Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Time for wild rapids on Padas River!

Another amazing activity for our adventure groups from Denmark – is white water rafting at Padas River!

Historically used for exporting goods, such as tobacco, tapioca and silk, to Kota Kinabalu port (then Jesselton!)

On the international scale of river difficulty, Padas River is one of the most extreme at a grade IV to V, which requires advanced to expert skills for quick maneuvering! The Danes are well taken care of though, always under the experienced supervision of the river guides. Travelling there is by train and not just any train – the North Borneo Railway! Historically used for exporting goods, such as tobacco, tapioca and silk, to Kota Kinabalu port (then Jesselton!)

The tracks are still open to preserve the rich history of Sabah, and it’s lovely for visitors to see the tropical countryside pass by too! It’s a fantastic 1-day land trip that our clients enjoy thoroughly, and a memory our adventure group won’t forget soon!

Contact a member of our Head Office staff for more details on the various land trips our travel experts can combine with your Sabah travels for an unforgettable holiday!

Time for wild rapids on Padas River!2018-02-03T00:58:19+08:00

Success for PADI Scuba Instructors!

The world has four new PADI instructors. Great job and well done to candidates Marion, our very own “Work for a Career” candidate Oliver, Anna & Patrik you have worked so hard & now the reward is yours so go ‪”Live The Dream‬!” Big thanks also to PADI examiner Robert Scammell for an excellent ‪Instructor Examination perfect role model performance.

Our very own PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann & our ‪GoPro Instructor Development Team‬ retain 100% success for all who have completed the Instructor Development Course with us.

Needless to say we are all delighted, thank you for choosing Downbelow for your professional program guys we appreciate your support! Now go have a beer or ten!

Visit our dedicated GoPro website if you want to pursue a career in Scuba Diving.

Success for PADI Scuba Instructors!2016-02-28T00:01:06+08:00

Borneo history along the Salt Trails jungle trek!

The Salt Trails, or ‘Laluan Garam’ in Malay, is a route historically used by merchants to reach marketplaces far from their village settlements to trade their goods for salt, which is needed for food preservation.

Evenings are spent at villages to rest overnight for the following days’ trek.

On our 30-day Expedition Borneo! program, our Danish adventure groups complete the jungle trekking experience in 4 days and 3 nights to learn more about Sabah’s rich history and culture! Along the route, our adventurers’ will cross rivers, walk suspension bridges and admire views of rolling green hills…during the day! Evenings are spent at villages to rest overnight for the following days’ trek. Local residents offer their wonderfully warm hospitality to welcome their international guests by introducing traditional entertainment and a banquet of delicious local dishes for dinner too!

Our travel experts will organize a suitable Expedition Borneo! program for any size adventure group to explore the amazing attractions of Sabah when you contact our Head Office in Kota Kinabalu!

Borneo history along the Salt Trails jungle trek!2018-02-03T00:58:19+08:00

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort’s Ocean Premier Room Easter Special Deal Package

We have put together some great value for money Rasa Ria Resort Ocean Wing stays with Scuba Diving or Snorkelling day trips for the EASTER HOLIDAYS!

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is one of two luxury resorts in Kota Kinabalu. Set in a 400-acre tropical setting beside the exquisite Pantai Dalit Beach. There is a Nature Reserve with an Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the only one of its kind in the region.

For golf enthusiasts, the superbly sculptured 18-hole course at Dalit Bay Golf Club & Spa, designed by Ted Parslow, offers a stimulating playing experience whilst experiencing the natural beauty of Sabah. At the end of a day of diving, golf or exploring, relax with one of the many indulgent treatments at the adjacent spa.

Rates Based on 2 People Sharing and Single supplements apply.

Booking Period: 17th to 29th February 2016 only
Traveling Period: 25th to 31st March 2016 only

3 Nights with 1 Day Scuba Diving: RM 2,570.00 per person
3 Nights with 1 Day Fully Guided Snorkelling: RM 2,490.00 per person

Stay in resort’s Ocean Wing Premier Room

Daily Buffet Breakfast at Oceano Restaurant for 2 persons
*** Rates are subject to 6% Government Goods and Service Tax

Facilities Include

Exclusive Ocean Wing Lobby, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Breakfast Venue
A private terrace which provides magnificent views of the sea
Unique private outdoor bathtub for two and a daybed
Room features include private in-room dining, Nespresso coffee maker, in-house movie channels and DVD entertainment facilities

Island Activity Day with Us at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Return Land and Boat Transfers to Gaya Island for Scuba Diving or Fully Guided Snorkelling
Snorkelling & Diving Equipment (except Dive Computer) Rental on Gaya Island
Lunch and Refreshments on Gaya island
All Park Entry & Jetty Fees

Note: You do not have to be a qualified diver to enjoy the diving activity, just let us know and we will conduct a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program for you with an extra boat dive in the afternoon.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort’s Ocean Premier Room Easter Special Deal Package2018-02-03T00:58:19+08:00

Climbing Mount Kinabalu on Mark’s bucket list – done!

