Jungle Trekking

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Sabah Borneo offers some exceptional jungle trekking through ancient trails, primary rainforest and forgotten worlds.

Effortless Travel In Borneo

In many ways technological advancement has changed the way we travel, making for hassle free and effortless booking options. In other words technology has totally revolutionised the tourism industry. Nowadays there are many online travel agents that allow you to book and plan your holiday at the click of a button. However with an overflow of feeds from different social media platforms, beautiful images and so many “must do’s” we are flooded with too much information and too many choices which can lead to a difficult decision process.

Research has shown that more than 70% of travellers now plan their trip on the internet, while only 13% still use high street travel agencies to prepare their itinerary.

While online travel agents offer the convenience of planning and booking your holiday via the world wide web, more effort and time will usually be necessary to research for a specialized attraction and very often in the online world you will meet sites giving you information with no proof of reliable sources. In Sabah for example there are plenty of niche attractions that do not get the recognition they deserve and may never be found just by hours of searching on the internet.

At Downbelow Adventures (aka Adventures in Borneo) we have recognised the need to filter the overwhelming amount of options presented to our clients.

With 20 years of credential, at Downbelow Adventures we pride ourselves as your Borneo Adventure Specialist. Our packages are tailor made by people who are passionate & highly experienced in the art of travelling. Our objective is for you to enjoy the best of Borneo and take away an experience of a lifetime – effortlessly. Whether you are looking for a budget friendly holiday package or a high end luxurious escape, our team of experts will create a personalised itinerary to best suit your interest and wish list maximising your time in country and saving you money. In other words, effortless travel in Borneo!

We also offer our clients the simplicity of online bookings with instant confirmation and payment with no booking & credit card fees. Online bookings still enjoy our full customer service with a dedicated travel consultant for tailored itinerary making a seamless and even more effortless travel in Borneo experience.

So get in touch with us today, tell us your travel dates, number of people traveling, your budget and your interests and we will present to you a tailored suggested itinerary. Alternatively visit our website where a selected number of tailored packages are available online.

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Danum Valley

The deep forest of Danum Valley in Sabah offers some of the most breathtaking rainforest sceneries in the world. The prominent mountain ranges that zig zag its way across Borneo makes for amazing and beautiful valleys. As the dawn is breaking a sea of cloud delicately covers the rainforest, the tallest trees appear to be supporting the cloud with its branches. The cool breeze brushes your skin. The valley echos the swish swoosh of the Rhinoceros Hornbill in flight. A scene that could come from the next addition of The Jungle Books, but in truth this is just some of the daily scene in Danum Valley.

Danum Valley - Rainforest View

Danum Valley – Rainforest View

Danum Valley has a tropical rainforest climate, which means that it is warm and humid year round. The relative humidity is rarely below 80%, mist are often so pregnant with water that they burst down as big droplets from high canopies. The tree canopies are so dense that sunlight rarely reaches the forest floor but what is stunning is the different type of biodiversity and even ecosystem in each layers of the same rainforest. The thick foliage also means that the forest is often darker and would make spotting wildlife difficult, or rare.

More often than not, one would need the guidance of a seasoned naturalist to look for the variety of animals found in Danum Valley. They have an elevated sensitivity to movements, sounds and even smells in the humid tropical rainforest, in fact hiring a private guide is always highly recommended when travelling to this part Borneo.

Private Guide at Danum Valley

Private Guide at Danum Valley

The great thing about the rainforest of Danum Valley is that it’s got different sight to offer during different times throughout the year. With an area that spans only 438 square kilometres, Danum Valley has an impressive attribute. Half a square kilometre of forest can sustain well over a thousand tree species, and as a pristine unlogged forest the wildlife is abound by ancient trees up to or more than 80 meters in height.

