Meet a Very Friendly Cuttle Fish, or Two, in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Cuttle Fish in TARP

Cuttle Fish in TARP

Scuba Diving with Borneo Dream in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu

I joined a Borneo Dream scuba diving trip earlier this week to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The sea was very calm (almost as flat as a pancake), the sky was blue and we had some very pleasant visibility (around 10m – 15m). A perfect day for some chilled out scuba diving!

We went on three lovely dives at different coral reefs in TARP Marine Park and during the dives we came across a few large Cuttle Fish. Cuttle Fish only tend to live about one to two years so they were probably mature adults.

Diver with Cuttle Fish in TARP

Diver with Cuttle Fish in TARP

We approached the Cuttle Fish slowly and just watched them for a few minutes. One of them showed an amazing display of changing colour. Cuttlefish are referred to as the “chameleons of the sea” because of their ability to rapidly change their skin color. They can change color and pattern (including of light polarisation and even texture) to communicate to other cuttlefish, to camouflage themselves, and in display to warn off potential predators. As we were not Cuttle Fish we took it as a sign to move on, so we carried on slowly with the rest of our chilled out dive.

Borneo Dream runs daily trips to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. If you’d like to come and see a Cuttle Fish, or other amazing tropical marine life, during your holiday in Sabah then just contact the Borneo Dream Team. They’ll help you choose your dream scuba diving experience in KK, Sabah.

5 Star Dive and Stay Packages with Borneo Dream

At Borneo Dream we are delighted to share with you our Dive and Stay Packages for 2014/15.  We have designed a choice of two packages for both certified divers and non-divers.  If you are thinking about you next holiday and wanting to relax in 5 star comfort, enjoying some of the best that Kota Kinabalu has to offer, maybe this is for you.

The Sutera Harbour Resort offers 500 immaculately appointed rooms and suites with contemporary décor and dramatic views of either the sprawling golf course or of the sea and nearby tropical islands.  It offers a wide range of facilities and is in an ideal location, just a 15 minute drive from Kota Kinabalu’s International Airport and 10 minutes away from the city centre.

Diving with the Sutera Harbour Dive Resort

Diving with the Sutera Harbour Dive Resort

Borneo Dream operate Sutera Harbours very own Dive Centre – the Sutera Harbour Dive Resort.  The PADI Dive Resort is located on the Marina Boardwalk and our dive boats leave from here, a 5 minute stroll from the Pacific Sutera Hotel.
We have designed a choice of two 5 Day 4 Night Dive & Stay packages – Learning to Dive in Style & 5 Star Leisure Diving .

Scuba Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Scuba Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

The Sutera Harbour Resort has Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park on its doorstep, a 15 – 30 minute boat transfer from the Sutera Marina.  In the Marine Park you can go diving in the warm tropical waters of the South China Sea and observe a diverse selection of marine life. During your dives along pretty coral reefs you typically can see Clown Fish, Puffer Fish, Barracuda, Yellow Snappers, Fusiliers, Parrot Fish, Nudibranches, Shrimps, Pipefish, Lion Fish, Stone Fish and we often have Turtle encounters.

We are pleased to offer the following promotional package prices for booking your 5 star dive and stay package with Borneo Dream (based on 2 persons booking the same package together).

  • 5* Learn to Dive in Style (off peak) = RM2350 per person, based upon twin share
  • 5* Leisure Diving in Style (off peak) = RM1995 per person, based upon twin share

These package prices are applicable until 31st March 2015.  You can get full information about the 5D4N package itinerary, inclusions and exclusions on our web site.

Grace & Raymond Return for more Scuba Diving Fun in Kota Kinabalu!!

Grace & Raymond diving with Borneo Dream

Grace & Raymond diving with Borneo Dream

Grace & Raymond Return for more Scuba Diving Fun in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


Grace & Raymond first dived with Borneo Dream in December 2012 when they joined a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience via the Sutera Harbour PADI Dive Centre. They had a fantastic time during their first ever scuba diving Try Dive in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and caught the ‘diving bug’.


I Think Grace is Okay :-)

I Think Grace is Okay :-)

They were next back to dive with Borneo Dream with the Sutera Harbour PADI Dive Centre during May 2013 when they completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course with their favourite Dream Boy PADI Instructor, Gene Genie. They were now certified PADI Open Water Divers and couldn’t wait to go diving again. After a holiday, and some dives in the Maldives, they were keen to come and dive with the Dream Team in Kota Kinabalu again :-)


Raymond & Soft Coral in TARP

Raymond & Soft Coral in TARP

So, Grace & Raymond were back for their third time diving with Borneo Dream, and the Sutera Harbour PADI Dive Centre, in less than a year when they joined us this weekend for a couple of days of leisure diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Despite the tropical rain, they had six enjoyable dives and lots of fun with our crew. Unfortunately Gene Genie didn’t find them the Turtle they wanted to see, but we got to see lots of other cool stuff like Stone Fish, various Nudibranches, Lion Fish, Puffer Fish, Moray Eels, Banded Pipefish and lots more. I joined them for their second day of diving and amused them for the day, especially when I showed off my dance moves on Borneo Dream 3 (think Beyonce crossed with Mick Jagger…..).


