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Planning for a Scuba Diving Career

Are you planning to become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor? Then you are in the right place to learn more on how to achieve your dream of becoming a PADI Instructor and live the PADI dream. Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures is a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Centre (CDC), the elite of PADI Dive Centres and we have developed a reputation for excellence, earning a plethora of PADI & industry awards.

Professional PADI Dive Instructors in Sabah Borneo by Down Below Adventures

Our goal is not just to certify you as a PADI Instructor at the end of the PADI Instructor Development Course, but also to help you be fully prepared for the real world of professional scuba diver training and at the same time to give you the best chances of employment, anywhere in the world. As you would expect from a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre, we have good network contacts who are often looking for employees; and to date, newly qualified instructors looking for their career in scuba diving have found employment.

We conduct five IDCs throughout the year so check out our annual IDC schedule.  We are the only dive centre in Sabah to boast two PADI Course Directors. Our Platinum PADI Course Director is British born Richard Swann who is also our company Managing Director. With over 20 years of experience in the scuba diving industry, Richard was awarded PADI’s Platinum Course Director status and was one of only 71 Course Directors worldwide to earn this level of recognition last year. Our second resident PADI Course Director is Fauzi (aka Pablo). He is a local Sabahan and highly respected instructor trainer. Read more about Richard Swann our Platinum PADI Course Director & his professional instructor team.

One of the huge advantages of choosing to do your PADI IDC with us is the small class size that we guarantee. Since the whole course is focused on practicing your teaching techniques both in the classroom and in the water, a small group means that you will get more practice. We have a 100% pass rate for both our IDC course and the IE (PADI Instructor Examination).  We support you all the way and if we feel that you need extra support to be successful in the IE, we will advise and work with you to ensure you are well prepared; which is why our success rate is very high!


Down Below Adventures' beach house and jetty in Pulau Gaya, Sabah, Borneo for Scuba Diving

We operate two PADI 5 Star CDC in the marine park. The first known as the Beach House is located on Gaya Island located just 10 minutes boat ride from KK. We are the only operator here – away from the crowds. Our second dive centre is located on Manukan Island, 10 minutes speedboat ride from KK and within the resort. The advantage to you as a Go Pro candidate is that you will get to experience two very different dive centres during your program which is beneficial to your training and career in the industry. Take a look at our Platinum PADI Course Directors FB wall and you can get a good idea of what we are up to in paradise. We are renowned for providing an exceptional standard of training.

Our FAQ page features a list of frequently asked questions. Hopefully, you will find all your questions answered here.

Contact us now to book your PADI IDC and get ready to jump-start your PADI Instructor career on the beautiful island of Borneo!

Alternatively, follow us on our adventures in Borneo to get to know us better via Facebook Page and Instagram .

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How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor 

How to become a PADI scuba instructor might, at first glance feel out of your comfort zone. You see images of confident, fun loving people working in their ocean office, clearly having the time of their life and wish that could be you. You wonder how they did it. You wish you could turn back time and take that opportunity yourself and be one of those sun kissed people in the photo’s. Well i’m here to tell you its not too late –  you can.

Its never to late to live your dream and become a PADI scuba instructor. You may not see yourself teaching forever but being a PADI instructor literally opens up a whole new world – an underwater one.

How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor 


Why Do People Become a PADI Scuba Instructor ?

I am PADI Master Instructor, my husband Richard is a Platinum PADI Course Director. We have been in the business of teaching people to become PADI Instructors since 2001 and i feel we are a great example of how the world of scuba diving changed our lives and then offered us different paths within the industry to develop our careers.

I never saw myself as a water babe. At school, swimming class was my worse and most feared lesson, i was never a strong swimmer.  But the moment i donned my scuba kit and learned to scuba dive i fell in love with the ocean and felt instantly in control and comfortable. I became a PADI instructor within one year of learning to scuba dive. My career at the time was in the IT industry, i loved the corporate world of business and travelled frequently, but there was something about the ocean that caught me and wouldn’t let me go. I knew that diving holidays were not going to be enough, i wanted to teach people to scuba dive. I wanted to be the person who introduced others to the underwater world. So i decided to look for a dive centre where i could complete my PADI instructor development course and become a PADI scuba instructor.

