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Sabah, Malaysia

Kiulu White Water Rafting

It’s a little bit like a slip and slide surrounded by lush tropical nature. Grade I and II rapids are good for adventurers who would rather save their energy for Mt. Kinabalu and have a bit of fun with their mates. All our partner guides are experienced and trained to keep you safe. Some of them run pretty big operations while others are mom and pop shops. Have a flick through and see what you like.


The closest main transport hub to Kiulu River is Kota Kinabalu town (reached by flight to Kota Kinabalu Airport or overland within Borneo). Kiulu river is another 2 hours' drive from the main city center of Kota Kinabalu town. The providers will provide transport to the river from your hotel Kota Kinabalu town.

Even with the intro level rapids, you want to make sure you are with someone who knows the river and can be on hand to help out the team in case of unexpected events.

Kiulu River white water rafting makes for a fairly easy physical activity and it does not require knowing how to swim, but you should be comfortable in the water with a life vest.

Pretty much good to go all year round, but the waters could get a little rougher from March to November during monsoon season.

8:30 am to 3:30pm on the same day (including transport time)

You may notice that some of the options include an IRF button. This means that the provider has been certified by the International Rafting Federation, which maintains and promotes development of rafting at all competition, commercial and recreational levels. IRF certification means that an instructor has high quality, internationally recognised qualifications to guide people safely down rapid water rivers. This training requires instructors to maintain CPR and first aid certification.

The typical schedule will include: an early morning pick up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu town, a drive down the hilly Sabah country side of about 2 hours, about an hour and a half of fun on the river, followed by a lunch and relaxation at a camp on the river and finish off with a ride back to Kota Kinabalu town

Change of clothes
Towel
Flip flops
Sunscreen
Dry bag or plastic bag to keep your belongings
Swimwear
Bug repellent

Stop by the Gamut Cafe restaurant near Kondis Point if you have a chance for some simple yet delicious country style cooking and experience the local hospitality.

You may also be wondering what rapid Grades (I-V) mean in practice. We hope that this is a helpful summary:

Grade I (Easy): Flat water with generally unobstructed passage.
Grade II (Novice): Small to medium sized waves and a few obstacles.
Grade III (Intermediate): Fairly high waves, and the passage may be difficult to recognize from on the river.
Grade IV (Advanced): High, powerful, irregular waves, with the passage often difficult to recognize and negotiate.
Grade V (Expert): Very difficult rapids, High-powerful-irregular waves, difficult to negotiate, the extreme for commercial operations.