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PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

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The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular course for learning to dive in the World!! Choose the full PADI Open Water Diver Course (3 days) with Borneo Dream during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu and enjoy small groups per PADI Instructor, nice diving boats, friendly crew offering great service, tasty lunch on an island and learning to dive in tropical waters along coral reefs.

To Book – Simply select the number of persons in your group and the date you require. The price displayed is then the group price including any Sabah Parks Conservation Fees required. Unless you are joining an existing group the minimum booking is 2 persons.

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Dive computer rental

Monitor your dives with a dive computer rental. We offer Mares Puck Pro dive computers for rental. They are very simple to use and are also Nitrox/Enriched Air capeable. The replacement cost should you lose or damage it is RM 1000.00/unit.

U/Water Digital Camera Rental

Why not capture a few underwater memories with an underwater camera rental? We offer a Nikon W300 rated to 30m or GoPro Hero 11 with an underwater housing and float handle rated to 40m. Your images will be uploaded to a Google Drive, and a link will be shared with you. Photos will be available for download for approximately ten days. Please be aware that there will be a charge for loss or damage to the camera and housing RM 2500.00

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

Are you wanting to learn to dive during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah? Then choose the PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Dream. The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular course for learning to dive in the world! The full course is 3 days and involves an online pre-study session (PADI eLearning) followed by three days on our boat during which you will complete five confined water skill sessions, four open water dives, a swim and float test. Upon completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course you will be a certified PADI Open Water Diver and able to dive to 18 metres with a buddy anywhere in the world.

During your PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Dream, all confined skill sessions and open water course dives are completed in the lovely tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located in front of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. During your open water dives, you can expect to see some pretty cool marine life including Clown Fish, Parrot Fish, Lion Fish, Puffer Fish, Barracuda, Yellow Snapper, Blue Spotted Rays and if you’re lucky a Hawksbill Turtle!

Learn to Dive – choose the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

If you don’t have 3 days free during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to learn to dive then there are other PADI Open Water Course options for you. The PADI Open Water Referral course is where you complete all the confined water training and academic study sessions in your home town with another PADI Dive Centre. Once you are on holiday in Kota Kinabalu you simply join us for 2 days of diving, completing four open water training dives.

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Typical Itinerary for the full PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

Course Itinerary

With any course or training program, there is a certain amount of academic study required. However, we are always trying to help the planet as much as possible. Thus, we are introducing structured online learning rather than regular classroom-based sessions.

ONLINE LEARNING/ELEARNING – Once you have paid for your course, we will send you your PADI eLearning Assess code via email. Once you have received it and registered with PADI, you will have access to Online eBook, Certification credit, Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Final Exam, eTraining Logbook, Digital RDP with instructions and certifying credit. Your eLearning must be completed before attending the course. The following section needs only to be completed for a PADI Open Water Diver academic certification:

  • Knowledge Review One
  • Knowledge Review Two
  • Knowledge Review Three
  • Knowledge Review Four
  • Knowledge Review Five
  • Quiz One
  • Quiz Two
  • Quiz Three
  • Quiz Four
  • Open Water Diver Exam
  • RDP Table and eRDPML Quiz
  • RDP Table and eRDPML Exam – Metric

The online eLearning is now available in 28 languages – Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Bahasa Melayu (OWD, AOW & EANX), Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italiano, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish & Tagalog.

DAY 1 – PADI Open Water Diver Course

Your need to meet our Dive Crew at the Red Public Telephone Booths at the entrance to Jesselton Point Jetty (in central Kota Kinabalu) at 08:45, for an 09:00 am boat departure. Please ensure you arrive on time, or early, as our boats will depart on time. You will enjoy a ~ 20 – 30 minute boat transfer to your morning dive site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

09:30 – Receive a full safety briefing provided by your PADI Instructor for your morning diving activities. You will then complete your 200m swim test and 10-minute float.

10:00  – 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.

11:30 till 12:00 – Back on our boat and a chance to shower. You’ll be transferred to Padang Point for a tasty lunch.

