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TooJou + Snorkelling, Scuba Diving & PADI Courses

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A great value Stay & Dive / Snorkel package at TooJou Kota Kinabalu with Borneo Dream. Choose from a range of popular PADI course options combined with accommodation at a cosy, funky Hostel in Kota Kinabalu – giving you access to high-quality diving instruction with Borneo Dream and helping your holiday budget go further. This Stay & Dive or Snorkel Budget Package is based upon a minimum of 2 persons booking the same course package together, whether it be learning to dive via the PADI Open Water Diver or for certified divers, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver package.

Choose your activity

You can choose from guided snorkelling to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. Our initial offering is for you to stay in Shared Capsule style rooms. But with a touch of a button, you can upgrade to a studio room and share it with a friend. Please always check availability before booking.

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Just select the same number of nights that match your activity chosen above.

Extra Nights Accommodation

Sabah Parks Conservation Fees

When scuba diving in the local marine park (Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park) Sabah Parks applies a conservation fee. It has two parts, a scuba diving permit and a conservation fee. The amount payable is split into two groups – Malaysian (valid MyKad or a foreigner with Permanent Residence ‘PR’ Status) and Non-Malaysian. Even if you have a Work Pass you are classed as Non-Malaysian.

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Discover our TooJou KK Stay & Dive Packages – Listed below is a section of PADI course options, including learning to dive via the PADI Open Water Diver Course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course for certified divers looking at taking the next step on the PADI scuba diving ladder to dive stardom. But what is a scuba diving course without some accommodation? We have combined these high-quality, great-value PADI dive courses with Borneo Dream with accommodation at a clean, cosy and trendy new Hostel called TouJou. This way, your money goes further whilst in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The Hostel for your diving course is located in an area of central Kota Kinabalu called Australian Place and is a simple 10-minute relaxed walk to your morning jetty collection at Jesselton Point. We will offer a choice of accommodation from Single-sex dorm, Single room, Twin/Double room and Triple share room. All Hostel accommodation options come with shared bathroom facilities. TooJou accommodation has limitless high-speed internet on the whole premises, and you will also gain free access to their Opis Co-Working Space with free flow coffee and snacks.

Guided Snorkeling 1-Day Tour (1D2N) | TooJou KK

Ready for a snorkelling adventure? This is a professionally run guided snorkelling day tour visiting three different sites. You will be in a maximum group size of 6 persons, and your guide will be a PADI Diving Professional, fully first aid trained and knowledgeable on the amazing marine life you are about to see. The tour starts at Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu Click Here at around 08:45 with a prompt departure at 09:00. You will return to this jetty at around 15:30/16:00. We provide masks, snorkel, fins, wet suits, life jackets if required, lunch and free flow drinking water all day. For further details just on this activity, please click here.

Typical itinerary

  • Day 1 – Check-in at TooJou after 15:00
  • Day 2 – 1-Day Guilded Snorkelling Experience
  • Day 3 – Check-out of TooJou before 12:00

Leisure Diving Day Trip – 3 Dives (1D2N) | TooJou KK

Are you a certified diver and ready to experience Sabah’s underwater world? Join a three-dive leisure diving trip in our local marine park Tunku Abdul Rahman Click here. This activity is aimed at all those divers who have already obtained a diving license, such as the PADI Open Water Diver Certification. You will visit three dive sites with your PADI Professional Guide in a maximum group size of 5. The dives will last between 45 to 60 minutes and at a depth of 15 to 25m. The local marine park offers very relaxed and easy diving with plenty to see. The Leisure Diving Day Trip includes full equipment along with lunch and free-flowing drinking water. Further details on this activity can be found here.

Typical itinerary

  • Day 1 – Check-in at TooJou after 15:00
  • Day 2 – 1-Day Leisure Diving – 3 Dives (Certified Divers)
  • Day 3 – Check-out of TooJou before 12:00
Toojou Kota Kinabalu | Scuba diving, snorkelling and PADI Courses

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu (6D5N)

Ready to Learn to Dive? Then this is for you, the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu is the most popular course for learning to dive in the world! The course involves online pre-study via the amazing PADI eLearning system. This should take you around 10 hours to complete. Access code will be sent to you via PADI once full payment is received. Then three days on our boat, during which you will complete confined water skill sessions, four open water dives and a swim 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. All open water course dives are completed in the lovely tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located in front of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. You want it, you want it now, so Click here to learn more about our full PADI Open Water Diver Course.

Typical itinerary

  • Day 1 – Check-in at TooJou after 15:00
  • Day 2 – Free & Easy Day or time to finish your eLearning.
  • Day 3 – PADI Open Water Diver Course Day 1 from 08:45 till ~15:30
  • Day 4 – PADI Open Water Diver Course Day 2 from 08:45 till ~15:30
  • Day 5 – PADI Open Water Diver Course Day 3 from 08:45 till ~15:30
  • Day 6 – Check-out of TooJou before 12:00

We can also offer a 5D4N option with no Free & Easy Day, but this is not as fun and no chance to explore Kota Kinabalu.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu (4D3N)

Ready to extend your diving abilities? Then PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Kota Kinabalu is for you. It is aimed at certified PADI Open Water Divers (or equivalent) who want to progress their diver education and become advanced open water diver. It is a 2-day course involving five-course dives (including a deep dive and a navigation dive). Upon completing the course, you will be a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and qualified to dive up to a maximum depth of 30m. Find out more about the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course here in Kota Kinabalu – Click here

Typical itinerary

  • Day 1 – Check-in at TooJou after 15:00
  • Day 2 – PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Day 1 from 08:45 till ~15:30
  • Day 3 – PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Day 2 from 08:45 till ~15:30
  • Day 4 – Check-out of TooJou before 12:00
PADI Courses in Kota Kinabalu, Learning to dive in Sabah with Borneo Dream, Kota Kinabalu

Inclusions

  • Your chosen, booked Activity. For your activity, we include all PADI Materials stated in standards, small group per PADI Instructor, free use of a full set of our rental snorkelling or scuba diving equipment and lunch on trip days. Please click on each course/trip link above to see the full list of inclusions for each activity.
  • Accommodation in room/dorm type booked at TooJou Hostel.

Exclusions

  • Tourism Tax that will be charged on check-in. This is only charged on Private Rooms, not Dorms. It is RM 10.00 per room per night.
  • For extra nights added to the package, breakfast and Tourism Tax are excluded.
  • Transfers from TooJou to Jesselton Point Jetty to join your activity. It is only a short walk to the Jetty from TooJou.
  • You will need to arrange your airport transfers. You can use the Airport Taxi, Airport Shuttle Bus or GRAB.

Notes – Please check availability before buying this package via our online Shop. What are you waiting for? Contact our Sales Team today to arrange your Borneo Dream snorkelling or scuba diving activity and stay at TooJoo for a trip with a difference to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Prices and rates are correct as of 21st February 2022 but can change at any time.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 950.00/Student or USD 220.00/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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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