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Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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We have a very quiet lagoon for our PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, a very special house reef with lots of marine life. You will also enjoy an additional boat dive with this one day experience.


Kota Kinabalu Never Dived Before? Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu is ideally suited to beginner divers, or really anyone who is fit to dive,  providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats. We have a very quiet lagoon for our Discover Scuba course and confined water training, and a very special house reef with lots of marine life.

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program in Kota Kinabalu introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves.

As part of the Discover Scuba program, and under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment. After trying Discover Scuba, many new divers may decide to repeat the experience. If not immediately, then on other occasions or in different areas. Others will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course.

During this one day Discover Scuba Diving program enjoy a 3rd dive with one of our PADI instructors to a maximum depth of 12m. Instead of the 3rd dive, you can opt to enjoy a fully guided snorkeling session from the boat at no extra charge instead.


Tour Highlights

  • PADI Dive Safety Briefing
  • Practise of Dive Skills
  • Extra Boat Dive
  • Idyllic Island Setting
  • Under Direct Instruction of PADI Pro’s



08:15 – Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) transfer to marina
08:30 – Meet Downbelow Staff & Transfer on Boat to Downbelow Dive & Adventure Centre on Gaya Island
09:30 – Dive & Equipment Briefing
10:30 – Confined Water Dive
12:00 – Open Water Dive
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 3rd Dive or Fully Guided Snorkeling
15:30 – Boat Transfer to marina
15:40 – Return to Hotel

  • Hotel transfers, Boat transfers, Freshly cooked lunch and refreshments, Park entry & jetty fees, Guide/Instruction, 3 dive sessions, Learning materials, Certification fees, Equipment rental, Lunch, plus water, tea & coffee.
  • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages, Items not explicitly stated.
  • Change of clothes, sun lotion, sun cream, towel, personal toiletries, insect repellent, hat, personal medication.


Important Information

Clients will be asked to complete PADI standard liability forms at the mainland departure jetty & dive centre. Parent or Guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age.
This program is not not suitable for children below 10 years of age.
Clients must complete a medical form and any positive (yes) answers require a doctors assessment and signature for dive fitness. More information can be found here: Are you Fit to Scuba Dive ?
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.