13:30 – Back on to our dive boat. Your PADI Instructor will provide a dive briefing for your first open water course dive. Put your dive gear on and go for a 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.

15:00 – Back on our boat after you finish your open water course dive. You’ll then be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty.

DAY 2 – PADI Open Water Diver Course

Meet our Dive Crew at Jesselton Point Jetty at 08:45 for a 09:00 boat departure. Today will be a busy dive day as we have a lot to do. In the morning, you will complete Confined Water Training Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, it is time for your PADI Open Water Dive 2. After your afternoon dive, you will be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty (arriving back around 15:30). By the end of today, you will have completed enough training to be a PADI Scuba Diver. Cool!

DAY 3 – PADI Open Water Diver Course

Meet our Dive Crew at Jesselton Point Jetty at 08:45, for a 09:00 boat departure. All being well, by the end of today you will be a PADI Open Water Diver and have joined the millions before you in this fantastic diver education program – The PADI Open Water Diver Course. Today will be a less busy PADI Open Water Diver Course day, but we still have a lot to do. In the morning you will complete Open Water Dive 3 followed by lunch. In the afternoon it is time for your PADI Open Water Dive 4 – your final qualifying dive :-). After high 5’s with your PADI Instructor, you’ll be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty (arriving back around 15:30). Congratulations on becoming a certified PADI Open water Diver!!

To join a PADI Open Water Diver Course, you must be:-

  • Aged 10 years or older.
  • Fit, healthy and able to swim comfortably (200 metres) in water too deep to stand up in. You will be required to self-certify that you are healthy to go diving before you start the course. If you answer YES to any question on the PADI Medical form, we will need to see a signed letter from your doctor saying you are healthy to dive. Here is a link to a typical medical form used during these courses and programmes.
  • Prepared to study both before and during your PADI Open Water course.
  • PADI Manual, Certification and Log Book (Depends upon the academic method provided).
  • Full Diving Equipment
  • Lunch on diving days (3)
  • Low Instructor to Student Ratios, often lower than 1:4
  • Drinking water – Please bring your own bottle to refill.
  • Instruction in English, Malay or Chinese.
  • Sabah Parks conservation and diving fees.
  • A smile
  • Collection from your hotel, guest house, airport etc.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned.
  • Towel
  • Swimwear – Please be ready to get wet straight away 🙂
  • Suntan lotion
  • Any personal items
  • Your PADI Manual (Depends upon the academic method provided)
  • Money in case you want ice cream…
  • A smile 🙂

Please note that you need to have a minimum of 18 hours free after diving before flying on a plane, or changing altitude > 300 metres, in line with PADI safety standards.

39 reviews for PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

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    Amber (TripAdvisor)

    A truly memorable experience
    We had a wonderful time on our snorkel trip! Bas is a friendly, patient & knowledgeable tour guide. Captain Sha also delivered a first-rate service! This was an unforgettable experience, and I was particularly impressed with the care & respect Bas displayed for marine life. Thank you ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    Sanush (TripAdvisor)

    Very friendly and professional dive (Basir and Esther) and boat crew. We dived for two days in a row, and everything was well organized. They had all our gear waiting for us on the boat. We just had to gear up and jump in. The equipment was all well maintained. Highly recommended if you have a few days to spare in KK.

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    KCSH (TripAdvisor)

    Good PADI Dive Centre and OWC Instructors
    5 STARs experience with Borneo Dream Travel & Tour Sdn Bhd.
    Very knowledgeable & highly dedicated Diving Instructor, En Amir Tenden.
    Good teaching & easy to understand.
    The highly recommended diving instructor who PADI qualifies. He is strict but good at ensuring you stay alive in coming dives after you graduate.
    Uneventful booking experience with Borneo Dream. Whatsapp customer care personnel is very attentive and responsive, despite off-office hours.
    Well-equipped & full-fledged diving facilities. The diving boat is spacious & relatively new.
    Diving cost is considered the cheapest in KK, Sabah.

