Our Facilities

Location, Location, Location!

Its true location is “almost” everything and we proudly offer purpose built facilities on a paradise island.

It’s difficult to learn about all aspects of the dive industry from only a dive boat or shop that’s why at Downbelow you will experience the daily co-ordination and running of a full service dive centre.

Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centre consists of an international team of PADI professionals. The dive centre is the location for the conduct of our Instructor Development Course and other professional internships.

Located within the protected marine area of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Borneo our PADI 5 STAR IDC Centre is on Gaya Island where rain forests marry reefs – a dream destination for wildlife lovers and marine enthusiasts!

In the parameters of the park are 5 islands, Gaya Island is the largest at 15km2. We are surrounded by primary rainforest which is home to a myriad of wildlife including macaques, hornbills, snakes and lizards to name just a few. With the tropical ocean literally on our doorstep our visitors are able to enjoy a variety of activities including trekking, kayaking, daily scuba diving, first time diving experiences, snorkeling and skin diving/free diving.

Beside our beach house is a large field used for our camping and sporting activities and we can accommodate large groups for adventure training.

Complementing Downbelow’s offices, classrooms and dive shop on the mainland, the PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre lies ten minutes by boat away from the city on Gaya Island.

Our dive centre is a full service beach house dive station with 4 fast, custom- built speedboats, 2 air compressors with NITROX, a certified equipment service center plus equipment to easily handle very large groups.

Confined water training takes place immediately in front of the dive centre, which boasts a natural training confined open water lagoon. Open water dive sites start literally a giant stride away from our jetty, with the rest a few minutes away by boat.


Our classroom, and our dive shop, is based in the city centre at our head office in KK Times Square, Coastal Highway, Kota Kinabalu.

It is facilitated with multimedia presentation tools, PADI educational materials, and is plenty spacious to seat large groups.

Our internship candidates will need use of the classroom for academic purposes, particularly candidates of the Instructor Development Course.

Dive Boats and Transport Vans

We own all our dive boats and transport vans. Our fleet of dive boats are 37ft, 35ft and 32ft in length, spacious for comfortable transfers and are covered to protect from any unfavourable weather conditions. Each dive boat has a dedicated fully licensed experienced boat captain. Our dive boats are equipped with GPS, sounders and marine radios, life preservers, emergency oxygen and first aid kits.

We operate transport vans for the logistics between your accommodation and the marina and they are fully licensed through the state transport authority and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism. A licensed driver is also responsible for each van and is trained in Emergency First Response.

Scuba Diving Equipment, Tanks and Compressors

Our PADI 5 STAR IDC Centre and Dive Shop which is located on the mainland stock and resell a large number of known and trusted dive branded merchandise the likes of Atomic Aquatics, Sherwood Scuba, Suunto, Scuba Pro, MARES, Bare, Dive Rite and others.

We provide aluminium tanks of different sizes, with an A clamp feature, but if your equipment requires a DIN adapter, these are available to rent at our beach house.

Not only is our location one of the world’s renowned scuba diving destinations, but you can rest assured that we offer you the best facilities of any dive centre in Sabah, giving you the unique opportunity to experience every aspect of the dive industry.

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