Kota Kinabalu Dive Trip

Last week, a group of 26 pupils and four beaks embarked on an exhilarating journey to Kota Kinabalu, delving into the mesmerising underwater world just off the coast of Sabah’s capital city. Kota Kinabalu, located on the northern coast of Borneo, is a mere two-and-a-half-hour flight from Johor. Renowned for its natural beauty, from the majestic Mt. Kinabalu to the enchanting Tunku Abdulrahman Marine Park nestled just off the city’s shores.

 

Preparation for this weekend began weeks in advance, with pupils engaging in PADI Open Water training sessions and completing online theory lessons. Those already possessing PADI qualifications eagerly joined the trip, indulging in the sheer joy of diving to explore the mysteries beneath the ocean’s surface. The underwater escape unveiled a spectacular array of marine life, including schools of barracudas, the elusive blue-ringed octopus, frogfish, snapper schools, turtles, and a rare encounter with a majestic whale shark. A notable highlight was the success of fourteen pupils who achieved their PADI Open Water certifications, contributing to the community of scuba divers at the College. These enthusiasts will continue to return for more diving adventures, captivated by the allure of the underwater realm.

 

In addition to scuba diving, the pupils enjoyed a river cruise on the final day, venturing a short bus ride away from Kota Kinabalu to explore Borneo. Witnessing wild Proboscis monkeys in their natural habitat and marvelling at the mesmerising light show from fireflies along the river banks under the starlit skies added another dimension to their adventure.

 

Anticipation is building for the next upcoming diving trip scheduled for the summer term, from the 10th to the 12th of May, to Tioman Island. The goal is to provide more divers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the underwater world, creating lasting memories and fostering a love for exploration and adventure.

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