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“Nature view was great, and the river was clean”
Review of Bali Sobek

Bali Sobek
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Sobek Bali Ayung River Rafting
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Bali Telaga Waja Rafting Adventure with Buffet Lunch
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Owner description: Established in Bali in 1989, SOBEK was the first Adventure Tour Company of its kind on the island. Taking pride in a proven 100% safety record even to this day, SOBEK invests heavily into thorough industry recognized safety training standards. Each and every one of SOBEK's 265 staff receives on going training and development to ensure they are the very best in their field. Ultimately SOBEK works hard to maintain its reputation and market position as No.1.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nature view was great, and the river was clean”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

(+) I really enjoy the natural view during the rafting. The water was also very clean, I didn't see any rubbish floating in the water during the rafting. There was also enough stream that we didn't need to paddle too hard. The guides were very professional in providing instructions and safety explanation. Lunch provided after rafting were also tasty and plenty.

(-) I didn't sign-up by myself as it was a company trip, so I didn't knew how much the rate was. But if checking on Sobek's website, the rate is more expensive compared to other rafting providers.
Photos were overly commercialized, some photographers took our photo during the rafting and we could buy it on Sobek's basecamp after rafting, for IDR100K/photo. I must say that price were very very very expensive (vs Devdan Theater IDR40K, Quicksilver cruise IDR40K). Our group ended up not buying any photo as one of our group member was bringing her underwater camera so we had already took some photos by our own.
In the middle of the rafting trip, we made some short break, stopping in the riverside. Some local ladies were selling beverages i.e. softdrinks, green coconut, in this rest-stop area. The price of those beverages were also very expensive at IDR20K (you can buy the same softdrinks for less than IDR10K in other places). I did had rafting in Elo River - Central Java before, where the rafting provider provided free snakcs and green coconut in the rest area. Considering that Sobek's rate was pretty expensive, I think it would be best if they could do the same (providing free snacks+drink in rest area).
There are plenty rafting providers in Bali, I think the route of Sobek's rafting was some way or slightly shorter than some other providers, because many boat were passing our start point.
Footpath from sobek's basecamp to rafting start point and from rafting finish point back to the basecamp was pretty exhausting, it's not that far but very steep and has hundreds of stairs.

Summary: I really enjoy rafting in Ayung river and would definitely do that again but probably will try other rafting provider next time. Not because Sobek's service was not good, it was great, but if you could get the same level of service only less expensive and less commercial, why not?!

Visited January 2013
Thank LoisKwee
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Miranda, Australia
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“Rafting fun for all ages and types”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

I chose Sobek because their itinerary seemed to be the better one amongst the rafting companies. The package is good for what is included. The cost includes everything such as pick-up and drop-off, all the equipment, lunch, showers and towels (even cheaper if you purchase your ticket on the Internet). The only thing you need to pay for (if you want it) is beer or soft drink. This tour is not difficult at all, and everyone managed easily - it is more like a relaxed paddle down a scenic river. The only downside some people may find - if you prefer wild rapids and adventure, you will find this tour too easy. If however you are hoping for a fun morning or afternoon with Balinese scenery, you will enjoy yourself.

Visited January 2013
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12 reviews
“Worth Doing.”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Great value, well organised also included a very good buffet lunch.
500 steps Down and 230 steps back up so make sure your fit !
Our guide made it all the more fun with his sense of humour.

Visited January 2013
Thank Mel S
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Telaga Waja vs Ayung”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

My family have done both and Ayung is definitely better. Telaga Waja river is very shallow (oars hit the bottom of the river a lot), you need to paddle most of the way (much more than Ayung) and the scenery is nowhere near as good as Ayung river.

Sobek were OK but there are probably 5 or 6 other companies that do exactly the same trip. We went with Sobek mainly because their website said they had accident insurance. Their facilities were average - clean but basic. The lunch was good. Probably the worst part of the whole activity had nothing to do with the rafting but the transport driver who spent most of his time on his mobile and didn't seem to be concentrating a lot on driving... I almost grabbed the wheel at one point!

Visited January 2013
6 Thank Sean D
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Biarritz, France
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179 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Fun Rafting Adventure, Crappy Driver”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We enjoyed our rafting trip and lunch. However, the driver tasked with getting us back to Seminyak was an idiot. While there is a ton of traffic in Bali, he must have taken the worst possible route. Think we drove all over the island. Then, he drove right past our hotel. When we asked what he was doing, he said he was dropping the other couple off first (we were picked up first so not sure why they got the first drop off). It would have taken another 30 min. to get back to our hotel. So we just got out of the van in the middle of the street. In all, think it took him 3 hours to get us home from Ubud.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank lovetotravelle
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