Danum Valley Conservation Area

Danum Valley Conservation Area

Being a rainforest, Danum Valley does receive constant rainfall year round. Typically it is the wettest between the months of October to February which means the fauna will be less active during these time of the year. Not so for the six and eight legged creatures that crawl along the forest floor. Insects and arachnid flourishes in the dark and cool rainforest.

As the climate gets warmer, the rainforest suddenly changes into a garden when trees starts flowering. One might be surprised to see flowers growing from tall sky reaching trees. The flowers are dainty and not flashing in colors, but simply white and sometimes dotted with colored spots making a stark contrast from the green of the forest. The breeze carries a faint floral smell, and sometimes also bring the flower to the ground – creating a regal white carpet fit for jungle royalties. Moth and butterflies will also be making an appearance, making the fairytale scene even more magical.

After a while, the flowers will finish falling and fruits start to grow. Fruiting season is definitely the merriest. Orang Utan and other apes can be sighted on fruiting trees at this time. Fruiting trees are nicely scattered in the rainforest, which means food is in abundance to all the different species of wildlife in Danum Valley. Fruiting season may come mid year and last until July or August. This period is notoriously assumed as best time for wildlife sightings including mammals and birds.

Later in the year around September through December is peak migration time for the migratory birds, and you might also find the endemic species starting to nest around this time of year. As the forest welcomes the new year, chicks would have hatched and Danum Valley blesses us with new life again.

Pygmy elephant migrating pattern in Danum Valley is not consistent, but the river flowing through the valley does guarantee the elephant population. This is different to Kinabatangan and Sukau where sightings are more often. It would be unfair to not mention the wild cats of Borneo when talking about Danum Valley, several including the very elusive clouded leopard can be encountered here. In recent years, sightings of mother and cub have been recorded at different times throughout the year marking a promising continuation of this species.

Danum Valley is like an opal, magnificent and rare. Housing a myriad of life, many still undiscovered. The attributes of the valley knows no threshold and will never cease to surprise us. Lodgings in Danum Valley have adopted a sustainable approach in operations and maintaining the chalets and rooms, and have been a key player in the ecotourism industry. Guest staying there will be able to see first hand and experience the green practices that have been implemented in order to preserve all the wonders of nature at Danum Valley. This among others are all efforts and actions to make sure that the forest remains pristine, as how nature should be – timeless.

Danum Valley - Canopy Walkway

Danum Valley – Canopy Walkway

There really isn’t one perfect time to visit Danum Valley, because any time is perfect. Though you may need to book your stay in advance as there is a limit to daily arrivals at the lodges. Options are available and at Downbelow Adventures we take booking up to a year in advance, whether you prefer a more basic expedition style trip or a more luxurious and tailored itinerary.

If you are interested and wish to know more about our Danum Valley programs, get in touch with our friendly and knowledgable Travel Centre team at +6012 866 1935 or via email at info@DownbelowAdventures.com. To book our Danum Valley programs and other wildlife adventures online, click here.

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Borneo Big Five

Lying astride the equator, Borneo – the third largest island in the world is mostly covered by tropical rainforest. Mountain ranges and long navigable rivers flows across the island with hot and humid climate year round, makes Borneo a haven for a multitude of unique and endemic flora and fauna. The Borneo Big Five consist of Borneo’s most novel and exceptional wildlife. 

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo is home to some of the most iconic wildlife in the island. The Borneo Big Five are Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkey, Pygmy Elephant, Rhinoceros Hornbill and Estuarine Crocodile. A visit to Sabah would definitely be incomplete without a visit to some of the hotspots for the Borneo Big Five encounters!

Orang Utan

Borneo Big Five

Bornean Orang Utan (Pongo Pygmaeus Morio)

Number one on the list is the Orang Utan. Orang Utan needs no introduction, they are extremely intelligent and distinctively different from other great apes. Orang Utan has a bright orange-reddish fur and likes to be solitary. A female can care for its offspring for up to 6 years. Deforestation caused the Orang Utans to be critically endangered, hopefully all the efforts from the authorities and NGOs in the country can put a stop to the species’ decline. Wild Orang Utan can still be safely encountered in several eco-lodges in Sabah including Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley.

