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White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal provided by Wave Expeditions

White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal

White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal
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After receiving instructions by your certified guides, practice your rafting skills before embarking on this rafting tour. Paddle along the scenic, and exciting Balsa river. Stop along the way for lunch, fresh fruits, beverages, or to take a refreshing plunge in the Balsa River.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Begin your tour with a 10.30am pickup from your La Fortuna or Arenal hotel and an around 50-minute journey to the Balsa River. Along the way, admire the scenery as you drive through yucca and papaya plantations, and perhaps spot iguanas and other wildlife. On arrival, get suited up for your white water rafting excursion and listen as your instructor explains the basic paddling and steering techniques, as well as important safety rules. Then, jump aboard the raft and set out on a thrilling 2-hour rafting ride. As you paddle downstream, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest, keeping a look out for monkeys, sloths and toucans along the riverbanks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle over Class II and III rapids, including the ‘Magnetic Rock’ and the ‘Dredges’. Cold drinks and fresh fruits will keep you energized along the way, and you can also take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the river. After returning to land and drying off, re-fuel with a typical Costa Rican lunch (lunch) at a traditional country estate, before setting out on the return journey. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel between 4pm and 4.30pm.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Begin your tour with a 10.30am pickup from your La Fortuna or Arenal hotel and an around 50-minute journey to the Balsa River. Along the way, admire the scenery as you drive through yucca and papaya plantations, and perhaps spot iguanas and other wildlife. On arrival, get suited up for your white water rafting excursion and listen as your instructor explains the basic paddling and steering techniques, as well as important safety rules. Then, jump aboard the raft and set out on a thrilling 2-hour rafting ride. As you paddle downstream, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest, keeping a look out for monkeys, sloths and toucans along the riverbanks, and get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle over Class II and III rapids, including the ‘Magnetic Rock’ and the ‘Dredges’. Cold drinks and fresh fruits will keep you energized along the way, and you can also take the opportunity to cool off with a swim in the river. After returning to land and drying off, re-fuel with a typical Costa Rican lunch (lunch) at a traditional country estate, before setting out on the return journey. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel between 4pm and 4.30pm.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 16121P1
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Equipment: Raft, Paddles, Rafting Vest and Helmet
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotels outside of normal route may have an extra transportation charge. o Arenal Lodge o Lost Iguana o Luna Nueva o Bosque de Chachagua o Chachagua Rainforest o Tilajari o Leaves and Lizards o Observatory Lodge o La Mansion o El Castillo o Rancho Margot. o Nuevo Arenal Hotels o Termales el Bosque o El Tucano o Lands in Love o La Garza
  • WAVE Rafting, Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be a minimum of 8 years old to take this tour
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. Flip-flops are not allowed
  • Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose
  • Tour requires 1 adult minimum to book
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Equipment: Raft, Paddles, Rafting Vest and Helmet
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotels outside of normal route may have an extra transportation charge. o Arenal Lodge o Lost Iguana o Luna Nueva o Bosque de Chachagua o Chachagua Rainforest o Tilajari o Leaves and Lizards o Observatory Lodge o La Mansion o El Castillo o Rancho Margot. o Nuevo Arenal Hotels o Termales el Bosque o El Tucano o Lands in Love o La Garza
  • WAVE Rafting, Av. 331, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be a minimum of 8 years old to take this tour
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Weather dependent. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is flooding or other government river closure. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Participants will get wet, please dress ready to raft in bathing suit and shoes that will stay on feet. Flip-flops are not allowed
  • Not responsible for items lost or damaged on river, please do not take anything on the river that you are not willing to lose
  • Tour requires 1 adult minimum to book
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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5.0
192 reviews
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Rachel M
New Orleans, LA3 contributions
Can't wait to do it again!
Aug 2021
My husband and I took the half day Balsa River White Water Rafting tour in August 2021. Our tour guide was Enzo and he made a great day an amazing day! The river was gorgeous and ready to give us the thrill of our life. The beauty of the surroundings coupled with the adrenaline rush of the white water made for one of those days where you wonder how you spend most of your life working behind a desk when you could be doing this instead. Enzo appeared to be having just as much fun as us, while also making sure we were prepared and safe. Take this tour. You will probably try to schedule another one before your vacation ends.
Written 18 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Rachel, Thank you so much for the great review and we are thrilled to know that you had an awesome adventure with Wave Rafting and Enzo. We will share your glowing review with him and the team. We know you have a choice with tour operators and we thank you for choosing Wave Rafting. Hope to see you on the river again soon! The Wave Rafting Team.
Written 21 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John A
Las Vegas, NV186 contributions
Fantastic company!
What a great company! Enzo your fantastic and all you team members were so helpful and spoke great English. They pick you up from your hotel then your off on a 40 minute drive to the Balsa River. On the way Enzo goes through safety and what to do if there is a what if. Very informative and safety is there top priority. The things he goes through will probably not happen but it’s good to know if you do find yourself in a situation. Once in the river they go through everything while onshore then your off on a 9 mile journey. First hour has some amazing rapids and your working it with his expertise, the last hour is a little laid back with a few rapids and a break onshore with fresh fruit. They have two kayaks that stay with the group for anything that may happen and a photographer that will get about 60 pictures of each raft as your work your way down the river. Communication from the team members is amazing to see that they work so great together with safety at the top of the list for everyone. At the end they have a shower, bottle water and beers waiting for you, you leave your dry clothes on the bus which the driver stays with the bus the whole time so everything is secured and safe. You go to a farm and have an amazing organic lunch and then they drop you off at your hotel but first you stop buy their office to make payment for your pictures. It’s $30 per boat and you can split the cost with you fellow team on your boat. We had 4 people on the boat and we split it at $15 each for 61 amazing photos that you will cherish. Don’t forget to bring cash for the tips and photos or you can use your credit card to buy the photos and charge a tip for your guides. Amazing company that I highly recommend for safety and thrills that will make Costa Rica a memorable trip. Safe for the whole family except little kids…teenagers should be able to handle it.
Written 12 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Thanks for sharing your river story with us! Your experience rafting with WAVE and especially your recommendation will be useful for travelers looking for Rafting in Arenal Volcano. I´ll make sure that Enzo hears from you. Pura Vida, Wave Staff!
Written 17 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

