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Padas White Water Rafting | 1 Day | Borneo

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Looking for an adrenalin-fuelled day trip? Then look no further than the White Water Rafting trip along the Padas River. Offering a grade III-IV white water rafting experience, the Padas River offers something for experienced ‘rafters’ and those who want that ‘rollercoaster’ rafting experience. Lots of fun, swirling rapids and getting very wet!! It’s an early start from Kota Kinabalu to the Padas River but riding on an old train in the Sabah countryside makes for an exciting journey!

Important – Due to post Pandemic issues, we are only offering this with Private Minibus Transfers plus the minimum booking is four persons. Sorry for any inconvenience caused, but this will make this trip far better.

Padas White Water Rafting – Wet & Wild Adventures in Sabah, Borneo

Are you ready for adventure? Then join a white water rafting adventure along the Padas River Sabah Borneo. White water rafting on the Padas River, near Kota Kinabalu, is a challenging adrenaline-filled tour you will never forget. Experience the raging water of the Padas River, claimed to have the best rapids in South East Asia!

This Padas River white water rafting trip covers around 9km of the 200km long Padas River. This adrenaline-fuelled journey will take around 2 hours. During your White Water Rafting Padas River Sabah Borneo trip you will visit such rapids as:-

  • Merry-Go-Round Rapid
  • Break Point Rapid
  • Scooby Doo Rapid
  • Cobra Rapid
  • Curve Rapid
  • Lambada Rapid
  • Head Hunter Rapid – with the name you have a clue of what to expect.

Test yourself – Padas White Water Rafting, Sabah, Borneo

The Padas River is situated in the interior of the south-western part of Sabah that is only accessible by train (used since the late 19th century in Borneo). So you’ll enjoy both a coach ride and a train ride to reach Padas Gorge, Sabah, Borneo.

If you are looking for a gentler white water rafting trip then check out our white rafting Kiulu River trip, a Grade – II rafting experience. Alternatively, if you want more adventure during your stay in Kota Kinabalu then you could consider a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience and try scuba diving along coral reefs near Kota Kinabalu.

Trip Itinerary – Padas River White Water Rafting, Sabah, Borneo

05:20hrs: you will be picked up from your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu and transferred by coach to Beaufort Railway Station which is located in the interior division of Sabah, East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo. During the coach ride, you will sign the Liability Release Form for the Padas white water rafting activity.

07:30hrs: you will arrive in Beaufort and proceed to board the train.

07:50hrs: The train departs from Beaufort station. There will be an interchange of trains at Halogilat Station. Proceed to Rayoh Sation. On arrival, you’ll get changed into your rafting gear.

10:30hrs: You will arrive at Pangi. Light refreshment will be served and a safety briefing will be conducted. The rafting will then commence along the Padas River from the starting point, Pangi, to Rayoh (ending point) and will take about 1 1⁄2 hours-2 hours (10km) including of 8 points of rapids as you raft down Padas Gorge. The Padas white water rafting activity will be faster / slower depending upon the flow of the River (and whether is it High, Medium or Low water level).

12:30hrs: You will arrive at Rayoh (the ending point) of your Padas River white water rafting activity. Here you will enjoy a buffet lunch.

13:30hrs: You will depart by train to Beaufort for a 2 – 2.5 hours train ride.

15:45hrs: Arrive in Beaufort Town and transfer by coach back to Kota Kinabalu. The bus transfer will take an estimated 2 – 2.5 hours. You will arrive in Kota Kinabalu around 18:00hrs.

Trip Pre-requisites – White Water Rafting Padas River, Sabah, Borneo

A good level of fitness is required to go white water rafting at Padas River Sabah Borneo. Children need to be 12 years and older to join this trip. All rafters will sign a Liability Release Form before you start the rafting activity.

Trip Inclusions

Return transfer from a hotel in central Kota Kinabalu, rafting equipment, English speaking Rafting Guide, lunch, insurance and certificate, 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.

Trip Exclusions

There is an outskirt pick up charge for collections from Resorts/hotels north of Kota Kinabalu (e.g. the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort). You can choose to purchase a DVD of your Padas River white water rafting activity on the day.

Recommended Packing List For The Trip

Sandals with strap, shorts and T-shirt (NOT white colour), swimwear, personal spend, insect repellent, sun-block lotion, change of clothes, towel.

Notes – Padas White Water Rafting, Sabah, Borneo

The white water rafting to Padas River involves a very early start so get plenty of sleep the night before and remember to set your alarm. Ask your hotel for a packed breakfast to be ready for you to collect before your pick up time.

Sometimes the train may break down on the day of your trip (as it is an old train). If this happens your transfer route on the day will be adapted and an alternative train route used (from Tenom). Your Guide / Driver will brief you if this is the case for your trip. As such, please make sure that you don’t have a flight to catch after your Padas white water rafting trip as the return time will vary depending on the train condition and the current water level.

For the Padas white water rafting activity you must have trimmed fingernails and toenails and please do not wear jewellery or valuable items during the rafting activity (best keep the latter stored safely back at your hotel).

The prices shown are valid for trips up to 31st March 2023. For Padas white water rafting trips after this date please contact us for a quote.


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