There’s something about Bali that kept me going back for more.

Exactly a year ago,
i blissed out in Ubud doing yoga and scaled Mount Batur.
This time,
I decided to get my blood pumping for 2017 with more high octane activities!

 

Canyoning

It ain’t for the faint-hearted.
And this is coming from an tiny asian city-girl with a penchant for challenging (read relatively dangerous) activities.
It could be age that has led me to be slightly more paranoid,
but i reckon the westerners in my group will disagree.FHD0194

They didn’t seem to be the least bit afraid of any death occurrences,
jumping off cliffs and taking on waterfalls like pros.FHD0195

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I, on the other hand, was the most scaredy-cat amongst them all.
Yes, i admit, i chickened out on several waterfall jumps. hurhur.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1414.

But don’t get me wrong,
I enjoyed the whole trek through the forest TREMENDOUSLY.
I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before,
traversing the jungle via abseiling, river-sliding, cliff-jumping etc.FHD0197

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The journey started here,
at the basecamp near the Gigit Waterfalls, North of Bali,
with a company called Adventure and Spirit.
Do a quick search on Canyoning in Bali and you’ll find that they are highly rated on tripadvisor!IMG_3431

We were staying in Seminyak,
so we had to wake up at 530am for the transport to take us to basecamp.
The ride was about 3 hours and we slept right through.

Upon arrival,
we had a quick breakfast (complimentary),
and proceeded straight for a Canyoning 101 crash course.IMG_3432

Check out the descent canyon!
Liting and i opted for the Double K Discovery Canyon Trip,
which saw us through both Kalimudah and Kali Kecil within 3 hours.

The package was NOT CHEAP at all, USD170.
But it was the most established canyoning company i could find online,
and given it was my first time,
i was most concerned about safety!DCIM100GOPROGOPR1384.

Pink helmets check,
Star-trek wet suit check,
booties check,
gopro check,
and off we went!DCIM100GOPROGOPR1386.

A lorry ride to the start of our route.

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We had a little water break in between the routes at a natural hot spring.
Despite the tropical weather, the rivers and waterfall was pretty cold.
So imagine what bliss it was for us to simmer in the hot bath,
munching on fitness bars, sipping ginger tea prepared by our leaders.
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We were supposed to end our journey at Kali Kecil,
but because we were grouped with a whole bunch of people who opted for the extended tour,
we had to follow suit!
So that meant…
we had to take on a 15m waterfall jump as the Grand Finale!

I kindly declined that offer and abseiled down the route. HAHA.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1426.

Back to basecamp,
we had a comforting balinese lunch after a (cold) shower. 🙂  IMG_3433

Verdict?
The package is really steep according to my groupmates who’ve travelled around the world.
They’ve had canyoning experiences in other countries at a much cheaper price,
so it’s up to you whether you want to do it at such a price in Bali.

I knew i wanted to try it and to be honest,
I really LOVED IT.
Yes, it was potentially life-threatening;
i was kept on my toes, constantly looking out to ensure i don’t slip and fall to my death haha.
But that was EXACTLY why i loved the whole experience.
The feeling of stepping out of my comfort zone,
pushing myself to conquer my fears,
and then realizing that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed at all.
That got me hooked.

It was more than just canyoning,
it was a self-discovery journey.

So… if you like this kind of torture (sorta),
i say go for it! 🙂