White Water Rafting at Padas River


If you are looking for a more exciting rafting experience in Sabah, then travel to Padas River is a must. 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 carry amusing names such as Merry-Go-Round Rapid, Break Point Rapid, Scooby Doo Rapid, Cobra Rapid, Curve Rapid, Lambada Rapid and Head Hunter Rapid.

After our first Rafting experience at Kiulu , we decide to challenge Padas River.

Padas River is situated in the interior of southwestern part of Kota Kinabalu that is only accessible by train. Our tour bus picked us up at 5.30am at Kota Kinabalu. It took about 1 and a half hour bus journey to reach Beaufort Town. From Beaufort, the train ride took 1 hour to reach Halogilat Station and from there we changed to another older train to Pangi Station.

The Riverbug rafting starting point is located just next to Pangi Station. The rafting point at Padas River is from Pangi to Rayoh Station. After a comprehensive safety briefing, we are ready to get wet!

the safety kayak always stays close with us to ensure our safety


high water level due to heavy rain the night before


Our raft going through huge rapid. Great experience to be hit by the rapid and jumping high in our raft!


We all managed to stay inside the raft throughout and we feel safe with so many instructors around. Our guide for the day is fantastic and has a great sense of humor. He is the only person to fall into the water as he was busy talking to us.

The rafting journey took about 1 and a half hour and was about 10 Km long. We are feeling hungry and tired by now. We fill up our stomach with simple but good buffet prepared at the end point. We then start our trip back to Kota Kinabalu by train and then by bus at Beaufort.


For white water rafting bookings, you can contact Riverbug who is the main operator for Kiulu and Padas white water rafting.


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