Effect Of Temporary South Korean Tourist Ban In Kota Kinbalu Because Of Covid-19 Virus – Malaysian goverments Banned South Korean Tourists From Entering The Country Temporarily – Its official. Starting from 1st March 2020, South Korean tourists are not allowed to enter any part of Malaysia for holiday, for vacation, for social visit also for business.
South Korea nationals have been temporarily barred from visiting Malaysia following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.
The temporary ban also involves those transiting through Malaysia, for example from one state to another, or from one city in Malaysia to another city in Malaysia, such as from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.
The impact on us is huge. All our incoming bookings made earlier by our South Korean customers have been cancelled, since so many flights schedules from South Korea to Kota Kinabalu has been cancelled too, due to Covid-19 virus that spreaded widely without control in major cities in South Korea.
South Korean tourists gave so many contribution to Kota Kinabalu economy.
From our own experience, most South Korean tourists come to Kota Kinabalu for holiday during the whole month of August, then from November to January on next year.
We started to receive so many incoming bookings from South Korea during that time period.
During month of January 2020 alone, we receive about 20-40 incoming bookings from South Korean tourists who interested in doing Discover Scuba Diving In Kota Kinabalu, Leisure Dive In Kota Kinabalu, also Advanced Open Water Course In Kota Kinabalu.
On August 2019, we receive so many booking for Discover Scuba Diving from South Korean tourists, as they love doing scuba diving without license for fun and for leisure with their family.
Since the ban started, we havent see any South Korean tourists in Jesselton Point jetty. The jetty used to be highly crowded by South Korean tourists.
Most South Koreans love sandby beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, taking pictures in the beach and good massage. Massage is their preferred activity on final day of their holiday before going to the airport for return flight back to South Korea.
Previously, we used to see massages centers in Warisan Square and Oceanus Shopping Mall highly crowded by South Korean tourists. But now, all are nearly empty since they are not allowed to enter Kota Kinabalu becuase of the ban.
Most South Korean tourists love to walk around Sinsuran Night Market (buying manggo drinks and coconut drinks), enjoying food servings and beautful sunset view in KK Waterfront and then doing several hours shopping in Center Point Sabah.
Some South Korean entreupreneurs already established scuba diving centers catered for Koreans, Korean restaurants, Korean massage shops and Korean groceries shop in Kota Kinabalu city.
Now, most shops run by Koreans for Korean tourist are seen nearly empty without no customers at all, since they are highly focused on South Korean tourists who come to Kota Kinabalu for holiday.
We really hope things are getting better soon. Chinese toursts and South Korean tourists contributes so much to Kota Kinabalu city’s economy, especially for tourism companies and scuba diving centers.
How To Register For PADI Advanced Open Water Course – in this post we will explain how you can enroll into PADI Advanced Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu with Go Aquatic dive team.
What Is PADI Advanced Open Water Course
PADI Advanced Open Water Course is next recommended scuba diving course after completing your Open Water Diver Course. You can enroll into Advanced Open Water Course after getting your Open Water license. With Open Water Diver certification,you are only allowed to dive only up to 18 meters deep.
But, after gaining your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, you will be allowed to dive up to maximum depth of 30 meters.
Or in another words, you must have a diving license before you can join PADI Advanced Open Water Course with Go Aquatic and with another PADI dive center in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia.
2. At least did 4 dives.
Before joining PADI Advanced Open Water Course, you must at least have 4 logged dives. This is to ensure you really did diving in the past during your Open Water Course. Normally if you joined Open Water Course previously, you will do 4 dives.
3. Physically Healthy.
Before starting your PADI Advanced Open Water Course, make sure you are totally healthy. If you are not healthy, you will not be able to dive properly. Scuba diving is an activity that involves risk. If you have any medical issues before starting your PADI Advanced Open Water Course, please let us know immediately.
4. Set the date and we will process your booking. Minimum number of participant for Advanced Open Water Course is 1 person. There is nor maximum number of participants for every booking.
