The landscape of Bali island is mountainous. There is a chained of mountain stretches from the east to the west which divide Bali into two plains; the northern and the southern plains. Bali is also of a volcanic origin that leaves some crater lakes, valleys and rivers that provide a great place for white water rafting in Bali.
The characteristic of the rivers in Bali is very unique. They are mostly with deep valleys gorge and rocky that makes the stream is good for doing white water rafting. Hence, the white water rafting become the most popular activity in the island. It is also suitable for all types of travelers who are looking for a bit of adventure during their holiday in Bali. Now days with the increasing number of the tourist doing the white water rafting it also increasing the number of rafting operators along the Ayung and Telaga Waya Rivers.
The Ayung River stretches from the mountain down to the middle area of Bali. It has spectacular surrounding scenery along the river. The rapids is categorize as level 2-3. That makes the Ayung River is suitable for beginners in the age of 6 – 60 years old. Some time during the rainy season in October up to March the level of the waters may up and the rapid grade also increased from 3-4. You just need physically fit to walk down through steps down and up from river. Average length of the rapid used by the rafting operators at Ayung River is approximately 11 km. The trip will takes about 2 hours to complete your trip from starting point up to finish point.
While the Telaga Waja River has become the most exciting river to enjoy white water rafting in Bali. The clean water runs from the rim of Mt. Abang. Travel time is about 1,5 hours from the most popular tourist resort area in the south part of Bali. Telaga Waja River provides 16 up to 17 km rapid. It takes around 2,5 to 3 hours to complete the trip from the starting point up the finish point. The start point is just few step away from the reception desk where also the life jacket, helmet and other equipment is distributed. So rafters don’t need to up and down at the start and finish point.
Telaga Waja River’s rapids are more challenging as they are classified as grade 2 – 4, suitable for intermediate rafters. The grade of the rapid pretty much depend on the season; during the rainy season it may increase but also might decrease during the dry season. Mostly scenic rice terraces view along the rivers and the river base with many volcanic rocks makes the white water rafting at Telaga Waja more fun and challenging.
Furthermore the white water rafting tour in Bali is good for all year around. The tour provides fun, excitement and also challenge. Price for white water rafting in Bali in both rivers; Ayung and Telaga Waja River vary from operator to the others. They offer same basic inclusions; return hotel transfers, equipment, river guide, lunch and insurance. However the reputation, the quality of equipment and services certainly give more the difference. The Ayung River is perfect for the beginners however for anyone in physically fit can do any of these rivers as long as they do it with a reputable company and a great guide.
For those who are active and have more energy it is good to package the white water rafting with the other to save the cost. You may combine with Mt. Cycling, Tropical Trekking, Elephant Safari or Jungle Buggy Adventure and etc. This will complete your fun in a day!