Pemuteran - Ubud - Sekotong (Lombok): Some advice please!
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 22, 2012 7:59 AM Last Post By: MadeIndra
Sep 20, 2012 7:30 AM
1) Pemuteran: any recommendations for a professional snorkeling/diving company for beginners, which would include Menjangan? We're staying at the Taman Selini
2) Ubud: I'd welcome recommendations for:
- Private driver(s) for longer tours
- Walking tours (could be cultural, botanical, etc)
- Spa and massage
- rafting on the Telaga
3) Lombok: We're staying at Cocotinos Sekotong, and would appreciate some advice on best places for snorkeling diving, as well as some good companies. Drivers and/or tours of the island also appreciated.
Sep 20, 2012 7:34 AM
1Why not doing spa or massage in Pita Maha then....I hear the place is quite good (but not cheap i guess). :p
Sep 20, 2012 8:02 AM
2Dive Zone have been operating in the Seketong area for quite a while and have a good reputation. Last year I met up with a number of people at a warung in Seketong who were diving with Dive Zone and they were having a very good time. I believe Cocotinos also have their own service but haven't heard anything one way or the other about that.
Check out the Dive Zone website, they cover the main dive areas, some will depend on your level of experience as to whether you would dive those spots.
Sep 22, 2012 2:58 AM
3I went rafting on the Telaga Waja 2 years ago in late December and I loved it. I highly recommend it.
A previous poster recommended the Ayung River, but my understanding is that the Ayung is quite calm. The Telaga is a little rougher, but it was still quite tame compared to the other rivers I've been on. It was raining when we started, which made the river a little wilder (which I loved) but I don't think the river ever gets "too wild" for most people.
I didn't book it in advance, I just went into a few of the little tourist travel agencies when I was in Ubud and asked how much it would cost. I paid 350,000 rupiah (about $35) which included a pickup at my hotel, the rafting, a buffet-style lunch after the rafting, and then the ride back to Ubud.
The big company is Sobek, which the previous poster also mentioned, but from what I can tell, all the companies offer pretty much the same trip, so I'm not aware of any advantage to paying double the price or whatever it is they charge.
I'm heading back to Bali again this Christmas, and I'll definitely be rafting the Telaga again.
Sep 22, 2012 7:59 AM
4Different perspectives I guess...from one who has lived here for 15 years and has rafted most all the rivers in Bali, and one from someone who hasn't.
The Ayung River is rated between class 2 and class 3 depending on the time of year. The Telega is rated exactly the same…between class 2 and class 3…again, depending on the time of year.
The clear advantage of rafting the Ayung over the Telega are the spectacular views you will enjoy…far better that along the Telega. On your next trip you should try the Ayung so that next time you write about each, you can do so from first hand experience.
As for Sobek's prices, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Sobek has been at this the longest, they have highly trained professional guides, and first rate equipment. If you haven't rafted with them yourself, you're hardly in a position to assume that they are sama sama with everyone else.
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