Proboscis Monkey

Borneo Big Five

Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis Larvatus)

Proboscis Monkey is one of the most unique animal in the world, the male have a huge pendulous nose and large pot belly. Highly arboreal, their long tails help them to maneuver long jump from tree to tree. The Proboscis Monkey is so unique to Sabah, that they have become a mascot to represent Sabah. Its pot belly is thanks to its chambered stomach, which is useful to digest young leaves and unripe fruits that are inedible to other mammals. The Proboscis Monkeys are also excellent swimmers, so don’t be surprised if you see these natural acrobats crossing the rivers next time you go on a cruise to the Kinabatangan Rivers.

Pygmy Elephant

Borneo Big Five

Elephas Maximus Borneensis

Pygmy elephant is the largest mammal in Borneo and also the smallest in elephant species. Their ears are proportioned larger compared to its head, making them the most adorable looking elephant in the world yet least understood among its bigger cousin. The pygmy elephant of Borneo is a high conservation priority, in fact most studies about this species are quite recent making them a very enigmatic creature of the forest. Nevertheless they are facing the same threat as many wildlife across the globe – illegal poaching due to more human encounters caused by their shrinking habitat. Now, a sustainable forest management could be the only answer to keeping the long time survival of the species.

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Borneo Big Five

Buceros rhinoceros

Next on the Borneo Big Five is the magnificent rhinoceros hornbill. The Dayak people or native people of Borneo revere this great bird as the supreme worldly bird. With wingspan reaching 1- 1.2 metre, and it’s very prominent large orange bill and casque one could hardly dispute its reign as the national bird for Malaysia and state bird for Sarawak. Motive of this bird is also common in traditional arts and handicrafts. The rhinoceros hornbill or Kenyalang is monogamous and mate for life, and usually comes back to the same tree for nesting. Though many have known that the female will stay sealed in a dark hole in a tree until the chicks hatch, many Dayaks also believe that if something happens to a female during nesting the male can die of heartbreak. Till now, the rhinoceros hornbill is still regarded as a symbol of good fortune and good omen to Bornean. Malaysia’s largest natural aviary located in Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the best place to encounter this great bird.

Estuarine Crocodile

Borneo Big Five

Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus Porosus)

Once as endangered species, the estuarine crocodiles have made a full come back in Sabah. They are the largest crocodile to inhabit river estuaries including mangrove remote beaches. These living fossils are considered deadly, and are widely known to showcase their predator skills right after hatching. A common saying in Malay that translate as “ Don’t take a calm river for granted, as you don’t know the crocodile that lives in it”. They are a powerful predator and can kill their prey very swiftly with a strong force.

Seeing the Borneo Big Five should be high on your list when visiting Borneo, grab the opportunity to encounter all five amazing wildlife in our Wildlife Adventure Program. Easy online booking available, but if you are looking for a bespoke travel experience our professional tour consultant will help you to tailor a personalized package that suits your preference and interest.

To get in touch with our our Travel Centre team, contact us at +6012 866 1935 or email us at info@DownbelowAdventures.com. Book our wildlife programs here.

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Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

The Longest River in Sabah & Malaysia

A Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari is a must when visiting Sabah. The Kinabatangan River is home to some of the most varied and easily accessible wildlife in all of South East Asia. The Kinabatangan is Sabah‘s longest river and the second longest in the whole of Malaysia. Rising from the eastern Witta Range of Sabah, the Kinabatangan River begins its 350 mile (563km) north-easterly course towards the Sulu Sea. About 20 oxbow lakes form part of the lower regions of the river. Created over time and separated from the main river as erosion and deposits of soil changed the river’s course, oxbow lakes are paradise for bird watchers.

