It was fun but not as fast paced as I expected, especially the second half.
Kids were delighted by the waves. Fresh fruit was served. Guide gave some history as we traveled.
Overall great experience.
Terrific guide, fun day. We loved it! Highly recommend.
Extra special was the delicious lunch at Arenal Vida Campesina. All the food was organic. Fantastic meal!
This was a ton of fun. My family loved it!! However, it's important to note that this was described as a half day tour, but it really took the whole day.
guide - Gerald - was wonderful
The rafting was pretty tame compared to other trips I have done. Other than that, the experience was a lot of fun, and we saw a sloth only a few metres above the water at one point - lots of excitement.
Super fun, great day ... VERY WET from the start I wish I would have brought extra shoes too. Loved the lunch after and sugar cane demonstration along with the coffee pour.
We had a blast from beginning to end.
My first whitewater rafting experience here was fantastic, fun and exciting. The farmhouse meal was unexpected and super. Great fruit break halfway through the voyage
Best day of the trip. Guide Carlos was amazing loved it
Very nice day. The guides and lunch were very good.
We could not go on the Rio Balsa as there has been a bridge collapse but we went to a different river which was further away, but was still so much fun and worth the extra time in the minibus!
My husbands first time rafting and he can’t stop talking about it!!
We loved the whitewater rafting on Rio Balsa. Our guides were great. They made sure we were safe and could enjoy ourselves. The lunch after the adventure was more than we expected. I think this may have been my favorite tour.
Food afterwards was great, would have been better with more people in the raft, the other guides were great but the specific one I had in my raft was creepy and made me feel uncomfortable.
Guide and Transfer were great. This was a safe fun time. We both loved it. The after raft Lunch was awesome as well as the fresh fruit mid raft break. Best time. Great Day
SO MUCH FUN and the trip to the Sugarcane farm and tasting the sugarcane and sugarcane moonshine was a great surprise for us.
Great trip. Perfect fit for our family. The lunch and tour of organic farm were a nice surprise.
Great crew.Tato, our guide was very knowledgeable and caring for our family. I also loved the lunch that was provided. Great setting to eat and the property was nice.
Best part of the trip hands down.
Awesome tour with delicious local luncheon and cultural experience. Best tour in costa rica
We had a blast! The rafting guides were great. The lunch after was delicious and we really enjoyed ourselves.
My favorite part of our trip! Our guide Carlos was amazing! We felt safe and had some laughs as well. The rafting itself would have made for perfect day, but when we stopped for lunch at the local farm, wow! That was probably the best meal that we experienced our entire trip!
This tour actually over exceeded my expectations. I was a bit nervous before we got started, but our guide Diaz was amazing. He made everyone feel very comfortable & safe. His since of humor helped alot too. The rapids were just enough to make it exhilarating. The break halfway through was nice. They gave us fresh fruit and a bunch of goats joined us which was a fun experience. After the rapids we went to a local, back in the forrest restaurant. The family owned a sugar cane field, so we got a taste of sugar cane and a special treat of "moonshine" they make. We also enjoyed a great plate of local food. Overall this tour was AMAZING!!! Would definately do it again.
best event the whole time. Quality service, details, prep, private lunch venue. Cool.
Great experience. Really good guides
Everything about this tour was top notch. Guides and especially Carlos, were great. Carlos kept our kids(10&11) nice and safe during the excursion. Lunch afterwards was truly one of our best meals!
Great day- we didn't realize that it included food and a sugar cane demonstration- nice touch. Would have like to have known because maybe we wouldn't have done the coffee tour in Monteverde.
loved our guide Jeffrey, had a blast
Mario De La O was our guide in the raft and he really went out of his way to make sure my daughter felt safe and comfortable before we left. I cannot express how much that meant to me. It was wonderful. The lunch at the farm was really top notch!! It was a nice unexpected surprise.
We had a great time, but we had a couple of issues with our raft. Mario our guide was great in trying to fix, but I think it was old.
Amazing, great service, loved stopping halfway and having fresh fruit by the side of the river.
Loved it! The van was too crowded though. Especially when we picked up an extra person on our way home.
Absolutely the most fun! I wish I could do it again 100 times!! Lunch at the farm was equally amazing, that was the best tasting lunch we had the entire trip!!
one of the highlights of our tour. The pick up was timely; the staff explained clearly what to expect and he was pretty funny!
our guide Romel for white water raft was very nice and skillful.
