Normally associated with paradisiac beaches, surfing and spirituality, Bali also features some amazing canyoning descents. Located in the remote mountaineous areas in the north part of the island, the canyons are normally surrounded by lush jungle, picture-perfect rice fields and the simple and honest smile of the local Balinese community. Currently there is no topo guide book for Bali canyoning but it is a project that Imin is dedicated to bring out soon.
For those who wish to visit the island's canyons, it is suggested to contact the local commercial operators for information on canyon conditions and equipment requirements. Due to the remoteness of these places and lack of specialized rescue teams, hiring a local logistics specialist is paramount for peace of mind and for a pleasant experience; if it happens to be Imin, you'll also get to count on some amazing images such as the ones featured in this article. Read on for a glimpse of what Bali canyons have on offer.
One of the longest descents in Bali, Tukad Api (or Canyon of Fire, first image) is a must-do when in the Island of Gods. A total of 6-hrs of full committment inside the lush jungle with rappels up to 40m high, a guarantee of a special experience. Second image: the final narrows of Tukad Dalam, Kubutambahan, which has seen only one full descent.
Rating follows the French Canyon Rating system and is composed of three properties: Verticality (represented by the letter V), Aquatic (represented by the letter A) and Committment (represented by a Roman numeral). For the V and A properties, the scale runs from 1 to 7, signifying an increase in difficulty; Committment is rated from I-VI, also increasing in difficulty.
Born in wild Sumatra in the indonesian archipelago, Imin is a skilled canyoneer and talented photographer based in Bali. With extensive experience working for commercial canyoning operators, Imin is also a professional adventure guide and runs his own tour company, adventure4good.id, where a portion of profits are reverted to social programs.