For the whitewater activity, the river condition or water level will be referred to as “grade” or “class” followed by a number and for each river will have different grade. For Padas River the grade is III and IV.
Grade III the Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided.
Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare and self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.
Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class III- or Class III+ respectively.
Grade IV is Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure.
A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require “must make” moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting may be necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills.
For kayakers, a strong roll is highly recommended. Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class IV- or Class IV+ respectively.
Total length for Padas River is 14KM from starting point Pangi station down to ending point Rayoh station.
There will be 8 exhilarating rapids you can found in Padas river, “The Headhunters” , “Cobra” , “Snake House” are some intense rapids you will experience and some reaching as high as six feet!
Padas River set among dense jungle, the only access is by train known as Sabah State Railway also the only train operates in Borneo.
Normally, the rafting can take between 1 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Padas Rafting is are day trip tour, start at early morning in 0500hrs and finish the tour at dawn