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

River People, or Orang Sungei, live in small settlements spread out along the river. It’s fascinating to see their self sufficient, peaceful homes fully operational, making a living through fishing the lakes and rivers and farming vegetables on its banks. They use the forests of the Kinabatangan as a source of building material, firewood food and medicine.

Ten Different Primates in One Location (11 including you)

WWF (formerly known as World Wildlife Fund and one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations) states that this area is one of only two known places on earth where 10 primate species can be found. Some of these include orang utan, proboscis monkey, macaques, maroon langur and Bornean gibbon, most of which are endemic to Borneo.

Bird lovers will find the bird watching incredible. All eight of Borneo’s hornbill species are seen regularly. Occasionally, 2 species of the gorgeous pitas can be spotted too, as well as the storm stork and the bizarre oriental darter also known as the snake bird. Of the 200 other species of birds recorded in the area, 8 of these are on Malaysia’s threatened bird species list.

The Lower Kinabatangan is also home to Bornean pygmy elephants, which are a recently discovered species and endemic to this region.

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

Planning a Visit to Kinabatangan River?

Most of the wildlife lodges are concentrated around the Sukau area, which is very accessible and offers a wide range of facilities, here our partner is Sukau Rainforest Lodge, an award winning premium lodge with very comfortable accommodation & great food. We also like to travel slightly off the beaten track we have two wonderful lodges located in Kampung Bilit, a tiny village with about 150 inhabitants. The lodges offer very comfortable and clean accommodation and are considered a mid-range option. Bilit village is quiet with very little disturbance made to the surrounding forest and unlike Sukau you don’t have lodge after lodge along the river-bank. The staff at the lodges are mostly from Kampung Bilit and the guides are extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife, plants and medicine, always ensuring that you are well informed on the diverse ecosystem that surrounds you. Last but not least is our preferred choice in Abai. A little further up-stream, again very quiet. Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort offers very comfortable accommodation in an ideal location.

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

A recommended length of stay for a Kinabatangan River wildlife safari is 2 nights / 3 days. During this time you’re offered various riverboat safari trips all of about 2 hours duration, jungle night walks or night safari riverboat trips. Also offered within the package is a 3 hour hike, to one of the Oxbow Lakes. Our Kinabatangan River wildlife safari can can also be combined with trips to Turtle Island, Gomantong Caves, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and Labuk Bay.

On a recent 3D/2N visit to Bilit Adventure Lodge, our mid range partner we saw the following: Silvered Langur (adults and juveniles), Long Tail and Pig Tail Macaques, Proboscis monkeys (adults and juveniles), Orang Utan (mothers and babies) Saltwater Crocodiles, Bearded Pigs, Rhinoceros, Wrinkled and Asian Black Hornbills, Giant Moths, Lantern Bugs, Leaf Insects, Frogs, Scorpions, Field Millipedes and last but not least the Bornean Pygmy Elephants. On our birds-spotted list we’ve noted Scarlet Rumped Trogon, Garnet Pitta, White Rumped Shama, Dollorbird, Stork Billed and Blue Eared Kingfisher, Storm Stork, Jerdon’s Baza, Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Darter, Woodpeckers, Purple Heron and Egrets.

Contact our specialist team at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures to tailor your perfect Kinabatangan River wildlife safari.

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Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

At Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures, holidays are part of the job for the team! Being familiarised with our packages and having their own experience participating in them is very important. So when our Travel Consultant, Phylicia goes on a wildlife safari, we were thrilled to hear about it. After winning an awesome lucky draw prize during our Staff Annual Dinner last year, Phylicia geared up and had an amazing adventure exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Upon arriving at Tabin Wildlife Resort, Phylicia received a warm welcome and enjoyed the Pandan and Ginger drink that was served. Her guide Alister gave a short briefing of the activities that she will do, followed by showing her around the resort.

Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

White Crowned Hornbill

During trekking, night walks and at the observation tower, Phylicia was able to see a variety of interesting wildlife. Among the rare species she saw was a Clouded Leopard at one of the tracks at night, a White Crowned Hornbill, Brown Wood Owl, Black Flying Squirrel, Red Flying Squirrel, Borneon Gibbons, Orangutan and Crested Serpent Eagle. And in exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve, she even saw a 106 year old Mengaris Tree.

Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Buttress roots of tree that can help lost trekkers

An interesting information told by Alister is that among the lowland dipterocarp forest covering the reserve is a tree that can help people in the unlikely event they became lost. The tree can be spotted by its prominent buttress roots. By hitting the tree with a stone, it will emit a sound loud enough to be heard in a wide radius within the reserve. It is a known signal of distress and a rescue team will come if the sound is heard. Nature truly is amazing!

Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve

To rest in between jungle trekking, Phylicia was brought to Lipad Waterfall where guests usually take a refreshing dip before going ahead with the next activity. She also visited the mud volcanoes and enjoyed a foot soak made with local herbs to ease the soreness from all the wildlife spotting.

Phylicia is happy to be able to see the beauty of Sabah, Borneo while exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve and we are glad she now has a first-hand experience of our highly recommended program to wildlife lovers. Contact our Travel Centre team to know more about Tabin or visit our page, come and book with us today!

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Borneo Clouded Leopard

The Borneo Clouded Leopard is one of the most sought after encounters for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Sabah, Borneo. Some people travel to Sabah specifically in search of this rare and beautiful big cat. Some will stay for two weeks or more in pursuit of a sighting. The Borneo Clouded Leopard has been top of my wish-list for more than 10 years and this weekend i was “baptised” and blessed with my first encounter – and what an encounter it was !

I had taken my Mum on safari to Danum Valley for a 3D/2N adventure. Mum love’s birds so i thought a quiet and relaxed morning “birding” would be perfect. In particular we were searching for the six species of Pitta birds found in Danum Valley. After about one hour of “calling” the birds and seeing 4 of the 6 species we got the radio call from another ranger that a Borneo Clouded Leopard had been spotted at the Canopy Walkway. We ran as fast as our legs could take us, it was the fastest 500m sprint i had done in hiking boots, we then skidded down the slopes of the jungle forest to a large decayed log. Inside the log was one of the most beautiful creatures i had ever seen. At first we could only see the striking clouded pattern of fur that resembles the lowland jungle forest, then we saw his huge tail, perfectly evolved for climbing trees. After some manoeuvring, a few scratches and a number of leech removals and with quiet and precise instructions from my guide i was peering at the Leopard from one end of the rotten tree, i had a great view. After a few minutes he crawled out from the log and walked away, we followed as he disappeared into the 130 million year old dense primary rainforest.

He left behind his kill, a Lesser Mouse Dear. So the researcher and guide set up a camera trap in the hope to get an image of him when he returned. Indeed he came back about one hour later and the camera captured the most amazing set of images of the Leopard with his kill.

 

Borneo Clouded Leopard

Borneo Clouded Leopard

The Borneo Clouded Leopard is a wild cat occurring only in Borneo & Sumatra. Scientists discovered it as a new species and different from the Clouded Leopard found in other parts of Asia in 2007. They believe the Borneo population likely diverged from the mainland population some 1.4 million years ago. Its very difficult to know how many individuals still exist in the wild since they are so secretive and live in dense lowland forests. The most recent research suggests between 5,000 – 11,000 still live in the whole of Borneo. Certainly we were very fortunate to have this encounter and i’m so thankful to Azmil, my guide, to Eddy Boy Jon the researcher who provided me with his amazing picture and to Calixtus Laudi who gave me the images taken by the camera trap later that afternoon.

Borneo Clouded Leopards are rare and the only place to see them in the wild is in the jungle, your guide plays a big role in your wildlife encounters and we believe in working with some of the best guides in the field. So if you want us to arrange your jungle safari get in touch with Downbelow Adventures. 

