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Location: TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Our diver-to-dive-guide ratios are very low, ensuring that new divers are well looked after and experienced divers can enjoy the dive to the full.

Kota Kinabalu We offer scuba diving trips to the best dive sites in TARP and West Coast Sabah. We are based on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Only 5-8 minutes ride from the mainland aboard our spacious, powerful dive boats. The fun, however, does not stop here as we love to explore, so our dive team regularly scuba dives 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 take our speedboats 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 and 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. If 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.

We are marine biology enthusiasts so not only share this knowledge, but take you to see some of it and explain a little of how this marvelous ecosystem works. When 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.

Downbelow’s international staff are highly qualified with many years of experience in their field and pride themselves on an exceptional level of service and safety. Our diver-to-dive-guide ratios are very low, ensuring that new divers are well looked after and experienced divers can enjoy the dive to the full.

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. 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 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!

SAVE $$$ by combining your Scuba Diving Packages with our accommodation packages.

To complement our PADI 5 Star Dive and 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

Being underwater photographers ourselves we have a large range of underwater cameras available for rent or sale so please ask us upon booking !

Tour Highlights

  • Best dive sites in TARP
  • Small Group Scuba Diving
  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off
  • Fully Inclusive
  • Relaxing Dive Centre/Beach House


08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
08:30 Meet Downbelow staff and 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

NOTE: We have freshwater showers and toilet facilities on the island.

  • Hotel transfers, Boat transfers, Freshly cooked lunch and refreshments, Park entry & jetty fees, Guide/Instruction, 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 and dive centre. Parent or Guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age.
This program is not not suitable for children below 12 years of age.
Qualified Divers Must Show Proof of Certification.
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.