Loved the overall experience and beer/sugarcane shot/lunch was "cherry" on top.
My leg fell asleep and I fell getting out of the raft for snacks. The guys couldn't have been more comforting and helpful. It was my fault and I got a big bruise but lots of wonderful attention.
Wow. I have white water rafted before, but this was the longest serious of continuous rapids I experienced and it was great. I work for a gear shop and the equipment used was all top-notch. So fun.
Easy and comfortable ride there, close enough that the drive was quick, friendly tour guides. Great job for all the amount of people.
Rebasó mis expectativas, simplemente la mejor experiencia!!!
This tour was worth the price. The lunch was very good.
Loved the experience; guides were fun and knowledgeable
This was awesome. So much so we booked another rafting trip later on our trip!
This by far was our most fun thing on the trip. Great rapids and a good lunch at the end.
Our favorite activity in Costa Rica! Right level of excitement. Only issue we had was that the tour company was 30 minutes late picking us up. Not sure why. Guide had to pick us up in his car-and he drove quite fast to get us caught up with the group. But they provided us with free tour pictures to compensate.
Our guide Marcos was fantastic. We really had a blast.
First time doing whitewater, and we were pleased with ourselves. We especially enjoyed sharing our refreshments with the bulls.
The tour is a must do – this was our second time and we loved it . I have never seen my grandson smile so much in his life .
Awesome tour, enjoyed spending the day out on the river and the great lunch afterwards
One of our best experiences! The guides and drivers were great. Would highly recommend to others
Awesome fun. A must do!
This was such a fun experience! Our guide, Mario, was outstanding and made the entire day so much fun!
The rafting exceeded our expectations. Best, most exhilarating whitewater rafting we have ever experienced. Forty minutes of nonstop rapids. Crazy fun! And when we pulled over for a break, and all the guides sliced up fresh pineapple and watermelon, it was amazing to watch and a tasty treat. The beer on the bus afterwards was a nice surprise and the lunch at the restaurant was very good.
We both loved this and will be doing it again when we come back.
Oh my what a great experience. I have rated this on trip advisor as the best!
Loved this! Only the showers were sub- par ( water not hot- showers not that clean)
This was very fun too! The guide was very knowledgeable, skilled and had a sense of humor! The lunch afterwords was delicious and the sugarcane demonstration added to it.
There was bit more water in the river than expected, weather was not great. More than exciting. Lunch at the farm was very nice.
Had a great experience. The Wave staff were very courteous and friendly. Our guide Diaz on the raft was amazjng. He really made the experience awesome. The visit to the organic farm after the whitewater rafting was an unexpected surprise but was also fabulous.
I wish it would have lasted longer and Diaz was a great tour guide!
Everything about Wave Rafting was fantastic. Loved Dias on the van, and our guide Stephen.
This tour was the highlight as it met and went above our expectations, having the time we would have done it again. The guides and organization and attention to safety was superb. Fun,fun,fun...
Amazing experience! Beautiful river and wonderful guides.
This was a great activity. Not only was it exciting, we also felt safe the entire time. It was especially nice to go to the organic farm afterwards for lunch and drinks.
This was one of the highlights of a trip that was amazing on so many levels. The white water rafting was an incredible experience and more challenging than I was originally expecting. The guides were all friendly and helpful and they made the experience very fun. My only "complaint" would be that the trip ended too quickly. It was definitely an experience that we both would repeat.
Loved this excursion, the staff was excellent!
We were taken to a different river as the water levels were apparently unsatisfactory. No problem. Guides were fantastic. Fun day. Bit squeezy on the bus though.
Wow, such a great day! Rafting was amazing! Saw some wildlife along the way; stopped for fresh pineapple and watermelon; drinks provided; lunch was included and was delicious; learned about sugar caning; toasted at the end of lunch; stopped at a cafe for snacks and saw some 5 to 7 ft. iguanas! Guides were so knowledgeable about the area.
Diego was an excellent tour guide and the meal afterwards with some cultural information was really great.
Best whitewater rafting trip ever!! Marcos was our guide and he was so knowledgeable and interesting. Great team leader!
