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Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III provided by Dinghy Expeditions Outfitter Mountains Rivers and Coasts - Day Tours

Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III

Half Day White Water Rafting - Balsa River II-III
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  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • 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.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Your day will begin when we pick you up from your hotel (if it is in the vicinity of La Fortuna or along the way to the river) and begin the 45 minute drive to the Balsa River.  Along the way, your guide will point out any sites of interest and give you an introduction to the area and the river.  Named after the Balsa tree, this river is divided in several sections.  The section that you will be running is a class II-III (from a scale of I-VI) and it is 8 km (5 miles) long.  This section is perfect for first time rafters, people with experience and families with children.  It will give you the excitement of hitting white water while keeping the level of difficulty safe and fun.  Once we arrive at the river, you will have a chance to use the rest rooms and change rooms before you are provided with a safety vest, a helmet, a paddle, a safety speech and a practice.  Once your guide is satisfied with your ability to paddle and react to the commands, the rafting begins.  The river begins with the more challenging rapids and the real adrenaline and finishes with smaller rapids and pools where you will have the chance to see wildlife and jump in the water for a little swim.  Half way down, you will take a fruit break on the side of the river and replenish your energy with fresh local pineapple, watermelon and other tropical fruit.  Depending on the water level, the time spent on the water is 2-2.5 hours.  Your transportation will be waiting for you at the end of the class II-III section that we are running and will take you to have a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch at a local family run restaurant.  After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel some 35 minutes away.  All in all, you will spend around 5 wonderful hours with us.  Your tour will be small, personalized or private to give you great customer service and is designed to give back to the local community and to preserve the environment that allows us to do what we love.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 47194P3
Call +852 30184991
Important information
Inclusions
Transportation from hotel (if in the area) or our office • Driver • Fresh fruits • Lunch • Juice • Water • Professional guide • Safety kayaker • Approved safety equipment • Insurance • Snacks
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Duration
5–6 hours
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Between 8:45 am - 9:15 am depending of your hotel location Departure Point: Your hotel if it is in our pick up zone or from our office Dates: See Availability
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Transportation from hotel (if in the area) or our office • Driver • Fresh fruits • Lunch • Juice • Water • Professional guide • Safety kayaker • Approved safety equipment • Insurance • Snacks
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Between 8:45 am - 9:15 am depending of your hotel location Departure Point: Your hotel if it is in our pick up zone or from our office Dates: See Availability
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5–6 hours
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Not wheelchair accessible
Clothing for the river: bathing suit, shorts, rash guard or t-shirt, water shoes or running shoes you do not mind getting wet (no flip flops)
Sun screen and towel
Dry clothes to change into after the river
Please advise us of any specific dietary requirements
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Participants with serious medical conditions or back problems must receive permission from their doctors to do this activity
Subject to weather conditions. If canceled due to extreme weather is causing dangerous conditions such as floods, etc. you will be given the option of an alternative date, river, river section or full refund
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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Yaeli B
8 contributions
Highlight of our trip
Dec 2019 • Family
We had an amazing experience using this family owned company. Everything was just perfect! I researched the mayor rafting companies and choose Dinghy because their great reviews, I called ahead of time and spoke with Andres who kindly answered all my doubts. They picked us on time at our hotel and drove to us the river. Meanwhile he explained what we were going to do and was very patient answering my daughters questions. We were all a little scared since this was our first time doing water rafting. When we got to the river Andres explained to us all the commands and safety measures, then we went on the boat and practice several times until we all felt safe. We were placed in our positions and my younger daughter (10) was just next to Andres, he was extremely cautious with her and made sure she was safe during the whole trip, which let me enjoy the experience.
We got to see different companies while rafting and most of them use several boats at the same time and looked kind of unsafe. I was very pleased to use a company Like Dignhy that cares for their costumers and got the time to actually learn your name and give you the best treatment.
This was for sure the best experience we could have ever asked for! Thank you Andres and Diana!!!
Written 27 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lyates2002
Las Vegas, NV18 contributions
Go with this rafting company, a unique experience and activity!
