kota kinabalu

Sep. 23/11
Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Gaya Island
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Kota Kinabalu 88100
6° 0' 45.6552" N, 116° 1' 14.286" E

Downbelow's September Project AWARE Reef & Beach Clean Up is taking place on 24 September, and as always we invite the local community and those interested to take part.

The Reef & Beach Clean Up is a day at our beautiful island PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, where we take to the beach, rocky outcrops and mangrove swamps to collect pesky marine debris.


Seagrass is an environmentally sensitive organism, not readily found in polluted areas and  rarely near cities.

Which is why we were quite surprised when earlier in the year Richard and Elvis discovered a seagrass patch not very far from our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, just 10 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.


A group of students from the Australian International School in Singapore was with Downbelow on Gaya Island over the last few days.

The group, consisting of students aged 10 & 11, were doing PADI Junior Open Water Courses and environmental awareness programs.

As part of the environmental segment of their activities, Downbelow focused on Project AWARE's Give Sharks a Change campaign.


Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, Malaysia enlisted the help of 30 university students for their Dive For Earth Day event. The students from University of Glamorgan, UK were visiting Gaya Island as part of a research project. 

Jaco from Downbelow, “They happily agreed to pitch in and help remove trash from the very environment they had been researching the previous week.”  To end the day dive shop donated a brand new dive computer and the students dug deep to raise $400 for Project AWARE.