Campers attack marine debris with Downbelow!

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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!

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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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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.

There’s plenty of nature all around – hornbills, macaques, and maybe jungle pigs if they’re lucky! They’re free to ask more questions of their guides’ insightful information on the local environment!

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!

Get more details when you contact our Sabah Travel Centre in Kota Kinabalu, who will create a program to suit your group travel needs to learn more about Borneo!

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Group travel at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre where Downbelow PADI Instructors welcome Expedition Borneo group C is a regular event our dive operations look forward to!

Expedition Borneo is a 30-day program to include the very best attractions around Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, one of which is a day trip to explore Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park!

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.

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For the avid marine biologist, a popular study is of seagrass, which Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park have easy access to!

Seagrass grows in the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park where we are located, and where our group of students from the University of South Wales conduct their visual census surveys.

One of their various scientific diving practices is to record seagrass population, for which the students of USW conduct every year; making their studies an invaluable contribution to the statistics of the environmental health in our local area.

Seagrass is an incredibly important ecosystem that we need to protect because it’s food for lots of marine life, such as dugongs and sea turtles, and it’s a natural habitat for many, many juveniles!

Our Sabah Travel Centre specialise in personalising the perfect program to integrate a uniquely educational program through the adventures to experience in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah! We choose only environmentally-responsible operators for our clients to experience the very best attractions, such as climbing Mount Kinabalu, which is situated in the World Heritage Site Kinabalu National Park!

For more information on the many activities you and/or your group can participate in to learn more about the natural biodiversity to be found in Sabah, get in touch!

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For 1 exciting day, 30 local students from Politeknik Sandakan on the eastern coast of Sabah, visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to learn the value of the marine environment!

Everyone got involved in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving and snorkelling programs to witness the beautiful underwater world to gain a deeper appreciation to protect our delicate coral reefs and the marine life that inhabit.

The participants are studying to enter the tourism industry in their future, and one of their subject modules is marine tourism, for which Sabah is well known.

The group were incredibly lucky to have witnessed a juvenile Whale Shark migrating through the TAR marine park at a dive site nearby to our dive centre! An experience no one could ever forget!

All over Sabah, there are many operators within tourism who conduct their business practices with responsible ecotourism, such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabiliation Centre. The tourism industry must act together to make a difference, and continue inspiring the future of our tourism industry, just as we have more than happily done for our Politeknik Sandakan group of students!

For more information, contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ Sabah Travel Centre to discuss a suitable itinerary for your group to visit Sabah and appreciate its natural beauty!

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The second wave of international school students is eager to become marine activists, now that the 50-strong group has experienced the positive impact of their contribution to environmental conservation on a day of snorkel safari at our Gaya Island beach house!

On Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre will host their 1-day snorkel safari activity, with our dedicated and full-time PADI Instructors conducting the program.

The objective is for our young adventurers’ to expand their knowledge base on environmental conservation by experiencing positive contribution in the paradise setting of our tropical marine environment!
During each session of snorkeling, our young adventurers’ are encouraged by their PADI Instructor guide to assist in the collection of marine debris, particularly plastic waste!

After 2 sessions of snorkeling at different coral reefs and a hearty buffet-style lunch, our island staff team organizes a beach clean-up project of our Gaya Island shoreline.

Underwater clean-ups and beach clean-ups are our most popular conservation projects, because in a large group there’s fun camaraderie to motivate one another, and there’s no minimum requirement to participate (volunteers needn’t be a certified diver!)

As part of our commitment to the Project AWARE movement, the unique education our 50 students receive will raise their awareness about the plights that negatively impact the marine environment and the benefits of protecting it!

Get more details on how to join the Project AWARE movement of marine enthusiasts when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ! One of our experienced travel experts will create a detailed itinerary to include a uniquely tailored educational program to learn more about marine conservation!    

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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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