Stone Fish Spotted by Grace

Stone Fish Spotted by Grace

I can’t wait to welcome them back to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for their fourth visit and their next scuba diving adventure with the Borneo Dream Team and the Sutera Harbour PADI Dive Centre. Which means I now have a few months to practice new dances moves ;-).


If you’d like to join us for some scuba diving fun, whether it be a PADI Try Dive, learning to dive our leisure diving in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah then just contact the Borneo Dream Team or the Sutera Harbour PADI Dive Centre.



PADI Recognises Borneo Dream for Outstanding Service

PADI Recognition for 5 Years Outstanding Service

PADI Recognition for 5 Years Outstanding Service

PADI Recognises Borneo Dream for 5 Years Outstanding Service

This week the Borneo Dream Team received a special surprise in the post – a certificate from PADI recognising Borneo Dream for 5 years of outstanding service as a PADI Dive Centre. How time flies when you are having fun!


It’s always a pleasure to receive recognition for running a successful business and providing excellence in customer service. A big thanks to our Dream team – past and present – for helping us continue to deliver great scuba diving experiences in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. And a big thanks to our diving customers, especially those who come back for more ;-).


Here’s to another 5 years of delivering high quality Borneo Dream diving experiences in KK, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!


A nice relaxed dive day at Borneo Dream


Yesterday we had lovely relaxed day out at TARP. We had Ariane and Lutz from Germany joining us for some leisure diving and Yap from Kuala Lumpur joined us for her first ever dive experience.


Leisure diving at TARP

Ariane and Lutz who were diving with Eugene enjoyed their day so much that they booked to go out again today for some more leisure diving at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP). Today they were lucky enough to see a turtle :-)


The Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) is a full day out introducing you to the basics of scuba diving. It is a try dive to let you experience breathing underwater but also can be credited towards your Open Water Course. Yap found it difficult at first to get the hang of the breathing to start with but by the end of the day on her final dive she looked like a natural under water and is even thinking about coming back to Borneo Dream to finish her PADI Open Water Course.

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If you are thinking about joining us for a dive trip in Kota Kinabalu or want to learn to dive with Borneo Dream then just contact the Borneo Dream Team

Scuba Diving Courses for Children in Kota Kinabalu


Pool Dive in Kota Kinabalu


You can learn to dive from 10 years and above. You just need to have basic swimming skills, be comfortable in water too deep to stand up in and be in good health. This makes scuba diving a great learning experience for children.

Whether you are coming on a family holiday or thinking about school educational trips or co-curricular programmes, scuba diving could be exactly what you are looking for.

Starting a PADI OW Course at Mantanani

A school group starting their Open Water Course


The PADI Open Water takes just 3 full days to complete and the license is recognised world wide.  It includes four open water dives as well as skill sessions and theory.  Alternatively you can do a days diving or a PADI Discover Scuba Dive to give you an introduction about what scuba diving is all about and a taster of what the underwater world looks like.


Diving at Mantanani

Schools Diving at Mantanani

At Borneo Dream we have a range of experience organising dive trips for schools visiting Sabah as well as family holidays.  If you would like some more information on arranging scuba diving trips for school groups then contact us at Borneo Dream.


Borneo Dream – providing personalised, high quality and safe PADI dive course experiences in KK, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia.

WANTED!! PADI Instructor with a Marketing Background to Join Borneo Dream Team

Diving for Kids

Diving for Kids

We have new, full time job vacancy in the Borneo Dream team for a PADI Instructor / Business Development Executive. The role will be located within Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo (East Malaysia) – a beautiful, tropical part of the world. This an ideal opportunity for a Dive Professional wanting to get involved in the broader running of a Diving and Tourism business.

The full time role will involve working part the time as a PADI Instructor on our boats and across our range of PADI Dive Centres, and part time delivering marketing and business development activities (covering a broad range of marketing channels and customer segments). The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in helping us profitably grow our business. The ideal candidate will already by an experienced PADI Instructor, be educated to a Degree level (ideally with a Degree in Business / Marketing) and has proven experience in delivering successful initiatives aimed at bringing in new business. The ideal candidate must have proven experience of working with a range of international clients (from across the glob) and with children (and with running children’s diving courses) and in active teaching status with PADI and fully insured.

