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“Borneo Diving - Brilliant!”

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 82 Tours in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Under the umbrella of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures is Downbelow PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centre. The Downbelow Travel Centre, an Official Tour & Travel operator for Sabah based in KK Times Square. Our Downbelow Adventure Lodge, an expedition style lodge catering for group & independent adventure travel and the largest scuba diving & adventure shop. 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. 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.
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

From arrival to departure it was a brilliant experience and everything was perfectly organised. The diving was great and more importantly for us was the 1 to 1 teaching that was given to a novice diver which was also much appreciated. The dive center located on Gaya Island is ideal and the facilities also ideal with all staff members being friendly and enthusiastic. We found that daily pick up's from Manukan island to Gaya island provided by the dive center worked well for us also, literally only 5 minutes boat ride daily.

The accommodation was perfect also on Manukan island, please note no cash machines on this island so before leaving KK please make sure you take enough funds. However the island reception does take plastic but it always nice to have enough local currency for ad-hock things.

I would have no hesitation booking again through Downbelow in Borneo and hopefully will again in the near future.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We booked most of our trip to Sabah through Downbelow, this included an overnight trip to Turtle Island, 2 nights at a resort on the Kinabatangan River, then 7 nights at the Shangri La in KK.

We also booked their one day snorkelling trip which took us out to their dive base on Gaya Island in the TARP marine park.

From the very first email their response was prompt and could not have been more helpful (thank you so much Carol you are amazing), our guide whilst in Eastern Sabah was Patrick (thanks you were great too). In fact every employee we met was very friendly and efficient, the guys who took us snorkelling were extremely attentative and made sure we were comfortable and safe at all times. Thanks also for the birthday surprise for my husband whilst we were on the island.

All our transfers and accommodation worked like clockwork - this is a very professionally run company and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to arrange all your travel needs whilst visiting this beautiful part of the world.

2  Thank szjam
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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.

1  Thank Sharpkat
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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.

Thank MEPD
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Reviewed January 16, 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.

1  Thank MEPD
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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