Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Mount Kinabalu Climb

A Mount Kinabalu Climb has been proven to be quite challenging for many tourists, regardless of age, this is a challenge that many embrace every day. Whether you want to explore new territories in the Pearl of the China Sea or you simply want to maintain your physique during the holidays, our Mount Kinabalu Climb package is the perfect solution for you.

Early Bird Mount Kinabalu Climb

For early birds, we have some great packages available. We offer a free night’s accommodation at our very own Downbelow Adventure Lodge in Kota Kinabalu and Poring Hot Springs in Kinabalu Park.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu is the best way for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of pure natural Sabah. Located within a world heritage site, it boasts clean air and un-spoilt jungle. It is one of the highest mountain in the South East Asia. No wonder this majestic mountain is considered the crown jewel of the area.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists take advantage of our Mount Kinabalu Climb package, as they know that it is the ultimate holiday package that they can get. The mountain’s uniqueness and beauty are just two of the reasons tourists keep coming back for more.

Mount Kinabalu Climb

Package Inclusion

Our Mount Kinabalu Climb package includes return land transfers from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park plus internal park transfers. The package also covers your climbing permit fee and application, insurance, as well as entrance fees. You can also get a Certificate after climbing.

Currently, we have a Mount Kinabalu Promotion that includes one night at Poring Hot Springs with full board, free meals, and an additional night at the Downbelow Adventure Lodge with free lodging.

To follow the steps of Sir Hugh Low, who first conquered Mount Kinabalu, we recommend planning your climbing expedition in advance. Our guide speaks English, so when booking and climbing with Downbelow Adventures there is no need to worry about finding an experienced guide when you climb this highest mountain in the South East Asia.

Our Mount Kinabalu Climb package does not include the equipment that you need for the climb. But our Dive & Adventure equipment shop offers essential pieces of equipment that you can use for your climb, and they are all available at affordable prices. We can provide you the logistics and know-how to face the challenges in climbing Mount Kinabalu successfully.

Our package consultant will help you arrange your expedition upon your first inquiry. Before you arrive in Kota Kinabalu, you are provided an itinerary with a packing list so you can prepare for your mountain climb and look forward to that day when you can finally conquer Mount Kinabalu. Doing it this way will allow you to train and amp your fitness levels before the most awaited climb of your life.

For more information about our Mount Kinabalu Climb package, please contact (+6) 012 866 1935.

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PADI Instructor Development Course Asia

Do not wait any longer take the PADI Instructor Development Course Asia. It is time for you to take the plunge and get your certified PADI Divemaster certificate to another level. Being a PADI Dive Instructor lets you have a job that you love. With our PADI Instructor Development Course Asia, you will be trained by our dedicated Go PRO staff team. Our IDC offers you all the tools that you need as you train and teach scuba divers in the classroom, open water, and confined water. The highly recognised and awarded Go Pro team of Downbelow Adventures will guide you on how to develop your skills to utilise these tools.

Downbelow Adventures is proud to be a 5-Star PADI Instructor Development Course Center. If you want to move into the top professional levels of PADI, then this is the ideal place to start your training.

Whatever your current level and whichever dive courses that you need, we can offer you a package that is just right for your expertise. Our Go Pro team can offer you anything that you need so you can go from a non-diving candidate to a certified PADI instructor.

PADI Instructor Development Course Asia

PADI Instructor Development Course Asia

We offer a broad range of packages and options for PADI Dive Instructor coaching. Even if you have never tried diving before in your life, you can still become a diving instructor with the assistance of our Go Pro team. Our diving training centre is found in the heart of the Kota Kinabalu, an ideal place that you can spend a few weeks or a few months exploring the underwater world.

What The PADI Instructor Development Course Asia Includes?

Our PADI Instructor Development Course Asia includes the following courses:

  • PADI Assistant Instructor Course
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course

We also add in FREE of charge the PADI Oxygen Provider Instructor Course AND at reduced rates the opportunity to scuba dive the BEST OF BORNEO dive sites of Sipadan or Layang Layang !

PADI Instructor Development Course Asia

When you have completed these courses, you can apply for the PADI Instructor Examination. It is a two-day evaluation conducted by the PADI Instructor Examiners of PADI Asia Pacific. Before the examination, our PADI Instructor Development Course Asia at Downbelow Adventures is stuctured five times a year.

PADI Divemasters choose our development course because they know what we offer is recognized worldwide. Our course can guarantee that you pass the IE through thorough preparation. We have a record of 100 percent pass rate for several years. Although our PADI Instructor Development Course Asia is of high-quality and professional in nature you will experience all of these in a fun atmosphere with unsurpassed support before, during and after the course.

