Floating on a Bamboo Raft [PHOTO]

Bamboo River Raft Fiji

My Bamboo River Raft (Credit: JD Andrews)

Viti Levu, Fiji

While whitewater rafting down the beautiful Upper Navua River on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, we passed many local kids building & floating their own rafts made of bamboo. I decided to get in on the action! The rafting trip with Rivers Fiji was tons of fun (more on that soon), but I think riding this little bamboo raft was the highlight of my day. :D

What About You?

Which would you prefer? Big modern inflatable raft, or a local one made of bamboo?

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  • http://wonderfulwanderings.com Sofie

    How long did it take you to build that raft?
    And did it last?:)

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      I wish I could tell you I built it myself. :)
      But it was actually sitting on the bank of the river almost complete. I just had to lash one end together.

      • http://wonderfulwanderings.com Sofie

        Still, pretty cool you dared to get into the middle of the river with that.

  • http://www.gettingstamped.com Hannah @ Getting Stamped

    Looks amazing! Hopefully we can do something like this when we are there in November! love all you Fiji posts!

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      You’ll love Fiji Hannah. Incredibly friendly people and a lot more to do than I first thought.

  • http://ActivePlanetTravels.com Ron | Active Planet Travels

    I did something similar when I was down in Florida. My buddy & I camped alongside a river then the following day built a raft out of bamboo and floated for 5 hours downstream….it was one gorgeous trip (that and we caught our dinner along the way). ;-)