Effect Of Temporary South Korean Tourist Ban In Kota Kinabalu

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.

Effect Of Temporary Chinese Tourist Ban To Kota Kinabalu Scuba Diving

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Effect Of Chinese Tourist Ban To Kota Kinabalu Local Scuba Diving Industry – Recently on early February of year 2020, Sabah State Government imposed a no-entry band to all Chinese tourists.

This means any people from mainland China that holds China mainland passport are banned from entering Kota Kinabalu. Foreigners and Malaysians who are non-residents of Sabah with recent travel history to mainland China for the past two weeks will not be allowed to enter the state starting from 8 February 2020.

Lack of Chinese tourists in Kota Kinabalu gave very huge impact to scuba diving centers and other business outside scuba diving that caters for Chinese tourists since 2016. We used to see group of Chinese tourits walking around the city everyday. Now, city of Kota Kinabalu turns quiet without Chinese tourists.

Chinese restaurants in Gaya Street are empty or lack of diners. Welcome Seafood, the most popular seafood restaurant in Kota Kinabalu also left with no customers at all, or only small number of customers that are local Malaysian Chinese.

Some souvenir shops are empty without customers, especially souvenir shops run by local Chinese owners. Because of the ban, most hotels in Kota Kinabalu also has low number of incoming customers.

We heard news that several other small dive centers in Semporna also has been closed due to no incoming customers. Some business outlets laid off their workers or gave long holidays to their permament staff due to lack of customers since the ban started.

As for Chinese nationals who are still in Sabah, they have been advised to depart or return before expiry of their visa. How are doing after these circumstances?

We still go out scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu as usual. Our PADI scuba instructors still go out teaching PADI scuba courses as usual. The main difference is that we dont have so many dive guests just like before.

We still receive incoming dive guests among local Malaysians, from Singapore, tourists from Europe and several tourists from Australia. Go Aquatic used to cater so many Chinese tourist for their scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu.

During previous 3 year since 2017, most Chinese tourist opt for PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu, then most of them continue to PADI Advanced Open Water Course.

Some of them joined us in our daily leisure dive trip in Kota Kinabalu to improve their scuba diving skills before going for holiday to anoter diving destinations such as Mabul island or Sipadan island in Semporna.

But now, we think because of the travel ban, we will not receive any other incoming customers from mainland China, if coronavirus threat still active. Sabah Tourism Board statistics show Chinese tourists were the largest number of foreigners to visit the state on 2019, totalling 558,903 people.

On 2019, state of Sabah received 3.76 million visitors, comprising 2.44 million domestic tourists and 1.32 million foreign tourists. That is a huge number. The biggest is East Malaysia.

The Malaysian Association of Hotels reported that Sabah suffered from up to 29,874 room cancellations from January 22 onwards, with some RM10 million in loss of revenue. Chinese tourists contribute hugely to the tourism industry in Sabah.

We really hope situation will get better, soon. Lets pray!

 

2 New PADI Open Water Course Participants From Russia

Kota Kinabalu Diving

2 New PADI Open Water Course Participants From Russia – On 1st July, we received 2 new PADI Open Water Course participants from Russia. They are Ana and Aliana. Both travelling from Brunei Darussalam for their holiday in Kota Kinabalu.

Aliana works at flight attendant while Ana works as school teacher. Previously they visited Go Aquatic dive center in Wisma Sabah on final week of July before deciding to take PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu together as dive buddies.

Here are their photo during PADI Open Water Course theory classroom session. The theory classroom session was held on 1st July 2019 in Go Aquatic’s multimedia room. It is located in Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu Diving - Open Water Course On 1 July 2019

Their classroom session starts at 12:00 PM as they requested to start late. They arrived on 1st July at 10:00. They want several hours to check-in into their hotel once their arrive in Kota Kinabalu.

After completing their PADI Open Water Course, Ana and Aliana plan to focus on Kota Kinabalu diving to practice their basic skill. They might join leisure dive trip to explore underwater world in Kota Kinabalu.

 

How To Find Go Aquatic Location

Go Aquatic office in Wisma Sabah

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.

Kota Kinabalu Diving - Go Aquatic Location From Kota Kinabalu International Airport

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
  • Ang’s Hotel
  • Capitol Hotel
  • Plaza Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
  • Mercure Hotel
  • Jesselton Residence (popular among AirBNB users)
  • Qlio Hotel
  • Hotel New Sabah
  • 1 City Hotel
  • H2 Backpackers
  • 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 63
  • Hotel Eden 54
  • The Jesselton Hotel
  • The Jesselton Cabin
  • Hotel Gaia
  • Lucky 11 Hotel
  • KK Suites Hotel
  • Lazy Elephant Guest House
  • The Bunk Hostel
  • Asia Adventure Lodge
  • Mad Suite
  • Summer Lodge
  • Fat Rhino Hostel
  • V Hotel
  • City Park Lodge Kota Kinabalu
  • Horizon Hotel
  • Pantai Inn
  • Mandarin Hotel
  • Red Palm Hotel
  • Akinabalu Youth Hostel

 

List of accommodation about 20-30 minutes walk on foot from Go Aquatic

  • Dreamtel
  • Citytel
  • Riverson Hotel
  • Imago The Loft Residences
  • Klagan Hotel
  • DeLeeton Hotel
  • Promenade Hotel
  • 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.

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