Bali has been famous for its rich cultural ambience, friendliest people as well as diverse natural wonders on this island on the eastern part of Indonesia. One of the regions in Bali known for its cultural is Ubud. This place is home to the cultural center wherever you go. Gamelan soundtrack will accompany you as well as offering dotted the streets of Ubud.

Aside from the cultural destinations in Ubud, there is also this natural wonder of Ayung River, the widest and longest in Bali stretching for 75 kilometers from the mountainous area to Bangli, Gianyar, and ended in Badung Strait at Sanur. Ayung River, located at Kedawetan, has also been proclaimed as spot for rafting, it is one of the 3 white waters rafting aside from Telaga Waja River and Melangit River.

If you’re looking for an adrenalin pumping vacation, rafting in Ayung River can be your perfect choice. This white-water rafting tour is considered the best in Bali and if you’re traveling with family, this river is also suitable for beginners and family activities.

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Getting to Ayung River is easily accessed from anywhere. From Kuta, it takes about an hour to get to Ubud village. It is also easily available from Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran. If you’re in Ubud already, Ayung River is relatively close from tourists’ center, and they will always be ready to provide assistance and service to you. There are also plenty of operators with different facilities according to your budget. The difference would be on the facilities you will get such as choices of foods, changing room, and property. So, get your first flight to Bali with us to get enjoy this fulfilling experience!

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Ayung River has 6 grades of difficulty according to International Scale for River Difficulty, and is representing the rocky conditions, waves, strength of streams, drops off, as well as the individual skill to navigate through the river. During the dry season, Ayung River is classified as class II and III, while during the rainy season Ayung River is classified as class IV. Therefore, if you’re a beginner consider the season before rafting in Ayung, small drops, some rocks, and basic paddling skill is sufficient during the dry season. However, during the rainy season, the water level will rise and create bigger waves as well as better skills.

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Rafting through Ayung River will certainly give you an unforgettable experience. During 1.5 to two hours of rafting, you will go through deep valleys, waterfall, as well as lush green forest of Ubud. The 10 kilometers route will bring you through meander to see the epic scene of Tegalalang rice fields, clean and clear water, carved stone as well as sightseeing the wildlife of Ubud. Rafting in Ayung river can also be enjoyed by everyone, even as young as 9-year-olds until the maximum age of 65 years is allowed to raft in Ayung due to its lower grade.

Rafting in Ayung River is also a favorite because it’s recreational, so first-timers shouldn’t be worried. Some drops, turns, and rocks might spark the adventurous soul inside you. Not to worry for safety gears and an experienced guard will guide you through the streams. If the condition is possible, the guard will also help you to take great photo shots. Imagine taking photos the epic scene of a carved stone wall or rice fields and the magnificent waterfalls behind you while you rest for a moment on a floating boat with your loved ones. Rafting is usually done in the morning; however, Ayung River is the only one to provides afternoon rafting for your convenient. However, to get the best lighting, go raft in the morning to get the best shots.

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Ayung River rafting is the pioneer of white water rafting in Bali, making it worldwide known for travelers all around the world. Therefore, operators or companies are running the business professionally, ensuring the safety and services for customers. The price for rafting in Ayung River may reach up to USD 75 if you haven’t booked in advance. Thus, booking beforehand is strongly recommended to get the price as low as 25 USD. Keep in mind that the price may vary for each operator or companies. If you book beforehand, usually the price has included pick up from hotel, a professional guide, lunch, rafting equipment, changing and shower facilities, snacks, and beverages, as well as tax and personal insurance.

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