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Promotion | Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa | Dive & Snorkel

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Stay & Dive Promotional Packages!! Stay at Asia’s famous Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and enjoy some amazing sea based activities with Borneo Dream. Choose from PADI Discover Scuba Diving combined with Guided Snorkelling, Leisure diving for certified divers (6 dives) or learning to dive with a PADI Open Water Diver Course. The price mentioned is for 2 persons doing the same activity staying in the same room. For inclusions and exclusions please see below.

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U/Water Digiatal Camera Rental

Why not capture a few underwater memories with an underwater camera rental. We offer a Nikon W300 rated to 30m or Canon G16 with an underwater housing rated to 40m. At the end of the day, your images will be uploaded to either DropBox or Google Drive and a link shared with you. Please be aware that there will be a charge for loss or damage to the camera and housing of RM2500.00

NITROX | Enriched Air Cylinders

Are you qualified in Nitrox/Enriched Air Diving? We can offer 80CuFt (11.25 Litres) Cylinders of 32% (EANx32) Nitrox for rent. Please remember to bring your qualification with you.

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.

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Promotional Offer at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort | Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Packages

We would like to offer you a choice of three (3) distinctly different scuba diving packages whilst staying at a fabulous resort – Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa – and all at a special promotional package price! The packages are aimed at both those who can already scuba dive, those wanting to have a go or even learn to scuba dive. You can find the outlined itinerary for each package below.

All the packages include such things as breakfast, lunch on diving days, airport return transfers and return transfers from the resort to the jetty on the day of your water activities. We offer you four types of rooms to choose from but all of them are smashing!

  • Garden Wing Deluxe Room
  • Garden Wing Deluxe Sea View Room
  • Ocean Wing Junior Suite Garden View Room
  • Ocean Wing Junior Suite Sea View Room

Full details on the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa can be found by clicking here.

4D3N PADI Discover Scuba Diving + Guided Snorkelling

You will stay 3 nights in the resort with a choice of rooms. Your 2 days with us will be spent taking part in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Guided Snorkelling Tours. These activities are open to all those fit and healthy and able to swim. The PADI Discover Scuba diving Experience is a great way to try scuba diving before committing to a full-on learn to dive program. The guided snorkelling program is in small groups to a maximum ratio of 6 people to 1 PADI Professional. You will be provided with a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and life jacket if required then taken on 3 snorkelling session to 3 different coral reef sites.

Day 1 – Time to travel to the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa.

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (RRR).

Day 2 – Underwater action day.

Transfer from RRR to Jesselton Point Jetty (JP) in central Kota Kinabalu (KK). Join our crew and take part in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience – 2 Dives. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 3 – A gentle day with some guided snorkelling.

Transfer from RRR to JP in central KK. Join our crew and take part in a Guided Snorkelling Experience – 3 Sites. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 4 – Time to leave the Rasa Ria.

Transfer from RRR to KKIA.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa | Dive and Stay Packages

4D3N Leisure Diving for Certified Divers – 6 Dives

You will stay 3 nights in the resort with a choice of rooms. Your 2 days with us will be spent Leisure Diving and completing 6 dives over 2 days. These activities are open to all those fit and healthy and are able to demonstrate they are a qualified diver. Please make sure you bring your qualification card or logbook with you. We include full equipment on all our scuba diving related activities.

Day 1 – Are you ready for your adventure?

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (RRR).

Day 2 – Let’s go scuba diving!

Transfer from RRR to Jesselton Point Jetty (JP) in central Kota Kinabalu (KK). Join our crew and take part in Leisure Diving activity completing 3 Dives. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 3 – Time to find Nemo.

Transfer from RRR to JP in central KK. Join our crew and take part in Leisure Diving activity completing 3 Dives. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 4 – Well, your stay is finished, see you again soon.

Transfer from RRR to KKIA.

5D4N Learn to Dive | PADI Open Water Diver Course

You will stay 4 nights in the resort with a choice of rooms. Your 3 days with us will be spent learning to dive with a PADI Open Water Diver Course. This activity is open to all those aged 10 years and above, fit and healthy and able to swim.

Day 1 – Transfer to the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa.

Transfer from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (RRR).

Day 2 – First day of your learn to dive course, enjoy.

Transfer from RRR to Jesselton Point Jetty (JP) in central Kota Kinabalu (KK). Join our crew and take part in a PADI Open Water Diver Course. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 3 – You are almost there.