Oct 2019
This was our first rafting experience and I am sooo glad we went with Dinghy Expeditions. We were picked up at our hotel on time by Andres and Piqui. We were not aware of Piqui, the rafting dog, but we were ok with this experience. This definitely was a first for us and made the entire day unique. Our group was small, which included another couple. This is our preference when we do activities and Andres was an excellent guide and instructor. On our way out to the river, we stopped at a local fruit stand where we were able to sample different fruits. Andres is very knowledgeable of the La Fortuna area and is great at informing visitors of many aspects of the area and the country. I, of course, had an absolute blast with rafting, I'm not sure if my husband could say the same, but after reviewing photos it looked like he enjoyed himself. This is definitely an activity to purchase photos for. Additionally, they are priced reasonably. On our way back into town, we stopped at a family owned Soda for lunch, which of course was delicious. If anybody is thinking about white water rafting go with Dinghy expeditions. This is a family run business and it is obvious that they love what they do and they love their country. Pura Vida!
Written 11 November 2019
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ice78737
Austin, TX2 contributions
GO WITH THIS COMPANY!
We went we Andres and Andres 😁..very professional and grabbed us last minute after be booked this tour. Very thorough and super fun!! Pictures of us on this tour were a great plus at a very reasonable price. If you want to go rafting in Costa Rica.(La Fortuna)..go with this company!
Written 20 June 2019
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Hola and thank you for rafting with us! Yes, our pictures are the most reasonably priced in town. The reason why is that the sale of the pictures are a way we raise money for sending an athlete to compete in white water rafting in national and international championships. It is a form of donation and when you purchase the photos they go for a good cause. Win win situation. Best of all the photos are always really great and the facial expressions are priceless. Thank you for getting them. PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 24 June 2019
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Samantha R
1 contribution
Whitewater Rafting 10/10
May 2019 • Friends
This was one of my favorite experiences of my entire trip! An experience that was fun, safe, and unique! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to go whitewater rafting.
Written 22 May 2019
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This is our favorite experience too. That is why we do it everyday and we love it. The best thing about white water rafting is that you will never get the same experience twice. Water level changes, people in your boat are different, the rapid will give you a different ride each day, the scenery changes, etc. That is what make rafting so special. It is never the same even if you go down the same river each and every day guaranteeing you will never get bored and that you will always have your adrenaline rush. Unique is right, fun always and safety comes first. Thank you for recommending us and for your review. PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 29 June 2019
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Miranda Gill
Orlando, FL2 contributions
Awesome People
Mar 2019 • Couples
Awesome people and fantasting trip on the river, We had the half day tour and it was just fantastic, We had everything we paid for, Just perfect
Written 1 May 2019
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Explore3386
Palm Desert, CA11 contributions
Highlight of our vacation!
Apr 2019 • Family
After researching the different outfitters in the Arenal area we knew we wanted to go with Ahndres and Diana as we really wanted a smaller, more personal tour and wanted to support a local family-run business. Are we glad we did! As this was our first time white water rafting, we decided to go with the half day Balsa trip rather than a full day trip. However, due to some unforeseen dam issues at the time of our trip, conditions there were not the best, so Ahndres offered an upgrade to the full day Sarapiqui river at no additional charge (class II-III). After about an hour drive, we arrived at the beautiful Sarapiqui river, which meanders thru primary rain forest. We had a fantastic day on the river! Ahndres knew these waters so well and provided very clear instructions and practice before we set out on the river, which really eased our minds. Safety was always top priority. For the most part, we enjoyed the river without other rafts around. At one point, we came across another tour, with 4-5 rafts and 20+ people and were so happy we had booked w Ahndres. Throughout the day, we learned a lot about Costa Rica from Ahndres, who loves to share his knowledge of his country and passion for conservation. On the way back, we stopped at a soda where we had the best food of the entire trip (try the fish!). On our way back, we asked Ahndres about coffee recommendations, so he made a stop at a coffee roaster in La Fortuna ("Down to Earth") where we purchased some really good coffee. An unforgettable day w Andres and his assistant (Luis?), filled w great conversation, lots of laughs, fabulous food, and gorgeous scenery!