5. We also didn’t charge any tax other that price for your Advanced Open Water Course.
6. Payment for your booking will be completed during registration in Go Aquatic dive center. All payment will be in Malaysian Ringgit currency ( MYR). You can pay in cash, using credit card, debit card, AliPay or WeChat Pay.
How To Find Go Aquatic And How To Reach Our Physical Location – Today in this post we gonna explain how you can reach Go Aquatic location. If you are searching for Go Aquatic in Google search engine, you will see that our physical location is at LOT G30, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
We are located in Kota Kinabalu city center. The building we are in called “Wisma Sabah”.
On 2019, Wisma Sabah building painted in orange color and highly visible from nearby location. Previously, this building has been painted with color, but changed to bright orange to attract visitor. Wisma Sabah has been famous as Kota Kinabalu tourism hub.
This is because most of well known PADI scuba diving centers and tour operates open their office here. Well known operators that has office is Wisma Sabah are Riverbug, Mari Mari Sepanggar, SeaVentures, Scuba Junkie Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Dream, Viva Mantanani, Borneo Trails, WB Tours, KTM Car Rentals.
How To Reach Go Aquatic From Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)
If you want to reach to Go Aquatic dive center from Kota Kinabalu international airport, your travel time will be about 10 to 15 minutes depending on traffic condition. Your ride from the airport will be a smooth one if you take your ride between 9 AM to 11:30 AM (on Monday to Friday) and between 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
However, traffic in main road will be highly packed during peak hours – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. It might takes about 15 minutes for you to reach our location if you happen to take your ride during this hour. Use Google Map screen shot below for your reference. We suggest you open Google Map in your mobile device right now and start searching for “Go Aquatic” to see the result for yourself.
There are variety of ways you can use to reach Go Aquatic physical location. If you refer to map image above, you can reach Go Aquatic by following 3 different route. First, you can reach us via via Jalan Kepayan and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (estimated time about 16 minutes).
Second, you can reach us via Jalan Kepayan. Your travel route will pass Taman Sempelang, Grace Court apartment, Grace Garden, Sutera Harbour Resort, Imago Shopping mall, Kota Kinabalu Waterfront, Anjung Senja, Sinsuran Night Market, I Love KK monument, Todak Waterfront.
Third, you can take Coastal Road. You will go straight to Api-api Center, finally straight to Wisma Sabah where Go Aquatic main office located. Most our dive guests who booked for Kota Kinabalu diving trip can reach easily for early registration before starting their dive on following day.
How To Reach Go Aquatic From Hotels Within City Center
If you staying in several hotels in Kota Kinabalu city center (also called as KK city center) you can reach Go Aquatic within 5 minutes to 10 minutes walk on foot only. We are reachable from hotels located in Gaya Street, in Jalan Pantai, in Asia City or even in Imago shopping mall.
Here’s the list of hotels within 200 meters from Go Aquatic location in Wisma Sabah…
Gaya Center Hotel
Kinabalu Daya Hotel
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jesselton Residence (popular among AirBNB users)
Hotel New Sabah
1 City Hotel
Good View Lodge
List of hotels, hostels and backpackers in Gaya Street and Pantai Street, about 2-3 minutes walk from Go Aquatic dive center in Wisma Sabah.
Hotel Eden 54
The Jesselton Hotel
The Jesselton Cabin
Lucky 11 Hotel
KK Suites Hotel
Lazy Elephant Guest House
The Bunk Hostel
Asia Adventure Lodge
Fat Rhino Hostel
City Park Lodge Kota Kinabalu
Red Palm Hotel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
List of accommodation about 20-30 minutes walk on foot from Go Aquatic
Imago The Loft Residences
Marriot Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Hilton Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Sutera Harbour Resort
Nexus Karambunai Resort
We hope this article can be a short guide for you if you are looking on how to find Go Aquatic using Google Maps or using online map from hotel location so you can know how to get to Go Aquatic to register for your Kota Kinabalu scuba diving course.