To know more about our PADI Instructor Development Course Asia, please contact (+6) 012 866 1935

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Downbelow Cattery at SPCA

Flashback to 1974. I am buckled into the child seat of my Dads green “Mark 1″ Cortina.  We are going to collect Tibby – cat number two. I remember seeing her frightened huge eyes peering at me through the cardboard box, she was a kitten but looked pretty big to me. This was my first childhood memory. Whether in fact its a true memory or just a story that has been recited to me so many times i think its my memory i’m not sure, but it happened. I remember nothing of my first cat. Mum says i hugged her so much she scratched me to pieces so for the benefit of both our safety we re-homed her. Tibby on the other hand was my cat until she died aged 19 when i was 21. We grew up together.

My love for cats has never left me. When i first met Richard, my husband. I told him if we were going to be “an item” he must be prepared for me to go to China where i was going to rescue tigers that chewed off their own paws because they were chained inside cages and barely keep alive for the medicine trade.

Fast forward to 2016, Richard tells me he’s decided to build a cattery for the SPCA here in Sabah, he wasn’t just going to pay for it to be built, he was going to build it himself with a team of people made up of our lodge and island staff and local construction workers – i was thrilled !

Downbelow Cattery at SPCA

Street Cats & Dogs in Kota Kinabalu

Anyone that has spent any time in Asia will have noticed the vast amount of street cats and dogs. Populations spiral out of control due to their free-roaming lifestyle and lack of veterinary care. Without a successful TNR (Trap Neuter Release) program in place cats and dogs mate and re-produce. The majority of these animals have very hard and pitiful lives. They suffer from disease, starvation and will often die a painful slow death. For people like me, coming from an animal loving nation, where cats have been part of my family since childhood is very hard to see how some cats and dogs live here in Asia.

The good news is, life can change for the cats and dogs of Sabah. Malaysia have laws against the crulety of animals which is more than can be said for some countries. Also, there are some very good people living here in Sabah that are committed to providing a better life for these beautiful animals.

SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Kota Kinabalu is a non-government organisation, approved under the register of societies Malaysia. Until now, they have been restricted in what they can offer, mainly due to their property and location which is small, temporary and subject to flooding. Despite this, with very limited resources they have established a successful adoption program and offer care for injured animals.

In 2015 a generous benefactor donated 4.5 acres of land to the SPCA for the purpose of constructing a rehabilitation and adoption centre. In 2016 plans were approved by the local council to build a large dog kennel, a cattery, a veterinary centre, a TNR centre, education centre and staff accommodation. Once completed this will be the first such facility in Sabah – its groundbreaking for animal welfare!

Richard and i, via our company have committed to building the cattery and as i write this article, its almost complete. The cattery will accommodate approximately 170 cats separated into sections depending on their ability to socialise. Each section will be designed to keep the cats engaged with climbing walls, scratch pads and play-toys. Each pen has access to an outside section so for a period of time every day individual pens will be open and the cats can roam more freely within a confined larger area, eat grass and enjoy some sunshine. With further development and awareness for the adoption program we hope the cats will not be living at the centre for too long and we will see a turnover of animals re-homed.

Downbelow Cattery at SPCA

Downbelow Cattery at SPCA

Richard is a Platinum PADI Course Director who previously owned a construction business in the UK. He is a qualified stone-mason so with his expertise, hard word and the hard work of individuals from the Downbelow Adventure Lodge and Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre team they have managed to build the cattery within a two month period. This weekend the Downbelow Travel Centre office girls get involved. We will help paint the building ready to move the cats from their existing temporary small shelter before the end of January 2017.

Other generous benefactors in Sabah have donated money to the SPCA to construct dog kennels and the staff accommodation building. There is still much work to be done and if anyone is reading this and wants to get involved, please contact the SPCA directly. Together we can make a difference !

Follow this blog and our Facebook page to stay updated with this exciting development in animal welfare within Sabah!

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December 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Hi everyone! In this post, get to know more about Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures and read about our activities in the December 2016 Monthly Newsletter. We have gathered a selection of special happenings for your reading pleasure as well as to showcase the beauty of Sabah and give you an insight on us as a company. This month, the Downbelow Team celebrated together during the festive season, we welcome a PADI Divemaster intern to Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, our boys brought Christmas cheer back into the South China Sea by removing yet another ghost net, resident PADI Platinum Course Director conducts the PADI Specialty Instructor Training with the team at KM Kuraman, and many more exciting news!

To download the newsletter, click here. For further info, you can contact us at +6012 866 1935 or email us at info@DownbelowAdventures.com.

