A Complete Experience at Santirah River Tubing, West Java

Submitted by viravira on 24 December 2015   •  Destination

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“Aaaaahhh! Let go of my feet!” I shouted to Priya, who still had my feet in between her arms and body, and was drifting forward with her tube as I was thrown out of mine. She then quickly let go of my feet. I was pulled by the current to a rocky corner, which then scratched my thigh really bad. It hurt, but I had to focus more on surviving the Santirah river tubing experience. I finally managed to stand against the torrent, and what a relief that was. But only seconds later that I was pushed by a series of unstoppable tubes to the tunnel rock wall, where Leoni was already pressed against the wall. She had also fallen out of her tube and pulled by the current. After the rest of the tubers passed by, the guides were helping Leoni and me to get on bigger tubes, replacing our initial ones.

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“Aaaaahhh! Let go of my feet!” I shouted to Priya, who still had my feet in between her arms and body, and was drifting forward with her tube as I was thrown out of mine. She then quickly let go of my feet. I was pulled by the current to a rocky corner, which then scratched my thigh really bad. It hurt, but I had to focus more on surviving the current. I finally managed to stand against the torrent, and what a relief that was. But only seconds later that I was pushed by a series of unstoppable tubes to the tunnel rock wall, where Leoni was already pressed against the wall. She had also fallen out of her tube and pulled by the current. After the rest of the tubers passed by, the guides were helping Leoni and me to get on bigger tubes, replacing our initial ones.

We were not even 200 meters from the starting point when this happened, proving what the tubing instructor had told us in advance.

“The first 200 meters has the strongest current and the hardest trek. After that, easy breezy,” he said.

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We were divided into two groups of around 6 people. We were linked to each other by our feet sandwiched in the next person’s armpits. (So that’s your friend’s feet close to your face. Make sure nobody comes with smelly feet.) We drifted down the slow current with the guides once a while pulling or pushing us to help move forward and avoiding dangerous current. Sometimes we had to stop and wait at a spot while waiting the others to catch up, and it was quite a struggle to stay still. The moving water would spin the tube around, so it would help to hold on to a tree branch, a rock or to one of the guides.

At the parts where current was almost non-existent, we were allowed to detach from each other. We could even get off the tube and swim, or simply float facing up, just like body rafting.

Beautiful view is something to expect on this Santirah river tubing adventure. Whether you’re facing forward to the snaky river, floating on your back staring at the blue sky framed by tree branches, looking down from the rocks to the greenish water, or getting into a dark tunnel with small opening at the end, the view is what people today call ‘Instagrammable’. The challenge would be shooting with stable hands because you’d be mostly moving.

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A few small waterfalls sprang up along the 1,5 km route. While waiting for others taking pictures behind, some of us took turns floating right under a spring waterfall. Having a nice experience drinking spring water in Borneo, I felt the urge to try it too this time. The water was fresh and tasted perfectly normal like cooled mineral water.

Moving on with the trek, we came to jumping off spots. This was totally not my style as I am chicken-shit when it comes to jumping off from any height. It’s not that I haven’t tried – I tried in previous river adventures, but my legs just got mushy and my heart dropped to my feet as I was looking down. So I was happy just to watch the gang took turns jumping into the water from 5 to probably 7 meters high, to the depth of 5 to 12 meters water. Bram did an awesome flip dive, and Leoni was one of the few who jumped from the higher cliffs – so courageous for someone who doesn’t know how to swim!

After the last jump, we walked back to the starting point, carrying our tubes, life vests and helmets. About 20 minutes later we arrived at a warung near the start point. Nothing serves a person who just had just been in the water for 2 hours better than a bowl of hot instant noodles with chopped chili and poached egg. It was indeed a delicious end of an adventure packed with adrenaline rush, laughter and beautiful nature.

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Tips for river tubing in Santirah River:

  • When it comes to choosing a tube, size matters. If it’s too small, you’ll get thrown out of it so easily. If it’s too big, your butt could hit the rocks in shallow parts of the river.
  • Wearing clothes that cover more of your skin is preferable as it might reduce the risk of scratching your skin when hitting rocks. Having that said, only a few us really got scratches and bruises this time.
  • Life vest and helmet must be worn from the beginning until the end of the trek, though the helmet is better taken off when you’re jumping into the water.
  • Listen carefully to the instructor/guide. Santirah river tubing might look all fun and games, but it wouldn’t be anymore until someone goes off by their own rules in the strong current in a rocky river. I don’t even want to imagine what might happen.
  • Prepare a set of dry clothes and towel to change in the public bathroom after tubing, as well as IDR2,000 per person.
  • Best time to visit is in the rainy season because you need a higher water discharge to be able to tube.

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Prices:

IDR150,000/person including the gears. You might be charged more for pickup service.

How to get to Santirah river tubing:

Santirah River is located in Pangandaran Regency, in the southern part of West Java Province. From Pangandaran town, it takes about an hour to get there – or less, once they’ve fixed the road.

There’s yet public transportation that can get you to Santirah river tubing, which runs through the river Santirah.

If you’re arriving in Pangandaran or Batukaras by bus or plane, you could then hire a car or motorbike, or have the Santirah River Tubing operator to pick you up. Extra fee would depend on the number of passengers.

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Here are more pictures of Santirah river tubing:

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Note: This river tubing experience is a part of the West Java Tourism Board campaign, but the opinions are my own.

 


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cumilebay maztoro
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1 year 5 months ago

Ukuran ban menentukan prestasi yaaaa hahaha.
Suka ama tempt ini, murah dan seru semoga makin berkembang dengan alam yg tetap terjaga

ciki
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1 year 5 months ago

A lovely personal account of what happened! Yes.. i remember your war scars to show for it too! hahaha 🙂 well done to all of us.. because we came out of it in once piece and had tons of fun in the process too! 🙂

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1 year 4 months ago

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Meidi
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1 year 3 months ago

Kak, ini yang lurusannya Green canyon apa daerah lain lagi sih? aku pernah river tubing juga soalnya di Pangandaran, tapi beda kayaknya, isshh mau lagiii

Cahyo
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Cahyo
1 year 2 days ago

How we are bring our children 5th and 8th mio? How safe?

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