Inspiring the next generation to care for the environment!

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Exploring and learning about the marine environment in Sabah has been an incredibly valuable experience for our 43-strong group of international school students who spent a night camping at our Gaya Island beach house too!

A dedicated PADI Instructor from our full-time team will present the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course to discuss the benefits of protecting our marine environment. This is followed by an organized beach clean-up to collect marine debris from the islands’ beaches and experience actively participating in a conservation project!

Marine debris is the biggest hazard to the environmental health of our local area, and integrating active volunteering opportunities for the students to participate offers a unique learning perspective.

The adventurers’ walk along tended jungle trails in the rainforests of Gaya Island to explore the terrestrial life that can be found, such as macaques and hornbills.

For the second day of their program, our popular snorkel safari program is conducted for the students to then explore the marine environment and the colourful shallow reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. Each session, the group will be visiting a different snorkel site for a varied day, and their PADI professional guides will encourage them to collect any marine debris they may find whilst snorkelling too.

For more information on a program to include unique education for an adventure group, small or large, contact our Head Office to discuss a suitable itinerary with an emphasis on responsible tourism!

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Everytime Mont Kiara International School students of SEASFiRE visit, our Downbelow crew has such amazing fun!

The group of young marine enthusiasts’ previously visited our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre a year ago, and we are delighted they return to continue their dive adventures…and with new SEASFiRE members joining too!

Newest participants learn the sport of scuba diving on the PADI Open Water Diver course, and conducting their course are PADI Instructors Mel, Along and Pablo. The experienced three will also include the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty to allow their students to exercise their new dive skills and demonstrate care for the environment.

Students qualified as Open Water Divers the year before, continue their dive education on the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course taught by our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann.

As an elite member of PADI, Instructor Trainer Richard knows all too well the value of continuing dive education to improve diver confidence! Combined with the Advanced Open Water course, the lucky students learn the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty, which is a great passion of Richard’s, and no doubt he will share his years of experience to inspire them to keep diving!

A few members, who certified as Advanced Open Water Divers the previous year, now qualify as PADI Rescue Divers with dedicated PADI Instructor Vic and logged in several fun dives afterwards visiting a handful of the 49 dive sites available in the protected marine park!

Spontaneously, during a dive to complete the PADI Digital Underwater Photography skills, the eager students helped their Instructor Richard and his certified PADI professional assistants to free a patch of fragile coral in the shallow zone of the reef from an illegally discarded fishing net.

Both SEASFiRE and Downbelow teams are passionate about conservation, and wholly support the Project AWARE movement to protect and preserve the underwater marine world by educating through unique learning experiences!

We can hardly wait for another year to dive together again!

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Suffice it to say that Borneo will immerse travellers in the beautiful co-existence of so many different tribes, cultures, traditions and beliefs, and on our Expedition Borneo! program, we choose Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah as the perfect all-round destination to broaden our adventurers’ minds!

This month, Sandakan welcomes another adventure group from Denmark to visit the landmarks in the former state capital, such as the Puu Jih Shih temple that overlooks Sandakan town. Steps cascade from the front entrance of the temple to offer a large balcony to view the panoramic vista of the gorgeous blue waters of the Sulu Sea!

After touring Sandakan, the group adjourns to their lodge along the Kinabatangan River where they will overnight in dormitory-style accommodations and explore the rainforests of Bilit Village! Each morning is an early start at dawn to join scheduled river cruises for the chance to spot rare and endemic Borneo wildlife, such as orangutan and proboscis monkeys, or if they’re really lucky, maybe pygmy elephants!

Discovering Sabah in its amazing entirety needs some thoughtful planning, of which our Head Office team of helpful travel experts are experienced in creating an itinerary for a small or large group! Contact us to get more details on your Borneo adventure!

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