Rafting In Bali

Bali is fascinating and Bali beaches, massive rivers & lakes, lush green gigantic mountains and volcanoes are gems and pearls in Bali’s sparkling crown. Bali beaches are enough to take you into the different world of utmost pleasure and delight but if you want to improvise your Bali experience with few more minds blowing activities then the next super thrilling activity on board is to experience the adrenaline rush in white water river rafting. Rafting is another way to experience the “real Bali.”  This most admired and everyone’s favorite activity will super charge your mind and soul and bring out the best of you.  It is time to immerse yourself in nature, with different excitements awaiting you to get you to the next levels of recreation and celebration. It is time to experience the aura when an inflatable raft carries you through the lush rainforests of the central Bali highlands.

Apart from the thrills along the course, you also get to know more about the vibrant and imperceptible Bali. The raft crosses different grades of rapid classes and at the same instance; you get closer to natural habitats of different species living within the river. Rafting path in Bali is designed in such a way to get you the experience of water falls, green lush landscapes, and picturesque mountains at the same time.

Rafting in Bali is mostly performed on three major white water rivers because of their charismatic aura, sensible route, and safe and secure nature.

  • Ayung River Ubud
  • Telaga Waja River Karangasem
  • Melangit River Klungkung

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White Water Rafting in Bali is more popular in Ayung and Telaga Waja rivers in comparison to the third Melangit River due to their location and easy to access benefits.

Ayung River (Ubud) is stretched out in 10 kilometers and it requires approximately 1.5-2 hours finishing the superb rafting experience while Telaga Waja (Karangasem Regency) incorporates 16 kilometers of outstanding Island’s area and it takes almost 2.5 to 3 hours to reach the finish line.

Which river is best suitable for rafting in Bali?

This is a very obvious and important question to ask.  Most of the adventure seekers decide on the length of the river, the total time of rafting and the distance of the rafting origin point from their point of the stay. However, it is very important to consider the rafting rapid classes of the river, your own personal skill set to handle any difficult situation, weather conditions on any particular day and organizer’s reputation to handle any unpredictable situation. Hereby, we assure you that all the operators in Bali use the industry’s best safety standards to ensure your safety and to avoid any damage to person or property and at the same time safeguard the best experience of rafting for the guests.

We suggest that you must consider the rafting’s rapid class grade while concluding the best suitable river for your rafting experience. Yes, you are always accompanied by your rafting guide throughout the rafting voyage but at the same time, you should not avoid the possibility of any unpredictable instance.

Ayung River in Ubud is marked with rapid class II and III grade and rafting at Ayung River can be categorized as relaxed rafting which is extremely suitable for the first timers.

Telaga Waja glows with rapid class III and IV and Melangit River is marked with rapid class V grade.

Both these rivers offer you an outstanding adventurous and fun ride with more turns & twists. Talaga Waja and Melangit rivers are equally good for the first time adventure seekers considering the safety precautions used by operators so do not get disheartened.

Interpretation of standard class I-IV whitewater rafting levels

All rivers are rated on a “class” scale to help you determine the size and technicality of the whitewater. Many of our guests are in search of more moderate white water – simply to relax and soak up the beauty of the scenery. Others are looking for a more intense whitewater. Regardless of your choice, be assured that rafting in Bali is just more than fun.

  1. Grade 1 rapids: Moving water with small waves, each of the trips has some stretches of calm class I water; creating a pleasant break between rapids requires basic skill level and less maneuvering.
  2. Grade 2 rapids: Easy rapids, waves up to three feet tall that are readily seen. Some maneuvering is required during this little rock and roll but don’t worry you will get lessons before you get down to business on the river and yes the guide is always there with you on the boat.
  3. Grade 3 rapids: Waves up to four feet and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over its sides. Plenty of excitement. However, you do not need to be an expert to do rafting in this class as you always do it with a professional guide. This class is not considered as dangerous so chill.
  4. Grade 4 rapids: Long, big rapids, narrow passages, turbulent water that requires some precise maneuvering. Medium waves, few big rocks, If you a beginner on rafting activities, then you are never advised to go alone and for the same reason, you are accompanied by an expert guide all the times.
  5. Grade 5 rapids: Large rocks, giant waves, massive drops, precise maneuvering is extremely required, needs very advanced skill on whitewater.
  6. Grade 6 rapids: This class is the highest class of the white water rafting rapids classes. The extreme “un-runnable” rivers or waterfalls. Only the most expert should attempt this – usually seen in extreme kayak videos, etc. Outfitter raft trips don’t go here – there’s too much other water to enjoy without risking it all!