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Whitewater Rafting on the Padas River - Tour from Kota Kinabalu

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Duration: 10 hours
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  • Experience the breath-taking exhilaration of white-water rafting
  • Feel the adrenaline rush as you fight the foaming rapids
  • Class III and Class IV offers a challenge even to experienced rafters
  • Great views of the jungle as you rush down the river
  • Delicious BBQ lunch provided

Pack a change of clothing and your sense of fun and prepare for nerve-tingling excitement on this exhilarating rafting trip.

Padas River is recognized internationally as one of the best white water rivers in Malaysia, with its Grade III and IV rapids offering a challenging course for rafters. For those seeking thrills in the great outdoors, the Padas River offers a heart-pounding and rewarding experience.

Take this tour, tame the rapids of Padas and enjoy a wet, rough and tumble ride on the ultimate white water rafting adventure in Sabah.


For your Whitewater Rafting on the Padas River adventure, you will be picked up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu in a coach.

A journey of about 1½ hours brings you to the Beaufort railway station in time to catch the train to Pangi Station, the starting point of the rafting adventure. The railway track runs along the Padas River so the journey is an opportunity to size up the raging rapids as the train chugs through the lush green jungles.

You will reach Rayoh Station where you also deposit your dry clothes to be collected on your return from the rafting experience. You then continue to travel on to Kampung Panggi, the take-off point. Here, you will meet your rafting guide and receive briefings on safety procedures.

Disembark at Pangi station and carry your raft down to the Padas riverbank. The rafting journey on Padas River is between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the river-stage. The route is a Grade III to Grade IV and presents a challenge even to experienced rafters.

The route covers a distance of 9 km (5.4 miles) and includes 7 exhilarating rapids! These carry expressive names such as Merry-Go-Round Rapid, Break Point Rapid, Scooby Doo Rapid, Cobra Rapid, Curve Rapid, Lambada Rapid and Head Hunter Rapid. These names give you hint of what to expect at each rapid.

You will get out of the river at Rayoh and, after a delicious Local Buffet Lunch, will return by train from Rayoh back to Beaufort.

At Beaufort, you will be picked up in a vehicle and taken back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Children under 5 are not allowed & clients on contact lenses are not advisable to participate. You must be physically fit to participate in this tour.
Liability Release Form must be signed prior to commencement of the trip

Pick-up from Tuaran will be 30 minutes earlier
Surcharge of approx MYR65 per passenger for pick-up / drop off Tuaran.

Surcharge applied exit - outskirt hotels (e.g Nexus Karambrunai, Shang-ri la Rasa Ria, Beringgis etc) will be imposed surcharge as per below rates :
Coach - MYR 50.00 per passenger (return)
Private - MYR 80.00 per passenger (return)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Return transportation from Kota Kinabalu
  • Railway ticket
  • Certification
  • English-speaking rafting guide (Grade III & IV)
  • Usage of raft, paddle, helmet, life jacket
  • Local Buffet Lunch
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
10 hours
Start time
Pick up time as follows:- Hotels Time:
Rasa Ria - (OUTSKIRT) 0515h (05:15am)
Nexus - (OUTSKIRT) 0515h (05:15am)
1 Borneo Hotel 0530H (05:30am)
KK/City Hotels 0540h (05:40am)
Pacific / Magellan 0540h (05:40am)
Star 0550h (05:50am)
BERINGGIS BEACH 0615h (06:15am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.
(Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Ending point
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

If the train is not running for any reason an alternative mode of transport will be substituted.
Dos & Don'ts
Do not bring any valuables on the trip. Please bring along sun block lotion, towel, mosquito, repellent and a change of clothes. For rafting you can wear a swimming costume or t-shirt and shorts plus flip-flops, sandals or sports shoes.

Avoid pull-on water shoes – they don’t stay on well in fast-moving water. Do not bring any valuables with you. This tour is not recommended for people wearing contact lenses

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