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White Water Rafting on the Kiulu River - Tour from Kota Kinabalu

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Key Highlights

  • Excellent introduction to the fun of white water rafting
  • Great views of the jungle as you rush down the river
  • Expert guide to go with you
  • Delicious picnic lunch provided
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    6 hours

    Start time


    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

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Discover the thrills and spills of white water rafting on the riffles and rapids of the Kiulu River.

    This Grade I and Grade II stretch of river is perfect for beginners. It has enough fast water to be fun and there are sections where you can learn the basics of maneuvering. However, there is nothing that would intimidate newcomers.

    Whizz down the rapids and coast, swim or body raft in the deep pools. Watch the wildlife along the banks and enjoy the sensation of being outdoors and in touch with nature.

    When all the fresh air and exercise has given you an appetite, a Local Buffet Lunch will be served beside the river!


    You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle for your White Water Rafting – Kiulu River, Kota Kinabalu tour. The drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kiulu River takes about 1 ½ hours by road and provides delightful views of the countryside along the way.

    On arriving at the river bank, you will meet your rafting guide and receive a briefing on safety procedures. All participants are equipped with safety helmets and life-jackets.

    Other than the thrill and excitement of riding the rapids, white water rafting is also an opportunity to see the forests and landscape from a different vantage point.

    With headwaters from Mount Kinabalu, the Kiulu River provides a Grade I to II experience and is suitable for newcomers to rafting. Grade I reaches have moving water with a few riffles and small waves. There are few or no obstructions. Grade II sections give you easy rapids with waves up to 3 feet (1m) high and wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Some maneuvering will be required.

    Between the rapids there are deep pools where you can indulge in body-rafting or swimming.

    This river excursion is between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the season. You will also be served a Local Buffet Lunch by the riverside.

    After lunch, you will be taken back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu where your tour ends.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • English-speaking guide/ instructor
    • Certification
    • Local Buffet Lunch
    • Usage of raft, paddle, helmet, life jacket
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    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 55.00 per passenger (return)

    Private - MYR 85.00 per passenger (return)

    Children under 5 are not allowed & clients on contact lenses are not advisable to participate. Clients must be physically fit.

    Liability Release Form must be signed prior to commencement of the trip

    Additional info

    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.

    Minimum 4 passengers are required for rafting

    Rapids Grade Description:

    I (One): Moving water with a few riffles and small waves. Few or no obstructions

    II (two): Easy rapids with waves up to 3 feet (1m) high and wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Some maneuvering required.

    In the dry season there may be some months when this tour cannot operate due to low water levels in the river

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