Bali Rafting activity or Bali white water rafting seem quite scary to those who have never tried, specially for those who can not swim. But the rafting activity in Ayung River, Bali, it feels too dear not to be tested. Located not far from the center of Ubud village, our Ubud Rafting Company has the longest rafting route on the island.
The nine-kilometer route is also the oldest rafting route that has existed since 1989. With modern facilities and adequate, this adrenaline activity is guaranteed safe for ages five to 65 years. The starting point of preparation is at headquarters located on Jalan Raya Kedawatan, Ubud. The rafting participants will be given lockers along with different electrical locks between lockers. After changing the ready-made clothes, participants will be grouped and then escorted to the point of departure for miles in the north. After entering the village with left-right road in the form of rice field scenery nan awake, arrived at the place of departure rafting in the upstream Ayung River. Ayung River spring itself comes from Mount Batur and Lake Kintamani.
At the point of departure, passengers will be given a set of rafting completeness in the form of rowing, buoys, and helmets. Do not forget the safety insurance administration procedure was implemented. With the guide, the participants are accompanied down about 600 steps to the river bank. As long as the decline of stairs that have been neat and equipped with the handle, natural scenery of the Ayung River forest faithfully accompany step by step. Be careful in descending these steps. In addition to the humid conditions, down hundreds of stairs enough to make the condition of the legs shaking or the view becomes less alert.
It’s good to take a break or warm up the leg muscles and hands before descending the stairs. Once arrived at the riverbank, the guides in charge of accompanying the rubber boats will be ready to help prepare passengers to wade the rafting of the Ayung River. Although it looks calm, it’s good to prepare mentally as possible, and do not forget to entrust the water-susceptible electronics to the guide to be stored in a waterproof bag.
Starting a day for beginners may be a bit awkward. The weight of thrust against the flow of river water is enough to make the base of the arm becomes sore. But the guide who has been going through the river current, and also has an international certificate, enough to make the lazy passenger’s burden to paddle into light. Along the way, various types of rapids will be encountered, ranging from mild to demanding co-operation and command compliance from the guide. One-one, the boat will be overturned due to caught or careless act of passengers.
But the guides seem to have been very well trained to be worry of it, sometimes even they make a lot of joke that relaxes the nerves that are strained by adrenaline. The guides were quite interactive and very friendly, just like their own friends. But, do not be surprised if when the middle of fun rowing will be splashed water, either by other rafting groups, or a nosy guide. Playing water in the middle of the river is always exciting.
Incomplete it feels sailing rafting without enjoying the scenery around. Ayung River located in the area of Ubud is surrounded by cliffs that are still covered by dense forest. When lucky, the visitors will find a herd of monkeys who live in this region. The cliffs along the river were adorned with small waterfalls or tree roots that form like an abstract painting that creates the atmosphere as in a movie through the Amazon jungle. What is interesting is, there is a stone wall on the edge of the river carved reliefs like in the temple. The length of the relief itself is quite long, can reach tens of meters. This carving was made many years ago, deliberately carved out telling the story of Ramayana. Although it was made and not too long, but the moss attached to make this relief seemed relics before century.
Surprises have not stopped there yet. The Ayung River, home to some of these adventure tours, has an unusually large waterfall, its constellation stones look like black boxed granite boxes. The rafting participants, most of whom are foreign tourists, do not want to waste the opportunity to ‘bathe’ under the excitement of a fairly heavy waterfall. In locations that also become a place of rest, visitors can take pictures ria memorize the moment or want to show off in social media.
In addition to feeling the natural beauty and the adventure of wading the Ayung River, the rowing participants will also see black sand mining done traditionally in some places in this river. Volcanic sand from Mount Batur is a material for the manufacture of buildings or temples. Ayung River beauty makes two hours drive from the bottom of the canyon will not be felt.
Unwittingly, the participants had arrived at the last post. Although it will no longer wet, but the adventure is not over. To reach the location where the goods are stored and out of the Ayung River canyon, participants must climb approximately 300 steps leading to the path above the canyon. When the unaccustomed and tired due to rafting, no need to hurry. Rest for a moment so that the thigh does not hurt from this adventure.
“We chose Ayung River because of the beautiful and natural scenery of Ubud, this river is a safe category for beginners in rafting”. In addition, the rafting schedule will be adjusted to the natural conditions of the river, from water discharge to the weather, for the safety of passengers.” After rafting, passengers can take documentation taken by photographers hiding among the bushes along the river route. At least after rushing and shouting as much as the heart because of the ‘boom’ white water rafting, the lips can smile to see your own facial expressions while wading through the rapids that test the adrenaline.