Splashing wars, low-hanging bridges, and a multitude of breathtaking waterfalls are just a few of the highlights from the fun-filled day of white water rafting in Ubud, Bali.
In this blog post, I will share with you my experience, what you need to know, and what you need to bring and I will recommend the best value rafting tour (DON’T book a rafting trip from your hotel for an expensive price!)
BEST VALUE TOUR: WHITE WATER RAFTING IN UBUD
Many people in Bali will try and sell you a rafting trip for $70 all the way up to $150. Please do not pay this price as it is a rip-off. Rafting is a relatively cheap activity to run. The best value tour is through a company called Four Elements Adventure which combines the rafting activity with an ATV adventure for a full day of fun.
The tour includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu and even includes a buffet lunch. All of this is for a great value price of just $26. Almost 10,000 people have booked this tour through Klook as you can see in their stats so it is definitely the most popular and you are safe knowing that it has been enjoyed by many before you.
This is what you can expect on your white water rafting tour in Ubud.
- See the lush rainforest, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking gorges in the surrounding areas
- Delicious buffet lunch/dinner and convenient roundtrip transfers to your hotel included
- Follow experienced and friendly guides who will make sure that you have fun while keeping you safe
- Suitable for solo travelers and people of all ages (aged 7-65) and inclusive of personal insurance coverage
Book your tour: Whitewater Rafting Tour & ATV tour in Bali
WHITE WATER RAFTING TOUR IN UBUD, BALI: MY EXPERIENCE
The Telaga Waja river is home to a handful of white water rafting companies that use the same 14 km section for their rafting tours. On any given day you can see a rainbow of different colored rafts taking groups of tourists along the 2-hour water adventure. Like many of the tours in Bali, the shuttle to and from the activity and buffet style lunch was included!
After a two hour ride from Kuta, our minibus dropped us off at a small shelter on the edge of a gorge. Here, we were outfitted with lifejackets, helmets, and paddles as we waited for our names to be called then began the long trek down the hundreds of stairs to the river. The warm sun beat down on the rice fields that lined the gorge and we were glad that we would be getting into the water soon!
Once we reached the bottom, we were given a quick safety talk before we hopped in the rafts- Jackson, his sister, and I in one and his parents in the other- and began our adventure down the Telaga Waja river! As we floated down the first 100-meter stretch we quickly realized how qualified our guide was; we barely even had to paddle! Every few minutes he’d tell us to paddle, lean back, or yell out “boom boom” which really meant ‘brace yourselves we’re about to crash into some rocks’.
The thick jungle canopy shielded us from the hot sun as we passed through a multitude of different waterfalls, Balinese shrines, and small huts along the river. We went from quietly being in awe of our beautiful surroundings to laughing about being thrashed about as the guide called out “boom boom”. About half way through we stopped at a small outcrop to enjoy drinks and stretch our legs.
The second half of the ride proved to be much more entertaining as there was a waterfall with a 10-foot drop that we would be rafting down. As we approached the drop, my stomach began to flutter. Was this even safe? Even as the question crossed my mind it was too late to do anything but let out a little scream as our boat slowly tipped over the edge.
Shortly after the drop, we got off the rafts and were greeted with another steep set of stairs.
At the top, there were showers and change rooms, and our driver was nice enough to bring our bags over so that we could change into fresh dry clothes.
After a quick clean up, we sat down to enjoy the buffet style lunch that surprisingly enough had plenty of choices for me! We ate and looked through some of the pictures that the photographer on hand had captured before getting back into the van and heading home. The photos had us laughing at our misadventures.
All in all, white water rafting in Ubud was a great time! While we usually try to avoid the touristy activities when we travel, this was definitely worth the time and money.
Another one of our favorite activities was visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.