Borneo Dream Travel & Tours

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Borneo Dream Travel & Tours

Type: Dive Centre (PADI 5 Star Resort Centre S-36409)

Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

About: Borneo Dream (788821-K)  is an authorised PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and licensed Inbound Tour Operator (KPL/LN 5470) based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo – aiming to be the Premier Dive Operator in Kota Kinabalu and preferred Travel Partner for visitors to Sabah who value quality of experience, great service and absolute safety. Borneo Dream aims to cater for all levels of diving knowledge and experience – from non divers all the way through to technical diver – and to be your one stop shop for arranging your perfect holiday in Sabah, Borneo. Whether you be travelling with your family, your partner, a group of friends or on your own Borneo Dream can help create the perfect Borneo Dream holiday in Sabah for you. Borneo Dream, Kota Kinabalu, your only choice for snorkelling, scuba diving wild life trips to Kinabatangan River.

Borneo Dream Travel and Tours was founded in 2007 by a small team with a passion for sharing their love of diving and Sabah with the world. Borneo Dream is run by a lovely English couple – Joanne & Billy. Jo is a PADI Divemaster and previously had a successful career in Financial Services. Billy is a PADI Instructor, TDI Rebreather Instructor, BSAC Instructor and DSAT Gas Blender Instructor (phew!) and he previously had a career in IT and graphic design. They are also both RYA Advanced Powerboat Skippers.

The Borneo Dream Philosophy – The Borneo Dream team recognises that many visitors will only get one chance to see Borneo, so making sure that each visit is as enjoyable, positive and as awesome as possible sits at the heart of our philosophy.

Borneo Dream has a very clear focus on three areas: Safety, Quality and Enjoyment. That’s why they have the best diving and snorkelling day boats in Kota Kinabalu, first class well maintained dive gear, excellent safety equipment, using only qualified Professionals, small groups per PADI Professional (for dive courses and trips) and instruction can be provided in fluent English, Chinese and Bahasa Malay. Borneo Dream only use a small number of preferred partners for land tours in Sabah that work to similar high standards as Borneo Dream and will show their customers the best possible time during their holiday in Sabah. These are the things that makes Borneo Dream stand out from the competition and ensure that their customers have a great time!

The Borneo Dream team brings together individuals with a broad mix of skills, experience and know-how who are experts in scuba diving and technical diving and passionate about providing great customer service. Jo and Billy’s previous careers in professional industries reflects through in the professional nature adopted throughout every aspect of the business. The team also has a great sense of humour and love to have some fun! Jo & Billy are supported by their Dive Crew, or ‘Dream Boys’, – qualified PADI Professionals and licensed Skippers all aiming to deliver a great experience for their customers every day, every dive – and their expert, friendly, helpful Sales Team.

Borneo Dream’s breadth of diving offering is backed up by their association with a select range of Internationally recognised Diving Associations (PADI and TDI).

Working to the same high standards as any other PADI Resort or Centre. Borneo Dream offers all the PADI recreational courses from PADI Discover Scuba Diving through to PADI Divemaster including the world famous PADI Open Water Diver Course. Nitrox or Enriched Air available upon request along with Enriched Air Diver Courses. They are the only PADI Dive Operator in Sabah able to run the PADI Semi Closed Rebreather course and Wreck Diver speciality courses.

In addition to that, Borneo Dream also offers a range of Technical Diving Courses through TDI – Technical Courses through to Closed Circuit Rebreather Training using Air. Borneo Dream is the only provider of Closed Circuit Rebreather Training in Sabah, Borneo.

Affiliations: PADI, TDI

Distinction: PADI 5 Star Resort Centre

Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese

Number of Instructors: 7

Number of Divemasters: 0

Number of Boats: 3 dive boats (licensed for 12 passengers), fitted with GPS navigation systems, VHF radios, first aid kits and emergency oxygen

Type of Diving: Discover Scuba Diving (“DSD”) and guided dives (boat, deep, drift, wreck)

Courses Offered: All PADI courses (open water to instructor) and experience programmes, TDI Rebreather Courses

Able to Cater to Physically Disabled Divers: Yes

Equipment Rental: Yes, equipped with Mares

Nitrox Available: Yes, up to 40%

Other Services: Equipment sales and service

Instructor to DSD Student Ratio (max): 1:3

Instructor to Course Student Ratio (max): 1:3

Dive Guide to Leisure Diver Ratio (max): 1:5

Non-Diving Activities: Snorkelling, and a wide range of land-based tours

Facilities / Infrastructure: Sales office and classroom


  • Jetty: Yes
  • Hotel: Yes, can be arranged

Safety: All boats are equipped with full safety equipment, including emergency oxygen

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, online bank transfers, credit card (subject to a small surcharge)


“It was nice to dive with Borneo Dream, especially the dive mater, Basir.”

– Vivian Chung (Kota Kinabalu)


“Transport: The boat is large can accommodate at least 8 to 10 i would say, space to store your personal stuff. They have fresh water supply on board to clean yourself and also a communal fresh water tank to dunk your gear.

Equipment: Their gears are old and well worn down it felt like it might break anytime, I personally got a leaky tank due to loose DIN valve to yoke valve Insert and another diver got a leaking gauge but they do store a lot of backup up gears on board if one fail just swap it out, for me i carry my own gear so not an issue.

Dive guide and crew: Here is where they really shine, all of them are friendly and helpful for handling your gear and helping you putting on your gears as well. The Dive guide is superb , his name is Basir! If you are a underwater photog please ask for him for your next dive, he can locate underwater critters around Tunku Abdul Rahman Park like his own home , we manage to see two sea horse, nudibranch and more, for a newbie like me spotting those critter is like finding a needle in the sea plus the visi is not so good during all three dive but he manage to deliver!

Food: There is water and biscuit as refreshment on board but unfortunately no hot water. Lunch we ate at the island the menu is pretty standard nothing to shout about and also come with drinks of your choice but if you are a coffee drinker like me don’t expect a decent cup of americano or latte , grab a pack of instant coffee from Starbucks or whatever you prefer i guarantee you will thank me for this reminder!

I would highly recommend anyone who want a leisure dive to go with them, overall experience is excellent but preferable bringing your own gear.”

– Eric.M.Sari (Kota Kinabalu)


“First off, what an awesome dive boat! Makes the surface intervals so much more enjoyable, being able to lie down and enjoy the full force of the sun after a nice refreshing dive. Operator and crew got their act together! Very professional and safety-oriented on the one hand, while warm and fun personalities on the other. Would not hesitate to dive with them again.”

– Kenneth Tan (Kuala Lumpur)

Image source: Borneo Dream Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd

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