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Devi Marar

5.0

This was the best so far from my other water rafting experiences and our guide is very cheerful, easy going and friendly.

Overview

Trip Starting From: Kota Kinabalu

Trip Location: Kota Kinabalu

About White Water Rafting:

Padas White Water Rafting is a thrilling opportunity for adrenaline junkies to experience a 10-kilometer long rafting experience in the rapids of the Padas river

The whole experience lasts for about 12 hours and 40 minutes and includes a long and beautiful journey through Sabah’s quaint countryside

The rafting lasts for 1.5-2 hours and touches upon eight different points of rapids; namely Head Hunter, Lambada, Cobra, Scooby Doo, Washing Machine, Mary Go Round, Snake House and BBQ Rapids

The trip includes hotel transfers between hotels in Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort

The rest of the journey is undertaken on a train from Beaufort to Pangi

The trip includes light refreshments pre-rafting and a barbeque lunch post-rafting

The rafting experience covers a 10 kilometre-long stretch of the Padas gorge on a shared raft

This is a guided tour and includes a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide

Due to the nature of the activity, children below 12 years of age are not allowed to participate in the activity

All participants are required to sign and understand the Liability Release Form before they get into the raft

The total price covers travel costs and entrance fee

This activity is an ideal way of spending your day discovering the countryside and experiencing thrills that Malaysia has to offer 

About Padas:

Padas White Water Rafting is based in the Padas River area which flows through the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the northern portion of Borneo. The train journey from Beaufort to Pangi not only offers excellent views of lush greenery but also offer a glimpse into the quieter, rural life of the state.

Your journey will take you to the site from where you will be starting your rafting with a group of other people and an experienced rafter. Packed with all the safety equipment, you will enjoy a 10-kilometre long trail that covers eight different rapids of varying intensity and lasts for almost two hours.

While on your Padas rafting trip, you will also be able to partake in some delicious lunch before and after your experience. It is an excellent way of experiencing the gorge and finding more about the local country life, all the while making unforgettable memories.

Itinerary:

5:20am hotel pick up to Beaufort Railway Station, signing of Liability Release Form
7:30am on board train
7:50am train depart, train journey around 1.5-2 hours to Pangi Station
10:30am light refreshments at Pangi
Safety briefing
10:45am rafting starts
10km rafting journey
12:30pm arrival rafting end point
Lunch
Depart back by train, train journey around 2-2.5 hours to Beaufort
3:45pm arrival at Beaufort town
2 hours journey back to Kota Kinabalu
6:00pm arrival at Kota Kinabalu, hotel drop off

Pick Up Information:

Kindly indicate your complete hotel name and address at the checkout page
Please arrive in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before scheduled departure time
The operator will reconfirm your pick up time in advance
As this is a shared transfer, please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pick up route

Meal

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  • BBQ Lunch

Activity

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  • White water rafting

Other Inclusions

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  • English speaking guide
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  • Rafting equipment and life jacket
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  • BBQ Lunch
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  • Certificate of Participation (upon request)
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  • Return hotel transfers
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  • Insurance provided by operator
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  • Bottled drinking water
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  • Basic facilities
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  • Train ride and entrance fee

Transport

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  • Shared Vehicle
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  • Pick-up and Drop from Hotel is included

Things To Carry

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  • Towel
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  • Change of clothes
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  • Insect repellent
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  • Sun protection
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  • Raincoat
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  • Swimwear
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  • Cash to pay surcharge (area out of Kota Kinabalu)