I knew that teaching was not going to be my lifelong career but as i learned the PADI system of education and the business of scuba diving i could see that there was a lot of opportunity beyond teaching. I saw how to integrate my experience of the corporate world and IT with scuba diving which filled me with enthusiasm and motivation.

I completed my PADI IDC in September 2001 and i taught PADI courses for 10 years. Although i no longer teach, my knowledge and experience as a PADI Instructor remains of great value every day and integral to the success of our scuba dive and travel business here in Sabah, Borneo.

Richard took a different path and to this day teaches courses. His passion is instructor development, he loves the process of transforming a capable scuba diver to become a PADI Scuba Instructor, he is a sharer of knowledge and experience. Richard is a Platinum PADI Course Director, the highest level of professional rating in the PADI system of education. The Platinum award is recognition of his commitment to instructor development. There are currently only 71 Platinum PADI Course Directors worldwide.


How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor 


How To Become a PADI Scuba Instructor ?

There are several important aspects to consider when choosing how and where to complete a PADI scuba instructor course.

How much time do you have available ?

This will often dictate the method of your training. You can either take a standard PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) which takes around 12 days. Or you can integrate the PADI IDC into an internship program which is usually offered over a period of 1 month or more.

Here at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures we encourage candidates to choose the internship method where you will enjoy un-limited scuba diving during the program to help build experience and expose you to a great variety of PADI programs & courses. You will not be working for us since we have a full team of PADI Instructors, but you will be invited to shadow our team to get valuable exposure to real word situations.


How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor 


Where to complete a PADI Scuba Instructor Course ?

The world is at your feet and there are so many choices. Here’s just a few reasons why we feel that choosing Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in Malaysian Borneo should be high on your list.

a) Geographically easy to reach: fly into Kota Kinabalu International Airport and within 20 minutes you are arriving at our Downbelow Adventure Lodge.
b) Easy entry in terms of a visa: to enter Malaysia your passport must be valid for at least six months. You do not need a visa if you are coming for business or tourism for 90 days or less. Immigration officials will place an entry stamp, known as a social visit pass (visa), in your passport authorizing a stay of up to 90 days
c) A great deal of experience is on offer: We operate TWO PADI 5 Star IDC Centres within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, just 10 minutes speedboat ride from the mainland. This means that by day you are on a tropical island, yet by night you can enjoy the sights and sounds of city life. You also get to experience two different dive centre practices. Resort based and independent island based. You can read more about both PADI 5 Star IDC Centres at our website.
d) Safety: Kota Kinabalu (KK) in Sabah is considered a safe place to stay and visit. Sabahans, and Malaysians in general, are a peace-loving and friendly people. It is rare to hear of any violent crime committed within KK, especially not against tourists.
e) More than just scuba diving: The state of Sabah in Borneo is a melting pot for wildlife and adventure seekers. During your stay with us you can climb Mt Kinabalu, go on safari to the Kinabatangan River, jungle trek the 130 million year old jungles of Danum Valley, enjoy white water rafting the rapids of the mighty PADAS River, mountain biking and much more. There is never a dull moment.


How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor 


Which PADI 5 Star IDC Centre should i choose ?

Only accredited PADI Instructor Development Centres can offer PADI professional level training. To become a PADI IDC the organisation must be affiliated with a PADI Course Director. So the first step is to look for the PADI 5 Star IDC Centre.

At Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures our founder Richard Swann is our resident PADI Course Director, being resident has many benefits for the organisation and candidate. Richard has achieved the Platinum award for instructor development for 6 consecutive years which shows he has extensive knowledge and experience in instructor development. So looking for a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre with a resident Platinum PADI Course Director will set you up in a good position for successfully completing your course.

You also want to look specifically at what experience the dive centre can offer you. A variety of scenarios are important for your development as a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor, this is also vital for landing that dream job. The greater the variety of experiences under your belt, the greater your offering to potential employers. At Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, a wide variety of experiences are available. Our dive centre is the most popular in our area, highly rated, consistently busy and we dive every day.

We frequently host groups, schools and universities of sizes ranging from 4 to 55 people and, on any given day conduct a generous number of courses from the PADI spectrum be it Snorkeling, Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water Courses, Advanced Open Water Courses, lots of PADI Specialties, NITROX, Tec & Gas Blending, Rescue & EFRs and the full Go PRO continuing education portfolio from OWSI to PADI Staff Instructor. We are also committed to conservation, read more about our conservation awareness projects.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures offers you the variety of experiences you need for a successful dive internship and becoming a well rounded, highly employable PADI professional. Richard through his network of dive centres also assists in work placements and testimonials to help candidates find their dream job.

