Let’s not get this confused, canyoning is LIFE CHANGING!
So, what exactly is canyoning? For that, I will call on the Google gods for an assist.
Basically, you grab all your gear, head to most dangerous ravines, waterfalls, canyons, and cliffs you can find (sorry, mom) and proceed to hike, jump, and rappel your way to a destination.
When I found out I could go canyoning in Bali well…
Travel Bae as always was down for the adventure. We left our poolside Villa in Ubud and made our way to northern Bali for a once in a lifetime adventure.
We arrived at base camp, after a quick tutorial and breakfast it was time to suit up. Squeezing my 40-inch hips into a wet suit 2 sizes too small was nothing short of a miracle. It was a process that took a ton of patience, prayer, and pulling.
But 20 minutes later…I got it on!
We rode by truck to the start point and before we knew it we were at our first rappel.
I can remember vividly the first 4 meter (13 feet) rappel. Our guide asked, “Who wants to go first?” I eagerly said, “I’ll go!” Everyone in our group had a look of relief and Travel Bae had a look of equal parts relief and surprise.
Our guide explained to me the technique. I planted my feet, gripped my life preserving ropes, said a quiet prayer, calmed my heartbeat, and made my way down. Ending with a cute splash at the bottom, as described by our guide.
We trekked forward and from here it was a series of waterfalls, cliff jumps, and natural water slides. Words can not describe the absolute beauty that engulfed us as we followed the river. It was as if
we left earth and landed on an alien planet.
We advanced further and further down river, with each jump getting higher, waterfall taller, and slide longer.
And then we arrived…It was the largest rappel yet, 20 meters (65 feet). It was equal parts terrifying and invigorating.
After a quick snack, it was a short hike to the end. Our final waterfall of the day was a 26 meter high (85 feet) double waterfall. And for this rappel we had an audience of families swimming and playing in the pool below. No pressure!
For a first time canyoners and long-time climber, I gradually built my confidence with each action. The highest waterfalls and biggest rappels and jumps were saved for last. My non-swimming Travel Bae had just as much fun and thanks to his floating wetsuit, I didn’t have to put my old lifeguard skills into action.
The whole experience was more intense and awesome than words and pictures can describe. It was unforgettable and these are the types of adventures I live for: