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.
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!
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.