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“Great Service, Not so Great Diving”

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 85 Tours in Kota Kinabalu
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We did three dives w this company and would recommend their services. However ask about red algae before you book!!! From the call to reserve, to quick and efficient transfer, to rapid access to dive sites, to friendly staff, to a great beach environment... The reasons to come here are plentiful.

That being said, the actual diving was a big disappointment due to red algae (red tide). The three dives got progressively worse. I am not sure if a 'clean' site was available however we jumped in to red cloudy water...kind of gross. Had there not been algae, the sites' draw would lay solely on the corals and sponges. Not much fish life for a marine park. The quality of diving is not a reflection of the service you get with this company.

The food served was tasty and fresh, and drinks were readily available. The location of the 'clubhouse' is great and you can hear the jungle bugs.

This is a great place to learn to dive however KK not the place for more experienced divers.

Thank luckyMe068
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We didn't want to dive in the area as the water isn't too clear. Downbelow provided the perfect alternative with their multi activity day; hiking, snorkelling and kayaking, all on beautiful Gaya island and for a reasonable price. The kayaking in particular was an excellent way of seeing the wildlife; lots of monkeys came down to the water's edge as we paddled past.

1  Thank CatherineCreedon
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visibility in the water was not so good when I went. Wind made the water a bit too choppy for snorkeling so we decided to do plan B; trekking at Gaya Island.

Divedown is located init's own cove which has two trekking trails from the base. You're given an orientation + a 2 way radio then you're off!

The trails were amazing. Gives good views of the surrounding coves and the local mangroves. It could use a bit of clean up in a few areas though.

Buffet lunch was ok. Can improve a bit though. Excellent staff.

2  Thank Jojo G
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

We were very impressed with the efficiency, friendliness and professionalism of the whole company. From the moment they collected us at our hotel until we were returned at the end of the day, every detail was managed with skill and warmth.
Our skills review was conducted at the end of the pier and then we were taken for two great dives in different locations.
Our instructor, Pablo, was knowledgeable and thorough, and his eagle eyes allowed us to see fish and other marine life that we would not have seen by ourselves ........ and we saw a Moorish Idol!
The island is beautiful, the office staff ready to chat, the boat crew exceptional, and the food for lunch was tasty and plentiful.
Thank you for a great day diving!
Elizabeth and Gordon

3  Thank Gordon W
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Downbelow is an absolutely outstanding organization! We run an alternative education company that uses the reefs of Malaysia as the setting to produce media based conservation projects with high school students. We mix the teaching of Art and Science while creating these initiatives. In order for our students to fulfill this they first have to become certified and proficient SCUBA divers. We contacted Downbelow to help us do this training. They did a remarkable job. As teachers our student's safety is our first and foremost concern. Downbelow runs such a good operation, and they are so focused on the safety during their dive training, that our anxiety as teachers taking students on high risk activities was almost non-existent. The professionalism and attention to detail in the training process not only put us teachers at ease it also really resonated with our students as well. The impact that Downbelow had on our students was evident from the moment they began working with the Downbelow dive instructors. For us, it was an amazingly successful dive training trip and we would recommend Downbelow to every and anyone who wants to learn to SCUBA Dive! Thank you Dive Downbelow!

1  Thank Christian O
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