Our client Mark Rudes from the States achieved one of the activities on his ‘bucket list’ when experiencing our Standard 2D1N Climb Mount Kinabalu package!

The ultimate goal for many of our clients, many who visit Sabah to attempt the challenge of climbing the iconic landmark Mount Kinabalu, is to reach the Low’s Peak summit at 4,095 metres! An itinerary of one of our climbing programs is individually catered to clients by our experienced team of Sabah travel experts. All packages to climb the summit trail include transport logistics between Kota Kinabalu and Kinabalu National Park HQ, climbing permit, insurance and a private mountain guide.

Mark descended part of the way via Ferrata, an adrenalin-pumping mountain climbing activity ‘Walk the Torq’.

Independent traveller Mark witnessed the Sabah sunrise from, quite possibly the best viewpoint in all of Sabah – Low’s Peak summit! Mark descended part of the way via Ferrata, an adrenalin-pumping mountain climbing activity ‘Walk the Torq’. After some balancing beams and zip-line crossings, Mark continued down to the starting point of Timpohon Gate to be greeted by one of our drivers to be transferred to Kota Kinabalu.

For more information about climbing Mount Kinabalu and to experience other attractions of Kinabalu National Park, contact our Head Office to discuss your Borneo adventure!

Climbing Mount Kinabalu on Mark’s bucket list – done!2018-02-03T00:58:33+08:00

February PADI IDC in Kota Kinabalu Kicks Off !

Course orientation for our February PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) begins the ultimate #ProDiver-level for our #GoPRO candidates.

They will be prepared, with our #GoPROteam’s 100% support, in time for the next PADI Instructor Examination (#IE) scheduled on 24th of the month!  Taking advantage of pre-IDC preparation on line sessions the candidates had plenty of time to practice their scuba skills and  dive theory prior to kick off which has shown resident Platinum Course Director Richard Swann what the candidates’ strengths are and what they might need work on, but we’ve got plenty of time for EXTRA practise before the IE anyways so don’t worry !

Congratulations to the interns for deciding to start their journey to qualify as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (OWSIs)!

February PADI IDC in Kota Kinabalu Kicks Off !2016-02-19T02:00:16+08:00

The Mortons’ start their day with a view of the Crocker Range at sunrise!

Nick and Sue Morton, our international guests, start their day on Mount Kinabalu’s Low’s Peak at 4,095m altitude! It’s an incredible achievement to reach the summit of Sabah’s Crocker Range, and the moment was even more special because they reached Low’s Peak in time to witness the valleys and hills lit by the sunrise!

On their 3D2N climb Mount Kinabalu, the Mortons’ spent one night at Poring Hot Springs Resort to acclimatize to the cooler climate.

Travel experts at our HQ are very happy to have created an itinerary for the Mortons’ to reach the summit, which was their goal for their Mount Kinabalu challenge! On their 3D2N climb Mount Kinabalu the Mortons’ spent one night at Poring Hot Springs Resort to acclimatize to the cooler climate.

There are a variety of packages to suit our clients’ expectations, and it’s highly advised to prepare physically and mentally for such a challenge as ascending Mount Kinabalu! Get more information from our experienced travel experts based at our Kota Kinabalu Head Office, and discuss a suitable itinerary to attempt the Mount Kinabalu challenge!

The Mortons’ start their day with a view of the Crocker Range at sunrise!2018-02-03T00:58:33+08:00

What to do on Mount Kinabalu? Via Ferrata Walk the Torq!

International guests Alex and Brioni climb up to Low’s Peak on Mount Kinabalu and descended part of the way via Ferrata on the Walk the Torq circuit! Our standard climbing Mount Kinabalu packages can be integrated with via Ferrata activities, one of which is the highest via Ferrata in the world, at 3, 776m above sea level.

Alex and Brioni reached the summit with the guidance of their private Kinabalu National Park mountain guide. After admiring the sunrise, they followed their guide to the starting point of the Walk the Torq circuit to meet their experienced via Ferrata trainer.

Walk the Torq is a basic 2-3 hour journey aimed toward beginner climbers who are ages 10 and above with average fitness levels.

From 3, 520m, the three followed along crossing methods, such as balancing beams, the Tyrolean Traverse and a few monkey bridges too! Walk the Torq is a basic 2-3 hour journey aimed toward beginner climbers who are ages 10 and above with average fitness levels. It’s very popular, because climbers don’t need to reach the summit to participate, unlike the advanced Low’s Peak via Ferrata circuit!

Contact our Sabah travel experts for more information on climbing to Low’s Peak and we can individually cater one of our convenient packages to suit your Borneo adventure!

What to do on Mount Kinabalu? Via Ferrata Walk the Torq!2016-02-19T01:24:51+08:00