The fruit was so refreshing and delicious. It was a nice break!
one of the highlights of a fantastic trip
GREAT experience, great guide -- we've rafted a few times before, and this was probably our best experience yet!
Best rafting ever! Prolonged suite of just right whitewater; thrillers, not killers.
Best part of the trip.
Good equipment - great rapids (given our ability level) and the guides were good fun. A great day out.
Great fun for everyone, lovely staff
Our guide was very informative about Costa Rican vegetation, produce, and culture on the drive to the Rio. He gave excellent safety protocol instructions and made the trip extremely fun. We had one person in our tour group who was extremely nervous and he went above and beyond to make her feel very comfortable.
Best value for the cost. Oso was our guide and he is a fun loving guy. The fruit snacks were at a perfect stop and the river rafting was exactly the adventure we wanted. The meal after at the finca was delicious!
Great tour guides and epic rapidS!!!
A must do experience. My favorite excursion on this trip. This company was amazing and they take pictures and videos for you during the experience. Had a blast and would highly recommend!!
The lovely lady who fed us after the trip gave us some of the best food on the entire vacation and we are still talking about it. Really good guides - we had Jairo.
The rapids were stronger than what I would consider fun
My favorite tour of the whole trip! Our guides we're very knowledgeable, energetic, and a lot of fun! The fruit served while rafting with some of the freshest and most delicious I've ever eaten. The lunch at the sugarcane farm was very delicious and the tour that we received there was a lot of fun as well.
This was one of the best trips for WW Rafting. Really well organized and well run. Guide was great. Totally enjoyable! Lunch was great, demo was fun, everything was well planned.
The BEST tour on our vacation. They did an excellent job as guides and made it really fun.
Same as Big 11 AMA comments. Was a great day and overall experience!
This tour exceeded my expectations. Jose was a fabulous guide! He had a great sense of humor, and was very skilled with his raft. He was safety conscious...and we practiced reacting to his commands before we got on the river. The fruit that was served halfway through the trip was delicious. Then the dinner at the farm was excellent, and the demonstration of crushing the sugar cane stock and drinking the juice, and then the fermented juice, just topped off the entire experience! I would do this again in a heartbeat!!
The rafting was great and well organized.
Great guide, helpful to a woman with a bad knee!
This was the highlight of the tour. The rafting was fantastic. The meal after rafting on the small coffee farm was a really nice touch. Top noche!
Fun and exciting white water adventure. Went with two of our grand children, 10 and 11 years old. We loved the guides, the white water, and the delicious lunch and tour of coffee and sugar cane after. Great day!
This was our first white water rafting, and I was scared. But Our Guide/boat pilot was very experienced and careful with us. I expected fewer, gentler rapids.
Great tour great guides loved the organic farm
By far best company! Felt safe, fun guides! The lunch was a treat and delicious. Amazing culture experience.
Great tour, food, tour and experience.
another fun day in Costa Rica This was a fun day
Exceeded expectations. Lots of fun. Nice fresh fruit snack break. Great lunch and sugar cane demonstration.
Our guide was wonderful and saved a couple of us from falling into the river. We really enjoyed Carlos and all the information he gave us regarding the wildlife, trees, etc.
Dionis is the best!
Really fun! Good rapids, not too hardcore (would have loved a difficulty 4 or 5), the guide was so skilled we were never off course or in any danger. The fruit stop was fun and delicious and the coffee plantation after was fun and tasty (nice intro to Guaro). The bus could have a little better seats (other buses were newer or had better cushioning) but it wasn't' too bad.
This was suppose to be beginner Cat 2-3 and it was more 3-4. I was fine but my 2 friends had no previous experience and it was not as enjoyable as it could have been.
First time rafting - wonderful experience! Rio Balsa scenery was beautiful. Enjoyed the fresh fruit during the break. Delicious lunch (and coffee!) on the return trip to the resort!
Best tour in the LaFortuna area. Great fun and the lunch afterwards was very good too!
Way beyond my expectations. I did not, however, realize how hard we would have to paddle. A few times I ran out of steam and did not feel I was carrying my weight with the work. I would highly, highly recommend this to anyone who wants an adventure, and never did this before.
Was hoping for a longer rafting experience but the time spent on the raft was great.Nice lunch following.
