Expedition Borneo group certified PADI Open Water!

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At Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, Expedition Borneo group D certified as PADI Open Water Divers under the care and supervision of our experienced PADI Instructor team!

The group of 10 will be continuing their travels around Sabah on our 1-month program, in which they will learn about the natural biodiversity, culture and people of Sabah. Adventure activities, such as climbing Mount Kinabalu and visiting the Sandakan region for a wildlife safari, will broaden their travel experience and witness conservation efforts in our ‘Land Below The Wind’.

Contact us, and our travel experts will create a personalised itinerary to suit a group of any size to explore Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

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For Camps International groups, all of our adventure activities are conducted with their safety a top priority, and jungle trekking in Sabah is safe with Downbelow!

Jungle trekking at TAR marine park’s Gaya Island, where our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is based, is a fantastic experience for the young adventurers’ of group ‘Nanas’ (meaning ‘pineapple’ in Malay) to learn about the terrestrial nature of our local environment. All participants tried scuba diving on our popular PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, which already introduces the novice divers to the importance of protecting and preserving the environment.

Ecotourism attractions are most popular in Sabah, for they encourage environmentally friendly practices, such as the worthy wildlife conservation of Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and Selingan Turtle Island in Sandakan, east coast Sabah.

 Our Sabah Travel Centre specialise in personalising itineraries for our travelling groups of any size to explore different regions of Sabah. Contact our HQ in Kota Kinabalu for more details on our wildlife adventure programs!

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Cardiff University’s tropical ecology field trip group of students explore Sabah’s ecotourism through an extra land day trip arranged by our Sabah Travel Centre!

At our partner, luxury Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, the Orang Utan Sanctuary educates our travelling group from the UK even further on the benefits of ecotourism in Sabah.

The orang utan primate is an endangered species, whose population is dwindling on the South East Asian island of Borneo! Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres, such as the one at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa and the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre on Sabah’s east coast, exist to protect and preserve the endemic breed.

Through an educational video prior to witnessing the ‘jungle man’ at the feeding platform, the students of Cardiff University were delighted to have contributed their time and money to a worthy establishment who are passionate about our natural biodiversity. And reintegrating orphaned orang utans into the wild is just one trip that focuses on ecology!

Kinabalu National Park, which will be opening its summit trail to the public in September, practices plenty of conservation at its Poring Hot Springs, Botanical Garden and Canopy walkway, all of which our clients can experience on our popular 1-day Kinabalu Park day trip!

For more information on conservation efforts in Sabah contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where our helpful experts will assist in creating a suitable itinerary for your Borneo travels!

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Ecotourism is fast becoming a popular choice amongst travellers, and our travelling groups are no exception who choose Expedition Borneo to preserve Sabah’s history!

Expedition Borneo is a highly popular 30-day program, which includes the very best attractions of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, and each adventure activity is focused with some education. When our groups visit Sandakan and the Kinabatangan River, on the east coast of Sabah, the week-long trip involves all operators who also believe and practise ecotourism in their own operations.

In Sandakan, Expedition Borneo groups will tour the Sandakan War Memorial Park to better understand the rich history of Sabah. The park is a protected area and continues to be preserved through people visiting its grounds. The biological diversity of the World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, is also protected and preserved through visitors coming to gain an appreciation of the incredible nature of the vast area in the Crocker Range, such as Poring Hot Springs!

Get more information on our various programs to contribute your adventure to protecting and preserving Sabah, Borneo!

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Wildlife spotting in Sabah is exceptional on the eastern coast of the state, and is an experience always best in the wild!

Downbelow’s Expedition Borneo program, for our adventurers’ who have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu not even a week ago, is a 30-day experience program in which time they will gain an appreciation for the natural beauty in Sabah, Borneo. Ecotourism is our chosen form of responsible travel and tours, and each of the adventure activities of our Expedition Borneo program, are conducted with this as a priority for our clients to appreciate their global footprint is reduced as much as possible!

Along the Kinabatangan River, participants have the opportunity to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, and if they are incredibly lucky there are Bornean pygmy elephants (though a very slim chance, because of their low population!)

Boats used for the river cruises do not have a roof, so when Sabah Travel Centre Manager Alice delivers the presentation on their wildlife safari activity, they are encouraged to visit our KK Dive Shop (only next door!). They are advised to invest in a rashguard in particular, which they can use for ALL of their activities – from learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to climbing Mount Kinabalu!

Get more information on a program we can personalise for your travelling adventure group to explore Sabah, Borneo, when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

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Participants of our Expedition Borneo program enjoy making a positive difference on their Sabah adventure when visiting Bilit Village for a few days on our wildlife safari program!

During their few nights along the famous Kinabatangan River, the adventurers’ discover the amazing biodiversity of the jungle and river in the Sandakan region of Sabah. Each early morning and late afternoon (after the hottest time of the day!), they will join a river cruise to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, crocodiles, and if they are lucky – there’s a chance to witness the elusive Bornean pygmy elephant!

Other activities include tree-planting, which gives a greater sense of appreciation that the rainforest of Borneo needs protecting and preserving to maintain its biodiversity, and in turn supports wildlife population. Several of our Danish adventurers’ will return for a Go PRO internship program at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to qualify as PADI Divemaster or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Because they were so inspired by their experience of learning to dive and getting involved in the various conservation programs our island staff team conduct, they return to Bilit Village and Kinabatangan River to visit the tree they planted on their previous visit!

It’s becoming more popular to choose operations with ecotourism policies for the benefits of positive contribution to our natural local environment!

For more information on our Expedition Borneo programs, or any of our other conservation and outreach programs, contact our Sabah Travel Centre who will create a personalised itinerary!

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‘Culture vultures’ will adore our paradise in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, for the incredibly rich traditions of the ethnic communities!

Several participants of our Expedition Borneo groups’ this year, still craving for more fun, decide to visit an exciting attraction nearby Kota Kinabalu, which caters to guests with the multi-activity fun that can be found.

To discover the exciting attraction, the group need to be transferred via a maskeshift raft/boat, and once arriving at their destination, there is a long list of activities available for our adventurers’ to try out (and which they did). Some are as follows: blowpipe practise (after a skilled demonstration, of course) with supervision for health and safety, traditional batik painting, body boarding the South China Sea surf along the white sandy beaches of the pristine 8km beach, and lots more! The group of 10 also made some time for relaxing in hammocks that are already set up for use at the beach too!

The activities offer them a glimpse of the rich history of Borneo, and there are other land day trips in and around Kota Kinabalu to experience; for example, the Monsopiad Cultural Village. Even Mount Kinabalu is only a 2-hour drive from the city centre. Not many travel destinations can boast a World Heritage UNESCO designated site so close to their capital state!

For more information on the various programs our Sabah Travel Centre can create, contact our HQ, and discuss a suitable itinerary for a 1-day trip or 1-month for groups of any size!

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