The Kadamaian White Water Rafting is a Level I-II fun activity that suits moderate adventure-seekers who are up for a challenging but relaxing trip. While anxiously waiting for the other groups to arrive, we were introduced to Sabah’s MMA sweetheart, Ann Osman, and her husband, Andrey Adriano. The newlyweds both founded Travel Rite Tours and run Xtreme Paddlers.
As a rafting specialised company, Andrey and Ann are very careful in researching and planning their raft packages. Andrey has over 15 years of experience in the rafting industry, and he also holds a certification as a White Water Rafting Guide by the International Rafting Federation. Before we headed out to the river, Andrey conducted a thorough safety briefing on rafting techniques and procedures (with a twist of humour), to give us a beginner’s insight to the rafting world help brush away our nerves and anxieties.
The entire rafting journey took us about two hours, covering ten kilometers of the Kadamaian River. Although the rapid levels are suitable for beginners, you still need to be sure that your arms strong! “Paddle forwards!” “Paddle backwards!” “Ok, boleh rest”. Our guide, Bob, was very clear with his instructions whenever we entered the rapids. Although the levels are not as challenging as Kiulu or Padas, Bob made sure that we were well taken care of during the entire journey because shallow waters meant more visible rocks.
After going through each rapid, Bob would take over the calm waters and let us enjoy the beautiful lush green jungles, the Majestic Mount Kinabalu, and undiscovered hills. During the entire rafting journey, we had a few stops along the way to regroup and chill out at the rocky natural beaches. We ended our exciting adventure at the ending point in Kampung Taginambur where you can enjoy a lunch buffet serving various local dishes. There are also toilets and bath areas for you to freshen up.
Product development has not been an easy ride for the couple. “Out of so many rivers, why did you choose Kadamaian?”, we asked. The couple has been eyeing Kota Belud for the past five years, and while developing it, they also needed to make sure the safety aspects are on par with the correct standards. They have to know the location of the nearest hospital, clinic, police station, and so on. The development hit a hiccup after the Ranau earthquake in 2015, but with the help of the locals, they managed to clear the river. After much obstacles, challenges, and training the right local people, they finally managed to set up their rafting base in December 2016.
WHAT TO BRING
- Dry bag
- Waterproof camera or GoPro
- Bathing suit or drysuit (to be worn under the clothes you plan to wear during the rafting trip
- Extra clothes
- Water shoes or sandals with straps
WHAT NOT TO BRING
- Electronics (Handphone or non-waterproof camera) You won’t use them on the river, so why risk damaging them?
If you who would like to have a gist of what white water rafting is like, but you’re not quite ready to take on Padas or Kiulu rapid levels, we highly recommend trying out Kadamaian River. With fun and responsible guides, easy rapids, and a beautiful scenery, what more can you ask for? Book your next adventure with Xtreme Paddlers today!
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