Adventures in Borneo with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife

Adventures in Borneo with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife

Adventures in Borneo with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife
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Scuba & SnorkellingHiking TrailsEco ToursPrivate ToursNature & Wildlife Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
We are a Destination Management Company with 20 years of experience, specializing in responsible, customized adventure, and special interest travel for small groups, schools, universities, and defence ministries. Fully licensed under the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism Malaysia, we offer a wealth of expertise. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the ocean, the captivating nature, and wildlife in Borneo. Allow us to assist you in designing and facilitating your transformational travel experience. Our offerings include two PADI 5 Star Dive Centres on Gaya Island & Manukan Island an Hostel in Kota Kinabalu City, plus an Adventure Sports Shop catering to our clients both online and in person at our retail store in Kota Kinabalu. At our core, we have incorporated numerous social enterprise initiatives into our business. Our itineraries prominently feature community-based and wildlife conservation destinations, reflecting our commitment to responsible tourism.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Katalin E
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
For me it was a trip for my soul, empowering, rejuvenating, special and uplifting, words do not cover the magnitude of my experience, it was wow for me. The group I was with contributed also much.
In the 9 days of full adventure we had 4 different accommodations, saw the beautiful, colorful underwater world of corals and fish, went on to the magnificent Mount Kinabalu and home-stayed at the locals, danced, hiked and went on the pineapple ridge trail experienced simplicity and power of our complex planet.
Further we stayed in the jungle resort and visited in the rain forest the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center then the sun bear center and met Dr Wong, who established the center and told us the inspiring story of the sun bears and their rescue, his work around it. The story of the 800- and 1000-year-old canopy trees.
Next, we visited the canopy walkway in Sabah, what an amazing power there is. We saw the birds, squirrels and the wild life, just wonderful to experience.
Final point was the Kinabatangan River, where the wild life experience, we had just blew our mind and the beauty of nature brought tears to my eyes, we experienced short rain and 4 double rainbows.
In very short 2 days we saw and experienced the Borneo big 5 (The hornbill/Crocodile/pygmy elephant herd/ orangutans/proboscis monkeys with long funny noses and so much other wildlife). We were truly lucky.
The guides were always kind, helpful, with much information about all the wildlife we saw. Downbelow Marine Wildlife are indeed very good in organizing and assisting you along your journey, have amazing experience and history, I would recommend them warmly.
Written 25 June 2024
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Andrius Ž
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
It was the best adventure week full of diverse nature and very friendly culture. Sunsets, stargazing, snorkelling near corals, tasting local food and hospitality, nights near mountain, pineapple and rice fields, trails near tree tops and boat safari with Borneo great 5 animals just in one trip. Full immersion in nature and jungle. Greatest experience so far and will remember it for life. Thanks to our guide team, Lulu and Roger, and many more who were involved in our experience!
Written 23 June 2024
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Cheri S
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Above and beyond any expectations for the experience.Magical.connective and transformative. With special care given to our unique group from all over the globe. Experiences of a lifetime. To see and feel the awesome power of nature to move us and ground us in our love for this world our love for humanity.

To experience the mountain the people and the wildlife up close. Is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

The care and open curiousity of the team to bring is into your lives. The joy and pride you all have in the island. Sharing this joy with us!

Truly magical.
Written 22 June 2024
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Gabby L
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
From the locations, to the food, to the experiences, I had an incredible time with Down Below Marine and Wildlife Adventures! My trip was a 9-day adventure in four different locations. The private resort at the beach was beautiful and relaxing and the snorkeling was fun. The homestay was a great experience and the family was very accommodating and helpful. I loved visiting the Orangutan rehabilitation center and the Sun Bear conservation center, and it was exciting looking for all the wildlife on the river cruise. And I must say, the crew was top notch! They genuinely cared about us and our experience with them. I recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Borneo to connect with Down Below Marine and Wildlife Adventures.

Thanks for an unforgettable trip!
Written 22 June 2024
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JimProLFC
Dubai, United Arab Emirates21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My son and I arrived in Kota Kinabalu and we're looking for a snorkling day trip, so I rang up Downbeliw and from then on, their service was excellent. Arranged pick up and details over the phone and it all went to plan.

They have a dive shop out on Gaya Island in an amazing spot. We had our own guide for the day, and he was very professional and also extremely patient with a 6 year old who kept changing his mind what he wanted to do. Went to 3 different locations with plenty of fish to see, though the coral was pretty dead which was a shame.

Overall I would highly recommend Downbelow whether it's for a day trip like ours or diving.

Written 13 April 2024
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Passenger51651160116
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Thanks Downbelow for an amazing experience at Danum Valley. From flawless communication and service throughout, well-organized events, to a lodge nestled deep within the rainforest, every aspect, including the opportunity to see orangutans, red leaf monkeys, and various bird species, exceeded expectations. I cannot fault any part of the journey – it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience nature. Would definitely recommend!
Written 22 February 2024
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Megan S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Downbelow’s trip to Danum Valley is everything you could ask for. Great communication and service from pick up to drop off. It was very well organised and events ran smoothly. The lodge that we were booked into was incredibly and right in the heart of the rainforest. You cannot fault any part of the trip. Communication, location, service , food. WILDLIFE was all excellent! Definitely book with Downbelow.
Written 21 February 2024
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Jeff Web
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I am thrilled that my diving trip with Downbelow was an amazing experience! The service and guidance were fantastic, and I have done many dives in various locations worldwide, but I can wholeheartedly recommend this experience for 100%.

The lunch they provide is also fantastic. Additionally, my girlfriend did a snorkeling trip simultaneously and was guided very professionally. After a bad experience in Mexico, she was hesitant, but thanks to Downbelow and the friendly people there, she regained her confidence.

The visibility during the diving wasn't very good, but it was still sufficient for a great experience, which was actually the only minor drawback.
Written 30 January 2024
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Gemma M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Best trip I've ever been on! Nestled in the Bornean rainforest, Bilit lodge is a home away from home. The staff, guides and admin running the WhatsApp for booking were incredibly helpful. The accommodation is comfortable and clean and the food is delicious! They even provided vegan meals for my stay with snacks like Pisang Goreng (fried banana) and fresh fruit. And the wildlife was breathtaking- we saw silver leaf monkeys, crocodiles, hornbills, macaqes, and loads of proboscis monkeys! We even saw orangutan nests and elephant tracks! It was such an adventure and I hope to return one day.
Written 19 January 2024
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Relax67789461332
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The whole trip was an amazing experience. Adventures in Borneo planned the trip so well, with every transfer exactly as it needed to be, and exactly the right amount of time in each location. The Kinabatangan river was a highlight, as was the rainforest lodge in the Denham Valley. we saw all matter of monkeys, orangutans, and even elephants. This was a once-in-a lifetime experience. There is no way I could’ve organise this by myself and it was so good to have local experience and knowledge. Thank you Jo and your team.
Written 17 January 2024
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