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Stay at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort on your next scuba diving or snorkeling vacation


Why not enjoy some beautiful scuba diving or snorkeling whilst staying at the stunning 5* Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We can offer you promotional package deals whilst staying at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort – whether you want to learn to dive, join a leisure diving trip or simply snorkel we can help. Contact us for more information.

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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

Scuba diving and Snorkeling from the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Are you planning to stay at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and go scuba diving or snorkeling in nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park? You now have a perfect choice with Borneo Dream – a PADI 5* Dive Resort offering you high quality scuba diving trips, PADI Courses and snorkeling packages and all easily accessible with a short tax transfer from your Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort.

At Borneo Dream we offer a full range of high quality PADI dive courses as well as scuba diving day trips for certified divers and snorkeling trips, Try-Dives, learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course as well as diving courses for children from eight years of age.

We offer Dive & Stay or Explore & Stay promotional packages at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort to help you get the most from your 5* holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. To help us create your personalised promotional Dive & Stay package at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah just let us know your preferred dates, scuba diving activity and number in your group.

All guests staying at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort can easily access a ‘five-star’ underwater experience with Borneo Dream. With a short taxi transfer from the Resort you would board ur boats from Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu. For our scuba diving and snorkeling trips you would have boat transfers on some of the nicest diving day boats in Kota Kinabalu, instruction by a team of qualified and experienced PADI Dive Professionals, small groups per PADI Instructor for our scuba diving courses and dive trips and instruction available in fluent English, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese) or Berhasa Malay.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort whilst scuba diving or snorkeling with Borneo Dream – Scuba Diving at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort is located just 10 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Kota Kinabalu city centre and the five beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

During your stay at the Resort you can also make the most of the recreation facilities such as the 9 – hole pitch and putt golf course, water play area with water slides, 2,000 square metre swimming pool with tapered shoreline, Health Club, private beach and CHI, The Spa. There are also a range of bars and restaurants to choose from at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa for a relaxing evening after your enjoyable day of scuba diving or snorkeling including the Sunset Bar, Peppino (Italian) and Coco Joe’s Bar & Grill.

Just contact the Borneo Dream Team for help arranging your Dive & Stay package, or scuba diving and snorkeling activities from the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort.

Choose Borneo Dream when scuba diving from Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. A ’5-star’ diving experience at a 5-star Resort.


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Kota Kinabalu Diving

  • Do I need a scuba review or a refresher?

    We often get asked, Can I have a scuba refresher? or Do I need a scuba review? The simple answer is it is up to you and your abilities. There is a massive difference between a diver who has not dived for 2 years and had logged 75 dives to a diver who completed his diving course 2 years ago and has not dived since. I’m sure many of you would now be quoting me section from various diving agency manuals and instructor guides, telling anyone who has not dived for 6 months should take a refresher or scuba review.

    Well, this is great advice. But that is all it is. At Borneo Dream, we have seen literally thousands of divers, new and old, since we began in 2006. And what I would say is this: If you are very comfortable in the water, you are in control of your own destiny, such as ascents and descents, with no assistance, and you are able to control your position in the water, buoyancy. Then we are happy to take you leisure diving in Kota Kinabalu.

    It is worth noting that on leisure diving or fun dive trips, your guide, whether it be a Divemaster or Instructor. They are there for the group as a guide, not your personal assistant. He is there to keep the group safe and show them items of interest in the water.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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