We booked or tubing session last minute, on the day, and paid 650k each plus 390k for our transport as we were outside the free pick up zone but it was so worth it! Our guide, Jacky (probs not spelt right!) was great and it was just us and him going down together. Lots of places to stop and get a drink or take photos. Wish I had a waterproof case for my phone, so many amazing photo opportunities. The setting itself is beautiful and saw some monkeys too. One thing I think should be mentioned is the amount of steps down to the river and back up. My boyfriend and I aren't unfit but we struggled in the heat! But overall, A definite highlight of our Bali trip!
We did the tubing yesterday and absolutely loved it. Our guide Alex was excellent and a good laugh. If you are considering doing the rafting or the tubing then I would say go for tubing if you want more excitement but willing to work for it as you have to paddle and control it yourself.. you will be tired at the end but thoroughly satisfied. If you want a more relaxing ride with only having to put in minimal effort then go rafting.. It still looks fun but not as much excitement as tubing.
We went tubing with Toekad and had a good day. Our guide was friendly and nice, and the price of the day was reasonable.
Tubing is a lot harder than rafting. You have to steer yourself and for a complete novice this was quite scary - I couldn't make the tube go where I wanted it to go so often hit rocks or got stuck on rapids. I've been rafting before and it's a lot easier and very tame, because the guide is on the raft steering it for you.
It's also a lot easier to flip a tube than a raft - our guide told us that about 40% of people will flip their tube at least once.
Tubing is not a relaxing meander down the river - you also have to paddle yourself for 3 hours which is tiring if you're unfit. In a raft you can get away with barely paddling but in a tube you don't have a choice. As others have mentioned there are also the steps at the beginning and end of the trip whether you raft or tube.
Our guide spent most of the time screaming "be careful" which just freaked me out because I didn't know what he was referring to or what I was supposed to do.
Compared to other rafting companies, Toekad is just okay. I've been with Sobek and Bali Adventure before and both were better (nicer facilities, more professional operation, nicer lunch) but Toekad was cheaper.
We did this last week and I had the best time ever. We chose tubing, thinking it was the easier option. But we were slightly wrong. My sister and I were in our own tube with a guide paddling and steering at the back. My husband though was by himself. He had to navigate down 10km of river and Rapids with only a paddle. He got stuck a few times but we performed rescue missions. The rapids are fairly tame but still enough to get the blood pumping. Lunch afterwards was great too, not the most amazing food but just what you need. Be warned, it's about 300 steps down to the river and another 400 at the end to get back up. But you've still got enough adrenaline to get you through! Must do! Ask for the guide Alex, he made it so much fun but I always felt safe!
Ok guys, so we all know that when we go to Ubud you have to do White Water Rafting. Its nice enough, they are all pretty much the same, the odd Japanese tourist screams with delight as you go over a small bump, but we all do it anyway. Looking for that little bit of extra rush? Something a bit more extreme ? Then this place with their White Water Tubing is the perfect choice. Things seem somehow easier when your in a boat of 6 people and a guide and he yells Boom Boom, paddle, right backwards, to when suddenly, your all alone, in a raft smaller than the size of a bathtub and your heading towards rocks, drops and twists with no front line of defence except good sense. I assure you, that soon flys out the window when your left to your own devices. There is a guide, he is the one at least half a kilometre ahead of you saying come on and you dip, dive, drop and flop off the damm thing. This is a full on thrill seeker experience and one that you do definitely need a good baseline of fitness as there is a lot of paddling to do, and you don't have the other 6 that you can hide from. They have strong currents in the water, so deep, hard paddling is a mist to avoid being sucked through shards and rocks. But very well worth the ride. There is plenty of down time to sit back and chill and just go with the flow, but when the pressure is on, its all hands on deck.
So if your looking for a true extreme sport to do in Bali, and one you can do at the same time as the family and friends do the Rafting option, look no further. An amazing voyage.