Choosing where and with whom to compete your PADI Scuba Instructor Course is a big decision and you will have a number of questions. We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions page on our website to help you with this decision.

For more information please contact us and we’ll be happy to chat things through with you to help you live your dream and become a PADI Scuba Instructor.

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Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures have always been very passionate about scuba diving in Sabah, Borneo. Some of the best dive sites in the world are located here and we have great pleasure in showing our guests the beautiful marine environment of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park at our Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island and Manukan Island. So when Sabah Parks proposed for Downbelow Adventures to prepare and sink a ship for the purpose of it to be a dive attraction and artificial reef, we were honoured and ecstatic about the project! The name of the ship is KM Kuraman, and here is what happened behind the sinking of KM Kuraman.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The Beginning

In November 2016, Downbelow Adventures’ Managing Director and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann together with Downbelow Staff Team met with Sabah Parks and Maritim Malaysia to discuss the project at Sepanggar Naval Base, where KM Kuraman is. Richard and the team conducted a survey of the ship, and was able to learn about its interesting history from Maritim Malaysia.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The History of KM Kuraman

The origins of KM Kuraman is that the British built a 103ft long patrol craft that served for almost 50 years with the Malaysian Navy under the name KD Renchong. The ship was then transferred over to Maritim Malaysia where it was renamed KM Kuraman, a name of an island located near Labuan. KM Kuraman served for another five years, then eventually decommissioned in 2015.

Downbelow Team Prepares KM Kuraman for Sinking

After conducting the survey, Richard and the team started planning on executing the sinking of KM Kuraman. Every task was decided after careful consideration and assessment of the ship; preparing KM Kuraman by 17 November 2016 at Sepanggar Naval Base was very crucial. Once Richard had delivered the outline of the project to the team and explained their roles, they then began to work.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The first thing to do was to clear the ship inside and out to allow other work to be done, as well as bearing in mind of the environmental impacts of the project. Negative impacts are to be minimised and avoided, so Richard and the team were very attentive towards the matter when they removed unnecessary objects from KM Kuraman.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

Using their extensive dive knowledge, our team of PADI instructors guided by Richard designed the Wreck Penetration Layout of KM Kuraman as soon as it had been cleared. Divers safety is paramount, thus with their existing experience they are able to carry out the task while also gaining new ones in this valuable learning process.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The aim was to make KM Kuraman sink in an upright direction. Richard and the team then cut holes in the ship that were strategically placed in order to ensure it sinks according to plan. The task was performed safely under the supervision of Richard.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

Everyone worked very hard behind the sinking of KM Kuraman, and prepared it to their best ability and knowledge as the project was central to the future of scuba diving in Sabah, Borneo. Stay tuned to our blog for the next feature of KM Kuraman!

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Learn to Scuba Dive in Borneo

You have been talking about it for years with your family and friends but you have yet to take the leap and arrange for that fantastic adventure vacation to Borneo that you have always wanted. Now that you are finally ready to take the plunge, you want to make sure you make all of the right arrangements for your trip to make it the best possible. You have always wanted to go scuba diving in Borneo but have backed off because you never learned how to dive. Well today is your lucky day! At Downbelow Adventures, we can help arrange your entire trip for you so you can learn to scuba dive in Borneo while staying at one of the best resorts you will find anywhere.

Learn to Dive Holiday Package

Learn to Scuba Dive in Borneo

Manukan Island Resort, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

We offer a unique holiday package for you with our stay and learn to scuba dive package. We can help you arrange for a 4 day, 3 night stay at a fantastic resort on Manukan Island right in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Your stay at this magnificent resort provides you with stellar accommodations with beautiful ocean views so that you can take the magnificent scenery in each day. You can access the private beach for your enjoyment and each room is equipped with fantastic amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Getting Into the Water

Learn to Scuba Dive in Borneo

Downbelow Adventures PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre at Manukan Island Resort

Of course the focus of your trip is to learn to scuba dive in Borneo and we provide you with a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre so that you can get diving courses and instruction from highly trained, experienced and certified PADI instructors. Classes are designed to be small so you can be sure to learn everything safely and appropriately and when you are done you will have your first step of PADI certification completed and be a PADI-certified open water diver, allowing you to safely experience the beautiful waters and explore with a friend like never before.

