Tubing Down The Elo River Of Central Java

After shopping in Malioboro, visiting the Sultan’s palace in Yogyakarta or exploring the magnificent  Borobudur temple, it’s time for some tubing fun! Join this rough and winding journey down the Elo River in  Magelang, in the province of Central Java, for an exhilarating experience, and an exciting story to share upon your return home.

For those that love the wet and wild adventures, take a shot at this latest method of careening down a raging river. Tubing is somewhat similar to rafting, but atop a large rubber inner tube instead of an inflatable raft. Unlike the typical raft which seats about 6 passengers, tubing is for those who prefer to take on the river alone.

Rafting on the Elo river in Magelang, Central Java
Rafting on the Elo river in Magelang, Central Java (Source : gojeng.com)

Despite the daunting image of speeding down the river rapids while seated in a truck’s tire, tubing is perfectly safe and comfortable. If you don’t yet know how to swim, that’s no problem at all. Like any other adventure sport, tubing does have its own risks, but all efforts have been taken to minimize those risks. Patrons of the Magelang Tubing will be supplied with the standard equipment of life-jackets, helmets and gaiters – all of which you will be required to use. Experienced river guides will provide guidance before you set off, so be sure to listen carefully and follow the given instructions. A guide will also be present on the river. Guides have all been well trained to provide the maximum safety during rafting or tubing and are all quite familiar with its bends and swells.  Along both sides of the river, you can also appreciate the stretches of rice fields and coffee plantations.

Elo River is quite challenging, yet safe, and takes about 2.5 – 3 hours to complete. The course has been graded between Grade II and III, meaning that it is safe enough for beginners.

Tubing adventure, Elo river
Tubing adventure, Elo river (Source : pesonaindo.com)

Most tubing and rafting operators provide a place of rest after the trip. Here you can have a taste of traditional snacks, and quench your thirst with cool coconut water. To conclude your journey, take a look at the candid shots snapped throughout your trip. These are available for purchase, for an unforgettable piece of Elo River that you can take home and treasure always.

Elo River in the Magelang District is the usual location for tubing. The start of the river is not far from Borobudur, and approximately 30 minutes from the city of Yogyakarta.


As Magelang is just an hour’s drive from Yogyakarta, many visitors choose to stay there, where there are a wide variety of hotels, from a simple bed & breakfast to starred hotels.

For those who prefer to stay in Magelang city itself, there are several other accommodation options.

The super de-luxe Amanjiwo Resort is set amidst the scenic Menoreh Hills overlooking the Borobudur temple, with no less than 4 volcanoes rising into the horizon. It offers 36 limestone suites featuring high ceilings, domed roofs, and sliding glass doors opening to a garden terrace. Interiors are made of coconut wood and rattan, following the traditional Javanese style. The hotels facilities include a large library, a boutique offering a range of intricate Javanese clothing and textiles, an art gallery, swimming pool, tennis court and fitness center. Amanjiwo also offers trips to ceremonies, temples and antique shops, and private dawn and sunset visits to Borobudur and other archaeological monuments in the city.

The Mesa Stilla, previously known as Losari Spa Retreat and Coffee Plantation, offers an escape from the demanding daily grind through the calming and powerful environment in which it sits – encircled by 8 magnificent volcanoes and set within 55 acres of gardens, plantations and jungle. Mesastilla offers 22 individually decorated villas, ranging from 80 to 135 square meters. Each room has been constructed in the original Javanese antique style, and is fully equipped with modern facilities, a large living area, outdoor veranda and breathtaking views overlooking the plantations and mountains. The resort also offers a variety of wellness programs and activities including healthy eating, focused exercise, planned relaxation, stress management and cultural and educational programs.

Aside from the above mentioned rafting and tubing, there are a slew of other things to see and do while in Magelang.

Go on a tour of Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, and single most visited spot in Indonesia. This huge temple is a blend of spectacular architecture, ancient art and traditional culture. To experience Borobudur in its full splendor, it is best visited at dawn or sunset. It is also best to avoid weekends, as it well be extremely crowded.

The Mahakarya Borobudur is a spectacular traditional dance performed by 200 dancers in vividly colored Javanese costumes. The dance displays a variety of graceful and dynamic motions, performed to the backdrop of the stunning Borobudur Temple.

Candi Mendut is yet another Buddhist temple, just a few kilometers east of Borobudur. Mendut, Borobodur  and Pawon are three Buddhist temples positioned in a straight row, though their relationship to each other remains unknown. Mendut is the oldest of the three temples, dating back to the early 9th century, during the Sailendra dynasty.


Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta is the closest Airport to Magelang City. It has available international flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia, and domestic flights from JakartaBandung, SurabayaMedanMakassar, Balik Papan, BanjarmasinDenpasarPontianak and Batam.

Alternatively, you can also reach Magelang from Semarang, capital city of the province of Central Java, on the north coast of Java. Magelang is situated on the road between Semarang and Yogyakarta.

Elo River begins in Magelang city, just a one hour drive from Yogyakarta or Semarang. It is easily reachable by joining a package tour or renting a car.

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