elvira2001
Herzliya, Israel72 contributions
Pura Vida on the Balsa
Our guide, Orlando , picked us up even earlier than our actual meeting from our hotel .in La Fortuna. Off we drove to pick up some other " victims" as he called them and we arrived to the Balsa River about an hour later.
Orlando was a fantastic and passionate guide with a truly unique personality sense of humor. After five minutes of talking to him it felt like we had already been friends for years.
At the river, we were divided by each raft + 1 instructor who taught us about safety measures and actually came with us in the water. Our rafting instructor, Mario, was very professional and " pura vida" . The rafting itself was super fun and thrilling, yet with Mario at the helm we felt safe the entire time. Towards the end, we got to a little sandbank where we the used the raft as table and had cut fruit on the beach. Costa Rica has the best pineapple I've ever tasted.
Our mini- van drive us to lunch on an organic farm and Orlando then made it a point to explain to us about organic produce in the farm, which was as informative as it was entertaining. All in all this is definitely recommended!
Written 19 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hi Elvira! We're so happy you had such a lovely experience in our hometown. It's definitely one of the best places in the country for white water rafting. We also want to say how much we appreciate the time you took to leave such kind words, this is pure motivation for the team that does their best so our valuable visitors enjoy as much as possible. We just want to point a little detail, the names of the great guides you mentioned in your comment, are not actually part of our staff. Warm regards.
Written 25 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sylvia F
2 contributions
Amazing river rafting experience!
Aug 2021
It was a great experience! The guides are very professional and made this activity very pleasant and fun. The tour also included lunch (which was delicious!) and a sugar cane demonstration. I highly recommend Wave Expeditions for an amazing river rafting experience.
Written 11 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hello, Thanks for sharing your river story with us, we are glad to hear that you had a great time on the river. Hope to see you back on the river soon. Pura Vida! Wave Rafting.
Written 18 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Coral B
5 contributions
White water fun!!
Jul 2021
Did Class 2/3 rapids with our guide Gusy (nickname). He helped calm my mom anxiety by keeping a very close eye on my 11yr old who decided to be adventurous and try it out. He pointed out sloths and Iguanas that were in the trees and was very knowledgable about the area and river. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely try out class 4 when we come back. Thanks for a great experience!
Written 7 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Thanks for sharing your river story with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed so much your Rafting trip, whitewater rafting is an experience everyone should try once in a life. We hope to see you on the river again soon. We will share your glowing review with Gusy. Pura Vida, Wave Staff
Written 11 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Eefjevdvlies
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands1 contribution
Great rafting !
We have a great time !
Everything was very good , the rafting , the guides And the lunch with cool ending!
Kevin did it great , it was mine first time And now we wanna do a second time !