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    Paloma (TripAdvisor)

    Great company, great instructor
    My mother and I received our PADI scuba diver and open water diver certifications from Borneo Dream and could not have asked for a better experience. We needed extra attention to master the skills, and our instructor Esther was kind, patient, and warm the entire time. She helped us master the material and the required skills while keeping things fun and calm. We also appreciated the helpfulness of the boat crew and the tasty lunches at Pedang Point! We thought about doing our certifications in Thailand but ended up going for KK, which was the right choice. I recommend Borneo Dream to anyone looking for a legitimate and fun course. Thank you so much to Borneo Dream, specifically Esther!

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    Maxime S (TripAdvisor)

    Amazing amazing!!
    Had the best experience!! Our instructor Basir was so nice and helpful. We learned a lot and saw so many cool fishes and turtles. We felt really safe during all the diving exercises and learned a lot. Basir has a really good eye for spotting wildlife which made the experience even better than it already was. So happy we got our padi certificate with Borneo Dream! I 100% recommend it.

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    Esther Pang

    BEST company in providing Diving Courses in KK
    I am local in Sabah and plan to learn diving a while ago. Friends recommended Borneo Dream and it turned out to be the best choice. They are very good in terms of instructor experience, well-structured course and reasonable price. Fast and prompt in providing diving slots, flexible in diving schedule. Most important, instructors always make sure we learn the right skills to be safe in diving. I did both Discover Scuba Dive and Open Water Diving courses with them. Very happy with both instructors Sabri and Amir. Strongly recommend anyone who wants to do diving courses and fun dives with Borneo Dream.

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    We were glad we chose Borneo Dream as our diving instructor. IT WAS AWESOMEEEEEE!!!! BEST INSTRUCTORS FOR KIDS!!!! It was an unforgettable moment for our family. Thanks for the incredible experience, knowledge and skills.

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    Glodie Lai

    Excellent diving experience with Borneo Dream
    I enrolled in the PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Dream on January 2022. Borneo Dream has excellent service! The equipment provided is clean and new. The trip to and from the Jetty was smooth. Lunch provided has big portions. Esther, my instructor, is energetic and always ready to help when I was too nervous in the ocean! She is super fun to be with. Overall, I had wonderful learning and diving experience with Borneo Dream! I will certainly dive with Borneo Dream again!

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    Ahmad Afiq

    My favourite moment basically everything while doing the course. it is very recommended. The instructor was very patient and friendly too!

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    Ahmad Muqri

    A great diving lesson with Borneo Dream Tours! The instructor Esther is really friendly and know how to explain to students the correct and safe way to dive. Transportation to the dive site is nice. Really recommend having a dive or vacation with Borneo Dream tours!

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    3 Days PADI OWDC – High & fully recommended. Your learning experience exp & diving skills will be greatly improved.
    Signed up for PADI Open Water Dive with my younger son for 3dy; 2-4 Dec21. An awesome experience to be a first-time diver (totally zero knowledge as a diver). Grateful to be taught by the instructor, Mr Amirrudin Tenden. Well structured both theories & practical courses provided to students.

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    Mary S

    My kids LOVE the experience they gained from Padi Open Water Course. Thanks to their awesome instructor Esther. All the crews were Helpful n friendly. Definitely will be back again…Thank u Borneo Dream! – June 2021

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    Kevin Noel

    Highly recommended !!
    Review of: Learn to Dive with a PADI Open Water Diver Course (3 Days) in Kota Kinabalu
    The best diving course experience by our instructor Esther. Every lesson is loud and clear and the experience underwater is superb! Very recommended – April 2021

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    Audrey Lim

    Wonderful experience!
    Review of: Learn to Dive with a PADI Open Water Diver Course (3 Days) in Kota Kinabalu
    We had our 3 days course instructed by Esther Koh. She made learning fun and was very patient with her students. A fun, happy go lucky and full of knowledge. She knows how to cope with her students. She’s definitely an asset to the company! Well done and good job! Not forgetting our boatman Shah & Zul. Very helpful and friendly. Thank you for the experience. 3 days full of the wonderful experience we had. Recommended! – April 2021

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    Melania Michael

    Customer: Melania Michael
    Date: 29th till 31st March 2021
    Comment: Thank you so much. It was such a beautiful experience. Amir was great, so as the rest of the crew, Ian, Esther & the boatman too!! I truly enjoyed every moment spent throughout the 3-day course, I couldn’t ask for more. I’m looking forward to the PADI Advanced course soon.

