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Whitewater Rafting on the Padas River - Tour from Kota Kinabalu

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Key Highlights
  • 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
  • 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)
    Duration: 10 hours

    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
    Overview 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 Barbeque 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • 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
    • Barbecue lunch
  • Please note & Additional info
    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 55.00 per passenger (return)

    Private - MYR 85.00 per passenger (return)

    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.

    If the train is not running for any reason an alternative mode of transport will be substituted.

    It is essential that you bring along towel, separate set of clothing and shoes, sun block, hat, insect repellent and swimwear.

    Raft is on sharing basis (minimum 2 people and maximum 6 to 8 people).

    All participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form before departure.

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