December 2016 Monthly Newsletter

December 2016 Monthly Newsletter

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Low Budget Accommodation Sabah

Taking a unique and adventurous vacation may be something you have always dreamed about and never thought you would get the chance to do. If you have finally been able to set some time aside, arranged with friends that also want to go on an adventure and even decided that Borneo is the place to visit, now the trick becomes finding a way to make your Borneo vacation an affordable one for you. If you have saved up all the money you need for your airfare and made arrangements for activities during your visit, you will also need to find a place to stay that you can afford. If you are looking for a low budget lodge in Sabah for your trip, we have just the answer for you at our Downbelow Adventure Lodge.

Accommodation You Can Afford

When you are looking around at many of the adventure travel packages available and other hotels in Sabah, you will find that many of them are priced well out of your range. And many of the more affordable or budget alternatives may be lacking in amenities, services and cleanliness. That is not the case here, as our lodge has been specially designed with the budget traveler in mind. We offer a variety of different sized rooms to accommodate you and your party at a very affordable room rate, regardless of how many of you travel together. Each room is equipped with everything you could need for a clean and comfortable stay.

Low Budget Accommodation Sabah

Low Budget Accommodation Sabah

The Amenities You Want

When you stay at our low budget lodge in Sabah, you will have access to all of the amenities you need for a comfortable stay with us. Our rooms are equipped with oversized single beds featuring latex mattresses for the best hygienic circumstances possible. We also offer free Wi-Fi Internet access with the room. The area features 24-hour security for your complete safety and our lodge is conveniently located just a short walk from many top quality cafes, restaurants, entertainment venues and shopping. You get everything you need all in one place without having to spend a high price for it.

Make a Reservation Today

If you are interested in learning more about our low budget lodge in Sabah, you can read more about it at downbelowadventures.com. You can learn more about what our lodge has to offer, see the rooms available, and explore the different adventure packages we offer. Contact us about making reservations so you have the best place to stay for your vacation in Sabah!

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Downbelow Adventures Company Christmas and New Year Party 2016

Before 2016 ended, we celebrated with our awesome Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures  team at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu for our annual Downbelow Adventures Company Christmas and New Year Party 2016!

Downbelow Adventures Company Christmas and New Year Party 2016

Glamorous was the theme!

Our very generous partners contributed some gifts for the lucky draw where all kinds of awesome surprises were won – from bottles of wine to a honeymoon at Danum Valley!

Downbelow Adventures Company Christmas and New Year Party 2016

Downbelow Team wins awesome prizes from our partners

A delicious banquet, drinking, singing & dancing were to order of events. Thank you for all coming together to celebrate another year of hard work & success. Best wishes to everyone for 2017!

 

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Last Minute Climb Mount Kinabalu Packages

We have some last minute Climb Mount Kinabalu packages available. These packages are great for budget climbers, last minute climbers and especially single climbers since there is no single supplement surcharge.

What is so special about Mount Kinabalu ?

This great mountain is an icon of natural history and successful conservation whilst maintaining its position as one of the most accessible of high mountains to climb.

Rising to 4,095m it is one of the highest peaks in South East Asia, and the highest in Malaysia and Borneo. As part of the protected Kinabalu National Park of some 753.7 sq.km, its biological diversity has captivated scientists the world over. People visit not only to climb, many visit to experience its natural beauty and on bird watching trips as the variety of bird life is extraordinary.

Geologists reveal the story of the mountain began 40 million years ago, when the north-western area of Sabah was still submerged and part of the sea basin. At this time marine sediments were accumulating and forming layers over the earth’s crust.

Zones of weakness allowed molten granite material to be pushed upwards, at the same time forming what is now known at the Crocker Range and Trus Madi Highlands of Sabah.

In geological terms Mount Kinabalu is very young and was born only 1.5 million years ago when this mass of granite rock began to rise and break through the overlying crusts of softer rocks.

It is thought that 100,000 years ago the mountain was probably several hundred metres higher than today when ice-caps crowned the summit. Erosion by heavy rain and the tropical sun forced huge pieces of ice and glaciers to slide down the mountain scouring the shapes we can see today.

Last minute climb mount kinabalu packages

Last Minute Climb Mount Kinabalu Packages

Our last minute climb Mount Kinabalu packages offer the opportunity to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu on a two day one night itinerary starting with a pick up from Kota Kinabalu City  early morning followed by a two hour road journey through the Crocker Range to Timpohon Gate, the starting point of the climb within Kinabalu Park. More information about the climb can be found at our dedicated 2D/1N Standard Mountain Climb information webpage.

Up to date promotions from us at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures can be found in our promotion section of the website.

For bookings, please contact us.

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