White Water Rafting (Grade III-IV) @ Padas River by Riverbug Asia/Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd- Part 1

Written by @joehairie and @roseleeladalo (co-writer)
(Photos by @roseleeladalo and Riverbug Asia/Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd)


It was indeed a thrilling experience having the team and some new friends joining the ‘little journey’ but definitely an adventurous one, along Padas River. We were on this exciting raft ride or better known as White Water Rafting (Grade III-IV) on September 3, 2016. Thanks to Riverbug Asia and Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd, we were finally ably to experience the ‘adventure’ that we have been dreaming of since long ago. This entry (Part 1) is an introduction entry, a complete write up about the White Water Rafting, Riverbug Asia and Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd. You may want to have the same experience and for that you do not need to look further in the google search, this entry is about that information that you are looking for. In the next (Part 2), it will be about our own experience doing that Water Rafting, presented to you in a full gallery, amazing photos of our ‘journey’.

The package: Facts

We were on the programme as shown in the itinerary below.  It is just a guide for you, in case you are interested to join in the adventure in the near future. We advise you to directly contact Riverbug Asia and Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd. To see how we experienced the White Water Rafting, do refer to Part 2.

The Itinerary
The exciting ‘route’ of water rafting @ Padas River

About Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd


(Credit: www.traversetours.com/about-us/)

Company Description


Started in 1995 and incorporated in 2000, Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd or is a local own company. Throughout the years, Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd has grown to be the leading name in its field and continues to thrive along with the tourism industry. Traverse Tours have a few brand under it wings: RIVERBUG, Mari Mari Cultural Village, Mari Mari Mantanani and Mari Mari Sepanggar.

Logo of TTSB Product: Riverbug-Kiulu & Padas

RIVERBUG or fondly known worldwide as RIVERBUG Crew is renowned as ‘The White Water Rafting Specialists’, believes in going the extra miles when it comes to delivering the ultimate White Water Rafting experience. RIVERBUG had three base camp which is located at Kiulu River, Padas River, and Kampar River.

Logo of TTSB Product: Riverbug-Kampar

Started as a small whitewater rafting company in one of the state in Malaysia, known as Sabah has grown into an award winning outdoor adventure tour operator. Grow stronger by the year as we open our branch at Kampar, Perak on 2005 with more exhilarating and adventurous sport.

RIVERBUG’s crew consists of professional river guides with more than 20 years of experience in adventure activities, with proficiency in both, Swift Water Rescue Program and White Water Safety. In operational side, Traverse Tours took pride in their outstanding impeccable safety record. All of the guides are trained in water safety rescue techniques on par with International Rafting Federation (IRF) and affiliated with New Zealand Canoeing Association; with a continuous refresher course for every six months. Today, RIVERBUG offers wide range of outdoor adventure activities to its guests; from whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, hiking, biking, abseiling, river tubing, team bonding, custom made tour and much more.

Logo of TTSB Product: Mari Mari Cultural Village

Meanwhile, Mari Mari Cultural Village initiated on 2008 and it offers glimpses into the lives of Sabah’s rich culture with its distinctive houses, costumes and traditional skills of five major ethnic groups; the farmers and traders Dusun and Rungus, the hunters and fishermen Lundayeh, the cowboys and sea gypsies Bajau, and the famously feared warrior tribe Murut. Experience, see, hear, taste and feel the uniqueness of what Sabah truly is. An unforgettable encounter of our Sabahan homeland. AS IT WAS… AS IT IS…

Logo of TTSB Product: Mari Mari Mantanani & Mari Mari Sepanggar

Mari Mari Mantanani also founded on 2008, located at Mantanani Islands which is a group of three isolated islands located northwest of Kota Belud, about 96 KM drive from the state capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. These islands are approximately 1 hour boat ride by speedboat from the mainland Kuala Abai Jetty. The island, shaped-like knife, has a picturesque beach that stretches up to 2.500 metres.

The fact that this small island has never been commercialized, secures its hidden secrets. The island promises the most diverse marine life with visibility up to 20 metres. Many species of rays flutter around like blue spotted ray and marbled sting ray amongst large schools of fish.

Established on 2013, Mari Mari Sepanggar is a quiet and private island located just 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu City. The island offer white sandy beaches with a panoramic sunset mirror by the urban landscape of Kota Kinabalu and Likas Bay. For a short escapade for the busy city life; Mari Mari Sepanggar Island is the answer. It has a unique vibe of exclusive Tropical Island.

The green lush of virgin forest accentuate its feature and capture the essence of the island. Take a walk along the white sandy beach, trek up the hills and be mesmerised by the vista, the scents and sounds of the nature.Simply bask in the sun on the beach, dozing to the sound of the lapping waves, and in the tranquillity of an island where few have tread.

Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd had won several awards as listed below:

i. SABAH TOURISM AWARDS 2003 “Best Tour Package” Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd

ii. PERAK TOURISM APPRECIATION AWARDS 2007 “An Adventurous Tour Package” RIVERBUG Perak

iii. MALAYSIA TOURISM AWARD 2008 – 2009 “Innovative Tourist Attraction” Mari Mari Cultural Village

iv. MALAYSIA TOURISM AWARD 2012 – 2013 “Best Tourist Attraction Culture & Heritage” Mari Mari Cultural Village

v. SABAH TOURISM AWARD 2014 “Best Tourist Attraction Non Nature / Man Made” Mari Mari Cultural Village



Vision, Mission, Values and Code of Conduct

Vision and mission is a declaration of a company’s goals for the midterm or long-term planning. It identifies what the company would like to achieve or accomplish, a new vision and mission had been proposed to TTSB as universal moral values are added to enhance the performance and goals.


Give the best Malaysia’s Experience to the customer


To earn customers loyalty and grow the business by giving high quality services and benefiting the investors as we provide opportunities for growth and enrichment to the employees. And in everything we do, we strive for truth, honesty, fairness and integrity:

i. Create and market a brand that is will be define as high quality, high value and consistency

ii. Treating suppliers and customers with the utmost respect and value

iii. Constantly strive to be the best at anything we set out to achieve

iv. Seek out efficiency improvements as our primary source of cost reduction v. Offer a service that provides substantial positive value to our customers

vi. Implementing the essential values such as “truthfulness”, “trustworthiness”, “wisdom”, and “advocacy”


SABAH Contact Information

Primary Email: tours@riverbug.asia

For Bookings Inquiries:

Sabah Tours & Destinations:+6 019 820 4921
MariMari Cultural Village:+6 013 881 4921
MariMari Mantanani:+6 013 883 4921

Headquater (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah):
Lot 227 - 229
2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: +6 088 260 501 / +6 088 260 502
Fax: +6 088 261 503
PERAK Contact Information

For Bookings Inquiries: +6 012 313 1006 (24/7)
Kampar, Perak Office:
19-C, 1st Floor
Jalan Kg. Rawa
31600 Gopeng
Perak Darul Ridzuan
Fax: +6 05-3597550
Call: +6 012 313 1006
Facebook: Click HERE
Instagram: Click HERE
Twitter: Click HERE

Teaser (Photos in Part 2)

Here are some photos that will be displayed in Part 2 (Our Experience).





The complete gallery (Photos showing our own experience) is in part 2. 


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