Sabah White Water Rafting with family

A lot of adventures await families, and we challenged ourselves with Sabah White water rafting.

We did not know what to expect from White water rafting, I have only seen some videos of canoe and boat getting whacked upside down by torrent, waves and huge boulder!

The ride uphill to the starting point was uneventful. We see some rivers along the way and wonder whether Kiulu is one of them.

Helmet and life vest checked. Sense of anticipating, we see the river, we see the boat 🙂

We saw a lot of overhanging bridge along the way.

Kiulu river’s intensity (difficulty) has been rated Grade 1 and 2. The waves are considered mild.

Sabah White Water Rafting
Sabah White Water Rafting

As kids’ butts are smaller, they tend to slip left and right, I was worried the younger ones would fall overboard. My concerns were not warranted, as my adventurous kids constantly urged the captain to flip the boat!

I joked with the kids that they can grab more rafting with the Navy Divers (boat PT)!

Video (link) : Not your usual “Row Row Row your boat”, we love Sabah White Water Rafting!

Our lunch break, kids were more interested to play with the puppy.

Kiulu river conquered, one list untick from our Family’s bucket list. Yeah!
For first timers, we will recommend your family go with a river of level 1 and 2 first.
Once kids are more adventurous, go for Level 3 & 4 ! (sample river here and Sabah Pedas)


More details about white water rafting:
– Our White Water Rafting crew is from Riverbug, and booked under Amazing Borneo package
– Our voyage down Kiulu river is 9km, slightly less than 2 hours.
– Adults do most of the paddling as kids just relax.
– Water is slightly cold
– Do wear shoe as the riverbank might have sharp rocks
– No crocodiles along Kiulu river
– The experience downstream is better than Universal Studio’s roller coaster rides 🙂

Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – Sabah White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 Gaya Island Resort Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home