On a tropical, Borneo beach in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah



Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

Based at The Beach House, Gaya Island where rainforest meets reef!

One of Downbelow's boats in the shallow lagoon near the Beach House

Our PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre is the perfect destination for marine and wildlife lovers!

Voted No 1 on Trip Advisor’s “Things to do in Kota Kinabalu” we are located just 10 minutes speedboat ride from central Kota Kinabalu.

Our Dive & Adventure Centre is ideally situated for visitors and residents of the city to come and spend a day trip with us.

Natural Beauty

Surrounded by primary rainforest and tropical ocean, visitors can enjoy Daily Scuba Diving, Try Dives for first timers, Snorkelling and Skin Diving / Free Diving.

A monitor lizard on the beach near the Gaya Island Beach House

If you prefer to spend your time above the surface, the Dive Centre also offers Trekking, Sea Kayaking & Hiking, sunbathing, wildlife watching or just reading a book to the sound of the jungle.

At 15km², Gaya Island is the largest of the five beautiful islands that make up the land mass of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP).

Our Dive & Adventure Centre is encircled by a wall of virgin tropical rainforest, which is alive with a variety of obvious and less obvious wildlife.

Hornbills, apes, snakes and butterflies are abundant, and regularly spotted.

The Dive Centre is also regularly visited by various species of lizard and a variety of birds so wide that it gets ornithologists very excited at the prospect of spending a day at the Downbelow Beach House.

Divers looking at House Reef Divesite Home Corner, just a short walk from our Beach House

Wild Boars and Proboscis Monkeys also inhabit the island but they are very shy, occasionally heard, but rarely seen.

We’ve compiled this ever-growing album of photos of critters we’ve spotted around the dive centre.

Next to our Beach House is a large, well-kept grassy area, ideal for camping, football and volleyball.

We have basic toilets and showers for guests.

We can accommodate very large groups for team building events and adventure training.

Jetty Dives & Beach Dives to our House Reef

In front of the Beach House is a stunning shallow lagoon, which is where we conduct our confined water diver training for beginner divers wishing to Try Dive.

Spacious Deck at the Gaya Island PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Station

Just a giant stride from our jetty is our House Reef, affectionally known as Home Corner.

Sloping to a maximum depth of 20m, we have a few hidden treasures among the usual tropical marine life  living within this ecosystem.

Sun above Padang Point Sign at the Gaya Island Dive Centre

The Rest of the Park on Our Doorstep

We are strategically positioned for the passing Whalesharks and Manta Rays throughout March and April.

Their annual migration path is just minutes away by our powerful speedboats

All other dive sites within the TARP are within a few minutes from our centre allowing us to comfortably conduct 3 boat dives per day.

Surface Intervals on Dry Land with Fresh, Hot Meals

Monkeys inhabit the surrounding rainforest jungle

Surface intervals and our freshly cooked hot lunches take place at the Beach House.

Here you will also find unlimited tea, coffee, water, biscuits and fruit, all day long.

The Right Tools for the Job

Our dive boats provide spacious, comfortable transportation to dive sites.

With powerful outboard engines we can explore new sites off the beaten track.

Guests walking to Downbelow's Dive Boats on Gaya Island near the Beach House Dive Centre

Our dive guides and instructors are very experienced and will show the best of the reefs and the creatures that live among them.

All our dives are drift/swims so rest assured that wherever we surface the boat will pick us up – no need for long swims back to anchor!

Our equipment room stocks a good variety of rental gear of different shapes & sizes.

Our high standards of safety ensure they are professionally maintained and serviced.

We are underwater camera friendly with large, freshwater soaking and washing facilities.

With our Managing Director being a professional underwater photographer, this was a necessity!

There are books and posters to help identify your latest underwater discoveries and helpful friendly staff to assist and inform you of the activities, courses and programs we run.

Downbelow's Island Based Dive Station is Fully Equipped

Our Beach House Dive Centre is the location for our Instructor Development Courses and Internships.

How Do We Get There?


Just drop us an email, or visit our Dive Shop and Classroom in the city of Kota Kinabalu or even phone us on +6 012 866 1935, +6 088 23 23 75.

All our programs include a free pick up from your KK city hotel*.

* subject to pre-bookings & availability

Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the Sutera Harbour Marina’s waiting hut and meet us there (pre-booking is required).

Should you wish to learn more about the activities and PADI Courses that we offer please peruse our website links to the right.

James overseeing an exam in the Gaya Island Beach House  a.k.a. our Paradise Classroom

All that and peace of mind too! >>>