Transfer from RRR to JP in central KK. Join our crew and take part in a PADI Open Water Diver Course. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 4 – Your final day of the PADI Open Water Diver Course.

Transfer from RRR to JP in central KK. Join our crew and take part in a PADI Open Water Diver Course. Transfer from JP back to RRR.

Day 4 – Time to say goodbye to the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa.

Transfer from RRR to KKIA.

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Book me in! | Firstly let’s go through some simple rules:-

1. The promotional packages can only be booked at certain times of the year, please see below, and are subject to availability:

High Season
1st July till 14th July 2019

Low Season
26th August till 28th September 2019
6th October till 22nd December 2019
3rd January till 23rd January 2020
3rd February till 31st March 2020

2. Your booking must be made within a booking period:

The booking must be booked before 23rd December 2019 and is valid for new bookings only.

3. No bookings can be made at these times:

15th July till 25th August 2019
29th September till 5th October 2019
23rd December till 2nd January 2020
24th January till 2nd February 2020

4. All airport transfers are based upon them being completed between 06:00 to 18:00

5. Lead booking person must be on a EU or UK Passport holder. If not then contact us and let us make an enquiry for you to see what can be done.

6. These promotional packages can only be bought on-line via our on-line Shop – just click the button above to buy!

For full details on our products mentioned above please follow the associated links. If you have any questions or wish to check availability please contact us.

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Best Snorkeling in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • Which is the best island for snorkeling in Sabah?

    In terms of ease of access and affordability, the best islands for snorkelling at in Sabah are located within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The Marine Park which is located in front of Kota Kinabalu is home to five islands – Sapi, Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug – and each of them is fringed by coral reefs. The three islands with beaches open to the public offer snorkeling from the beach in a cordoned-off area, although the best snorkeling in the Marine Park is to be had from a boat along with coral reef sites away from the busy beaches.

    For that perfect island getaway experience, you should check out Lankayan Island located in the Sulu Sea accessible via Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah. Lankayan offers world-class snorkeling right from the shore and with just one Resort located on the island, you will feel like you have the white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs almost to yourself. The shallow waters are typically beautifully clear offering easy sightings of turtles, rays, and a range of tropical fish life from the beach.

    The dream for non-divers visiting Sabah is to go snorkeling at world-famous Sipadan. However this it not that easy to do as only a selection of Resorts / Operators will allocate Sipadan permits to snorkelers (most allocate them to diving guests only). One Resort who takes snorkelers to Sipadan is Mataking Reef Island Resort (subject to permit allocation).

  • What is the best time to snorkel in Malaysia?

    Malaysia is split across two landmasses, Penisular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak), and the best season for snorkeling differs across these locations. 

    Peninsular Malaysia has an annual monsoon season (from April to October in the southwest, and October to February in the northeast) so you’d avoid these times if snorkeling is on your ‘to-do list’ for your holiday. 

    Sabah, Northern Borneo is known as the ‘Land Below the Wind’ a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe all the lands located below the typhoon belt, so free from climatic disturbances and typhoons. This makes Sabah a 365 days a year location for holidays with snorkeling offered all year round, albeit the months at the start of the Dry Season (April – June) usually offer the calmest, driest weather perfect for snorkeling.

  • Will we still go snorkeling if it is raining?

    The quick answer is “yes”. Sabah has a tropical climate and as part of this, we will typically have some tropical rain later in the day on most days. This rain is warm, often a welcome relief and for most activities does not stop play. Specifically for our snorkeling activities from Kota Kinabalu:-

    • It is still safe to snorkel when it’s raining.
    • You won’t get cold if it rains as the sea temperature, for most of the year, is a toasty 28C – 30C. We also provide all our snorkeling customers with 3mm tropical wet suits for thermal protection.
    • The tropical marine life will still be there to see as you enjoy your snorkeling activity.

    Whilst Sabah’s tropical climate means there’s a good chance it will rain at some point during your holiday, it’s this climate that also supports the rainforest, and it’s inhabitants, found here. Most days in Sabah, especially during the Dry Season, start off with blue sky, sunshine and a calm breeze with a chance of rain typically later in the day, evening or night time. As long as you come on holiday prepared for a hot, humid and sometimes wet tropical climate you will have a great time!

  • 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.

  • Kota Kinabalu Diving

  • Where can I dive in Borneo?

