Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal!

Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal was fitting – to show the macabre effects on the local marine environment in TARP from an illegally dumped fishing net!

Our support for Sabah’s local environmental authorities to preserve and protect will continue indefinitely!

Soon after the net was found on a dive site, a team of our dedicated and full time professionals and Go PRO interns assembled to remove it, and they did it in a single dive. Internship candidates Mike, Ian, Ashley and Katie valued the experience so much, for the positive contribution towards the Project AWARE movement, and a passion that divers share: marine conservation! It’s been more than 150 net removals in the past decade, all of which have been fully sponsored by our Downbelow operations with necessary dive logistics and the manpower of experienced professional divers, and our support for Sabah’s local environmental authorities to preserve and protect will continue indefinitely!

Get more details on how to get involved in marine conservation projects at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, in Sabah, Borneo!

Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal!2015-12-12T07:15:50+08:00

Promotion to witness Borneo Wildlife & Sea Turtles!

Downbelow’s Travel Centre is offering a promotion to experience our 4D3N program to visit the protected Selingan Turtle Island, followed by 2 nights along the Kinabatangan River!

Join river cruises and forest walks to spot as much rare and endemic Borneo wildlife!

THIS promotion is on a first come, first served!…actually there will be only the one lucky guest (or TWO rather!) to take advantage of this rare! The first night will be spent at Selingan Turtle Island where there is a chance to witness turtles laying their eggs on the beach and hatchlings entering the sea too. For the next two nights, you will overnight at the boutique river lodge along the Kinabatangan River, to join river cruises and forest walks to spot as much rare and endemic Borneo wildlife! And the tour includes ‘treats’ in between: visits to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Gomantong Caves!

Every part of the itinerary is focused on demonstrating the positive results of ecotourism, which is (apart from our clients’ safety and enjoyment, of course!) is most important to our operations corporate responsibility to care for the environment!

4Days 3Nights Selingan Turtle Island & Wildlife Adventure Program Boutique Package

RM 1,077.00 per person (Instead of RM 1,655.00 per person)

Package Includes:

• 1Night stay at Selingan Turtle Island – Twin Bedded Room with basic facilities, air-conditioned and attached bathroom
• 2Nights stay at our recommended Boutique Accommodation along the Kinabatangan River
• 4D3N Full Board Meals
• Entrance Fees
• English Speaking Guide
• Return Land Transfers
• Visits to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Gomantong Caves
• River Cruises 1 morning, 2 later afternoon

Package Excludes:

• International and Domestic Flights
• Snorkel Equipment Rental at Selingan
• Alcoholic and carbonated beverages
• Video/Camera entrance fees at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre & Gomantong Caves
• Drinking Water
• Other items not explicitly stated

Terms and Conditions

• Minimum 2 persons booking.
• Valid for travel on 25th to 28th November 2015 only.
• Rates subject to 6% Government Goods and Service Tax.

Promotion to witness Borneo Wildlife & Sea Turtles!2018-02-03T00:58:34+08:00

Boy Scouts ‘troop’ to Downbelow!

American Boy Scouts Singapore Troop visit Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for a week of scuba diving!

The troop spend one night in our Downbelow Adventure Lodge located above our HQ, so when organising their many activities it’s effortless!

Arriving in Kota Kinabalu, are 12 American Boy Scouts between 10-15 years old with their 4 chaperoning adults who are also their Scout Leaders. Before transferring to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for a few nights of outdoor camping, the troop spend one night in our Downbelow Adventure Lodge located above our HQ, so when organising their many activities it’s effortless! The troop participate in a multi-activity program at our Gaya Island base camp, in which some qualify as PADI Junior Open Water Divers and others experience our daily leisure dive program and Snorkel Safari, and everyone will try the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline too! Whatever activity it is, they all witness how beautiful both the terrestrial and underwater world can be in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. To gain additional Scout Merit Badges they will learn other adventure skills, such as building a campfire and using it to cook!

Get more information on travel programs our Downbelow Sabah Travel Centre experts create for you to achieve your adventure travel goals in Sabah, Borneo.

Boy Scouts ‘troop’ to Downbelow!2015-12-12T08:00:43+08:00

Product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!

Downbelow’s Managing Director Richard Swann and Downbelow Travel Centre’s senior travel expert Sarah Jane, make decision on their product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!

When you come to ‘tapau’ from ‘The Downbelow Deli’ (opening soon!), you’re doing your part for environmental conservation…

Sarah Jane ‘takes the lead’ on the product research meeting with Richard on how customers will ‘tapau’ (Malay word for ‘takeaway’) without harming the environment. It’s our corporate responsibility as 100% supporters of the Project AWARE movement to encourage the public to reduce their ecological footprint. One that will prove very effective to demonstrate a positive change in our local environment in Kota Kinabalu, would be to reduce plastic waste! So be rest assured, when you come to ‘tapau’ from ‘The Downbelow Deli’ (opening soon!), you’re doing your part for environmental conservation because it’s not plastic.

Contact us for more information on our amazing services for your convenience during your travels in Sabah!

Product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!2015-12-12T08:08:35+08:00

Seasfire return for more dive adventure!

