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Location: TARP Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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We have beautiful coral reefs without the crowds providing swimmers and snorkelers an ideal location for enjoying the tropical underwater world in a safe, comfortable environment. Our Snorkelling Safari is fully guided by our PADI Professionals for our clients safety and enjoyment.

Kota Kinabalu Our PADI 5 STAR IDC Dive Centre is perfectly located on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, just 5-10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu City. We have beautiful coral reefs without the crowds providing swimmers and snorkelers an ideal location for enjoying the tropical underwater world in a safe, comfortable environment.

Snorkelling in Sabah is easy and fun, just about anybody can participate in the sport of snorkelling regardless of age, skill and physical fitness.

Snorkelling is one of the easiest, most fun and most popular ways to see the underwater world and very inexpensive.

It’s often said that “theres nothing to it!” The truth is there are a number of skills to learn which make snorkeling easier and more enjoyable. Our snorkel briefings will teach the basics of mask clearing, kicking techniques and snorkel use through shallow water instruction.

We offer various snorkeling programs catering for the non swimmer, beginner, intermediate and advanced snorkeler. So upon booking please let us know your experience level so that we can tailor your days snorkelling.

We provide professional snorkeling vests which enable snorkelers to float with ease on the surface of the ocean. After your orientation session hop aboard one of our fast, comfortable and spacious speedboats to embark on Downbelow’s Snorkel Safari.

We offer you the flexibility to visit some of the best snorkel sites in the marine park. Our qualified snorkel guides will assess the conditions on the day and choose the best islands and location to suit the environment and your comfort level in the water.

After your orientation session you will be spending the day jumping from the boat onto sites otherwise not accessible. If jumping into the water is rather daunting, don’t worry you can use our boat ladder for easy access or you can snorkel the shallow bays if you are nervous about deep water.

Between each session of approximately 45 minutes you will return to our paradise PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre nestled in a secluded bay on Gaya Island where you will enjoy refreshments and a freshly cooked lunch.

At all times you are in safe hands. We pride ourselves on small group instruction ensuring our clients get the very best of attention from the instructor.
Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and HSE Guidelines.
Our boats are equipped with marine radio, GPS & First Aid kits and our qualified snorkel guides always bring a life ring with them.

All our guides are trained in Emergency First Response.

Tour Highlights

  • Best Snorkel Sites in TARP
  • Idyllic Island Setting without the Crowds
  • Snorkelling Safety & Skills Orientation
  • Relaxing Dive Centre & Beach House
  • Fully Guided by PADI Professionals


08:00 – Hotel pickup transfer (KK City Centre only including Tg. Aru – subject to confirmed bookings) to the marina for boat registration;
08:30 – Meet Downbelow Staff & Transfer on Boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
09:15 – Snorkel Safari (two sessions with refreshment break)
13:00 – Lunch at our Beach House Dive & Adventure Centre
14:30 – Snorkel Safari (option to relax or go trekking)
16:00 – Boat Transfer to marina
16:30 – Return to Hotel

  • 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, swim wear, sun lotion, 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 4 years of age.
Suitable for Non-Swimmers.
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.