Discover Scuba Diving Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Discover Scuba diving Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with Borneo Dream

Remember, diving is fun especially with Borneo Dream

Anna, the newest member of the Borneo Dream Travel Team, went out to Discover Scuba Diving Kota Kinabalu recently. It was her first ever time experiencing scuba diving – read more below about her first hand experience at discovering scuba with the Borneo Dream team in Kota Kinabalu.
“I went on a diving discovery and learning trip (PADI Discover Scuba Diving) to the coral reefs around the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP). It was work and play at the same time. Understanding the product “diving”, learning new skills, and practising them until it became a habit (breathing under water). First time scuba diving, which was great fun. I joined a group of five other divers from Shanghai, different parts of Europe, and my “pirate” colleague Melissa . Our great guides-team consisted of local Sabahans and my “personal” English dive instructor Mr.Ian who made it an unforgettable experience! Got down to 12 metres and saw life corals and some interesting looking fishes. One even reminded me of “Paddlepop ice-cream” also known as Angel fish.

After picking up more divers from Gaya Island Resort, our Captain took us towards Sapi Island (“Cow Island”) for our first dive in the morning. On arrival here, I was amazed by the clarity and colour of the waters surrounding the island. The waters are really clear and there are lots of coral fishes ranging from little ones to large ones. A floating barrier protects the surrounding..indication of where we “newbies” are not permitted to venture.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Borneo Dream in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Nemo! Find Nemo during your discover scuba diving experience

We set up our diving gear and made our way into the tropical water. Ian briefed us in detail on the use of diving gear/equipment, safety (hand signals, what not to do and should be done) and most importantly breathing techniques-confined skills. We started swimming and diving towards the beautiful coral reefs along Sapi Island. For about 45 minutes, we enjoyed an enormous variety of fish and corals. I had a great time discovering clown fish hiding in anemones, other species of fishes surrounding us curiously watching the big intruders of their territory.

Ian was almost like my “personal” guide as he spent extra time guiding me because I was the only one who had never dived before. He made me feel relaxed, confident and at ease. It was a different “world” under the sea. So alone yet calming. I was loving my discover scuba diving Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

According to schedule we were supposed to have our second dive after lunch. But due to probability of poor visibility-the rain was coming earlier that day, our dive guide decided to do the second dive after an hour break. This time, we went a bit further around Sapi Island. Even though visibility started to get a little murky or could be also because I was paddling to hard?!?! I could still see schools of fishes swimming around the coral reef. Ian pointed out more Angel fishes and weird shy looking corals.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience

We had the opportunity to explore more reefs before heading to Padang point for lunch (waiting for boat too). The beauty of the corals serving as home to so many fishes was simply stunning. I took good care not to touch any corals as this causes them to die, which destroys the home to the marine life (almost paranoid).

I had such a great time discovering the wonders of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (Sapi Island) on this exciting diving trip! I am sure to recommend diving and trips to the island. It was an opportunity and experience of a lifetime. I understand now the beauty and thrill divers get under the sea. I will definitely go back again! (to get a PADI Open Water Diver license perhaps??!?! ☺ )”.

If you’d like to discover scuba diving Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for the first time, just like Anna, then join a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with Borneo Dream. Contact the Borneo Dream team for more help in arranging your discover scuba diving experience.

Tripadvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence for Borneo Dream, Kota Kinabalu, SabahBorneo Dream has received another award!! We were delighted this week to receive an email from Tripadvisor to advise us that Borneo Dream has been awarded for 2014 the ‘Tripadvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence’. This is the second year in a row we have received this award.

The Tripadvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence award is based upon reviews shared by our customers and for achieving 5/5 ratings. A very BIG thank you to our customers for taking the time to share a review about their experience with Borneo Dream and a big pat on the back to our crew for looking after our customers so well.

Yet another TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence

Borneo Dream was established 6 years ago and since our first day of operation we have always aimed to deliver personalised, high quality, safe and enjoyable experiences for our customers during their holiday to Sabah. It is rewarding to all the Borneo Dream crew to see our continued efforts are paying off.

If you are planning a holiday to Sabah, Borneo and  you would like to see what the Borneo Dream experience is all about first hand, then just contact the Borneo Dream Team. We’ll be ready to do our best to help you.