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    Alex B (TripAdvisor)

    PADI Open Water Diving Course – My wife and I have just finished the PADI open water diving course with Borneo Dreams. Our instructor, Basir, was amazing, very calm and helpful. My wife was quite apprehensive about the course but he enabled all of us to complete it. We had a great time, learnt loads and saw a huge amount of different fish and sea life. All the equipment provided was top notch. Would thoroughly recommend Borneo Dream! A great experience!

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    Celin Y (TripAdvisor)

    PADI Open Water Diving Course
    First time diving underwater and it was a great experience under the guidance of our instructor – Esther Koh! I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the course but Esther was very dedicated and patient in teaching all the skills over and over again. I know I will be safe under her guidance. Unfortunately, it was not a good weather during the diving course but Esther managed to show us some interesting marine creatures such as reef shark, lionfish, black scorpion and etc! Thank you Esther and the crews for the wonderful and enjoyable 3 days of dives.

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    대규 최 (TripAdvisor)

    You’ll never regret choosing this diving shop! – I came to KK alone only for diving. I’ve never dived in my life so it was the first time. The instructors are really nice and pro. The sea is enough warm to swim and clean to see many fishes. I could see beautiful corals, turtles, squids, yellow snappers and eagle ray. You can see more beautiful creatures. I got the Open Water course here and did fun dive for 2 days.
    Thank you Bas, Amir, Yoojin, Esther and Zull. You gave me great presents. I’ll never forget all of you. I wanna come back here, see you and get the advanced license.
    Take Care and Good Luck with your life!!
    Thank you!!

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    Christoph F Greater London, United Kingdom (TripAdvisor)

    Excellent diving experience – My first time diving after passing my PADI course and it was an amazing experience. Amir and Esther took great care me. I did six dives with them and saw amazing wildlife while improving my diving skills. Safe, professional and really fun people. From sales staff at Gaya to managers Billy and Bob an absolute top team.

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    Chenming Z Osaka, Japan (TripAdvisor)

    Utmost professional (Open Water diving course) – My friend and I are most satisfied with our experience with Borneo Dream.
    I first made my enquiry for open water course 1 week prior to our holiday, which was very last-minute. I approached all top 5 agents on TripAdvisor, and Borneo Dream had the fastest response(even after the closing hour), and arranged new spots for us that work with our schedule.

    For the OW course, Borneo Dream is not the cheapest, but the communication was very sincere. There was no aggressive up-selling as I experienced with some other highly rated agents. We were told that dive computer rental is advised but not mandatory for the OW course, too. Which saved us a bit extra.

    The teacher-student ratio was 1:2, only Amir(certainly the most assuring and professional mentor in the water) and us. The course takes 3.5days, unlike 3days at other agents in Kota Kinabalu, or 1day in Phuket…Which is the most attention you can ask for in the water. This was especially helpful as I personally had a lot of fear of ocean due to inexperience(I could only do breaststroke). Yet with this course, I learnt finning, floating, skin dive, water-clearing in mask and snorkel and all other diving basics. Water entry was the most dreadful thing, but as strict as Amir is, I had to do everything multiple times until I built up enough confidence to perform properly.

    The rest of the Borneo team was also very professional. The dive boat was well maintained. Briefing on all kinds of on-boat and in-water rules was succinct and on point.
    Knowing my friend’s liveaboard experience in Thailand, I am truly glad that I booked with Borneo Dream, which is, by all means, safer, cleaner and more fun(blessed by Sabah’s amazing marine life).

    Other highlights include the diligent hidden photoshop talent on their Facebook page, free cookies every day after the dive, and Amir’s jokes.

    Will certainly come back to hang out with the crew.