    In Borneo most of the scuba diving locations are to be found in Sabah, northern Borneo. Sabah is home to a range of popular diving locations including the following:-

    • For World famous dive locations choose Sipadan or Layang Layang. Both offer diving along drop offs, sightings of pelagics and regularly feature in the top diving locations in the World.
    • Muck diving at Mabul – Mabul may not have the stunning reef diving offered by neighbouring Sipadan, but it is compensated by offering some really cool muck diving being home a wide variety of unusual critters including nudibranchs, mandarinfish, frogfish and lots more.
    • The most accessible diving is offered at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – the Marine Park is easy to visit from Kota Kinabalu and offers calm, sheltered coral reef dive sites suitable for beginners as well as offering chilled out diving for more experienced divers.
    • For idyllic island resort diving check out Lankayan Island or Pulau Mataking. Both have just one Resort located offering a secluded stay, white sand beaches and diving along the reefs fringing the island. 

    If you are into wreck diving then check out the wrecks located in the waters near Labuan – the American Wreck, Australian Wreck, Cement Wreck and the Blue Water Wreck. Dive Centre(s) in Brunei typically offer diving trips to the wrecks.

  • Where can I see whale sharks in Borneo?

    The whale shark is considered the largest fish in the world and is often on the bucket list of divers for their dream sightings on a dive. The whale shark inhabits tropical and warm-temperate seas and we are lucky to have a Whale Shark migration season on the west and east coast of Sabah, Borneo although possible sightings are quite small in number. If you don’t get to see a Whale Shark during your holiday to Borneo, don’t worry. The tropical waters off Sabah are located in the Coral Triangle making them home to an amazing variety of marine life waiting to be seen. The following are locations in Sabah offer the chance to see Whale Sharks during the Whale Shark migration season (if luck is on your side):-

    Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu

    Whale sharks come to feed on the plankton during the cooler months typically between November and February. Most years we have had a handful of Whale Shark sightings during a Borneo Dream snorkeling and scuba diving trip within the Marine Park.

    Lankayan Island, accessible by boat via Sandakan

    Whale shark sightings on Lankayan Island off the east coast of Sabah, Borneo are far from guaranteed. The whale shark season runs from March-May, when the sharks are migrating through the Sulu Sea, often passing close to the island to feed near the drop-offs.

    Layang Layang, accessible by flight via Kota Kinabalu

    Layang Layang is an atoll located 300 kilometres north-west of Kota Kinabalu. The island offers world-class diving along its drop-offs with regular sightings of pelagics in its waters. The diving season at Layang Layan is from

    March to August and divers, of they are lucky, may also encounter whale sharks during their migration season.

    For guaranteed sightings of Whale Sharks, we recommend you visit more famous locations in the world-renowned for Whale Shark sightings such as Ningaloo Reef in Australia. Find out more about the distribution of Whale Sharks.

  • Will we still go diving if it is raining?

    The quick answer is “yes”. Sabah has a tropical climate and as part of this, we will typically have some tropical rain later in the day on most days. This rain is warm, often a welcome relief and for most activities does not stop play. Specifically for our scuba diving and snorkeling activities from Kota Kinabalu:-

    • It is still safe to snorkel and dive when it’s raining.
    • You won’t get cold if it rains as the sea temperature, for most of the year, is a toasty 28C – 30C. We also provide all our divers and snorkeling customers with 3mm tropical wet suits for thermal protection.
    • The tropical marine life will still be there to see as you enjoy your scuba diving or snorkeling activity.

    Whilst Sabah’s tropical climate means there’s a good chance it will rain at some point during your holiday, it’s this climate that also supports the rainforest, and it’s inhabitants, found here. Most days in Sabah, especially during the Dry Season, start off with blue sky, sunshine and a calm breeze with a chance of rain typically later in the day, evening or night time. As long as you come on holiday prepared for a hot, humid and sometimes wet tropical climate you will have a great time! Find to more about Sabah, and Sabah’s climate, on Sabah Tourism’s web site.

  • 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.

  • PADI Open Water

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

    The PADI Open Water Diver Course in KK ‘Kota Kinabalu’ is just 3 days with a half-day classroom session. Prices for this amazing underwater adventure start from RM 750.00/Student or USD 185.00/Student. The price includes return transfers from Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu, full diving equipment, lunch on diving days, PADI materials to keep and of course a professional smile.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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