Take the First Step

Learn to Scuba Dive in Borneo

The first step you need to take when you want to learn to scuba dive in Borneo is to visit our website at Downbelow Adventures by going to You can learn all about the various travel packages and opportunities we have available right now so you can find one that is suited best to you. You can then go ahead and contact us to make your travel plans and look forward to a fantastic adventure of your own.

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Synchiropus Splendidus Spawning

Arguably among the most stunningly beautiful fish and a highly prized find by underwater photographers and divers alike, the Synchiropus splendidus (Mandarinfish) body is decorated with elaborated dots, swirls and waves of orange, bright blue, yellow and green. Widespread throughout the Phillipines and westward to Indonesia and Borneo, they’re usually found in very shallow water preferring the shelter of coral on reef crests and slopes. And we were very fortunate to have witnessed and photographed the Synchiropus splendidus spawning when diving at the south-eastern coast of Sabah.

On the fringing reef of Mabul Island, sandwiched between Borneo Divers and Seaventures Resort is Paradise, home to thriving numbers of mandarin fish. Colonies reside among the corals in just six metres, providing ultra convenient accessibility. The site is manageable even when surrounding currents are strong and can be shore dived from Mabul.

Synchiropus Splendidus Spawning

The male mandarinfish is larger and overall more robust; he has proportionately larger caudal and dorsal fins, but the most distinctive difference is the elongated dorsal spine being almost twice the size of the female.

Around sunset, groups of three to five females congregate in particular regions of the reef; males will go to these areas and display mating behaviour by raising their elongated dorsal fin. A male may visit several different groups in one evening.

Synchiropus Splendidus Spawning

During the mating process the female Mandarinfish gently rests on the males’ pectoral fin. Her belly is full with eggs about to be released.

In the mandarinfish world, size does matter! Females prefer to mate with the largest male as smaller males may require two or three attempts at a successful synchronised release of eggs and sperm. During the mating process the female gently rests on the males’ pectoral fin, simultaneously they rise together in the water column up to one metre above the reef. At the climax, in a split second the eggs and sperm are released and the fish disappear. The fertilised eggs are then left to the devices of the ocean currents. After 18-24 hours they hatch into one millimetre long larvae and remain planktonic for up to two weeks before settling onto the reef to begin their benthic life.

Synchiropus Splendidus Spawning

Mid spawning, the female’s underbelly is now much smaller. The eggs are released and can be seen around the tail fin.

As we fin away to end our dive we enjoy the myriad of marine life surrounding us. Among the vibrantly coloured corals illuminated by our torchlight, we spot a stumpy spined cuttlefish and a juvenile painted frogfish. The Synchiropus splendidus spawning had left us in awe. It was all over too quickly and once again we’re delighted and amazed at what this little piece of Paradise has produced for us.

Synchiropus Splendidus Spawning

Parental duties completed, fertilized eggs drift in the ocean currents.

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Remembering World War II Usukan Bay Shipwrecks

In light of the tragic recent news that all of our beloved World War II Usukan Bay Wrecks have been removed by a Chinese salvage ship I wanted to show a few images I have taken over the years as a reminder of why we loved them so much and why is saddens me remembering World War II Usukan Bay Shipwrecks.

Remembering World War II Usukan Bay Shipwrecks.

Local Fishermen Depended on The Wrecks

These wrecks were not only a highlight of the west coast for both local & international scuba divers they were also a great spot for the local fishermen who enjoyed a heathy daily catch which provided a valuable income for the waterfront community. To Sabah it is clear these wrecks were worth much more to leave undisturbed than the fast money made by salvage.

Remembering World War II Usukan Bay Shipwrecks.

Shipwrecks Make Perfect Artificial Reefs

My pictures display a vibrant healthy marine oasis with stunning corals covering the structures something the ocean is in dire need of & desperately needs to preserve. In addition to their cultural significance shipwrecks transform into a habitat for an array of species. A wide variety of fishes, invertebrates and algal species make the wreck their permanent home. The nooks and crannies of these wrecks make them perfect artificial reefs.

In a time where global warming and rising sea temperatures are threatening corals reefs world wide its more important than ever to protect what we have.

