Padas White Water Rafting
With Grade III and IV (at times even grade V!) rapids, Padas River Rafting is great for adventurous beginners and intermediate rafters. It's a great day out if you're in Kota Kinabalu and have a day to spare.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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How do I get there?
The closest main transport hub to Padas River is Kota Kinabalu Airport (which can be reached overland within Borneo and from many major city airports in Asia). The Padas river is approx 3 hours' drive from Kota Kinabalu town. The providers will provide transport from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu to the river.
Do I need to go with a guide?
Grade III and IV rapids are no joke. You want someone there with a wealth of experience to monitor the fun.
Do I need to train up?
You should be in pretty good physical shape for Padas - being able to take strenuous exercise for a couple of hours. You should also feel comfortable in quick moving waters with a life jacket on.
What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are April, May, June, July, August, September, October
We recommend the above period because you would have good weather.
Is there anything else I should know?
You may also be wondering what rapid Grades (I-V) mean in practice. We hope that this is a helpful summary: <b>Grade I (Easy)</b>: Flat water with generally unobstructed passage. <b>Grade II (Novice)</b>: Small to medium sized waves and a few obstacles. <b>Grade III (Intermediate)</b>: Fairly high waves, and the passage may be difficult to recognize from on the river. <b>Grade IV (Advanced)</b>: High, powerful, irregular waves, with the passage often difficult to recognize and negotiate. <b>Grade V (Expert)</b>: Very difficult rapids, High-powerful-irregular waves, difficult to negotiate, the extreme for commercial operations.
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