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.
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’ premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, we’re always ‘keeping it real safe’ for group travel!
Large groups of adventurers’ from schools and universities, from all the world, visit our Gaya Island beach house for adventure travel to learn more about Sabah, Borneo.
Camps International UK is one of our largest groups (numbering in the hundreds!) and they are also very young (pre-teen ages), which means our operations have a lot of responsibility to supervise their adventure activities. One of their activities is the opportunity to qualify as PADI Open Water Divers, and they also experience other island fun, such as snorkelling, kayaking and jungle trekking too!
Contact us at our Downbelow HQ for our experts to create a suitable itinerary for your group to see the very best of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!
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!
In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, it’s one of the saddest and ugliest sights when there is rubbish strewn all over such a beautiful paradise as our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, TAR marine park, but campers attack marine debris with Downbelow!
For a once-in-a-lifetime summer holiday experience in a 1-month adventure around Borneo, Camps International groups of students travel the exotic island in the South China Sea to learn more about the efforts of protecting and preserving its irreplaceable resource: nature!
From learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle trekking and beach clean ups, all participants of the 12 groups in the next 10 weeks, gain a much deeper appreciation for the importance of caring for our environment.
Beach clean ups are especially effective, as the physical effort of collecting even what seems a very small amount impresses on the young adventurers’ to contribute their future efforts to correctly dispose litter! It’s especially effective on our groups as they have experienced the beautiful marine environment on SCUBA, and many are also newly qualified divers, which makes them Project AWARE ambassadors!
Get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre experts who will arrange a suitable program for your travelling group to contribute to the conservation of Sabah, Borneo!
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!
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!
General Operations Manager, Paul Jones, of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre conducts a welcome briefing for our recent group of international school students who arrive all the way from Dubai.
Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park is the perfect location for receiving a unique perspective on marine conservation, as their island activity is based on familiarising themselves with nature. Not just the natural beauty of it, but also any environmental damage. Fortunately, we can see a positive difference from the effects of various conservation programs conducted by local environmental authorities and other parties! Our own dive operations for example, contribute in the form of our fun ‘Coral For Life’ program!
Participants on groups from schools and universities will return to Sabah once again to experience more of the ecotourism that preserves and protects, such as the conservation projects conducted in Kinabalu National Park – home of the famous Mount Kinabalu!
For more information on what other eco-friendly travels and tours our Sabah Travel Centre can offer, contact one of our friendly and experienced members of staff for a personalised itinerary to combine it all in one amazing adventure!