White water rafting is one of our favorite summer activities to incorporate on a trip. It’s the perfect mix of sunshine, excitement and refreshing water. Plus, it’s a great way to meet fellow adventure lovers. What’s not to like?
That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to go white water rafting down the Neretva River in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The trip, which begins in the peaceful town of Konjic, takes you approximately 25 kilometers down the stunning emerald green Neretva River.
Along the way, Bosnia & Herzegovina’s lush green wilderness surrounds you as you drift by by waterfalls, massive canyons and secluded beaches. The river isn’t frequented by many tourists, allowing you to enjoy nature in its peaceful and natural state.
We spent a beautiful, sunny Friday white water rafting down the Neretva River with Raft Kor, a fantastic rafting provider located in downtown Konjic. The day was everything we could have asked for and more–filled with adventure, beautiful views and great people.
The details of our trip are below in the hopes that you decide to embark on this incredible adventure, too!
About the Neretva River
In addition to being one of the most beautiful rivers we’ve ever seen, the Neretva River is also known to be one of the coldest rivers on the planet. While the temperate varies depending on location and season, 12°C or about 53.6°F is pretty standard during the hottest summer months.
In total, the river is approximately 225 km long and springs from the Dinarich Alps, a mountain chain with an altitude of about 1,300 meters or 4,200 feet. It is the most significant river in all of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Canyons and mountains frame either side of the river, displaying beautiful green foliage during summer months. It’s one of the most picturesque places that you can be.
About Konjic & How to Get There
The starting point of the rafting trip is in Konjic, a small town about halfway between Mostar and Sarajevo. From Mostar, the drive takes about an hour and 15 minutes. From Sarajevo, the drive takes about one hour.
It’s a beautiful and peaceful town, and we recommend walking around to check it out before rafting for the day. The river goes right through the town, and there is a beautiful old bridge and lots of pretty architecture. During the summer, everything turns bright green and there are flowers everywhere.
You’ll also need to figure out how to get to Konjic. We arranged private transportation through our Airbnb host, but there is also a bus and train route that goes directly to Konjic from Sarajevo and Mostar. The trip from Mostar is very beautiful, since it follows along the river. From the bus station, it’s only a short walk to the Raft Kor office.
About the Rafting Adventure
We booked our rafting adventure with Raft Kor, and their package includes everything: transportation to and from the river, breakfast, lunch, an experienced rafting instructor and safety gear. The cost is 35 euros per person, which is a great value considering that everything is included.
The day begins at 8:45 AM, when all the rafters for the day meet at Raft Kor’s office. There, you are served a small breakfast and fitted for safety gear. After that, a van will bring you a short 25 minute drive up the river to the starting point. The drive is beautiful, following winding roads through the mountains and along the river.
After making your way down the river for a while, the group stops for lunch on a beautiful rocky beach along the river. Here, the staff will grill a delicious lunch while you play in the cold water or lounge on the beach.
After an hour long break for lunch, the rafting continues. This time, passing through some swift rapids and into a small waterfall. The rafts even pass underneath a bridge that is about 10 meters high, and rafters are given the opportunity to jump off the bridge.
The trip concludes about 25 kilometers down river from where you started. From there, a van drives you a short two minute drive back to the Raft Kor Office. Our trip finished at around 3 PM, the perfect length for a long action-filled day.
Our day white water rafting on the Neretva River isn’t something that we’ll be forgetting anytime soon! The color of the river paired with the beautiful cliffs and mountains is so beautiful that pictures don’t do it justice. It has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated.
The beauty of this river is out of this world, but what really made our trip so special was the people. The staff at Raft Kor were very friendly and knowledgable, and we also had some awesome people in our raft. We even ended up making friends with a lovely Czech couple on the trip, who drove us back to Mostar afterwards.
The day that we went rafting was an insanely hot day–it surpassed 40°C or about 100°F. Even though it was extremely hot, we didn’t even notice the heat since the Neretva River is so cold. The entire day, there was a cool breeze blowing through our hair. Plus, the canyons provided shade from time to time. The trip also allowed you to get in the water at regular intervals to cool off.
Since we knew the raft was going to be getting pretty wet, we only brought a few things with us. We brought sunscreen and a water bottle, as well as a GoPro and our iPhones (with waterproof cases) to document the trip.
How to Book Your Trip with Raft Kor
Raft Kor is run by Sanel Koric and his team. Patrons can book online here, or by using the contact info below. We can’t recommend this company enough, since we had the best day with them.
White water rafting on the Neretva River is a once in a lifetime experience. Even though getting to Konjic from Sarajevo and Mostar takes an hour each way, it is well worth it to experience this river for yourself.
We had such a blast white water rafting, and even made a video about our experience! Check it out below:
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