[Sabah trip, 31-Mar-2006] Early morning, we boarded on an old-style train at Beaufort that carried everything from passengers to chickens, vege, goods and even cars. Our destination? Padas white water rafting.
I always wonder why it’s called WHITE water rafting.. water is never white, and in the Padas river scenario, it’s more like a brown-ish teh tarik.
Padas water rafting is rated as grade 3 by international standard, and if it’s raining season.. it could get to grade 4. We were ‘lucky’ that it’s a rainy season, and it rained heavily just a night before, so.. it’s good lol.
Each boat was guided by at least an intrustor and an assistant, we were joined by another dozens of adventure-seekers and were briefed by a guide before boarding the raft.
We were also taught to learn body rafting and how to handle cases when we fell into the river.. actually everything was kinda exciting the moment we stepped into the raft and got into the middle of the river.
The journey was dang fun, it’s an hour of adrenaline pumping, gut rushing and exhaustion. Time passed by pretty fast though, we didn’t realized that 60 minutes had passed when we ended our adventure.
That’s shower and buffet provided at our ending point, a nice and fun experience that I would recommend to everyone.
Ability to swim is not a necessity, the instructors and guides are great rescuers. Well knowing how to swim will perhaps prevent some excessive water drinking, like our CY with stomach full of free teh tarik.
I actually had a water-proof camera with me, but I forgot to bring it along when leaving our bags at the drop point. The tour organizer did get a photographer to snap our photos, with a price.. but worth every cents in my opinion.