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
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.
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.