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Practical white water rafting tips

White Water Rafting in Padas RiverAll rafters will be given a safety briefing before the ride and will be shown paddle-handling, basic backward and forward paddling techniques and other safety precautions. Paddles, life jackets, safety helmets, life-lines, first aid its and rescue bags provided by the operator. The rafter only needs comfortable clothing which does not hinder movement.

Always check that the helmets and life jackets provided fit you well and are not too tight or too loose. If you have over-turned close to the river bank, don’t use your raft paddle, as you may hit someone else. Never attempt to use the paddle as a lever against rocks as you risk getting hit by it.

Additional points:

  1. Bring a change of clothes. A warm-up jacket is also a good idea.
  2. Wear secure, well-fitting shoes or diving booties.
  3. Jewelery which cannot be secured firmly should not be worn while rafting.
  4. Those wearing glasses should use an elastic sports holder to anchor their spectacles.
  5. Contact lens users are advised to wear spectacles instead, in order to cut down the risk of lenses getting contaminated.

The Last Train of Borneo to Padas River

If you are going for Padas White Water Rafting (Grade II-IV), you will be able to ride the ‘last train of Borneo’. It is called that way because, errr…. it IS the last train of Borneo. Your adventure begins from Beaufort train station and end up at Pangi, where your white water rafting will start. The train will bring you along the gorge which will give you a glimpse of the Padas river and the thrills to come. Your rafting then will end up at Rayoh, where you will have your barbecue lunch, before heading back to Kota Kinabalu.

Padas white water rafting map

Email from our friend, Calvin

I received an email from one of our friend, who went to Sabah and spend some good time here. We managed to know each other from Mount Kinabalu, and Calvin is generous enough to share with us his moment there by sending me a photo of his team. This is the email that he send to me.

Hi Ruhaizad,

I sure did enjoyed my trip. Well, the closest thing i have to a proper camera is my hp-cam; so photo qualities are quite sub-par. Will be attaching a picture of us getting ready from some rafting action at Kiulu, shot by a friend using a digital slr; rather large in size though. I’m the guy to the right of the rafting guide in the photo.

Well, it was quite a thrilling ride, being a first timer & non-swimmer i did not really know what to expect (half-expecting to be tossed into the waters at every rapid, like in TV), but i had a great time indeed. Heard Padas is better. Will be looking forward to that for my next trip. I do blog a little, to amuse myself; i’m not so much of a good story teller though.

Read your blog, you (& your wife) looked great in the unique wedding photo!


Kiulu White Water Rafting - by Calvin

Thank you, Calvin! Well, if you want your story and photo in here, just drop me an email!

White Water Rafting in Padas River, Sabah

Are you an advance paddler? Aged from 12 to 55 years old and are physically fit? Fantastic! This is the right river for you to test your skills! Uhmmm… beginners? Attempting Padas River? Yeah, sure why not? Just ‘paddle’ o­n and follow the safety instructions please!

White Water Rafting in Padas River

Padas River is situated in the interior of southern part of Kota Kinabalu that is o­nly accessible by train (used since the late 19th century in Borneo). Basically, this trip will give you two experiences advantages – 1) Excursion of Class III-IV river, 2) A ride in an antique train in this new millennium.

The adrenaline rush excursion covers a distance of 9km of this rather muddy 200 km river that holds 7 exciting and tough rapids!

These rapids carries amusing names such as Merry-Go-Round Rapid, Break Point Rapid, Scooby Doo Rapid, Cobra Rapid, Curve Rapid, Lambada Rapid and Head Hunter Rapid. Each rapid will give you the feel of the motion as what the name means.

The journey will first take 1-½ hours overland through the countryside to Beaufort town. From there upon, adventure begins with 1-½ hours train rides tracks along the Padas River that gives glimpses of the thrills and excitement to come. Upon arriving at the starting point, participant will be given safety briefing before going down the river.

The ultimate challenge will speak for itself as o­ne shoots through and experiences the nerve tingling excitement which crescendos rapid after rapid while getting a closer look at the Borneo’s amazing flora and fauna.

After rafting, enjoy a sumptuous barbecue lunch by the river. Wind down with a sunset view of the return journey to Kota Kinabalu, along with presentation of certification of achievement.

Wildlife Wetland Tour & Padas River Rafting

*This service is provided by third party travel operator. I do not have any share with them. Just an additional information for those who like to seek more adventure, other than the Kinabalu.

Proboscis Monkey

Only In Borneo provides 2 day 1 night nature adventure to Wildlife Wetland Tour and Padas River Rafting. If you would like to see the Proboscis Monkey and rafting down the Padas River (Grade III & IV), this is the place. Their tour itinerary sounded like this:

Day 1

  • 1330hrs, depart to the Southwestern part of Sabah. Journey takes approximately 1hr 45 mins.

  • Upon arrival, coffee & tea will be served with local cakes.

  • 1600hrs, on board comfortable fiberglass long boat – Cruise down for almost 2hrs in search for wildlife.

  • Experience by walking through the longest broad walk in the wetland area to return to the Base Camp.

  • 1800hrs, enjoy sumptuous Malaysian dinner served in glimmering lanterns around the dining area.

  • 2000hrs, proceed for night safari. Catch the glimpse of fireflies slowly lighting up and decorating the mangrove trees – back to the restaurant. Overnight stay at Base Camp.

Day 2

  • Buffet breakfast is served at the restaurant.

  • 0915hrs, depart to Beaufort Railway Station.

  • 1000hrs, onboard train and depart for starting Pangi. Journey passes the mighty Padas George River.

  • Start rafting down the Padas River (Grade III & IV).
  • Arrive at the ending point. Change to dry clothing and enjoy sumptuous BBQ lunch at the restaurant.
  • Depart to Beaufort and onwards to your respective hotel.

END OF TOURWhite Water Rafting in Padas River

Package Inclusive: Return land transfer and train ride, English speaking guide, light refreshment,boat cruise and night safari, rafting equipment, one night accommodation and meals as stated.

Things to bring: Sun block lotion, insect repellent, camera, sun glasses, binocular, change of clothes, cap or hat, sandal with strap / sport shoe, shorts and T-shirt, swim wear and extra cash for after purchase during the tour.