Excellente ,
Pura vida
Lots of love Evy & Yavuz
Written 1 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hi!! Thank you very much for your comments. We feel very proud to know that the tour was a success and that our mission was accomplished. We hope to see you soon! Wave Staff
Written 6 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ginger M
6 contributions
Wonderful white water rafting in Costa Rica!
Wonderful!!!! Amazing guides/ office staff/ restaurant workers and food!!! Great sugar cane demonstration. Best coffee!
The guides were super friendly and just exuded cheerfulness! They were helpful and it felt like they genuinely enjoyed their job. My youngest child is 12 and oldest is 17..... the ALL LOVED IT!!!!! WIN!
Would do this again and again! Highly recommend!
Written 31 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hi Ginger, Hands up for our guides! Thanks for sharing your River Story with us, we are glad to hear that you had a great time on the river. Hope to see you back on the river soon. Pura Vida! Wave Rafting.
Written 3 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Francois B
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
Lack of communication
Informed us at 7:30 am that our tour scheduled at 7:15am was cancelled. No warning the night before that it might not be possible due to high water. No call in the morning to say it might be cancelled. Weather can’t be controlled, communication can.
Written 24 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Hello, Thank you for contacting us with feedback on your recent trip with WAVE Expeditions. We value every comment that we receive from our customers and strive to improve our services based on the experiences of each visitor. I understand your frustration with the fact that your activity was canceled at the same time as your pick-up time, given the weather conditions when the staff checked the canyon early in the morning they realized there was too much water at the waterfalls because of the rain at night. We will use your comments to revisit with our staff the commitment to excellent customer service and what we can do to improve. We want to offer you our most sincere apologies for the inconveniences you experienced! Sincerely, Wave Rafting staff.
Written 9 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rob C.
1 contribution
Amazing Sarapiqui River
Jul 2021
We visited the Sarapiqui river with Gusi and our guide Jorge ( Momo ). The kids had an absolute blast, our guide was knowledgeable about the fauna and flora along the river, kept us excited and safe the whole journey, and we had an amazing time. The bus ride and meal was great. Definitely recommend Wave to everyone. Our friends are jealous of our pictures, the photo package was totally worth the price and our pictures arrived via dropbox next morning. Thank you for great times! We'll be back!
Written 23 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Nailed it!. Sarapiqui River is one of the best rivers for white water rafting in Costa Rica, not only due to the exciting rapids, big waves and crystalline water; you will also be surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, with gorgeous scenarios. We hope to see you on the river again soon!. Pura Vida. Wave Staff.
Written 27 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

abayoumy
Aruba33 contributions
Catch the wave!
We had an awesome day white water rafting in the Balsa River.We were a party of 4 but 1 of our friends decided not to do the tour because he cannot swim.When the bus arrived we explained the situation & the guide said the more challenging part of the trip is in the beginning and we meet the van along the way to pick up fruit at which point our friend could join as the second part of the trip was more easy going.(Just wanted to include that in case someone reading the review was doubtful about booking.)
It was so much fun!I got tossed off the boat but Johany was very quick to get me back in the boat safely.
We were provided with a delicious Costa Rican lunch on a farm before returning back to our hotel.And one of the best parts of the trip was that they took great pics along the way so we purchased them at a reasonable price.
Written 22 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WaveRafting
Thanks for sharing your river story with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Rafting, even on the water! Falling out of the raft is usual in this activity, so it is essential to have an excellent safe speech and a professional staff taking care of the action and also of you. We have been operating our Rafting tours for more than 15 years with one of the best rafting experts teams in Costa Rica, so we will share your glowing review with Yorhani. We hope to see you again on the River soon! Pura Vida, Wave Staff.
Written 27 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Caterina M
Caterina M
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Great rafting
Was a great experience, adventure, natural and friendly staff. The guide was super fun, give directions about what
229scotto
229scotto
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A fantastic day of adventure!
A great day! We did the zip line tour and then river rafting. Zip lining through the jungle and over La Fortuna wat
Fernandezfam2014
Fernandezfam2014
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Will be back for more!
Couldn't have a better day! Enzo was our instructor— Takes safety seriously while ensuring you have the time of you
Experience685207
Experience685207
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Amazing
I was incredibly scared to rafting to the point that I even cried while getting on the raft. Sivianny who was my in
joannehoughtaling
joannehoughtaling
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Wave Expeditions - Awesome Rafting in Costa Rica!
Our family had an amazing time rafting with Gerald and his crew in Costa Rica! Friendly, funny, informative staff!
samouse85
samouse85
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Rafting is a must do in La Fortuna!
We had a blast rafting class II & III! Great for beginners to intermediate. Beautiful river and Gusi was a great gu
DonalMooney
DonalMooney
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Awesome white water rafting experience
Great team, fun ride, lovely people to share the boat with and DELICIOUS pineapple and watermelon half way down the
Lourdes L
Lourdes L
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A unique experience !
Recommended for those who like extreme sports and adventures. You have to be physically and mentally prepared. Ve
MelandBrad81
MelandBrad81
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A WAVE of Fun
My first time rafting ever and Wave did not disappoint. Our experienced guide, Roger, was informative not only abo
pscant79
pscant79
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Great experience.
This rafting trip by far exceeded by expectations. We had a wonderful time. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Kayla C
Kayla C
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Safe and fun!
Fun and safe way to adventure down a Costa Rican river! The guides were all very experienced, and extra precautions
jordan y
jordan y
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Zip lining and white water rafting
Absolutley awesome! It was my first time zip lining and my friends first time white water rafting. Met a bunch of o
rjbrace
rjbrace
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Great crew and float!
This was the second half of my Costa Rican day, the first being the waterfall rappelling. The Wave rafting team pic
btempleman2021
btempleman2021
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Fantastic Time
Top notch river rafting trip and company. Experienced, knowledgeable and friendly guide. Our kids (ages 12, 10 an
martinezchristy3
martinezchristy3
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La Fortuna with a bang!
We started our trip in Costa Rica with class 4+ rapids, guided by the WONDERFUL Momo!! We will never forget this wh
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