Staying in Bali truly recharged our physical and mental batteries to the fullest. During our trip, we stayed at the heart of this island country, Ubud. Here we had our fill of relaxation with early morning yoga, healthy food and rejuvenating spa time. However, it was time for some adventure before Bali’s magical vacation ended. So we opted for the adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting down the popular Ayung River.

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Why We Chose Ayung?

Bali is home to many serene rivers, but not all are ideal for rafting and most are located away from popular areas such as Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta. That meant that the options for white-water rafting we had were on Melangit River in Klungkun, Telaga Waja River in Karangasem, and Ayung River in Ubud.

The last one is the most popular, as it is ideal for beginners and families, and the rapids here are at class II and III difficulty level, which is rather low. It also offers year-round rafting, irrespective of the season; however, in the monsoon season, the rapids are at class IV due to high water levels. In addition to being easy and in close proximity, Ayung River also offers stunning views of Bali’s rainforest and Ubud’s well-maintained rice fields.

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How Was Our Experience?

Starting the day with cinnamon-flavoured coffee, we were picked up by our tour operators by 8.45am and we reached the venue 30 minutes later. First, we were given lockers to put our change of clothes, money and other valuables safely at the tour guide location. We then filled a registration form to tell the guides about our health concerns and other personal details. Soon, we were geared up with a helmet and paddle to head to the raft at the river, which was another 30 minutes away. The route was extremely scenic, and one not to be missed.

Before we got on the raft, the guide took time to explain the procedure, safety signals and other instructions. Soon we started moving on the pristine but furious rapids of the Ayung. It was thrilling from the word go!

From bouncing on the higher bumps to manually maneuvering the sudden waves, it was no short of a roller coaster ride. Not only did it give a rush of adrenaline to the body, it made us break the negative limitation of our minds as well. Across the 10-kilometre rafting (approximately), the guide helped us make three pit stops on slower rapids to catch our breaths and hydrate with some onboard water. We even had time to take our waterproof cameras and pose for some interesting pictures.

The trip itself was scenic and helped us explore an unseen side of Ubud. Certain parts of the riverbanks and rocks were carved with beautiful animal figures, intricate storytelling of mythology, and faces of different gods. Often we would come across small waterfalls to enjoy and paddle through with thrill.

After approximately two hours of paddling and being one with nature, we finally reached the end of our rafting journey. We had to trek back to our tour base, which was a gruelling 15-minute climb, but the adrenaline made it easy.

Which Tour Guide to Pick?

While white-water rafting in Ubud, it is essential to choose a safe tour guide and operator, with meals and spa included in your package.

1. Bali Adventure Tours (Mason Adventures Bali)

We opted for this one after carefully checking out reviews on TripAdvisor and Google. Their guides were extremely friendly and always ready to cater to our questions. Besides, you can find clean changing rooms, electronic lockers, accident insurance, and the latest safety equipment here. You can opt for different packages, such as the morning or afternoon rafting with lunch, and rafting with kayaking or safari rides among others.

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Price: We chose the noon rafting that costs between IDR 695,000 to 995,000 (Rs 3,350 to 4,796, or US$ 47 to 68) depending on the time of your visit. The cost changes as per the package.
Location: Denpasar, Bali. Pick-up is available across Ubud.

2. Bali Rafting Tours

This tour offers a host of different activities to choose from, including rafting, a lavish spa treatment, trekking, ATV rides, cycling tours and safari.

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Prices: From IDR 515,550 (Rs 2,485, or US$ 35)
Location: Denpasar, Bali. Pick-up is available at Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Canggu, Sanur, and Ubud.

3. Ubud Rafting Adventure

Popularly known as Bali Gangga Rafting in Ayung, this tour operator has glowing recommendations on Google. It is known for its safety features and approachable guides. However, its key feature is the price. It offers around 60 per cent off on pre-booking.

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Price: Starts at (before discount) IDR 1,252,050 (Rs 6,035, or US$ 85)
Location: Gianyar. Pick-up is available at Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Sanur, and Ubud.

4. Ayung River

Complete with photo and video services, the Ayung River tour offers best in class customer service. The tour guides are well-versed with English and are ideal to help first-time rafters. The website offers deals and discounts on price points, so check it out before you book.

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Price: Starts at (before discount) IDR 412,440 (Rs 1,988, or US$ 28)
Location: Kedewatan, Ubud. Pick up is across Ubud.

5. Adventures Bali

This is an affordable yet safe option for experienced rafters. If you are with a group of friends or family, you can negotiate a heavily discounted price along with meals and added activities.

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Price: Starts at IDR 400,000 (Rs 1,917, or US$ 27)
Location: Gianyar, Ubud. Pick-up available at Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, Denpasar, and Ubud.

What To Keep In Mind

– Ensure that your operator offers transfers to your accommodation and back, irrespective of the package you choose.

– The minimum age for rafting is 7 years, and you need to tell your guide about any medical conditions in advance.

– Bring a change of clothing, an extra pair or flip-flops and plenty of sunscreen. Also carry a spare plastic bag for wet clothes.

– Carry a waterproof camera to take pictures.

– If you have glasses, carry a plastic strap to keep them in place, or wear contact lenses.

– Avoid drinking heavily the night before you go rafting. The rigorous activity could leave you fatigued if you are dehydrated.

– Rafting is all about teamwork, so strictly follow your guide’s instructions.

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