If you’re looking for the ultimate adrenalin pumping adventure in Bali, canyoning would have to be it. The island has several natural gorges ideally suited to the sport and the range of techniques usually associated with it such as walking, wading, swimming, scrambling, climbing, abseiling, sliding, jumping and caving. Although generally a water based activity, fluctuating water levels may result in dry descents at certain times of the year.
In most cases, canyoning will get you into otherwise inaccessible places that most people will never see; truly wild and unspoilt parts of Bali. These include Kerenkali gorge in the island’s north, Anahata and Aling gorges in the central north and Kalimudah canyon near Ubud. With so many canyons to choose from, the difficulty level varies so there’s a canyoning itinerary to suit children as young as eight, rank beginners all the way up to experienced canyoners.
Whilst canyoning can be a lot of fun it is inherently a physically and mentally challenging sport which should never be undertaken without skilled, experienced supervision, essential safety equipment and a thorough understanding of the natural conditions. It goes without saying that this isn’t an adventure you should undertake independently.
In Bali, there is currently only one tourist operator, Adventure & Spirit offering canyoning activities. In addition to being a member of the ICOPro (International Canyoning Organisation for Professionals), this Ubud based company is also a certified ICOPro training organisation. These guys run a range of standard and tailor made canyoning itineries, provide all the necessary personal protective gear, equipment and provide basic training and tuition before hitting the canyons.