Written 10 April 2019
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for deciding to pick a local small family business like ours over the more conventional businesses in La Fortuna. We are very proud of our hard work and dedication to conservation of our natural world. A unique way to experience the beauty of the rain forest is through it's waterways while rafting. It is also a lot of fun and brings people together as we spends 3 hours on the river. We are very happy you loved your tour and we are always content to help better your experience in La Fortuna and Costa Rica by sharing our preference for places to go and things to try with you. PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 18 April 2019
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Goyeaux
Atlanta12 contributions
Fun and Safe for the kids!
Mar 2019 • Family
I first thought about booking reservations through the larger outfitters, but once I read the reviews for Dinghy, I decided that a smaller, more personal tour would be nice so I booked a half day for me and my two teenagers. I am so GLAD that I booked with Dinghy!! Ahndres and Rocky picked us up in a small jeep and drove about 1 hour to the Balsa River. The kids enjoyed the ride in the back of the jeep. We stopped by a store and sampled the small bananas and palm fruit. Once we got to the river, Ahndres taught the kids the safety rules while waiting for the water to be released. It was amazing watching how quickly the water level rose. Once we entered the raft, Ahndres made us practice over and over. He was very cognizant that the kids were a bit nervous. The first hour was excellent rapids. Ahndres always put safety first which allowed me to relax and enjoy the trip. I don't think the kids realized how much work was involved in rafting. As Ahndres said, "It's a sport!" Rocky, in his kayak taking pictures, pointed out a 2-toed and a 3-toed sloth. We were joined by other rafts on the river side to see bats and a very small blue and red frog that Rocky found. We also saw a beautiful baby spectacle owl. We had a brief stop to eat fruit and relax. The other tour groups stopped also with the rafts full of people (20+ in the group). I was happy that we had the personal attention from Ahndres & Rocky. The second part of the trip was easy and calm. The drive back was shorter since we were closer to town. On the drive back, we stopped by a soda and had wonderful fruit drinks and lunch. I absolutely recommend them!
Written 7 April 2019
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Dinghy_Expeditions
Thank you for writing us a review and also thank you for taking the time the read the reviews we have. This is how people find out about us and our small family local business. I am glad that you valued the extra attention that we put on safety and customer service. Ahndres and Rocky are professional river guides with so much experience. They are great fun to work with and learn from. The abundance of wildlife in Costa Rica is impressive and there are very few places in the world that you get to see so many interesting animals on a rafting trip. We as guides, never get tired of seeing them in their natural habitat. Thank you for preferring us for your rafting outfitter. PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 17 July 2019
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Brian D
2 contributions
Amazing Day on the River
Dec 2018 • Family
We can't say enough good things about this trip. From the pick up at our hotel, the focus on safety, the expert navigation, the colorful backstories, the Costa Rican lunch and most of all the incredible exhilarating fun - it was all amazing. If you want to be treated like cattle and herded down the river with 20 other boats - choose the other guys - if you want to have a highly personalized trip with amazing people, choose Dinghy!
Written 5 January 2019
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Hola Brian, We cannot thank you enough for your review and for highlighting really what we are all about - giving you an unforgettable rafting experience the right way, the true way by putting you first - your safety, your needs and comfort. Most of all thank you for getting to know you and being part of our journey. PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 31 January 2019
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Leah K
Baltimore, MD15 contributions
Super fun for the whole family!
Dec 2018 • Family
From pick up to drop off, Andres and Carols made us feel like part of their family. Very fun and interesting tour. Everyone was extremely professional and made us feel very safe. This was the highlight of our trip! Highly recommend!