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    Henrik H (TripAdvisor)

    Open water course with Dreamboy Jason – Not much to be said. We did a four-day course to become open water divers. Jason really did a good job helping us out and cracking a few jokes in between.

    Physically we are done but it was all worth it.

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    Lauren B (TripAdvisor)

    Great open water course! – Did our 3 day open water course with Basir. He was very patient and professional, we left feeling very confident in or ability and looking forward to our next dives! The team are great fun. Thank you all! Jamie & Lauren

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    Everitt family

    Borneo Dream did an excellent job accommodating our family. Our 12 yo daughter completed her Open Water certification and Basir, our guide, was wonderful with her- encouraging her and sharing his enthusiasm for diving. It was great that my husband (a certified diver) was able to accompany her on all her dives and be a part of this with her. Myself and our younger daughter were able to accompany them on the boat for the 3rd day and enjoyed the wonderful snorkeling. The boat, equipment and dive/snorkel sites were all great and the Borneo Dream staff made our trip top notch. Highly recommend!

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    Chris Ackermann

    My Padi OWD Course with Borneo Dream was absolutely amazing. You guys really did a perfect job! I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but our instructor Eugene was extremely professional, patient, welcoming and funny! I felt very safe all the time and had lots of fun at very nice dive spots! I’m already looking forward to dive with you guys soon 😉 Eugene and Team, thank you so much for opening the marine world!

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    Absolutely amazing course, really from the start the guys are professional but also fun too. We were a little nervous in the water at first and all the group felt a little unsure and also overwhelmed by the theory. But they really made everything so easy, step by step, and in the end the exam was nothing and we were so comfortable and confident in the water! We also saw some really stunning places out here, great place to do your PADI.

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    Alexander Biliy

    PADI OWD opened for me now!

    All because of these guys!

    Thank you so much for such a professional, funny and safe course!

    Special thanx to Basir, my instructor!
    The best of the Best!

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    Amber Wilmshurst

    Our Padi Open Water Diver course, was an incredible experience. Our instructor, Basir, made it even more wonderful. He was such a lovely instructor and gave us time if we couldn’t do something and helped us to retry. He was hilarious and made the whole trip more enjoyable. We saw 3 green turtles on one of our dives which was amazing! Would truly recommend Borneo Dream, and ask for Basir if you can:)
    Amber and Jess.

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    In connection with our recent stay in Gaya Island Resort we went diving 2 of the days with Borneo Dream. Since it had been 5 years since my last dive I was a bit rusty on my skills. Luckily that was not a problem at all since both we had very experienced, friendly and patient diving instructors in Basir and Amir. They took the time to brush up on all the safety exercies etc which made me feel very safe and comfortable during our 5 dives. If we come back to this area we would not hesitate to go diving with these guys again – can highly recommend. Thank you for some very good, safe and comfortable dives 🙂

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    A Labour Day weekend well spent getting my OWD certification. Special thanks to Basir, our PADI instructor for being infinitely patient, informative and teaching us to ‘fall with style’. Thanks to the entire crew for the entertainment and warmth shown to us throughout the trip!

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    The team of Borneo Dream did a splendid job they way they organised the PADI open water course. The instructors are very kind and with a touch of humour they teach you all you need to know. They take you to different places for the diving, so you see a different reef each time.
    The staff in the office is likewise kind and helpful with any kind of questions you have (I asked about a spa and they could recommend me a great one). The team is very professional and personal at the same time. For me it was absolutely value for money.

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    Lady Of Misrule, UK (TripAdvisor)

    Open Water Certification & 4D 3N Jungle Adventure
    We took our Open Water Certification with Borneo Dream after doing some research of dive schools in the local area. We settled on them as they had good reviews and good prices. We were not disappointed! Our instructors were really knowledgeable with decades of diving experience between them and doing the course was so much fun! Our confined water dives we did just off Sapi Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which I was really pleased with, we had tropical fish swimming all around us as we learned the basics, & it felt like a more comfortable transition from learning to actual diving than maybe doing the confined dives in the pool would have been. The dives themselves were really fun, we did 2 on the House Reef and the other 2 in the Coral Garden, different sections each time. Saw a bunch of pufferfish, lionfish, barracuda, stingrays, mantis shrimp, a moray eel and loads of other fish.

