Every traveler who visit Bali for a holiday, need to have river rafting at least once. However, before you make any rafting booking in Bali and snap a life jacket, there are certain things that you need to understand on a Bali river rafting. Therefore rafters, don’t join Bali river rafting if you have not read this page thoroughly.
10 Things To Understand On Bali River Rafting Trips
Before I inform you regarding ten things to know on Bali river rafting. It better for me to inform you, that there are three rivers in Bali used for whitewater rafting trips. Moreover, rivers are:
- Ayung River in Ubud.
- Melangit river in Klungkung.
- Telaga Waja River in Karangasem.
So, the rafting trip in Bali does not take place in one river. Ok, let’s move on to the list of 10 things to understand on Bali river rafting.
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1. Bali Rafting Is Not Pure Sports Is A Vacation Tour
Some people hesitate to join rafting in Bali due to they consider river rafting in Bali as a sports activity that required great stamina to do it. The reality, the one who needs a high strength is your river rafting guide, not you. Your river rafting guide will take in charge to steer the boat and to control the speed, while you still need to paddle on some area of the river but is not as hard as you think.
Most of the Bali rafting participants will not feel tired during the activities, due to they can see the different perspectives of Bali.
2. You Will Not Get Hungry, But You Get Thirsty
Most of the rafters choose morning session rafting, and less prefer afternoon rafting. Due to afternoon rafting only available in one river which is Ayung river Ubud. During the rafting, you will not get hungry, even though you forgot your breakfast. However, you will feel thirsty, especially if you rafting on a bright sunny day. To make your rafting trips in Bali enjoyable and not bother by thirsty, therefore you must let’s and ask you rafting guide to keep your drinking water in his dry bag.
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3. Avoid Slipper And Wear Shoes
Wearing slipper instead of shoes during your vacation in Bali is the best choice. Slipper easy to clean, your feet do not get hot and avoid smelly feet due to high humidity in Bali. However, during whitewater river rafting in Bali, wearing slipper is the wrong choice, why? You can quickly lose your slipper during rafting, and barefoot you will hard to walk on the river floor.
So wear your sports running shoes, and it doesn’t need to be a famous brand, as long it protects your feet, is fine! Alternatively, you can wear river sandals.
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4. Knows Your Capability & Choose The Right River
Before making a rafting reservation in Bali, you need to know your Bali river rafting requirement. Therefore you get what you expected. As I mentioned above, there are three rivers in Bali appropriate for Bali rafting tours. Also, all river is suitable for beginner or a first timer in river rafting activity.
- Ayung River Ubud is appropriate for you if you want to have leisure rafting, with amazing scenery of the rice field. Also, Ayung River in Ubud classified as level 2 – 3 on international river rafting classification.
- Telaga Waja River in Karangasem is appropriate if you want to have long and a bit of extreme rafting. When I said extreme, it is not as extreme as sports rafting but you will get some of the adrenaline boosts when you join Telaga Waja river rafting. Telaga Waja river classified as level 2 – 4 on international river rafting classification.
- Melangit River Klungkung is very appropriate if you want to have short rafting tours, and don’t want to have long trips to get the river location from Kuta or Seminyak.
However, among travelers only two rivers in Bali that famous as the Bali river rafting location, which is the Ayung River and Telaga Waja river. Therefore, if you get confused to choose between Ayung river Ubud and Telaga Waja River, please click the below link!
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5. Don’t Want To Climb Stairs, Choose Telaga Waja River
Some of you will not know, that from the lobby area to river location or vice versa, from the river to the restaurant area, you need to climb stairs. The question now, is it many stairs? Yes! However, not all rivers in Bali will give you plenty of stairs to climb. If climbing stairs bother you, therefore you need to choose Telaga Waja river Karangasem.
Most rafting operator at Telaga Waja River has lobby and restaurant area close by to the river, therefore even though you still need to climb stairs, its only less than 20 stairs.
6. Take A Pee On The Riverside Is Normal and Who Cares
On each rafting trip, your river guide will give you time to take a break on a particular area of the river, mainly with the waterfall. During this break time, besides, take a picture and some drink, use your break time to take a pee. The issue is, no toilet on the riverside, therefore take a pee on the riverside especially for men is a typical thing that you gone see.
7. Bring Your Phone. However, Is Your Risk
Most rafting participants in Bali will bring their phone, mainly used for taking a picture. However, you need to know, none of the rafting operators in Bali provide insurance cover for losing or damaging your phone. Therefore, bring your phone during rafting is at your risk.
So now I am gone have rafting photos if I do not have my smartphone or camera? There is a professional photographer who provides by the rafting operator who gone take your rafting photo. However, you need to pay typically around IDR 200k – 300k for 1 CD with commonly 20 pictures on 1 CD.
Now, let’s compare it. Is it worth to take your risk losing your camera or phone especially your flagship smartphone, compare to IDR 200k – 300k? The answers are on you. Let’s say you decide to buy your rafting photo, before you during registration on the start point, leave a message to the reception that you want to buy your rafting photo at the finish point. This way, you get the photographer’s attention and create great rafting photos for you.
8. Book Online Instead Direct Booking. Believe Me, Is Far Cheaper
Some travelers are not aware, by making Bali white water rafting booking online, they will get a more affordable price without any discrepancy compare to direct booking to the rafting operator itself. Most people assume, when they book online at a lower price, there will be quality different on the rafting tour that they will get. The questions now, is this correct?
What I can answer is, if you book your rafting trips with us (Wira Rafting Bali) through online, even though you get lower rafting price on a certain operator, there is no difference in term of facilities and quality that you will get, compare to make a direct booking to the rafting operator.
For example, if you Sobek Rafting Telaga Waja with us, you get rafting a price of USD 55 / person. However, if you book directly on the Sobek website, you will get rafting a price of USD 79 / person.
9. No One Cares How You Dress Up
Sometime during rafting, I saw some participants dress up on their rafting trips, which is normal and nothing wrong with it. However, during rafting trips in Bali, nobody cares about how you dress up. What most people care are to have fun and enjoy rafting trips.
10. Rafting With Kids Choose Ayung River Ubud
During a holiday in Bali, some of you accompanied by your kids, and the questions are! Can I join white water rafting with kids in Bali? The answer is, Yes you can! However, you need to aware of an absolute requirement if you allow your children to join Bali rafting.
Even though Telaga Waja river is still appropriate for kids to have rafting tour, however only Sobek Rafting that allow children with a minimum seven years old to join Telaga Waja river rafting. Other rafting operators at Telaga Waja River, required nine years old kids to join Bali river rafting.
How about if your children are five years old or 6 years old, none of the rafting operators in Telaga Waja river will allow your kids to join their rafting tours. Due to your kids 5 or 6 years old is not covered by insurance. So does it mean, I need to skip the Bali rafting trips? No, you do not!
Why? One international rafting operator in Bali covers kid insurance with a minimum age of five years old to join rafting trips in Bali. The rafting operator calls Bali Adventures Tours. However, it’s only available at Ayung river Ubud. Due to great safety precaution and security standard of Bali Adventures Tours, this makes the river rafting price offer by Bali Adventures Tours, is the highest rafting price in Bali.
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