Hi, are the large lockers there? We have to leave our bnb the day of rafting so we will both have big rucksacks with us. Thanks
We are very confused and also very concerned with a couple of your posts here stating ‘safe’ white water rafting, particularly with reference to kids on the Ayung River. Simply stated, there is NO SUCH THING as a ‘safe’ white water rafting in a dynamic river system … anywhere in the world, let alone Bali.
Having a 35+ year professional background in outdoor adventure instruction, wilderness-adventure therapy expeditions & eco-tourism, we plead with you that you need to refrain from labelling Bali rivers (particularly the Ayung River) as a ‘safe’ w/w river – of which it is not!
Professionally, we would also like offer the following information to your readers:
* We would NOT recommend any w/w rafting on the Ayung River for children under 8 years of age. Generally speaking, a child over 8 would most likely be able to understand & ‘follow’ a River Guide’s instructions. Particular during a white water rescue scenario in an emergency.
* Hopefully, your child over 8 is a strong swimmer. We have witnessed several participants (even adults) who stated that, “They could not swim…!” and yet they were now suddenly on our rafting group!
* We recently participated in one Bali rafting company and on this day our group was MASSIVE (that’s a HUGE profit for just one day!). This is called “En-Mass Adventure Tourism” (it’s all about making a HUGE profit, not the quality of the experience).
* Subsequently a HUGE number of rafts all ‘bounce’ down the Ayung, ramming into each other, boats from ‘numerous’ other en-mass tourism rafting companies also joining in the flotilla down river. It was bedlam and certainly ‘unsafe’ to say the least.
* Other company Guides also on the river, simply barged through, bouncing numerous of our rafts into potentially dangerous rapids and subsequently one of our rafts flipped. This was certainly VERY SCARY for those kids on that raft that we observed near ours.
* On several occasions, we have participated on rafting trips where ‘nobody’ in our group neither understood the one dude giving the MASSIVE GROUP safety briefing at the very beginning of the trip, not many people were even ‘listening’ to the guy who spoke very poor English. This was a very complex situation.
* Most of the River Guides that we could hear – simply did not speak English very well at all.
* We were intrigued that none of the Rafting River Guides (that we could see) simply DID NOT wear any Rescue PFD’s, nor carry a rescue knife on their jacket, nor carry any rescue throw ropes on their person. This confused us very much, as we have seen OTHER Bali rafting companies (like Sobek) carrying all of the above.
* Unlike other W/W Rafting International Standards around the world, we also cannot understand why nobody has to read & sign a “Release & Assumption of Risk Form” (assuming all risks) to participate in Bali rafting? How can any legitimate Balinese rafting company accept somebody on a day trip that simply cannot even swim?
* Numerous deaths (drownings) and also numerous injuries have occurred on the Ayung ever since 1989 onwards, including just recently. So we can’t quite understand your use of the word ‘safe’ here in your blog in reference to rafting on white water rivers in Bali.
We would be most interested to hear your reply and justification of your phrase ‘safe’ w/w rivers in Bali?
Andrew & Jenny Stuart