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The adventurous Obamas are enjoying white water rafting on vacation in Indonesia

Former president of the US, Barack Obama, and his family have been showing off their adventurous side by white water rafting while on vacation in Bali. Barack, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha were pictured paddling down the Ayung River during their ten-day trip to the popular Indonesian island.

Former US president Barack Obama. his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia go rafting at Bongkasa Village in Badung on Bali island. Image: STR /AFP/Getty Images
Former US president Barack Obama. his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia go rafting at Bongkasa Village in Badung on Bali island. Image: STR /AFP/Getty Images

Having flown into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, the capital of Bali, the Obamas are staying at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud. Prior to flying to Bali, they paid a visit to Hawai’i, where Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, lives with her family. She then accompanied the Obamas on their trip to Bali.

Obama is familiar with the Indonesian way of life as he lived in Jakarta from the age of six to ten because his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was Indonesian. He then moved to Hawai’i to live with his grandparents, although his mother, Ann Dunham, stayed on in Indonesia and did anthropological research in Yogyakarta.

Former US president Barack Obama and his entourage visiting Jatiluwih tourist site in Tabanan on Bali island. Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Former US president Barack Obama and his entourage visiting Jatiluwih tourist site in Tabanan on Bali island. Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The former president and his group have already visited the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, a Unesco World Heritage site, while in Bali. It’s not all rest and relaxation for Obama though, as the trip includes travelling to Jakarta to speak at the fourth Indonesian Diaspora Congress. It has been reported by local media that the Obamas will visit Yogyakarta on this trip, and will also visit Borobudur, a ninth century Buddhist temple complex located nearby.

Former US president Barack Obama and his entourage visiting Jatiluwih tourist site in Tabanan on Bali island. Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Former US president Barack Obama and his entourage visiting Jatiluwih tourist site in Tabanan on Bali island. Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images

It is no surprise that Barack has incorporated a public engagement into his vacation, as while he was president, he wrote for Lonely Planet about his belief that responsible travel can be a force for good. He described how he had travelled over a million miles to every corner of the world during his presidency. and explained how meeting engaged young people on his travels had given him hope for the future.