    We also chose to book with Borneo Dream for a 4D3N tour, which took in a Turtle Sanctuary, where we got to see a Turtle give birth and then some baby turtles released into the wild, which was magical. We initially thought this might be a if you’re lucky kind of situation but it happens every night. And it’s great. Second day we visited the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Sanctuary in the morning, both of which were awesome, and then went to the Kinabatangan Lodge in the jungle, where we stayed a further 2 nights. During this time we took two sunrise river cruises, two sunset river cruises, 2 night hikes through the jungle and one trek to an Oxbow Lake. This entire experience has been incredible. In the wild we saw Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Silver Langurs, Saltwater Crocodiles, all kinds of birds and spiders and scorpions and generally just had an amazing time. Falling asleep in our bamboo hut listening to the sounds of the rainforest was truly magical. On the last day we visited the Gomantong Caves and we saw a mother and baby Orangutan and some red leaf monkeys as an added bonus to the cave itself, which was immense and really cool.

    Big shout out to our Jungle Guide James, who was with us for the whole four days and was an all around great guy. He was really knowledgeable and really friendly and approachable – an amaing guide, we couldn’t have hoped for better.

    Really enjoyed both of our experiences – thanks Borneo Dream! 🙂

    Visited February 2016

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    Imke Rian Schoppink

    PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu – After all the learning and practising (safety) exercises, it’s really cool to finally do a fun dive and use some of the things you learned. I loved the lessons but the fun dives were my favourite. And loved our instructor Basir! He stayed really calm, friendly and funny while explaining everything.

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    Ammar Rafidah Binti Saptu, MY

    Borneo Dream is always the best team I must Choose for diving needs in Kota Kinabalu. I look forward to diving again soon. Richard help, guide, support & always be patient with both of us & made us feel confident,relaxed especially me who was nervous to complete open water module. All crew in boat looked after us very well.

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    Xavier Drion, HK

    PADI Open Water Diver Course Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – Professional and securing team and fun in addition.

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    Anna Frackiewicz & Xavier Drion

    PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – People 🙂 Our instructor as well as the rest of the team were very patient helpful and professional.

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    Chung Yuk Ka, HK

    PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – Safe and smooth arrangement on everything. All staffs are very nice. The coaching was professional. We did learn a lot about diving.

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    Chung Yuk Ka, HK

    Safe and smooth arrangement on everything. All staffs are very nice. The coaching was professional. We did learn a lot about diving.

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    Siobhan Collie, Australia

    The whole experience was such a fabulous way to start diving and complete my first course! I had an awesome instructor (Ian) who ensured we always knew what we were doing above/underwater and made room for fun at the same time. I loved my diving experience with Borneo Dream and am very grateful. Thank you.

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    Zoe Nackman, Australia

    Phil and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kota Kinabalu, learning to dive. We found Eugene to be wonderful and his calm personality is certainly the right fit for the diving industry. He was very patient with us, and gave instructions and directions very clearly. All in all, five out of five for Eugene.

    I also found the customer service leading up to our trip to be fantastic. You always managed to respond to me emails within a few days. I was a little confused when I arrived at the resort, as was under the impression that we were going to get our manuals on check in. This was probably just my confusion.

    The only suggestion I would make is that as the stay and dive is sold as a package, it would have been good to have transport included to and from the resort to the dive centre/jetty (and charge a little extra). Overall, taxi service was easy enough so no big deal.

    Thank you to you and the whole team at Borneo Dream. It was truly an amazing experience.

    Hopefully we will return next year to dive Sipadan.

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  • Can I fly after diving or climb a mountain?

    Flying after diving or going to Mount Kinabalu Park can be risky, and you need to know and understand this. Anytime you have been scuba diving, you should not go above 300 metres above sea level until you have met the following requirements:

    • A minimum of 12-hour surface interval was recommended for the single no-decompression dive.
    • A minimum of 18-hour surface interval for multi-day repetitive diving.
    • Substantially longer than 18 hours after diving involving compulsory decompression or using heliox and trimix.