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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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Find a Great Thing to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoor Adventure Backpacking KK – Find a Great Thing to do in Kota Kinabalu

Of all of the places that you may have visited in your lifetime, none is likely to compare to Kota Kinabalu. You may not be familiar with this city, which is found on the island of Borneo, but you will find that there are great things to do in Kota Kinabalu that will be unlike any other experience you have ever had.

Try a Backpacking Adventure

One of the great activities that you can take part of in Kota Kinabalu is backpacking. The city is partly surrounded by a tropical rainforest and is also home to Kinabalu National Park, where Mount Kinabalu is located. This mountain is over 4000 meters high and can provide an amazing hiking and backpacking adventure for you, your family and friends. There are many different trails that come out of the city and lead you across the island so that you can take in beautiful scenery, or you can hike the mountain and access one of the trails going through that area.

Look for Underwater Adventures

Find a great thing to do in Kota Kinabalu

Scuba diving – find a great thing to do in Kota Kinabalu

Because Kota Kinabalu is a small coastal city on the island of Borneo, there are many number of amazing water adventures. A great thing to do in Kota Kinabalu is to try a scuba diving adventure so that you are able to see some of the unique marine life and reefs that are local to Malaysia. You may also want to try snorkeling in the area, or taking to the ocean in a sea kayak to enjoy life above the water. You will be able to see many fantastic things during this type of adventure.

Booking Your Kota Kinabalu Adventure

If you are interested in learning more about fun and unique adventures and things to do in Kota Kinabalu, here at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures we offer a wide variety of tours and excursions and can arrange everything that you will need to make sure that your next outdoor adventure is one you will never forget.

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Climb Mount Kinabalu

Our personal fascination to climb Mount Kinabalu began in 1995 thanks to C.M Enriquez’s account of his 1925 summit ascent – The Kinabalu Expedition. Mr Enriquez was the 22nd person to climb the majestic and awe -inspiring mountain. He became obsessed, as have we !

Mount Kinabalu River View

Enriguezs objective was to collect butterflies. Ours was just to get to the top, at least that was our mission the first time. But there is something captivating about Mt Kinabalu that draws you back time and time again.

Nowadays we are fortunate to live just two hours from Mount Kinabalu in the City of Kota Kinabalu and we visit often. Sometimes for the summit climb, other times to climb only half way to Layang Layang at 2,800m. Most of the time just to walk the trails, enjoy its magnificent appearance, stay overnight in Kinabalu Park or Poring Hot Springs and admire the diverse flora & fauna in the cool mountain climate.

In the years since 1995 we have become specialist organisers of various expeditions and programs to climb and enjoy the mountain. From Military Adventure Training to Schools & University Trips, Gap Year Expeditions and shorter one or two night programs for those independent travellers wishing to climb as part of their holiday in Sabah.

Whatever your interest in Mount Kinabalu, we can assist you. We hope this website provides interesting and worthwhile information to help you plan your trip and experience Mount Kinabalu according to your wish-list. Now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, Mt Kinabalu should not be missed when visiting Borneo!

We offer a variety of 3D/2N climbing packages & 2D/1N climbing package. Also, for the slightly more adventurous you can climb with Via Ferrata basic for beginners or Via Ferrata advanced.

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Camps International 2016 Groups are Loving The Tropics!

Throughout the months of July and August, Dive Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Sdn Bhd has been very lively with the arrival of the awesome and fun Camps International Groups 2016

During this group season, about 400 participants camped for four days at Gaya Island to enjoy some island fun in the tropics such as snorkelling in the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, sea kayaking through the surrounding mangrove bays, jungle trekking at a nature trail on the island itself and the highlight of the program – Scuba Diving!

And needless to say, the kids are really loving life in the tropics! All activities are conducted with safety being the highest priority for our staff team so the groups are all in good hands the entire time they are with us.

The groups were able to see many marine life, enjoy stunning and picturesque views of the park from the island, as well as learn more about the natural environment here in Sabah.

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