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 4 days and 3 nights, our 4th group from Denmark this year experience the last of the adventure activities on their 1-month program that our Downbelow Travel Centre experts personalised for them. Before groups visit Sabah, they are prepared with a set of frequently asked questions to offer answers to any general questions, such as ‘Will I be travelling alone?’ Teamwork is essential to many of the activities especially river crossings of the Crocker Range Salt trails route, and it would defeat the purpose to even participate – so, no, travelling independently is not the goal on our Expedition Borneo program!
For more information on group travel, get in touch with our experts who have years of experience arranging unique adventures in Sabah, Borneo!
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!
No better way for Camps International groups to learn about the environment than getting to know marine life up close in the South China Sea.
The last two groups, ‘Epal’ and ‘Orang Utan’, were really lucky to have witnessed so much marine life when completing one of their adventure activities: the PADI Open Water Diver course! And the best part of it all, is the marine life is in its own natural habitat of the sea! Harmless jellyfish crowded around groups of school students and their Instructors in the shallow waters of the sheltered bay where the young adventurers’ need to complete the performance requirements to qualify in the entry-level course.
Following their skills practise, boat dives are arranged to visit different dive sites to repeat those mastered skills in an open water environment, and it also introduces them to more varied and different marine life.
The objective of their experience is to spark their interest by giving a value to protecting and preserving our environment – simply: to continue enjoying scuba diving, supporting the Project AWARE movement will affect positive change!
Contact us, at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for more information on the conservation and outreach programs our Sabah Travel Centre can personalise for groups.
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!
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.
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!
If someone wanted to learn more about themselves, they need to seek those experiences, such as climbing Mount Kinabalu that pushes personal limits!
For our most recent adventure group on our Expedition Borneo program, they have experienced so many activities that are totally far from their comfort zone, which broadens their minds to receive a unique education.
Seeing the real lifestyle of others from a completely different walk of life, such as the local villagers along the Salt Trails jungle trekking route through the Crocker Range is incredibly eye-opening for the young adventurers’.
Climbing Mount Kinabalu is a test of endurance for the participants to attempt, and know that by choosing an eco-tourism operator, such as Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, they contribute to a worthy cause of protecting and preserving the natural World Heritage Site – Kinabalu National Park!
In a 2D1N standard climbing Mount Kinabalu package created specially to suit our Expedition Borneo program, our Sabah Travel Centre prepares the group for all their adventure activities with plenty of information on pre-travel preparation.
For more information on our various unique educational programs, similar to Expedition Borneo, contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ to receive a bespoke itinerary for your adventure group’s needs to travel Sabah, Borneo!