    Further information can be found on the Divers Alert Network site or DAN – Please click here.

  • How long will the eLearning take to complete?

    The PADI eLearning system is simply amazing and has revolutionised the diving industry. To complete your eLearning it should take you around 10 to 15 hours. But we have known those who have busted it out in just a few hours.

  • What is eLearning & Can I study online before the course?

    Our standard or normal PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course and PADI Rescue Diver Course prices now all include online learning. Using PADI’s amazing online learning system called eLearning. Once you have successfully completed your course booking and paid in full we will generally send out your eLearning eCode to you approximately 1 or 2 weeks before your course. This will arrive in the form of an email from PADI directly with a link to your course registration. It can be completed online via a PC/MAC or via an App on your mobile phone. The online academics will take on average around 10 hours to complete.

  • I never received my PADI card?

    Generally, we certify you by a paper PIC (Positive Identification Card) Form that you would have filled out, attached passport photo and mailed to PADI in Australia. We do advise you to take a photocopy prior to sending it as this will help if you lose or never receive your PADI Card.

    If you have done all that and it has been over 6 weeks and still no PADI Card has turned up then download the following form PADI Never Received Card Form (https://www.borneodream.com/forms/10226-never-received-card-form.pdf) and email it to PADI at certsdep@padi.com.au – All the information on the form can generally be taken for your photocopy of the PIC Form mentioned above. If you need help then please contact us but supply us with as much information as possible about you, your instructor and the date you took the course with us.

  • Is it easy to get from the city centre to Jesselton Point Jetty?

    Most watersports trips depart from Jesselton Point Jetty (https://g.page/JesseltonPoint) in central Kota Kinabalu. If you are staying at a city centre hotel or guest house you will often find it far quicker to walk to Jesselton Point. If you are staying at hotels or resorts such as Shangri-La Rasa Ria or Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa then I would certainly grab a taxi.

  • Can anyone learn to dive?

    If you can navigate your way across KL airport or through a busy shopping centre, we feel you can learn to dive. 99% Of being able to learn to dive or complete a PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu is a right positive mental attitude and believing in your own abilities. All we ask is that you are fit and well and have the ability to swim 200 metres in water too deep to stand up in.

  • How deep can I dive with my PADI Open Water Certification?

    If you are 15 years old or older on the date you complete your PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu you can dive to 18metres in theory. I say this: even if your Lamborgini can go at 200mph should you not first learn to drive slower? Always build up your experience gently in a controlled manner. It tends to make you live longer 🙂

  • Is Malaysia the cheapest place to take my PADI Open Water?

    There is a very old but correct saying – You get exactly what you pay for. The cost of a PADI Open Water Course in Europe is far higher than it is in Asia. This is to do with the cost of living and peoples potential income levels. The same way a Big Mac is RM 1.00 in Malaysia but 5,00€ in Europe. Looking at prices across Asia I would say Malaysia is near the top in value for money or cheapest price range. Borneo Dream’s prices are not the lowest in our area but our dedication to safety and quality speaks volumes. Take a look at our reviews on TripAdvisor or Google Maps.

  • Can I fail a PADI Open Water Course?

    Fail is not something we at Borneo Dream like to say or use unless we have to. Generally, there is always a reason why someone fails to complete a PADI Open Water Course. It can be as simple as ill-prepared, maybe a very strong fear of water or this is just not for me. Our professional team are there to train and mentor you and guide you in the right direction. We will make every hurdle manageable for you. If you have any concerns about taking part in a PADI Open Water Course then why not contact us in advance.

  • How much does a PADI Open Water Certification cost in kk?

    The PADI Open Water Diver Course in KK ‘Kota Kinabalu’ is just three days with approximately 10 hours of online study beforehand. Prices for this excellent underwater adventure start from RM 1325.00/Student or USD 275.00/Student. The price includes return transfers from Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu, complete diving equipment, lunch on diving days, PADI materials (eLearning), and of course, a professional smile.

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