We loved the thrill and also the organic farm lunch
Loved the tour, but the pick up on the way there, they had to wait for others at the location in town and we sat for about 1/2 hr -45mins. Then it was a long drive to the start. Should be noted, that you are going to be sitting in a van for 2 hrs before you even start.
Next time would take the tour with more rapids.
Wild wonderful magical exciting! 10
The tour we originally booked had to be cancelled due to debris in the river from the hurricane. We were very happy with how easily rebooked we were on a different tour and really enjoyed the entire experience.
It was a lot crazier than we expected, but Jairo was so great and he kept us safe. Lunch was really good at the sugar plantation and the owner gave a wonderful explanation of sugar cane and guaro.
My favorite excursion of the entire trip. What an experience. The expertise of our raft guide, Carlos was amazing. Fantastic photographs of the experience available for a very nominal fee.
Carlos was amazing! The top half is level 3 and a real rush, the bottom half less challenging but a relaxing ride. The refreshments on the rating trip were delicious, and the lunch at the local farm was wonderful.
I felt safe and had a great time.
This was our favorite tour- the guides were great and the lunch at the Costa Rican farm was wonderful.
One of the best experiences on this trip. Was intense and fun.
Awesome tour and guides! Pura Vida!
Such a fun experience!!! We loved the local pineapple and watermelon at the snack stop and lunch afterwards was at a very local place so we got traditional Costa Rica food which was simple and delicious. We felt safe with our guides and rafting was SO fun!! Class 2 and Class 3 rapids meant it wasn't too scary and was perfect for our first time rafting, We just wish the whole thing was Class 3, as we found the Class 2 section to be more about taking in the scenery than the thrills on the water. Would do this tour again in flash, it was one of our trip highlights!!
A great adventure. Kids had a superb guide (Orland), and ours (Didier) was also great.
Awesome. Once again we had incredible guides who went out of their way to help our disabled son participate fully. Wonderful family fun day and the meal that was included was absolutely delicious!
Fantastic day overall.
The rafting was amazing and the staff was exceptional at this company. They all made sure we had fun!
The guides were the best part of this trip. They were really fun people and I had a great time with everyone. The rafting was also awesome. The rapids were small enough to feel safe but big enough to have fun.
Really loved this tour. Guides were amazing and the stop at the organic farm for lunch at the end was a great feature of the trip.
We had a blast on this excursion. I am not certain I would choose to do the stop for lunch if I picked this a second time.
Excellent guide and fun. Recommend it for any family.
Very fun! Excellent experience and knowledgable guides. Great!
One of the highlights of the trip. Great company and so much fun. Highly recommend for others!
Very awesome adventure. As very experienced white water adventurers, we will take the 3-4 class trip next time. Great day... Great Staff and very professional and experienced.
Was one of our favorite activities. The fruit in the middle was a nice surprise and the food was nice at the restaurant so overall was a great day.
Not only were the rapids and guides great, but the stop at the local farm for lunch was awesome!
fantastic day, the guides were awesome and the lunch at the farm was charming and delicious
This was one of the highlights of our tour. Our guide Didier was absolutely brilliant and great fun - I'm confident our raft was the most fun out of the whole group and he went a long way to making it so. The place we went for lunch afterwards had some of the best food we ate in Costa Rica during our entire stay - just incredible.
Great tour! Very fun and felt safe. Enjoyed the lunch.
Our guide Pablo was awesome. This was a great experience, and accurately described as moderately adventurous.
One of the most fun times of the entire trip. It was great!
Guides were great and the lunch on the farm at the end was awesome!!
A very exciting time, guides were knowledgeable and helpful, would definitely do it again.
Another fabulous tour with amazing guides. Highly recommend this tour company.
enjoyed the tour. It was a big group so felt it lost a little due to the number of buses and the length of the last stop before hitting the river. Our guide made the ride a little rough as I don't think he was as experienced and hit rocks pretty hard along the way. The lunch event was fun and the sugar cane was cool. Enjoyed it but also thought it was pretty tame for what it was ranked. Probably would have done a smaller group and more exciting rapid.
Terrific guide and raft company. Really enjoyed the additional indigenous farm/coffee/hooch tour, lunch was delicious-Outstanding!
Loved it. Water is so warm compared to our whitewater in North America .
Easily the best activity we did. An all time great.
Brilliant! Guides were smart, funny, knowleagble and enthusiastic. Lunch was spectacularly tasty. Beer on the bus afterwards was brilliant. A great day.
