Went to Bali in Mar 2013 and no doubt wanted to try river rafting there. Heard about Bali Adventure Tour but found it to be too expensive in contrast to some of the other competitors. Signed up for Bahama Rafting through one of the agents near Kuta beach at a cheaper rate.
As expected, there were unwanted 'surprises' waiting for us. The rafting itself was ok only, so-so, and it actually depends on your luck. If you had a good guide with you from what we observed, it could well be a memorable and fun ride. Unfortunately, we met with a lousy guide which ruined our entire experience. Here's why.
Before the ride, when climbing down the long flight of stairs to the river, the raft guide tried to separate us with the other group of tourists whom were supposed to be on the same raft. He kept asking us to walk faster to widen the distance between both groups. When the rear group is nowhere to be seen, he starting his crap that the 2 girls from the rear group were 'scared' and they had tipped him, supposedly for greater safety. I actually asked him why they wanted to go rafting in the first place, but anyway, he showed us a RP 100k note, and kept saying you want tip?
We could tell he was trying to smoke us, but didn't want to offend him before the ride. As we stopped to take out money, he saw the rear group approaching and quickly say never mind later later. During the 'break' time, we finally got a chance to speak to the other group while the guide was taking a break, and found that he too had told them we had already paid him the 'tips', which explains why he said never mind earlier. Can't possibly be paying him again and again right?
To summarise the trip, the guide was terrible and lazy, kept wanting us to row and row like competitive rafting. Kept using despicable methods to tell us to pay him tips Throughout the ride, even after it ends. Shower facility was bad, scenery was so-so, and thus my poor rating. Wish you guys get luckier with a better guide!
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