Wet n Wild & Bali bliss

Trip Start Mar 25, 2011
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Today Carmen and I plan to have a full on day tour... although we have yet to arrange it and so after breakfast at 8am we are successful and are being picked up at 9am... time to get ready!!!

We were collected from our hotel and taken to Ayung river where our first adrenaline activity is white water rafting on one of the longest rapids on water. The likes of Jean-Claude van Damme, Tony Blair and the Beckhams have been here and so its a must do!!

The raft encounters fun on vortexes of swirling and funneled water, natural ramps and sudden drops in elevation.  We have our briefing and are fitted with life jackets, helmets and paddles and its then a descend down I don't know how many steps... all I can say is my legs had turned to jelly!!

On the way down we met a very nervous Nancy and her friend Jon whom was trying to make her feel comfortable and who were our rafting companions!  Jon is hysterical... so funny and witty and in his own words... Gay and Proud!!  

One of the first things Jon said to me was I had amazing eyebrows... so thanks to my Sydney beauty bar... you obviously did a fab job!  Thanks Jon!!

And so it begins...

The four of us were singing and laughing even when we actually got stuck and the boat filled with water and the four of us are hanging on before having to climb out and leave the boat, be rescued by another and then get back on... entertainment factor 11/10!

This journey is a 8 km river stretch, set to a backdrop of wild unspoiled rainforest, towering gorges and magnificent rice paddy terraces.

There is also a hidden gem... a specular waterfall... and yes the guides pushed us underneath it in the boat... it was the hardest massage I've had!! We were then able to pose for photos... as well as the company taking pictures and videos along the way and these I'll add later.

If you think for one moment you are not going to get wet.. think again!! DRENCHED!

The two hours went so quickly... I think the excitement and the Jon factor... hilarious!!

At the end we then had a climb of 360 steps (not that I counted but was told!) and escorted to restaurant set atop a mountain with rice field views where firstly we could shower and change and then it was time for a sumptuous gourmet lunch where we joined Jon and Nancy.

Our pickup then drove us to the Elephant safari which has been one of the other attractions that I want to do in Bali.. it makes my top 3!

The experience of sitting high on top of an elephant in a teak chair,through the jungle of Taro is an experience I will never forget!

The park is 3.5 hectares of abundant botanical gardens and forest and is the only complete elephant experience in the world - making it truly unique. You can also get up close and personal with these Elephants. You can see them immersing themselves in the park lake, in between riding, painting or other activities. You can hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, then learn more about the elephants ancestry and diversity at the parks historical and graphic displays. Which of course I took full advantage off... feeding them, rubbing their tongue, having them place a circle of flowers over my head. Amazing!

It is acclaimed that this park is the world's best and is complete with a museum and a large collection of elephant memorabilia and the only mammoth skeleton in South East Asia.

The tour is so well organised and Carmen and I wait for our names to be called.. no queuing involved.  Our Elephant is called Olia and she is beautiful.  To be honest an elephant ride is not the most comfortable but so very enjoyable.

After the ride which lasted about 30 minutes it was then time to watch the displays of elephant intelligence and their capabilities in a show where they play football, basketball add sums and paint!! Incredible.`

This park is a sanctuary for protected and endangered species and the experience here is not duplicated anywhere else in the world.  All the elephants ere rescued from Central and Southern Sumatra.

A truly remarkable experience!

Still smiling Carmen and I headed back to the hotel where we met the others and swapped stories of our day before heading out for food and drink.

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