Small Group Diving with a Dedicated Professional International Staff Team

PADI 5 STAR IDC Scuba Dive Centre Sabah Borneo

Daily Fun Diving Details


  • hotel transfers*
  • boat transfers
  • park entry & jetty fees
  • 3 guided boat dives
  • equipment rental
  • refreshments (tea / coffee / water / biscuits)
  • buffet-style freshly-cooked lunch
  • required learning materials
  • required certification fees


  • 1 Day

* KK city centre only incl. Tg Aru

We offer scuba diving trips to all the best dive sites in TARP & West Coast Sabah.

We are based on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, located just 5-8 minutes ride from the mainland aboard our spacious & and powerful dive boats.

Going down with DownbelowThe fun, however, does not stop here as we love to explore, so our Dive Team regularly journeys farther afield to locations such as Pulau Tiga, Usukan Bay Wrecks, Tuaran, Mayne Rock and Deluar Shoals.

These trips follow a different itinerary to that given below.

On the further away sites we journey to the dive site, enjoy a 2 tank dive, return to Gaya island for lunch and have an afternoon dive in TARP (time permitting).

Our island based PADI 5 Star IDC Dive & Adventure Center provides a very special experience, with a resort like feel.

It is a fun place to spend the day, enjoy the tropical surroundings and chat about all the wonderful creatures you will have spotted.

See all sorts of cool marine creaturesIf you are not a qualified diver, don’t worry, you won’t miss out!

Join us for a TRY DIVE or Discover Scuba Diving Program.

You will see from our Marine Biology pages that we have spent many years photographing and studying the creatures that inhabit Sabah’s surrounding waters.

We love to not only share this knowledge, but take you to see some of it and explain a little of how this marvelous ecosystem works.

Kota Kinabalu's TAR Park is filled with wonderful creatures to discoverWhen you choose to dive with us, we don’t just guide you.

You embark on an adventure and you’ll see some of the most amazing underwater creatures.

Our company’s foundation is based on the simple fact that we adore marine life.

To view a selection of underwater images of the area take a look at our TAR Park Gallery.

Coralscapes abound for divers in the TAR Park off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Downbelow’s international staff are highly skilled with many years of experience in their field and we pride ourselves on an exceptional level of service and safety.

Our diver-to-dive-guide ratios are very low, ensuring that new divers a well looked after and experienced divers can enjoy the dive to the full.

We have an all inclusive policy with no hidden charges.

The Dive Sites

For beginners to the sport of Scuba Diving and professionals alike, the dive sites of TARP and West Coast Sabah offer a great deal.

Frogfish are returning in numbers to the well protect TAR Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Tropical waters abound with diverse and fascinating marine life, sheltered reefs with year round dive access, wrecks offering more challenging dives and idilic island paradise settings to snorkel and while away surface intervals.

Please see our dedicated TARP & West Coast Sabah pages to for further reading on our local dive sites.

With so much to see two or three day dive packages offer great value for money and you certainly won’t see the same dive site twice – unless you wanted to of course, which can happen!

For non diving spouses, family members and friends there are also plenty of activities to keep you entertained in paradise.

Please peruse our non-diving activities section of the website.

Since all our dive sites are so close to our Beach House Dive Centre, everyone enjoys surface intervals together.

In the afternoon snorkelers, under the fully guided program, can often join their companion on the dive boat as the afternoon dive is also snorkeler friendly!

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

Daily Dive Package

Just some of what you can experience in the TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
08:30 Meet Downbelow staff & transfer by boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
09:15 1st Boat Dive
10:30 Tea/coffee surface interval on island
11:15 2nd Boat Dive
13:00 Buffet lunch at our dive centre
14:30 3rd Boat Dive
16:00 Boat Transfer to marina
16:30 Return to Hotel

We have freshwater showers and toilet facilitates on the island.

Read what previous guests have said about us in our Guestbook.

Our Beach House Dive Centre is ideally suited to non-divers who can spend the day snorkeling or relaxing on the island with all of the above included, except scuba dives, at RM 200**.

Fun Diving is Fun when you dive the TAR Park in Sabah, BorneoVisit our Snorkeling and Skin Diving page for more information.

SAVE $$$ by combining your Scuba Diving Packages with accommodation, click here for our Special Offers.

To complement our PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre we have a Travel Centre on the KK mainland.

In our Travel Centre section you can see whats on offer for the rest of your Sabah holiday!

Underwater Camera Rental

The Canon G12 with a Canon Underwater Housing is a 10 megapixel camera setup with fully controllable functions.

Rent an underwater camera from Downbelow

Included within the rental cost are your images downloaded to CDROM.

Cost: RM 225** per day.

For more information about our underwater camera rental or daily leisure and fun dives, lease contact us or drop in at our offices in KK Times Square.



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