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Kiulu River

Challenge yourself to an adrenaline-pumping session of white water rafting at the majestic Kiulu River.

The Kiulu River is a big name among white water rafting enthusiasts. The rafting distance is from 7 to 15 kilometres, with varying water levels. The rapids’ grades are 1 and 2, which makes it perfect for beginners.



The Kiulu River is located at Kampung Pukak Kiulu, about an hour’s drive from the Kota Kinabalu city centre.


Opening Days and Hours

The Kiulu River is open daily, but most white water rafting providers operate from 09:00 to 17:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Prices vary among operators, but an inclusive half-day tour costs about RM 200 (USD 48.65).


How to Get There

You can get to Kiulu River via a 4WD vehicle, as a car cannot navigate the road conditions. Pre-booked white water rafting tour packages typically include transportation from Kota Kinabalu.


Suggested For

The Kiulu River whitewater rafting experience suits beginner rafters and even first-timers. Visitors consist of couples, backpackers, and groups of friends.


Time to Spend

Most white water rafting tours last about 5 hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

For rafters, the best time to go is after a bout of heavy rain, as the water level increases.



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Although there are some food stalls near the river, you will have more food options in Tamparuli town, including local dishes like the famous Tamparuli noodles. Since Tamparuli is a small town, food is very affordable.


Nearby Attractions

You can check out the Rumah Terbalik and 3D Wonders Museum (5-minute drive away) or visit the Tuaran Crocodile Farm (15-minute drive away).



The Kiulu River is accessible from any accommodation in Kota Kinabalu.


Good to Know

Use sunscreen even on a cloudy day, as you will be outdoors during most of the tour.

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