Best Rafting in Bali: Ayung River Ubud and Telaga Waja River Karangasem
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Complete package—maybe that’s the right thing to say about the Island of the Gods? How could you not, starting from beaches, mountains, and tourist villages to adrenaline-pumping activities you can find in Bali? Speaking of adrenaline-pumping activities in Bali, there are many interesting activities that you can do, such as mountain climbing, paragliding, and snorkeling. But not only that, rafting is another challenging activity that you can try.
Bali has a series of rivers for rafting in Bali that will make your heart beat fast. The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno said that this kind of activity or special interest tourism, such as sports tourism and sports recreation, was considered capable of encouraging the revival of the tourism sector and the creative economy.
1. Ayung River
The Ayung River, which stretches for 62.5 kilometers (km), is ready to fulfill your adventurous spirit. As the longest river in Bali, the Ayung River is the right destination for those of you who want to try rafting. During the rafting, you will also be treated to views of natural cliffs and waterfalls. Anyway, it’ll be a lot of fun! You also don’t need to worry, because while crossing the river, you will be accompanied by an experienced guide. So, it’s guaranteed safe!
Before enjoying the excitement, you need to trek across hundreds of stairs first. After that, your tiredness will pay off when you try rafting activities that start at the Ayung River and end at Karang Dalem.To try out this activity, you can order a travel package through existing tour operator services, such as Sobek Rafting, Toekad Rafting, Bahama Rafting, Alam Tirta Rafting Carangsari, and so on. The rates offered start at IDR 350,000.
2.Telaga Waja River
Shifting to the Karangasem area, you can find a river that is no less challenging, namely the Telaga Waja River. Rafting on this river is a thrilling and unforgettable adventure. Apart from its stunning views, the Telaga Waja River has currents that are ready to test your adrenaline. Meanwhile, the difficulty level of the Telaga Waja River is class II-IV, or low. The current varies but is still relatively safe for tourists. For the track itself, you will be invited to cross the river as far as 18 km, which will take about 2.5–3 hours. You will be presented with beautiful views of forests, cliffs, and rice fields during the trip.
For those of you who want to try rafting on the Telaga Waja River, you can use the available tour operators, such as The Bali Activities and others. Besides being easier, several tour operators also provide attractive tour packages to explore the Telaga Waja River.
For example, for the Telaga Waja Rafting Tour package, after rafting you will be invited to have lunch at the finish point restaurant, then tour several tourist attractions, such as Bukit Jambul, Goa Lawah, and Kerta Gosa. The package price offered is also quite friendly, starting at IDR 350,000 per person. This price includes shuttle fees, lunch, and rafting on the Telaga Waja River.