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“Simply the best Dive Centre” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures
KK Time Square | Block L, 5th Floor, Lot 67 & 68, Kota Kinabalu 88200, Malaysia
006 012 866 1935
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Ranked #1 of 83 Activities in Kota Kinabalu
Type: Tours, Water sports, Adventure
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Owner description: Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures (DB) is a fully licensed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center plus Tour & Travel operator in Sabah, Malaysia. Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is a slice of paradise, nestled in a quiet bay on Gaya Island in the TAR Park just 8 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu city. We are the only operator at this location so you will enjoy your activity without the crowds. We offer daily diving, try dives & the widest range of PADI courses & specialities from beginners through to professional internships & instructor development including TecRec. In addition we cater equally for non divers with snorkeling activities, sea kayaking, jungle trekking & corporate/adventure groups . Our highly qualified team of friendly professional instructors & instructor trainers are managed by our resident PADI Course Director (CD), the highest rating in recreational diving. PADI CD's are the industry's most influential leaders the knowledge & experience they bring can be witnessed at the DB dive center where our facilities provide the highest quality of safety & experience. Between activities the island provides a very special experience, with a resort like feel, great atmosphere it's a fun place to spend the day chatting with likeminded people, enjoying the tropical jungle & ocean surroundings, all from our comfortable front deck. At Downbelow you will not be restricted to a classroom or boat. Being island based we are closer to the best dive/snorkel sites of the TAR Park & West Coast Sabah, we access around 50 dive sites & operate a fleet of fast boats, all with dedicated, experienced qualified captains. Our package includes 3 boats dives per day or unlimited shore dives. We practice low guest/instructor ratios accommodating all levels with a personalized service. We offer FREE hotel transfers via our fleet of fully licensed minibuses for people within KK City. Our programs are all inclusive with lunch, refreshments & fees and no hidden extras.Additionally our full service travel centre based in KK Times Square, provides tailor-made activities at competitive rates throughout Sabah. Upon contact our travel-consultants will share their expertise based on many years of experience overseen by our directors.Our TC's will support you through the booking process be in contact during your visit ensuring all arrangements run smoothly. We are committed to appreciation & conservation of our environment & local people. Our efforts were recognized in 2010 as winners of the Project Aware Conservation Award Asia Pacific. We rank among the highest level of member status within PADI, please verify us on the PADI website.
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“Simply the best Dive Centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I have SCUBA dived in many locations around the world, but the Downbelow Dive Centre is simply the best team so I was delighted to dive with them again on my most recent trip to KK.
With decidated mini-buses & boats for the short trip to Gaya Island, then an extensive range of dive equipment, so you don't need to lug your own around!
The Dive centre on the island is the perfect place to learn to dive, or simply hang out in the sun til its time to jump in.
My dive was made even more special by spotting a pod of dolphins which Course Director RIchard was keen to swim with!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend & will defiitely be returning again.

Visited December 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Just returned from another holiday to Sabah yes we really do love that place there is just so many different things to do.
We have previously always used the services of DiveDownbelow & this time was no different & as usual they were excellent.
We did 2 days diving at their Gaya Island dive centre & even managed to see Dolphins from the dive boat. We also used them to book a few nights at the wonderful Rasa Ria Resort & a trip to Turtle Island. Keep up the great work & we will see you again next year.

Visited December 2012
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“The Perfect Choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Found Downbelow when searching for diving near KK. After looking at their great website (all Richard's photos which are so cool), I wrote and asked if they could also help with accomodation - it was two weeks before my trip over New Year, but they managed to arrange it. Service was great from before I got there, all very professional and so it continued...
All the staff were nice and they really are about quality dives and making it a nice experience, and the guides (I dived with Vic, Wellson, Sam, Pablo) were all great at finding interesting stuff to show us.
Every day was just so relaxing and well-organized, lunch was a bit bland, but that did not really matter. The technical equipment is in great shape, wetsuits and masks could be better...
Prices are a bit on the high side as well, but they certainly offer value for money,

Overall it was the perfect choice for diving near KK, convenient and nice.

Visited January 2013
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“Great experience, great staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We did the snorkeling safari and had a great time. We had a boat and guide to ourselves (6 of us) and it was lots of fun and we saw all kinds of interesting marine life. Lunch was a bit bland, but certainly passable and didn't sour the experience for us at all. Everyone was friendly and helpful and willing to do everything they could to make it a fun day. Definitely recommend this organization!

Visited December 2012
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“Best Holiday in Asia Yet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

As soon as I reached Downbelow, I was treated like a special guest! The entire staff was professional, helpful, friendly, and patient! I felt like everyone was treated like family, allowing for an open atmosphere where it was easy to make friends. I even added one more day of diving. I certainly plan to return next year for the whale shark season! This organization also does more than diving, but offers other opportunities for hiking, diving in other areas, and day trips. You will be in great hands with them!

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