Rafting was much shorter than I thought it would be. Lunch was very good and the guides were very nice.
Loved the lunch and coffee plantation tour!!
Our tour guide was AWESOME!! He made a great trip even better. Our favorite excursion on our trip!
Amazing experience, would do it again. Great guides, well prepared and so much fun.
Guides were fantastic. This was a highlight of our trip. Wonderful experience.
Fabio was a lot of fun and rafting was great. The lunch and sugar cane presentation was a nice plus.
Great trip - grows rapids great guide, great food! We were in the same raft with friends we made the day before in the zip line tour!! Made even more friends rafting. Loved it!
best activity in our stay at Arenal
Excellent rafting company. Guides were extremely qualified. The luncheon at the farm was excellent. Everything exceeded expectations.
want to do it again
The only real negative was the river was low so it wasn't as exciting as I'd of hope but that isn't something the tour company could control
This tour was our favorite and the guide, Fabio was awesome! We loved it! Plus there was lunch at a local coffee farm that we didn't know we'd be going to.
Didier, our guide, was the best!
amazing staff and awesome planning of the whole activity!
Superb. Great guides and variety of white water. Wonderful lunch afterwards at an organic farm. Only logistical issue was horrible changing rooms. It would have been better if we all just changed under out towels at the landing site as the facility was very dirty and crowded. This outing was one of the highlights of the trip.
Our guide was amazing, the fruit break was much needed. The one thing that wasn't as awesome- it came with lunch... at 2:30pm... would have been nice to know have a big snack right before so you don't stave
Wonderful trip. Our guide, Jerald, was great! He made sure everyone, including our 8 yr old, had an awesome time. Lunch at the farm was also a great bonus!
The best outing, great team, the lunch and farm tour after rafting was so unexpected. We enjoyed wave Expedition . So much energy and give you great history of the balsa River from the crew team.
Tour guide, Fabio, did a superb job. He was a great team leader.
It was exciting, safe, organized and a lot of fun!
soooo fun! even for someone as non-athletic like me. i fell in and felt safe the whole time. i also LOVED our lunch and cultural learning stopover. and the fruits and beer after rafting. definitely my favourite excursion.
Best Activity of the whole trip!!!!
This was another activity to remember. The tour guides, one in particular, were wonderful and we had a ball. The rafting was exciting! It was nice that lunch was provided and we had a bit of time to learn about Costa Rican culture at the coffee/sugar cane farm. This was another great day!
My second favorite tour of the trip! Guides were knowledgeable and awesome!
Great tour guide, he made the trip better!
CARLOS WAS THE BOMB!!
Really had a good time. great guides. They had a lunch break for us. and then a real lunch that was fantastic.
Fabio was a great guide!
Again, guides and travel were great. We just wish that we had more options in terms of choosing the difficulty. We have both done Class III-V rapids in parts of the US so this was a little disappointing. Additionally, because it was Class III, some parents thought it was appropriate to bring their young children, which negatively impacted our experience. Overall, it was still fun, but I would maybe do things differently, perhaps the Class IV river.
Pickup from hotel timely. Guides were friendly and informative. the visit to the fruit stand/rest stop before the trip was perfectly timed. The visit to the organic farm/restaurant and sugar cane demonstration were an unexpected and welcome bonus. Jairo was the BEST river guide!
We really enjoyed ride and guide. Lunch at the organic plantation was nice.
Carlos was great. Loved everything about the tour
Fabio did a great job as our guide
This tour was a real hi light. The guide Favio was excellent. So much fun.
Scared the crap out of me; but it was good.
Carlos was a great tour and raft guide. everyone made it a fun experience.
That activity was the best and I had the most fun on that day!
Shuold rent GoPro cameras.
Probabaly the best tour for overall experience, with a fantastic lunch and extras such as towels, beer, etc provided that made the tour great
We have been on lots of whitewater adventures, so we have some experience to compare with this group. Our guides were excellent in their water and safety skills. They "read the river" really well to make the most of every wave! We enjoyed the fresh fruit snacks along the river side. The lunch at the end of our trip was absolutely delicious and was served on banana leaves. Local special brewed coffee and the sugar cane liquor toast really made for a complete local experience. Everyone was friendly and engaging! We had the time of our lives!
