Parents and guardians can be rest assured that their children travel safe with Downbelow’s international standards!
For a 1-day program, International School Nan Jing from China witnessed the coral reef of TAR marine park through our Snorkel Safari program, and also tried the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline! And there are still plenty of adventure activities to explore around Sabah for our travelling groups, such as white water rafting on Padas River! Many of our group clients are from schools and universities, because the reputation of safety at our Downbelow operations is stellar, and that’s the most important aspect when organising activities for children and young adults.
At Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, a very special event took place – Boy Scouts Singapore Troop learn SCUBA for the first time at our Gaya Island beach house!
While learning to scuba dive during the day on our PADI Open Water Diver course, the 12 Boy Scouts enjoyed camping overnight at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre too. Camping where their many island activities will be conducted means they make the most of their time to complete as many new skills as they can for merit badges (and they completed many!), such as a beach clean with our island staff team of PADI professionals to learn about marine conservation. Some will enjoy snorkelling, as will their 4 Boy Scout leaders (also their adult chaperones on their trip), and everyone will have the chance to experience the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline!
Most important with group travel is safety, especially when the group participants are young. Contact our experienced Downbelow Travel Centre experts on an itinerary suitable for a group of younger travellers to experience Sabah, Borneo.
For the 4th year in a row, we’ve experienced a ‘Seasfire’ at Gaya Island again!
The Seasfire organisation from Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur is a crew of adventure enthusiasts who specifically visit Sabah and Kota Kinabalu to experience scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park under the supervision of our operations. Schools and universities, such as those students in Seasfire, frequently visit our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to experience diving for the first time or continue their dive adventure. But also other adventure activities that can only be found in Sabah, Borneo!
Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for a personalised itinerary to learn SCUBA and other Sabah adventure travels!
Travelling in a large group proves it’s safe to travel together…even safer with Downbelow!
Kath Giles contacted our Downbelow Travel Centre for a day of rest and relaxation for her group of 20 adventurers’ who have toured all over Sabah, Borneo. For the last activity before their next travel destination, our travel experts arranged for the group to explore the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park on our multi-activity program. This includes a variety of activities: snorkelling, kayaking, jungle trekking, and some preferred to snorkel every session, whereas other participants tried all 3! Safety is always the highest priority, so an experienced PADI guide is always nearby during all in-water activities.
Get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre to create a program for your group travel with the very best adventure activities in Sabah!
Corporate trips are great team-building activities, such as the group of 22 from Shanghai, China, who are colleagues learning to SCUBA in Sabah with our dive operations!
The 22 colleagues work together at Xi Shen International Legal Department in Shanghai, and they chose Sabah and Downbelow as their travel destination for their corporate trip. Adventure activities our Sabah Travel Centre experts felt the group would really enjoy the most is island fun at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre and a day trip to visit Klias River to spot proboscis monkeys and fireflies!
Contact us with preferences of your own Sabah adventure for our travel experts to create a program to suit your travelling group!
Camps International adventurers’ are very lucky to enjoy our spacious PADI Dive Centre to study SCUBA skills to qualify as PADI Open Water Divers!
Our Gaya Island beach house in Kota Kinabalu, is a perfect location for groups of students to spend an adventure during their schools’ summer holidays. There’s a variety of fun island activities, of which many have never been experienced by our young adventurers’ and they not only have the chance to do so, but also to gain a lifetime dive certification!
For our dive operations to maintain its high standards in scuba diving training, safety of our participants is made the highest priority throughout all adventure activities – and this gives them the best chance to learn as much as possible about Sabah!
Contact us at our Sabah Travel Centre, for our experts to create an itinerary for your travelling group to explore Borneo!
At Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, our team of PADI Instructors couldn’t maintain its reputation for effective and SAFE diver training for large groups, without splitting them into smaller groups!
Schools and universities from all over the world visit our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre facilities to learn more about Sabah, the ‘Land Below the Wind’. Camps International UK are by far our largest groups, and to manage their diver safety our operations ensure every precaution is taken. Because there are so many participants within the groups, during their PADI Open Water Diver course training, they’re split into smaller groups with a maximum of 4 students to 1 PADI Instructor. This ratio is half that of PADI Standards to conduct the course, but through years of experience as professional divers in the Kota Kinabalu TARP area, our conservative ratio has proved very successful. Students receive more time to master their dive skills, which makes them divers with better judgment of diver safety.
Contact us at our Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures to discuss a suitable itinerary to have a safe Borneo adventure!
Groups of Camps International adventurers’ arrive at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to receive a unique education, such as the benefit of protecting and preserving mangrove forests!
The 2nd group (‘Tembikai’ – watermelon in Malay) and the 3rd group (‘Nanas’ – pineapple in Malay) have just completed their camping experience under the supervision of our island staff team of PADI professionals!
In the space of a week, the two groups camped at the island (at separate times), and all participants tried the exciting sport of scuba diving for the first time ever! Their adventure program includes exploring Sabah through various activities, one of them being the opportunity to qualify as a PADI Open Water diver.
For those who, for any reason, do not wish to continue their diver education to certify, they may go kayaking – a very leisurely activity, in which one of our dedicated and experienced PADI guides will lead a small ‘fleet’ of kayakers to the mangrove forest in TAR marine park.
The groups leaving with a positive impression of Sabah is great, but leaving with such a deep appreciation of the environment to be inspired to contribute in future is the goal of our unique education program!
To experience Borneo’s ecology is valuable for students and professors alike. The rich biodiversity found in South East Asia is paradise for both the budding marine biologist and the seasoned teacher; and Borneo lies within the ‘Coral Triangle’!
Many Schools and universities visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to learn the practical skills required of them during their degree courses, which they will then put into practice once their education is complete and they are working in the field. The skills workshops are conducted by resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his team of PADI professionals using various specialised equipment for example quadrats, tape measures, fish sizing charts and more …
Changes within the reef over time are witnessed by our team who are always working within the same environment, this makes them Project AWARE & reef ambassadors, and their expertise assists the students to best understand data collected from their underwater surveys.
Go PRO internship candidates completing professional courses, such as the PADI Divemaster or the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) will also benefit when assisting our team of PADI Instructors to organise dive logistics for the students.
For more information on group travel or specialised educational programs with Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, get in touch with our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where our experts will create a suitable program to explore Sabah, Borneo!
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Azhar and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Strike have our adventurers’ familiarise themselves with the general island facilities because they will soon be back for a few nights of camping. They will camp overnight for 5 nights, and learn to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course during their days. The opportunity to qualify in entry-level scuba diving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people, and for many of our past Expedition Borneo participants, they return to Sabah for our highly successful Go PRO internship programs.
Scuba diving leaves such a strong impression on our young adventurers’ that a couple even went on to enrol onto our award winning PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) after completing the PADI Divemaster!
Get more details on group travel and recreational or professional scuba diving courses and programs to include in your own personalised program, when you get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre experts in Kota Kinabalu.