Bali is know for its culture and beaches. But it is also a hot spot for adventure. A classic two hour visually spectacular rafting trip on the Ayung river in Ubud region of Bali is a mix of excitement, fun & breathtaking views. Carving through some of Bali’s most fantastic landscape, Class II & III rapids wind through deep valleys, cascading waterfalls, dense tropical rainforest and towering cliffs. An adventure worth an experience while in Bali.
There are a few rafting operators in and around Ubud and Sobek is one of them which was our operator for the trip. Rafting is a thrill and it helps when the instructors are lively and engaging. The base is just a few kilometres from Ubud town in the forest area. Rafters get into gear at the base and then trek downhill amidst deep forest to the river.
Rapid might not be high grade but was fairly long and thrilling. Two hour rafting trip has many surprises, including passing under waterfalls and through dense forests.
What was the most intriguing part was the reliefs and carving n the rock faces! With towering cliffs on both sides and deep river in between, how come anybody did this!! Big surprise…
As I said that though the rapid was grade II and grade III but it has some of its adventurous moments. See for yourself…
The rafting route exposes to beauty of the countryside in Ubud. Ubud is one of the most beautiful and hence tourist active region of Bali. Angung mountain is close to Ubud. Ayung river flows from the hill. Locally it is believed that the river water has medicinal properties. It might be true as there are many herbs in the forest and river flowing through these medicinal herbs might be carrying their properties. It is believed that the water has a cure for skin diseases and joint pains. You will often find people taking bath in the river to get treatment. People often get out of all there clothes and keep their body immersed in water for hours. We found many during our rafting trip.
A perfectly enjoyable experience to have, while in Bali. It was another departure for us from the standard image of Bali. Worth to have experience.
You can also watch a video of this rafting experience on my YouTube channel-
Nice one Swami! A side of Bali I didn’t know about. Loved the rock carvings.
Thanks Vibha, it was a surprise for us as well!
Fabulous pictures. The carvings look so exquisite! 🙂
Loved the video. Adrenaline rush at its best!
Thanks a lot Divsi!