Mont Kiara International Schools’ Seasfire organisation return for more dive adventure to experience in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park with our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

All participants complete a PADI course, all of which have skills to encourage student divers to gain a deeper appreciation for the local marine environment.

This is the scuba diving crews’ 3rd consecutive year, with similar faces (and new!) visiting for their annual trip to our Gaya Island beach house. Educating on marine conservation is the priority of their program, and comes so natural because all participants complete a PADI course, all of which have skills to encourage student divers to gain a deeper appreciation for the local marine environment. Those new to the crew begin their dive adventure on the PADI Open Water Diver course, and returning members continue their dive education to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and PADI Rescue Divers! They are also the first Seasfire crew to enjoy our new accommodation facilities – the Downbelow Adventure Lodge, located above our HQ in KK Times Square on the mainland.

Get more details on group travel for your schools and universities needs when you contact us at our Downbelow Travel Centre.

Seasfire return for more dive adventure!2015-12-12T08:56:01+08:00

Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

The stylish and highly anticipated Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Variety of hats, rashguards, wetsuits, neoprene jackets, bags, swimwear and countless other products…

Rip Curl is a favourite brand amongst many of our own staff team, particularly the professional divers of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park. No doubt they will be rushing to check out the variety of hats, rashguards, wetsuits, neoprene jackets, bags, swimwear and countless other products our KK Dive Shop Manager Karen has ordered. Keep updated with our Dive Shop activities, because the range of items will change from time to time, so there’s bound to be something new you haven’t seen.

Visit our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop, located on the Ground Floor of Block F in the KK Times Square complex, to check out our Rip Curl line!

Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!2015-12-12T09:01:38+08:00

Family of PADI Open Water Divers!

Boulanger family of PADI Open Water Divers are learning the skills of SCUBA together under the supervision of our PADI Instructor Timmy!

More likely choose those tour operators with a corporate responsibility to protect the environment because divers are instantly supporters of the Project AWARE movement!

We always see parents and their children bonding during any of the many PADI scuba courses or programs, and it’s rewarding just to see the transformation of the individual students as well as the family unit. Having scuba diving in common is very special because there’s so many different interests within the dive community, just as family members themselves are unique. And their travelling choices will be influenced by their newfound shared skill and passion, and while in Sabah the Boulanger family are considering a few days of diving at Sipadan Island. They will more likely choose those tour operators with a corporate responsibility to protect the environment because divers are instantly supporters of the Project AWARE movement!

Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for more information on the PADI Open Water Diver pre-requisites and a suitable itinerary for your family to learn SCUBA with us in Sabah!

Family of PADI Open Water Divers!2018-02-03T00:58:34+08:00

Expedition Borneo cruise Kinabatangan River!

Expedition Borneo cruise Kinabatangan River for a chance to spot rare and endemic wildlife of Sabah!

Animals that habitate the surrounding forests roam randomly, so there’s always a chance to spot…say: the Bornean pygmy elephant!

Animals that habitate the surrounding forests roam randomly, so there’s always a chance to spot…say: the Bornean pygmy elephant! This mammal is endemic to the island of Borneo and is protected because of their low population, which makes a sighting of the gentle (and mini!) elephant so special for visitors.

Each early morning and late afternoon, the group of 10 participants are met by river guides for a 1-hour cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, orang utan, hornbills and more, to observe them in their natural wild habitat!

Get more details on touring the Kinabatangan River from our Downbelow Travel Centre experts when you contact us.

Expedition Borneo cruise Kinabatangan River!2015-12-15T01:54:56+08:00

Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing.

Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing is given before beginning ascent to the Laban Rata plateau.

Experienced guides cover: the trail from Timpohon Gate to the plateau at 3,272.7m altitude, the differences in environment, pit stops, drinking water, toilets, and general health and climbing pace too.

As part of their safety briefing, the experienced guides cover: the trail from Timpohon Gate to the plateau at 3,272.7m altitude, the differences in environment, pit stops, drinking water, toilets, and general health and climbing pace too!

Our Expedition Borneo group D will be both climbing to the plateau, as well as participating in the basic via Ferrata ‘teaser’, so their mountain guides also inform them that they will be given advice on pace to reach the plateau in time for the safety equipment briefing.

Get more information on climbing Mount Kinabalu when you contact our Downbelow Travel Centre experts!

Mount Kinabalu guides’ safety briefing.2015-12-15T02:35:34+08:00

Downbelow’s interns protect the TARP environment!

Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures’ interns protect the TARP environment from the many hazards of an illegally discarded fishing net!

Marine conservation is one of the most fulfilling dive lifestyle experiences any professional diver can have!

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park’s 5 islands is a protected area, which is difficult to police because of its close proximity to mainland Kota Kinabalu city centre. And where there is a high population of tourists and residents, so much more marine debris enters the marine ecosystem. One of the worst marine debris is a fishing net because it’s still ‘fishing’ underwater, until it is removed. Project AWARE ambassador, resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann of our Go PRO team, leads a group of our professional scuba diving interns to remove the net from further damaging the delicate coral. Marine conservation is one of the most fulfilling dive lifestyle experiences any professional diver can have, and whenever possible our operations involves those in training to organise such projects!

Get more details on a Go PRO course at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre facilities in Sabah!

Downbelow’s interns protect the TARP environment!2015-12-15T02:40:46+08:00