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Scuba Diving at Gaya Island Resort, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu

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Relax and unwind at Gaya Island Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Why not combine your stay with some beautiful scuba diving, snorkeling or even learn to dive whilst you are away. We offer some exclusive Stay & Dive Packages with Gaya Island Resort, so Contact Us for more information.

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 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

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Scuba Diving at the 5* Gaya Island Resort in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu

There is now a perfect choice for those looking to stay at a 5-star Island Resort during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Who would also like easy access, from the comfort of their Resort, to scuba diving and snorkeling experiences in the tropical warm waters of the South China Sea. The 5-star, exclusive Gaya Island Resort is located on Pulau Gaya in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – a short 15 minute boat transfer fro Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Borneo Dream (#36409) is the official PADI 5 Star Dive Facility for Gaya Island Resort with daily access to our PADI Dive Team at the Resort at the Lobby Activity Desk, and collection from the main jetty at Gaya Island Resort for guests joining our daly scuba diving trips, PADI courses and snorkeling day tours.

All our tours start in the Gaya Island Resort lobby with an 08:45 meeting for small amount of necessary paperwork, then the boats arrive at around 09:00 to 09:15 for your collection. All our boats are un-crowed and offer super low ratios, well below all the other competitors in the area. Our boats return to the resort depending upon the nature of the tour at around 15:30 – A 3 dive scuba diving trip can run a little later. So, what are you waiting for explore beyond Gaya Island Resort with a scuba diving day trip or a guided snorkeling adventure

The PADI Dive Facility run by Borneo Dream at Gaya Island Resort offers a full range of PADI dive courses as well as leisure diving and snorkeling trips including PADI Snorkeling Experiences (guided snorkeling), Try-Dives, PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, PADI Speciality Courses and dive courses for children from eight years of age.

Scuba diving at Gaya Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Gaya Island Resort, Scuba Diving Packages in Kota Kinabalu, Stay and Dive with Borneo Dream.

Guests at the Gaya Island Resort will enjoy easy access to a ‘five-star’ underwater experience in the tropical waters of the South China Sea with boat transfers on some of the nicest diving day boats in Kota Kinabalu, instruction by a team of qualified and experienced PADI Instructors, small groups per PADI Instructor for our dive courses and trips and instruction available in fluent English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and Berhasa Malay.

We can also help you book your stay and dive or stay & snorkel packages at Gaya Island Resort. Find out more about our current promotional packages at Gaya Island Resort.

For further help arranging scuba diving and snorkeling activities, or accommodation, at Gaya Island Resort during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah just contact the Borneo Dream Team. Your 5 star underwater experience awaits you. This resort offers a wide range on land based activities along with our selection of water based ones. It’s position on the largest island in the local marine park make it perfectly suited to an activity based holiday.

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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.

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