes the 35-strong adventure group to the exotic and tropical Gaya Island, where they will also be camping overnight during their scuba diving experience! Without hesitation, the PADI Instructors and their new students readied dive equipment necessary, followed by a mass demonstration of equipment assembly.

Located in the calm training lagoon in front of our beach house, our team of PADI Instructors conducted the other performance requirements such as, a swimming test, skin diving skills and a survival float. Evenings will be for rest and relaxation in the enormous camping tents, dive theory study and a well-deserved hearty dinner of course!

Get in touch with our Head Office to arrange a program to suit the needs of your Adventure Group to learn scuba diving and explore the amazing biodiversity of Borneo’s nature!

Group 3 of Camps International learn to dive!2016-02-01T07:53:17+08:00

Certification cards arrive for Go PRO interns!

PADI award each level within the system of dive education, recreational and professional, to congratulate and encourage further achievement!

Missy and Ian, two of our Go PRO interns, recently received their wall-mount certifications and PADI Instructor cards after successfully completing their PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Examination (IE) in June. To qualify as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, Missy and Ian, enrolled on one of our Go PRO internship programs, which includes many features to benefit their future dive career.

returned to increase their chances of employability and enrolled on the following level of the PADI system of dive education: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating!

After their 1-month internship program, the two returned to increase their chances of employability and enrolled on the following level of the PADI system of dive education: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating! With this certification, dive operators distinguish their skills as a ‘cut above the rest’ because they can offer to teach so much more!

Contact one of our friendly and experienced Head Office staff to follow in the footsteps of many of our Go PRO interns and start living the diving dream on one of our fully inclusive Go PRO internship programs conducted at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Certification cards arrive for Go PRO interns!2016-02-01T08:10:08+08:00