White Water Rafting

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 16, 2007

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Monday, September 4, 2006

Ok today is Monday and today we are going white water rafting; bring it on.

We have to get up at 6.30am so we have enough time for breakfast (which I forgot to say is included in the price of the room too; self service) and my morning coffee so I can function properly! I have no problems getting up since I really didn't sleep much and I am quite excited about today's adventure.

The mini bus picks us up at 7.20ish with Averil & Sophie already in and another girl called Kat from Scotland who has been in Borneo for 2 months working on some eco project. It's a 1 hour drive to Beaufort where we catch the only train up here which takes us to the end point (Rayoh) so we can leave our bags, then we jump back on the train which drops us at the starting point (Pangi). The train also takes about 1 hours but the view is amazing and the train track is situated right next to the river so we can see the rapids we will be riding back down. They don't look too big or scary and we are all excited.

We jump of the train and walk the short distance to the hut where the raft is being set up for us. They don't look so big but can hold up to 10 people; there are only 5 of us plus the 2 rafting men so we have lots of space and are not crammed in like the others looked when full. We grab life jacket and helmet, are briefed on what to do should we capsize (and we will capsize they make sure of it), then walk to river and away we go.

The first few rapids are taster rapids meaning they are only small and I guess a bit boring once you've been through the bigger ones. The river level is quite high so most of the rapids are level 3 & 4 (5 is the highest) and all have names which I will get to soon.

So the first big rapid is Head Hunter and rafting into it doesn't seem so bad. We are told when to paddle and whether to paddle hard or soft. We raft through no probs and its quite good fun. We are then told to jump in the water to make sure our life jackets work and keep us afloat. The water is lovely and cool, albeit a bit mucky and murky; they have aptly renamed it yellow/brown water rafting! (See pics) We then body raft for a short distance which is so much fun. The current just sweeps us down river and we just have to watch out for a few rocks (most have been removed to make it safe). We climb back on board (well me being so small I am dragged back on board) ready to hit Scooby Doo rapid and the fun begins. We laughed so much as our raft is tossed in the air and turned sideways hitting huge waves but we all managed to cling on for dear life. Next was Cobra and at one point Ben was hanging off the edge, only the foot hooks managed to keep him on board and we laughed even more. We later found out that they actually tried to tip us over here but it didn't work. We then jumped in and body rafted some more, then stopped for cig break before we headed off to Lmbada and the Washing Machine! Here we hit a huge wave sideways on and the boat went flying in the air, we all fell out, Sophie grabbed my arm (she knows I'm not good in the water), the boat landed on top of me and Kat and Averil fell on top of Ben. I swallowed half the river and couldn't breathe properly for a good 5 minutes. The rafting guys were ace and dragged me back on the boat to safety first then all the others climbed on. We then found out that Averil steered us into the Washing Machine to make us tip on purpose and that's when they told us they had tried to tip us at Cobra. We laughed loads and although I didn't like being in the water I have to say it wouldn't have been as much fun without us all falling in to the river. Next was the Merry-Go-Round and Snake House. For the Last Rapid (that's its name) they sat us all at the back so it would kind of wheely over the water, but it didn't tip, well not fully although Kat fell over board and we all laughed! Then we were left to body raft to the end which was cool.

The rafting took nearly 1 hours and went way too fast. I managed to get some pics of the other rafts coming down after we had got out so check out the pics and for about 20 quid it was an amazing day out. We may even go again if we have time before we leave.

Back in KK Ben and Sophie got their hair cut for 80p (that's for both of them although Ben's took an hour and Sophie's took 3!). Ben and I went to Little Italy for tea (highly recommended the food & service is the best in the world), checked into our new room, went for a quick coffee at Coffee Beans and checked out the FREE wireless internet.

Big news today Steve Irwin died in a freak accident when he was stung through the heart by a Stingray while he was snorkeling filming a documentary in Queensland. He is only 44 years old and it shocked me to the core. He pulled some crazy stunts in his time so I think it's quite sad that he died this way. Plus the fact that I have snorkeled above lots of Stingrays in Mexico myself!!

It's Ben's Birthday tomorrow and we are going diving; bring it on!!!!

To be continued. . . . .
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