We had booked to go white water rafting today. There were several companies to choose from so we went with the company with the longest duration trip.
We had breakfast which was brought up to our room and then waited downstairs to be picked up. There is a constant sound of roosters crowing here although blissfully quiet at night. We were collected and taken to the preparation area for the rafting. We paid out money here and collected a crash helmet and a life jacket and oar and proceeded down the steep sided canyon to the river below. The steps were large in terms of height which made us side step all the way down. Similar distance from bend 7 on Mt. Nelson to Churchill Ave! The guides came with us and proceeded to inflate a few rafts that were a bit floppy. There was a crude electrical supply to the bottom with the cable strung from tree to tree but presumably didn't work as they were using a hand pump to inflate the raft. Our guide was great and even gave a brief safety talk before we left which was a first since our flight over. Probably the biggest safety risk was all the steps going down. The brochure didn't mention that people with dicky hearts probably would be advised to stay behind. In fact I don't remember anyone being asked if they could swim! The trip was great and we all paddled through lots of rapids, under a few waterfalls, under trees filled with monkeys, past cliffs with carvings in them. Even had to abandon ship at one point and float down the river! We splashed other rafts as they passed. All in all a great trip. Returned to Ubud and wandered around the market for a while trying not to be tempted to purchase yet another genuine Rolex watch or a wood carving that would be confiscated at Melbourne Airport!