Written 1 January 2019
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So happy to hear that rafting with us was you highlight of your trip. In fact, we hear that very often. Safe, professional, interesting, very fun and feeling part of the family. WOW! Thank you! PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 31 January 2019
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Mark105
Oxford7 contributions
Fantastic WWR trip on the only boat with a dog on board: highly recommended
Dec 2018 • Family
We took the half day Balsa River trip in December 2018 and had a great time. For my wife and 9yo daughter this was a first-time rafting experience. Andres and members of the team were great, and made for an exciting, safe, very enjoyable time. The trip down to the river was fun with a stop to pick up fruit (and a great meal at a local restaurant on the return trip). The river was a good mix of the more turbulent early part, and a more lazy second part which gave the chance to concentrate on the scenery and the nature - saw quite a few iguanas and a close-up sloth. Andres and the rest of the team were really personable and friendly, and their enthusiasm was infectious. We were only 4 (humans) on the boat (we three and Andres), which was great (some of the boats had many more on board), plus the kayaking "front rider" (Pablo) who was there to pick out the path down the rapids, take photos, as well as to pull entertaining stunts on his playboat. And, because Andres' dog Pique has taken a liking to WWR, he came along too, making us most definitely the only boat on the river that day with a rafting dog. Highly recommended all in all. Communication was great before and after the trip. Pictures were great and available for only $20. Pura vida!
Written 30 December 2018
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Thank you for rafting with us and Piqui the dog. We have a great day with you and are very happy that you wanted our rescue dog to come along. He loves rafting and everyday is more and more popular being requested quite a lot. We are happy that you liked our personalized touch and friendly environment. Balsa River is a great half day tour for beginners and people who have less time on their hands with a delicious lunch and fruits break. Also, the wildlife is abundant all around the river. PURA VIDA, Diana
Written 26 January 2019
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By: Dinghy Expeditions Outfitter Mountains Rivers and Coasts - Day Tours
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Would totally do it again!
I had a blast! The guide was fantastic!! Very knowledgeable and funny. He even tried to tip our raft a few times(wi
U1912XVemilya
U1912XVemilya
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So much fun!
Came to Costa Rica on a school trip, and white water rafting was by far my favorite activity. The route was beautif
ryanpmccarthy
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Best day of the vacation
Exhilaratingly fun and a great educational experience on the rain forest and life of Costa Rica. Felt very safe the
chel c
chel c
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Loved it
Loved it! Our guide was fun, friendly and super informative about different facts regarding nature in Costa Rica an
sophiabuscaglia
sophiabuscaglia
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Great White Water Rafting Experience!
I had such a great time white water rafting with Dinghy Expeditions. Our guide was super friendly and fun while mak
CharlesR1350
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Best raft company in the region
Had a great day...the guides are the sweatest people out there...small warm company that takes care of their client
Northernboy62
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WOW !!! WOW !!! WOW !!!
Spending the day on the Sarapiqui River with Andre's excellent guidance and July in the safety kayak and taking pho
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Safari Float
Close friends of mine, all adults and one young child, took a safari float tour with Dinghy Expeditions while in La
977sallye
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AMAZING PEOPLE AMAZING RIVER
We had such a very special adventure guided by the incredible Diana, by the end we all felt a strong bond and had l
Jyotsna T
Jyotsna T
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Incredible water rafting experience
This was our best family vacation ever. Major highlight of our CostaRica trip was water rafting on Sarapiqui River.
rajeshm21
rajeshm21
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Not a good experience!!
The hotel pick up was 1 hour late. The guide seemed to be a last minute replacement for their regular guide. He did
Sportymel
Sportymel
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Amazing day out
I have done a lot of rafting and this was my favourite. The rapids we did weren't that big but the guides made the
vwong0107
vwong0107
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A Must Do!!!
Highly recommend doing this! The guides were amazing and you will definitely have a good time. Even the dog goes ra
Excursion45312198767
Excursion45312198767
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Best rafting experience ever
I’ve done several guided rafting trips. The majority in Idaho on some good rivers but this by far was one of the be
justinelphillipson
justinelphillipson
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So Much Fun
This is a must-do! The instructors were great, and they had stops for snacks and swimming. Wear sunscreen!
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