Advisory

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  • This is a group tour and you will have to share transfers and river rafting experience with other guests
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  • All participants must be 12 or over 12 years of age due to the intensity of the activity
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  • It is advisable to wear sports shoes, shorts, t-shirts for the comfort of traveling and to carry a swimsuit/change of clothes
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  • Guests are requested to clip their fingernails and toe-nails before the activity, for safety reasons
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  • Guests are encouraged not to wear contact lenses as they might cause you irritation and distraction while on the raft
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  • It is advisable to leave all your valuable items before entering the raft as you might lose them in the water while rafting
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  • All participants must sign and understand the Liability Release Form before the start of the tour
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  • Guests with heart disease, epilepsy and other serious illnesses are advised not to participate in the tour
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  • The rates of the tour include pick up and drop off to hotels within the Kota Kinabalu City Centre, additional charges will be incurred if you opt for a pickup or drop off from Kota Kinabalu Outskirts
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  • The additional charges of MYR 30 must be paid directly to the driver in cash at the time of pickup/drop off
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  • If you choose the activity without transfers, kindly arrange your own transfer to the Beaufort Railway Station
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  • The train leaves at 7:50 am; please do reach the station 20 minutes prior to the departure
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  • The ticket is nontransferable
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  • The ticket is valid only for the date and time of booking
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  • Please carry a towel, change of clothes, insect repellent, sun protection, raincoat, swimwear and cash to pay any surcharge when coming for the tour.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
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  • If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    This was the best so far from my other water rafting experiences and our guide is very cheerful, easy going and friendly.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How to use the booking voucher?

      The booking voucher for Padas White Water Rafting can be bought online and the e-mail receipt or a printed copy of the same can be shown at the time of boarding your transfer from your hotel or when you meet your guide at the Beaufort Railway Station.

    2. What is the best time to go for Padas White Water Rafting?

      The best time to go for white water rafting in the Padas River is during the rainy season which begins in November and lasts till March. Sabah records the highest amount of rainfall during this time and the water in the river swells, providing excellent rafting opportunities.

    3. Is Padas white water rafting safe?

      Padas rafting is a thrilling experience and like all adrenaline packed rides, this one also comes with its fair share of risks. But, the rafting companies do take all precautions to ensure that you experience a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

    4. Is it worth visiting Padas for rafting?

      Padas rafting Kota Kinabalu is said to be one of the most memorable experiences that must be tried if you are in the area. The 10-kilometre stretch includes 8 rapids of different intensities that will keep the thrills going for a long time and make for an enjoyable trip.

    5. If I can’t swim, can I still go for padas rafting?

      Yes, non-swimmers can also try Padas White Water Rafting. Proper safety equipment like a life jacket and a helmet are provided before you enter the water so that even if you fall off the boat, you will only float.

    6. Can I bring my camera or video camera for Padas white water rafting recording?

      It is not advisable to bring any valuable items when coming for the Padas White Water Rafting as it can slip out of your hands and get lost in the water.

    7. What is the youngest age child you will allow on the river?

      The age limit for joining the Padas rafting tour is 12 years. Children younger than 12 are not allowed due to the intensity of the activity.

    8. Will I have a guide in my raft?

      Yes. Every raft has a guide.

    9. If I get injured what would be the solutions and who will bear the medical treatment cost?

      Padas white water rafting price includes insurance for the participant which is provided by the operator. In the unlikely event of an injury, you can claim the insurance to cover the costs.

    10. What are my chances of falling out of the boat? What should I do if I fall?

      The chances of falling off your boat are low but immediate action must be taken upon falling. The first thing to do is to not panic and to not fight the current. In case of a grade 2 current, self-help is possible and you will be able to swim to the shore without much help. In the case of grade 4 rapids, group rescue is undertaken if you fall.

    11. What do I need to wear for Padas rafting?

      Wearing proper safety equipment like a life jacket and a helmet is very important during Padas White Water Rafting. You must also wear comfortable clothes and shoes like shorts, t-shirts and sports shoes.

    12. Can I do it solo or I have to join a group?

      Rafting is done in a group of 6-8 people along with a guide.

    13. What is the level of rapids when rafting in the padas?

      You will face eight different rapids, mostly of the grades 3-4.

    14. What is the meeting point for the tour and what are the timings for pick up?

      The meeting point of the tour is your hotel lobby or Beaufort Railway Station, depending on whether you have opted for hotel pickup or not. The timings for pickup vary, depending on your location. These are as follows:

      Outskirts and 1 Borneo area: 5:00 am

      Kota Kinabalu City: 5:20 am

      Airport and surrounding areas: 5:30 am

    15. What are the operational days and times?

      The tour is operational on all days of the week and starts at 5:00 am from the Kota Kinabalu City outskirts.

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