International School Learns to Dive with Borneo Dream

International School Learns to Dive with Borneo Dream

The ideal candidate needs to be fluent (verbal and written) in English, conversational Malay and have an additional language. You must be a great team player, have lots of initiative, able to plan and organise own workload, likes a new challenge, can make positive first impressions and passionate about diving and Sabah / Malaysia. Interested? Send a CV and covering email to

Borneo Dream – great job opportunities in KK, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo.

Try dive at the Pool – Borneo Dream, Kota Kinabalu

We had Daria and Rowan join us this weekend with dad Mark for their first time to try scuba diving.  We had a few hours in the pool on the first day doing some underwater acrobatics and playing with the torpedo followed by a day out on the boat the following day.  In the pool Daria nearly mastered making bubble rings whilst Rowan had heaps of fun doing underwater head stands.  On our boat dive we were lucky enough to see a turtle :-) along with lots of other marine life including a moray eel, a sting ray and heaps of reef fish.


Enjoy some photos below of our day at the pool.

For more information on how your children can learn to dive whether it be a Bubble Maker or Seal Team, for ages 8 and upwards, or  a Try Dive or Junior Open Water for ages 10 and upwards, contact us at Borneo Dream

More happy divers at Borneo Dream

open water divers

New open water divers

Another busy weekend at Borneo Dream in Kota Kinabalu with all kinds of courses and leisure diving going on.  We’ve had Bubble Makers, Discover Scuba Dives, Open Water Students, Advanced Courses, all sorts going on.

Bubble makers are designed for children 8 years and upwards and is a one day experience for those too young to achieve their dive license.  Yesterday we had Charline and Lilou from France with instructor Bobby looking for Nemo :-)


Just completed Open Water Dive 4

Discover Scuba Dives are try dives for those who want to experience being weightless underwater and exploring the underwater world without having to commit to the full 3 day Open Water Course.  It is however essentially the first section of the PADI Open Water Course.  Nau and Yuki from Japan joined us on Saturday to complete their first Discover Scuba Diving experience, both were naturals underwater!  And on Sunday we had Ma Lok Sang and Cheng Mei Lin.  Lots of fun had by everyone.

First day of Open Water Course

We’ve had a boat full of students from across China too.  A big congratulations to Su Yuan and Xu Yibo who are now freshly certified Open Water Divers thanks to Eugene’s guidance and the hard work finally paid off for Yi Yang and her group all managing to become Scuba Divers.


Happy to be a Scuba Diver

A big well done for everybody plus good luck to Misol’s group who just started yesterday!

Then we’ve had Elliot completing his Advanced Open Water with Ian completing peak performance buoyancy, navigation, deep, multi-level and search and recovery adventure dives.


If you would like more information about any of our dive courses then you can send us an email at Borneo Dream.  We have PADI courses running every month on a regular basis. Borneo Dream – providing personalised, high quality and safe PADI dive course experiences in KK, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia.

A Very Welcome Return of Camembert, Brief & Mangos….and Bertram!

Cheese after first dive mmmmmm

Cheese after first dive mmmmmm

When we are having Camembert, Brie (both made in Sabah) and fresh mango’s during a surface interval on a Borneo Dream scuba diving trip it can only mean one thing – Bertram is back in town!! Bertram is a friend or Borneo Dream and first dived with Billy when we worked in the Seychelles. Since then he has been to visit us three times in Sabah, Borneo with his current holiday being his fourth visit to Sabah in six years.

Bertram and a Cuttle Fish

Bertram and a Cuttle Fish

Bertram always likes to make sure he gets the most from his holiday’s to Sabah – and he does this with the help of Borneo Dream. In previous holidays he has dived from Kota Kinabalu – including diving the wrecks, Mayne Rock, Pulau Tiga and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – diving at Sipadan and Layang Layang, visited the Kinabatangan River and completed his PADI Divemaster Internship with us. This holiday is no different :)

Rebreather Courses in Sabah

Rebreather Courses in Sabah

This holiday Bertram, along with leisure diving and a trip to Turtle Island & the Kinabatangan River, he will be learning to dive on a Closed Circuit Rebreather with our TDI Rebreather Instructor, Billy. Anybody who knows Bertram and Billy will know they will have lots of fun over the five days Bertram completes the TDI Air Diluent Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course. I also expect more cheese, mango’s and crackers on our boat :). Bertram starts his Rebreather course this week so expect photos, and a blog, to follow.

If you too, like Bertram, would like help on arranging your holiday in Sabah then just contact the Borneo Dream team. Whether it be scuba diving, wildlife, learning to dive on a Rebreather we will be ready to help.