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“Dive/Snorkel safely like you're their best friends.”

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 82 Tours in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Under the umbrella of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures is Downbelow PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centre. The Downbelow Travel Centre, an Official Tour & Travel operator for Sabah based in KK Times Square. Our Downbelow Adventure Lodge, an expedition style lodge catering for group & independent adventure travel and the largest scuba diving & adventure shop. Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is a slice of paradise, nestled in a quiet bay on Gaya Island in the TAR Park just 8 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu city. We are the only operator at this location so you will enjoy your activity without the crowds. Our highly qualified team of friendly professional instructors & instructor trainers are managed by our resident PADI Course Director (CD), the highest rating in recreational diving.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Emails answered quickly with all the information you ask for *****
Payments are simple and pricing reasonable *****
Pickup on time in a clean vehicle by a friendly driver who drives safely *****
Friendly efficient reception at the Marina with somewhere in the shade to sit ***** all other companies left their customers standing in the sun.
Boats were clean, well maintained and the skippers could handle them brilliantly *****
The centre on the Island is clean but simple with every thing you need. ***** A rare thing in these parts.
Food simple, but freshly cooked, very nice, dietry needs met, and plenty of it. *****
Dives well planned, briefings clear, guides brilliant, boat work superb, in brilliant places*****
With Novice divers, Snorkellers, and experienced divers in the group we were all catered for with different guides and sites. All felt safe and as if nothing was too much trouble with all the diving you could fit in. I will recommend them and will dive with them again.

One minor improvement would be a speparate changing enclosure from the shower/toilet block to eleviate any wait at the lunch break and before departing the island. This would take it from brillant to PERFECT.

1  Thank AndyBaker53
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Professional, friendly and no bullsheet. I got my OWD here and will definitely recommend for friends to come here.

1  Thank winglessprime
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Very nice and clean and professional dive shop on Pulau Gaya. Great way to spend time on land during surface intervals. Though their pricing is a tad higher than other dive shops, I felt it was really worth it due to their much better amenities on the island.

2  Thank NaysanM
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We recently returned from 10 days in Borneo and used Downbelow to organise some activities. From the first email months before our trip, through the emails containing many other questions, to the contact we received when actually in Borneo was first class and extremely professional. All questions asked were answered efficiently and helped to settle our minds before arriving, and once there we received phone calls to ensure we were settled ok and that the arrangements for the trips were in terms of timings were finalised.

The trips we did were snorkelling for a day, a day trip to the National Park and a 3 day 2 night trip to Sandakan to go to Turtle Island, and the Bilit Adventure lodge. In addition, Downbelow helped organise the hotels we wanted to stay in.

All the guides made the trips even more memorable with their friendly, approachable nature, humour and of course very knowledgeable information that they informed to us during the trips.

I couldn't find any fault in the service provided at any stage, and highly recommend them as a company to use.

1  Thank Anthony D
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

I did my PADI Rescue Diving Course with Downbelow, followed by 2 days if diving afterwards. I found them to be very professional in their approach, very well organised and very safe to dive with, with all the equipment in great condition and very well maintained.

1  Thank WilkoJunior
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