PADI Discover Scuba Diving DSD in Kota Kinabalu

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PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah | Ready to try diving in Malaysia?

MYR 310.00
(Including tax)

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience is a wonderful way to experience scuba diving for the first time. This one day try dive with Borneo Dream includes a diving skills training session and two dives. You'll have the chance, under the guidance of our experienced PADI Instructors, to go scuba diving in the tropical, warm waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and see an amazing array of colourful marine life including a Turtle if we're lucky!

PADI Discover Scuba Diving DSD in Kota Kinabalu | Ready to try diving?

Want to try something new or fancy exploring the underwater world? Then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving DSD Experience in Kota Kinabalu is a one day Try Dive for those who want to discover scuba for the first time. The PADI Discover Scuba involves 1 day of 'wet activities' and no pre-study. During your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Borneo Dream you will complete a morning confined skill session followed by a short beach dive, lunch at a tropical island followed by an afternoon boat dive. The maximum depth for the PADI discover scuba is 12 metres, however most of the exciting marine life is between 5 to 10 metres.

Try Scuba Diving in Kota Kinabalu with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience

Both the skills session and the 2 dives of the discover scuba are completed in the lovely tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located in front of Kota Kinabalu. Expect to see lots of cool tropical marine life, including 'Nemo'! During your afternoon dive along a coral reef you will see a mix of hard corals, soft corals, colourful sponges and anemones. You'll also see a wide range of tropical fish life including Damsel Fish, Clown Fish, Parrot Fish, Lion Fish, Barracuda, Yellow Snappers, Fusiliers and lots more. If you are lucky you might see a Turtle!

If you have a few days free in Kota Kinabalu and interested in taking your scuba diving further then you could consider learning to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver Course. If you are not sure about trying scuba diving then you could join our Guided Snorkeling Trip and build up your confidence with snorkeling first.

Trip Itinerary - Discover Scuba Diving Experience, Kota Kinabalu

8:45am - meet our Dive Crew a the entrance to Jesselton Point Jetty (wait near the red telephone boxes on the left hand side as you enter Jesselton Jetty). Our Dive Crew will escort you to our dive boat for a 9:00am boat departure. You will enjoy a ~ 20 - 30 minute boat transfer to your morning dive site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

9:30am - Receive a full safety briefing provided by your PADI Instructor for your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience.

10:00am - You'll be helped into your dive gear. You are now ready to start your morning scuba diving training session! During the morning training session you will complete confined skill session 1 (learning 5 simple dive skills with your PADI Instructor). This session is run from a shallow depth from Sapi beach. Your PADI Instructor then take you for a practice dive from the beach out along the shallow reef so you can practice ‘diving’. The duration of this dive is based upon air consumption (how quickly you breath the air in your cylinder), but usually your morning dive will be between 25 to 40 minutes.

11:30am - 12 noon - Back on our boat and chance to shower. You'll be transferred to Padang Point for a tasty lunch.

~1:30pm - Back on to our dive boat. Your PADI Instructor will provide a dive briefing for the afternoon open water dive. Put your dive gear on.

2:00pm - Start your afternoon dive from our boat and enjoy diving along a shallow coral reef guided by your PADI Instructor. The dive can last anywhere from 30 - 50 minutes.

3:00pm - Back on our boat after you finish your dive. Take your dive gear off, chance to shower and change.

~ 3:30pm - Transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty. We hope you had an amazing time during your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience!

Pre-requisites - PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience

To complete a PADI Discover Scuba Experience you must be:

  • Aged 10 years or older. We will need children under 18 years to be supervised by a parent or guardian during their Discover Scuba.
  • Be fit and in good health to go scuba diving. You will be required to self certify you are healthy to go scuba diving via a PADI Medical Form.
  • Have basic swimming skills and be comfortable in water too deep to stand up in.

What's included?

  • Use if our rental dive gear (including 3mm shorty wet suit).
  • 1 x confined skills diving training session.
  • 2 x open water course dives (one from the beach, one from our boat).
  • Lunch
  • Low Instructor to Student Ratios, often lower than 1:3.
  • Free flow water on our boats.
  • Instruction in English, Malay or Chinese.
  • A smile :-)

What's not included?

  • Sabah Parks Diving Permit paid once per course (MYR 21.20 Malaysian MYR 53.00 Non Malaysian)
  • Collection from your hotel, as most hotels in Kota Kinabalu it is easier to walk and often quicker than a taxi.

What do I need to bring on my PADI Discover Scuba Experience in Kota Kinabalu?

  • Towel
  • Swim wear - Please be ready to get wet straight away :-)
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Any personal items
  • Money in case you want an ice cream...
  • A smile


If you are on medication, or have a known medical condition, then please check with us in advance before booking your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience.

PADI Liability Forms and a PADI Medical Form must be signed by the participant before the Discover Scuba commences. You need to have minimum 18 hours free after diving before flying on a plane, or changing altitude > 300 metres, in line with PADI safety standards.


PADI Discover Scuba Diving Paperwork (CS_-_PADI_Discover_Scuba_Diving.pdf, 246 Kb) [Download]

This was a great way to try snorkelling and for our 10 year to gain confidence in the water. Our instructor, Esther, was very patient with us all and we had a very enjoyable couple of days.

We booked a diving experience with Borneo Dream Travel & Tours for our family of 2 adults and 2 children (age 11 and 14 years old). It was our first time to try scuba diving. We had a great diving experience where our diving instructor Eugene made us feel safe and secure at our first scuba diving - Eugene was very calm and pleasant and really understood to give us a good experience. We will definitely recommend Borneo Dream Travel & Tours.

Had a fantastic day, Basir was an excellent instructor,clear, patient, good humoured and thorough !!!! , would love to do PADI open water this year as I will be sixty in December, would love to come back around then to complete for my birthday !!!
Best of all we saw a Turtle !!!

Markson and the team on Borneo Dream 3 made our first experience of diving very enjoyable. It was amazing to be taken down onto the reef and see so many wonderful creatures.
It was good to see a photo of us on the boat, but we would like to see the one of us with our certificates on the jetty at DIR.
Many thanks Max

Comment by Joanne - thanks Max for sharing such a lovely review about your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Borneo Dream. Im pleased you liked the photos we shared on our Facebook page of our diving trip you joined. I'll email to you the extra photos our crew took which include you :-)

Thank you Basri for making Alfred a little bit more comfortable diving. Thanks for spotting all the wondrous marine life out there. You were great in taking care of us.

We liked the friendly attitude of Ian and Bec. We think the amount of theory to practical was great. The dive spots were really nice, shame that it was too choppy to get to the lighthouse!

My partner and me enjoyed time diving with BORNEO DREAM in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park last saturday.Our trainer Mr.Richard very nice teacher for us. In future, we would request him to be our trainer back. We loved our first experience of scuba diving and it's tempted both of me to try more diving in the future. If my leave approve, we are plan to do Open Water Course by this Sunday.

Thanks for coordinating my Borneo Dream DSD trip! I had an awesome time diving! All the instructors were fun and great teachers. I'm so glad I got to experience this adventure. Feeling weightless under the sea swimming with the fish is amazing. The surprise storm was even exciting too. I used
my underwater resistant camera and took some fantastic photos. I can't wait to tell all my family and friends.

Really enjoyed my try dive. Got to see Nemo and my Instructor, Mr Billy, was very handsome lah!
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