The Ships were originally sunk over 70 years ago during WW2 by an American submarine & serve as a stark reminder of the horrors of war in which so many lost lives. Lest We Forget !

It is the opinion of many that raising of these historic war graves is an unforgivable act that has affected many people on many levels & cannot be undone they deserved much better protection.

Remembering World War II Usukan Bay Shipwrecks.

Salvaging of Shipwrecks Is An International Problem

The salvaging of shipwrecks seems to be a growing international issue as reported in The TelegraphThe Guardian and Divernet. If allowed to continue the ocean will be robbed of its maritime history.  Authorities worldwide need to do more. I hope that the shipwrecks of KM Kumuran and Gaya Wreck, both located in the Tunku Adbul Rahman Park will remain intact.

Remembering World War II Usukan Bay Shipwrecks.

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Beach Accommodation Kota Kinabalu

Beach Accommodation Kota Kinabalu Package By Downbelow Adventures

We, at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, offer beach accommodation Kota Kinabalu, which is perfect for travellers who wish to enjoy the tranquility of Sabah, Malaysia.

If you are a scuba diver or snorkeller, we are proud to state that we just opened our second PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre on Manukan Island Resort in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. It is offshore Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo. Just 10 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu mainland. Daily dive packages and island snorkelling are also available for walk-in clients and non-residents.

Our Dive Centre is located at the resort’s swimming pool area. The swimming pool is used for all confined water training dives and offers a comfortable location for surface intervals.

Furthermore, we present scuba diving, sea kayaking, and snorkeling safaris daily. You can access the 49 dive sites of the National Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park through our custom built dive boats. The dive sites are also minutes away from us.

Beach Accommodation Kota Kinabalu

Beach Accommodation Kota Kinabalu For Scuba Divers

We provide our guests unparalleled convenience and international standard facilities, our scuba diver guests can take advantage of our affordable Stay and Scuba Dive Holiday Packages.

Do You Want To Learn How To Scuba Dive?

At Downbelow Adventures, you can stay and learn to scuba dive with our holiday packages. Staying at the accommodation where you will learn to scuba dive provides a very special experience. Not only will you save travel time in the morning and afternoon transferring to the dive centre, you will also be able to return to the comfort of your own chalet during surface intervals. At night there’s nothing better that feeling rewarded by your achievements, looking out at the ocean which has become your new play ground.

Beach Accommodation Kota Kinabalu For Island Activities

If you are not into scuba diving, why not take advantage of our Stay and Snorkel Safari Holiday Packages. When you take advantage of these packages, you can explore the Pearl of the South China Sea and experience three activities in just one day. You can go snorkeling and discover the beautiful coral reefs. Then, experience trekking through the rainforest and mangroves. Afterward, you will go sea kayaking to check out the secluded bays and find out more about the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP).

Beach Accommodation Kota Kinabalu

Staff Team

Throughout your scuba diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking activities, our professional staff team will be with you every step of the way. We will take you to the most unique places of Kota Kinabalu. Our team will have the required safety equipment so you can have peace of mind while appreciating the beauty of the islands. You can read more about our safety standards and proceedures at our dedicated section. Now, if you choose to trek alone with your family and friends, you can. It is extremely safe to explore the jungle trails without our guide. However an area orientation is required so you must ensure you receive this prior to any trekking activity. On Gaya Island you will be given a handheld radio to communicate with our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

To know more about our holiday packages, please call +6 088 488 997 or email us at


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What You Get from a Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu

If you are planning on taking an exotic vacation here sometime in the coming months, you likely are already thinking about the different activities that you will be able to participate in while you are on vacation. Traveling to a beautiful place like Borneo can provide you with an experience unlike any other you may have ever had. When you visit a place like Kota Kinabalu you will find that there are a variety of fantastic outdoor activities and adventures that you can take part in. Since many people that travel to this area want to get involved in scuba diving, it is only natural that you will want to visit our dive shop in Kota Kinabalu so you can see what we have to offer! Here are some insights on what you get from a Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu.

What You Get from a Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu

What You Get from a Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu

Downbelow Dive Shop – Largest Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu

At Downbelow, we have the largest dive shop located in Kota Kinabalu so you can be sure to find everything you will need for your diving adventures. We offer all of the supplies you will need right on site, so what you get from a dive shop in Kota Kinabalu is everything you will need for scuba diving or snorkeling. We have all of the top brands available so that you can get regulators, wetsuits, fins, masks, snorkels, lights, cameras and any other supplies you may need to help enhance your adventure. Scuba diving tools & kit are available right at the shop or by ordering via email.

A PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

What You Get from a Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu

Knowledgable Staff to Help You Choose Your Gear

When you come to our dive shop in Kota Kinabalu you will see that we are a certified PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. This means we can provide you with all of the instruction and courses that you may need for your adventure, it is part of what you get from a dive shop in Kota Kinabalu. Whether you are an experienced diver or scuba diving or snorkelling for the first time we can provide you with the instruction you need from highly trained, experienced and certified instructors so you can be sure you learn the best and safest ways to enjoy your adventure.

Visit Us on Your Trip

What You Get from a Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Dive Shop

When you are traveling to Kota Kinabalu for your vacation, make sure you take the time to visit our Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures dive shop in Kota Kinabalu to see all we have to offer. You can get a sneak peek at what we have available by visiting our website. Our site will give you all the information you need about purchasing items for your trip, arranging courses or outings and much more so you can be sure to make the most of your vacation.

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Scuba Diving in Kota Kinabalu

When you take the opportunity to go scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu, you will be able to experience true underwater beauty like few other places on earth.  If diving is your hobby, there are likely many places around the world that you would love to be able to explore. The underwater sights are all vastly different, and each adventure creates its own special memory. One of the places any diving enthusiast must absolutely visit in their lifetime is Kota Kinabalu, the capital city in the state of Sabah, which is located on the island of Borneo.

Visit Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

To truly get the best experience during your adventure you are going to want to make sure that you go to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park during your visit. This park has been specially designed for tourists and visitors to the area that want to take advantage of the great Marine beauty that the island has to offer. The landmasses that are part of the Marine Park provide you with an amazing view of the Marine life under the waters in the area and also give you the chance to see the beautiful coral reefs that can be found here.

See Amazing Underwater Life

When you go scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu you will get the chance to see some amazing marine life. A great diversity can be found in the waters in this area of the world and you are very likely to encounter barracuda, puffer fish, parrot fish, porcupine fish, damselfish and many other beautiful and exotic species that you may not be able to see any place else. You will want to make sure that you bring along your underwater camera so that you are able to take pictures and record your adventure to show others back home.

Making Arrangements for Your Trip

Here at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures, we can provide numerous different trip packages for amazing scuba diving adventures.  Contact us at to learn more about our trip packages and to make your reservation.  We promise to make sure that everything is taken care of, and that your special trip will provide memories to last a lifetime.

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Choose a PADI Scuba Instructor

Scuba diving can be a life altering activity that provides a great deal of fun and excitement. Scuba Divers get the chance to explore the world in a way that they may never have done before, and see the great wonders that live beneath the oceans. Of course, if you are new to scuba diving or have never undertaken scuba diving before, you absolutely want to make sure that you get thorough and proper instruction before you venture out. In order to get the best instruction possible to enhance your diving experience, you want to make sure to choose a PADI scuba instructor to teach you the skills you will need.

The Best Education and Skills

PADI Scuba Instructor

PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Instructors that have received their education, training and certification from this organization are considered among the best in the world today. They have very high standards and expectations and the instructors go through a number of different courses in order to receive certification. They are experienced in all of the most important safety standards for scuba diving, have great knowledge of the equipment used, and are continually improving upon their skills by taking courses and exploring specific interests that revolve around diving.

Learn at Any Level

You do not have to be any type of expert diver or have any experience at all with scuba diving when you first start to work with a PADI scuba instructor. Your instructor will take into consideration any type of experience that you may have so that they can begin to teach you the skills necessary so that you can have a safe and enjoyable dive every time that you go out. The skills that they will teach you will build on each other so that each diving experience is enhanced and you become more expert in your abilities.

Where to Go for Instruction

Here at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures, you can get training with one of our top rated PADI scuba instructors, while on vacation in Sabah. We offer a five star PADI IDC Centre where you can get the education and experience needed so that you can receive proper certification and have a fantastic diving experience and adventure.  We even offer a Scuba Internship Asia opportunity, and a PADI Divemaster Course.  Contact us directly for details, to have the best experience Scuba Diving Kota Kinabalu which on vacation in Borneo.

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