Very nice and fun experience, friendly guides!
This was a great tour and was even more expansive than expected. The white water rafting was so fun! After rafting we were treated to a delicious home made lunch at an organic farm where they shared their coffee making and sugar cane production history with us. We got more than we expected here and enjoyed very much so!
Great tour and guides. Great treat and surprise at the lunch spot they stopped at afterwards.
The tour went above my expectations. I expected rating and some kind of minimal box lunch. A fun experience, fresh fruit, good lunch, sugar cane demo--- awesome day!
Totally fun trip and probably our best activity on the whole trip.
Over met expectations.. Love it. guides were great.. nice ending with sugarcane demo.. etc .. highly recommend.
This was by far our favorite excursion on the trip. The shuttle guide was fantastic and funny and so much fun. Our boat guy Mauricio was very experienced and trained us well on how to navigate our boat down the river. They were all soo much fun and made the experience a joy for all the rafters. They were quick to lend assistance when anyone fell out of the boats. The meal was AMAZING. The coffee demonstration very interesting. The sugar cane demonstration was a treat as well. We got 3 adventures in one. Everything was perfect.
The rafting was the highlight of the trip. Our guide, Carlos, was wonderful. He was very attentive, knowledgeable and professional. He truly made the trip safe, fun and completely enjoyable. As a non-swimmer and bringing my senior citizen mom with me, I was a little nervous but Carlos was so attentive my nervousness quickly resolved and we both had a wonderful time.
The farm/restaurant where we had lunch had the best food we had the entire trip! We were very impressed. We would have liked more time to eat as we were rushed to leave to see a sugar cane demonstration.
The rapids were pretty lame, not class 3 rapids.
Awesome!!!! The river was so much fun. The lunch after was excellent and all the guides were extermely nice and helpful.
Want to do this over and over again. Great time. Guides were fantastic and knowledgeable. Did I say I want to do this over and over again. Best thing I did while in Costa Rica.
Again, the guides were top notch. Helpful, friendly, and very professional. The fresh fruit at the break was a special treat also! An amazing time was had by all of us.
Freaking awesome and super fun fun! Highly recommended! SO MUCH FUN! Loved the staff!
Mauricio was our guide and all the guys working the river were friendly and fun. Definitely felt safe and taken care of. An amazing experience! Lunch afterwards was delicious.
Overall very good rafting, very appropriate given my younger daughter's age (10). The group was very large but we had fun. the food and sugar cane experience afterward was a nice touch, but food quality was just okay.
too many people, it was really crowded
Absolutely fantastic! Gerald (Flaco) was the BEST instructor ever. Fabio on the bus was hilarious and really set the tone of the day. Not only were the rapids beyond fun, but I loved the fruit break midway through. Lunch afterwards was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica...and the sugar cane demonstration were incredible as well!
It was a lot of fun!! We left safe and the staff were super friendly.
The rapids were claimed to be level 2-3. The first section of the adventure the water was extremely rough (more comparable to level 4-5 from my experience). Enjoyed the adventure overall especially the lunch break.
Only issue was that we had to wait for about 1.5 hours for the dam to release water - most of the time was spent sitting uncomfortably in our raft for the ride to begin due to low water.
Great tour, great staff, great time!
This was an amazing experience. Our guide was so much fun and took such good care of us. We saw a lot of wildlife on the river including sloths. The rapids were challenging without being terrifying. This was our favorite activity as a family on our trip.
guides made it a lot of fun!!
Loved the whole tour!
Above and beyond meeting expectations. All guides were great. Lunch was delicious and the added coffee treat and sugarcane exhibit was phenomenal! Also the beers at the end of the rafting was a delightful touch!
The guide didn't like our group, it was obvious.
Our guide was awesome. Wish I remembered his name. I think this was our best excursion and I would encourage everyone to do it. (Gave it a great review on Tripadvisor). The organic lunch was the best meal we had while we were in Costa Rica. Wonderful tour!!!!
our guides were excellent. wonderful experience.
This was the second-highest highlight of the vacation, only to zip-lining. Lots of fun, great guides. The only downside is that they offered to sell us photos of ourselves, but I never found the photos on their website and they never returned my emails. I would have bought at least one.
Had a wonderful time on the river and the added lunch and talk about coffee and sugar cane was a plus