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  • Stunning Soft Coral reefs
  • PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

1D Snorkel Safari in TARP

Our PADI 5 STAR IDC Dive Centre is perfectly located on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, just 5-10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu City. We have beautiful coral reefs without the crowds providing swimmers and snorkelers an ideal location for enjoying the tropical underwater world in a safe, comfortable environment.


  • Visit the best snorkel sites in TARP
  • Idyllic island setting without the crowds
  • Snorkelling safety & skills orientation
  • Fully guided by PADI professionals

Snorkeling in Sabah is easy and fun, just about anybody can participate in the sport of snorkeling regardless of age, skill and physical fitness. Snorkeling is one of the easiest, most fun and most popular ways to see the underwater world and very inexpensive.

All images are are taken on location by our Managing Director – PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann.

Tailored to Your Experience Level

It’s often said that “theres nothing to it!” The truth is there are a number of skills to learn which make snorkeling easier and more enjoyable. For those new to snorkelling our snorkel briefings will teach the basics of mask clearing, kicking techniques and snorkel use through shallow water instruction. Those more experienced will benefit from a reef orientation to maximise your enjoyment.

Upon booking please let us know your experience level so that we can tailor your days snorkelling. We provide professional snorkelling vests which enable snorkelers to float with ease on the surface of the ocean.

The Best Snorkel Sites on the Day

Our qualified snorkel guides will assess the conditions on the day and choose the best islands and location to suit the environment and your comfort level in the water. After your orientation session you will be spending the day jumping from the boat onto sites otherwise not accessible.

If jumping into the water is rather daunting, don’t worry you can use our boat ladder for easy access or you can snorkel the shallow bays if you are nervous about deep water. Between each session of approximately 45 minutes you will return to our paradise PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre nestled in a secluded bay on Gaya Island where you will enjoy refreshments and a freshly cooked lunch.

Snorkelling Safari - See the Best Coral Reefs in TARP

Your Safety is Our Priority

At all times you are in safe hands. We pride ourselves on small group instruction ensuring our clients get the very best of attention from the instructor. Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and HSE Guidelines. Our boats are equipped with marine radio, GPS & First Aid kits and our qualified snorkel guides always bring a life ring with them. All our guides are trained in Emergency First Response.

Itinerary at a Glance

Times may vary based on individual performance.

  • 08:15 – Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru) transfer to marina (07:15 pick up for outside KK City)
  • 08:30 – Meet Downbelow staff & transfer on boat to Downbelow Dive Centre on Gaya Island
  • 09:15 – Snorkel Safari (two sessions with refreshment break)
  • 13:00 – Lunch at our beach house Dive & Adventure Centre
  • 14:00 – Snorkel Safari (option to relax or go trekking)
  • 16:00 – Boat transfer to marina / 16:30 – Return to hotel (KK City)

 

Hotel transfers (KK City), boat transfers, freshly cooked lunch and refreshments, park entry & jetty fees, guide/instruction, equipment rental, lunch, plus water, tea & coffee.
Alcoholic or carbonated beverages, items not explicitly stated
Change of clothes, sun lotion, sun cream, towel, personal toiletries, insect repellent, hat, personal medication.
Important Information

Suitable for Non-Swimmers. Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.

Liability Forms

Clients will be asked to complete PADI standard liability forms at the mainland departure jetty & dive centre. Parent or guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age.

Minimum Age

Participants must be 4 years and above and comfortable in the water.