Richard gives a whale shark presentation during the lunch break at the dive centreKota Kinabalu, Sabah: The island crew were still ooh-ing and aah-ing yesterday over the whale shark one of our boat captains spotted earlier this week when Instructor Wellson and his 2 guests resurfaced from their morning dive – all grins.

Our January IDC was in full swing, but Wellson couldn’t help (or contain) himself when his excitement boiled over and he exclaimed “we saw a whale shark!”.

A flurry of excitement ensued as Wellson and his 2 fun divers detailed the whale shark encounter they had on the doorstep of Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, which is just a few fin flips away from Kota Kinabalu city.

Our Resident PADI Course Director and marine biologist, Richard, was inspired.

During the lunchtime surface interval he treated everyone to a whale shark short film, sharing snippets of his knowledge about these awesome creatures.

Inspired by the knowledge of whale sharks circling somewhere nearby in Downbelow’s vicinity, our fun divers returned for their 3rd dive.

Email us to go diving with us and who knows, maybe you too can spot a whale shark in Kota Kinabalu!