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A 15-20 minute boatride takes you to Manukan Island - an ideal getaway for a short break from the city. This shade-fringed island offers modern chalet accommodation, a restaurant, and a swimming pool. A white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs teeming with marine life beckons the city-frazzled nature lover to swim, snorkel, dive and just unwind. Put everything on hold... Spend the day on the beach or trying-out one of the many sea-sports available on the Island's Marina.

The Kinabalu Park - Malaysia's first World Heritage was designated by UNESCO in December 2000 'for its universal values' and vital biological sites. Covering an area of 754 sq km, the focal point of the Park is of course the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between Northern Burma and New Guinea.

The Kinabalu Park also houses numerous unique plants such as the pitcher plant, about 1000 orchid species and the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia. More than 250 bird species have also been recorded in the Park, namely the Mountain Bush Warbler, Kinabalu Friendsly Warbler, Palceface Bibul and the Mountain Blackeyes. In a nutshell, the Kinabalu Park is one of the world's most unique ecological systems with an altitude between 152 metres to 3,952 metres above sea level: having beauty, splendour and charm to delight any category of visitors, from the tired businessman in need of a rest to nature lovers.

Standing at 4,095.2 metres high, the name Kinabalu is derived from the Kadazandusun words aki and nabalu,where aki literally means 'ancestor' and 'nabalu' is the Kadazandusun word for 'mountain'. The local Kadazandusun believed their spirits dwell on the mountaintop and as such the mountain remains sacred to them. The imposing Mount Kinabalu led to the renaming of the state's capital from Kinabalu Fort to Kota Kinabalu in 1964.

Kinabalu Park and Mount Kinabalu is a popular gateway from the hustle and bustle of the city where visitors can enjoy the cool invigorating air. The climb up Mount Kinabalu is one reason why many visitors come to Kinabalu Park. It is said that despite its size, Mount Kinabalu is one of the easiest mountains in the world to climb. With more than 12 alpine granite peaks above 4000m on the East and West Plateau of the mountain, the 60 routes on the various peaks of Mount Kinabalu offer some of the most thrilling rock climbing experiences for climbers. Special permits are needed to climb the mountain and rock climbers will need to apply for a Multi-Peak Climbing Permit much earlier.

It is advisable to spend at least a night at the Laban Rata Guesthouse to get used to the altitude before spending your time on the summit. Be prepared for temperature changes, which can drop suddenly to nearly 0 degrees celcius during heavy cloud cover and strong winds. For a proper appreciation of Kinabalu, it is essential to spend at least a couple of nights in the park, preferably more. A variety of accommodation is available at Park HQ, Poring and Mesilau as well as at Panar Laban (at 3,272 meters/10,735 feet on the Summit Trail of Mount Kinabalu).
Ever imagined of riding the oldest train in Borneo which passes through the once renowned headhunters' tribe? The Murut? Well, guess what, we have the best river guides amongst the tribe to guide you down the raging water of Padas River, claimed to have the best rapids in South East Asia! This exciting adrenalin' rushing tour will take you down to a wave that goes as high as six feet and thrilling rapids up to grade IV. Whilst rushing down this wild and untamed part of the Padas River you will experience totally untouched nature.

Padas River is situated in the interior of southwestern part of Kota Kinabalu that is only accessible by train (used since the late 19th century in Borneo). Basically, this trip will give you two experiences advantage:
1) Excursion of Class III-IV river
2) A uniquely ride in an antique train.

The adrenaline rush excursion covers a distance of 9km of this rather muddy 200 km river that holds 7 exciting and tough rapids! These rapids carry a uniwue ride such as Merry-Go-Round Rapid, Break Point Rapid, Scooby Doo Rapid, Cobra Rapid, Curve Rapid, Lambada Rapid and Head Hunter Rapid. Each rapid will give you the feel of the motion as what the name means.

The journey will first take 1-2 hours overland through the countryside to Beaufort town. From thereupon, adventure begins with 1-2 hours train rides tracks along the Padas River that gives glimpses of the thrills and excitement to come. Upon arriving at the starting point, participant will be given safety briefing before going down the river. The ultimate challenge will speak for itself as one shoots through and experiences the nerve tingling excitement which crescendos rapid after rapid while getting a closer look at the Borneo's amazing flora and fauna. After rafting, enjoy a sumptuous barbecue lunch by the river. Wind down with a sunset view of the return journey to Kota Kinabalu, along with presentation of certification of achievement.