New Dive Boat for Borneo Dream, Sabah

New Dive Boat Elvis, Borneo Dream - Moving at Sutera HarbourAfter a little wait our new dive boat has arrive and she is great. I say she but her name is Elvis. More about that later. The new dive boat will be great for our local and long range dive and snorkel trips.

Are you ready for Borneo Dream’s New Dive Boat Elvis?

Borneo Dream prides itself on having the best scuba diving day boats in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Best to us means the best facilities for our guests (fresh water showers, hot & cold drinks, towels), plenty of space on-board, always clean and looking very pretty and full safety equipment on-board. To achieve this we put a lot of effort and investment (upfront and ongoing) to both our existing dive boats (Borneo Dream 3 and our RIB) and in the new dive boats we buy.

New Dive Boat for Borneo Dream, Sabah

We are proud to introduce our newest addition to the New Dive Boat Elvis for Borneo Dream, Berthed at Sutera MarinaBorneo Dream dive boat fleet – ‘Borneo Dream Elvis’ :-). Elvis is a Motor Trimaran 33ft x 9ft (so plenty of space) and comes with comfortable seating at the stern of the boat, plenty of space for divers, fresh water shower, hot & cold drinks and towels. Think of her as Borneo Dream 3′s cool, younger sister.

This new dive boat fits in great with our other boats. With easy access to the water for both divers and snorkellers alike. It has already completed several long range trips to both Pulau Tiga and World War 2 wrecks at Usukan Bay.

You might be asking why ‘Elvis’? It’s a little family joke for Joanne. As children Joanne and her brother and sister decided one day that their mum sounded just like Elvis when she said something to them. As typical kids they preceded to call her ‘Elvis’ at certain opportune moments (even to this day). Her mum is very proud to have a boat named after her :-).

New Aerial Video of the Borneo Dream Dive Boats in Kota Kinabalu

Billy, Joanne and Skipper Zul recently went out on Borneo Dream Elvis to our local Marine Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, near Kota Kinabalu. Billy took with him his quadcopter, Queenie, and catured some really cool aerial photography of our boats – Borneo Dream 3, Borneo Dream Elvis – and of Pulau Sapi. We also captured our PADI Instructors (Gene Genie and Richard) who were completing the confined skill session of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with customers from the beach at Pulau Sapi.

You can enjoy watching this short, fun video of the coolest dive boats in Kota Kinabalu :-)

If you’d like to join us for scuba diving or snorkeling during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu then just contact the Borneo Dream Team.

Mira & Benjamin Love Their Try Dive with Borneo Dream :-)

Mira and Benjamin with the Borneo Dream CrewPADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

We recently had Mira (from Korea) and her husband Benjamin (from France) join us for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park during their holiday in Kota . Here’s a photo Mira kindly shared with us. Mira also shared the following feedback about her first ever go at scuba diving with the Borneo Dream crew – thanks for sharing Mira

Try Dive in Kota Kinabalu

Try Dive in Kota Kinabalu

“Hello, I’m Mira, a Korean. My husband (Benjamin, French) and I did Scuba Diving with PADI on January 22nd, 2014. The weather was not so good; it was raining and windy, but we were fine in the water. I was so scared because I could only see 30cm in front of me. And also I’m not used to breathing with just my mouth…But thanks to Ian (instructor), a very nice gentle man, I could get comfortable with everything. Obviously he had to put in effort … Sorry again Ian. Also I can’t say how kind you were with me and I will never forget it… Thanks a million. If Ian didn’t encourage me I wouldn’t have seen the sea turtle, the color-changing fish, the Nemo-clown fish, and the variety of other sea life. It was AMAZING!

I highly recommend you guys to do this activity with PADI, Borneo dream. Also the staff there was super nice! The other crew Luke, Gene, boat driver- You guys were awesome! Thanks again for everything. With PADI I felt very comfortable because they always checked everyone’s life vest, they prepared fresh water, candy, and also biscuits and each person got a big towel.
What else… We sent our height, weight and shoe size before we were in Kota Kinabalu, so PADI prepared our diving suit and flippers. We ate a nice lunch at some island. The food there was nice too. Anyway I recommend you to go with PADI, and you will never regret it!!”

If you’d like to join the Borneo Dream team for scuba diving or snorkeling during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah just contact the Dream Team at info@borneodream.com

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