Rolling Again on the River

Tourist Activities on Tukad Unda River Back to Normal reports that white water rafting operatiobs on the Tukad Unda River in the Karangasem Regency of Bali are showing signs of full recovery following the temporary cessation of rafting activities during the eruption of Mount Agung at the end of 2017.

With rafting operations resuming their business in the first quarter of 2018, as many as 200 passengers per day now join trips down the river.

The chief of the Village of Paksa, I Putu Aryadi, said on Monday, May 7, 2018, that earlier this year visitors to the river totaled only 100 comprised of people making photos. When Mount Agung erupted, visitors to Tukad Unda decreased by 60% as the river was closed to rafting for five months due to the safety situation surrounding Mount Agung. During the height of the emergency, the river became muddy and filled with cold lahar. With a reduction in volcanic activity from Mount Agung, the waters of the Tukad Unda have now become clear and tourists are returning in strong numbers to the area.

Aryadi said current visitor levels to the Tukad Unda River are high with between 150-200 tourists recorded each day. When special events or ceremonies are underway the number of visitors can easily exceed 200 visitors in a single day. He credits the rafting operators on the river for driving the increase in visitor totals.

To enhance the popularity of the destinationplans are underway to add new attractions  including flying fox, cycling, trekking trails, and swimming pools open to the public.

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