Extreme Adventure :White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro (Updated 2016)

 White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

My first White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Extreme Adventure : White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro (Updated 2016)

I had been planning to go to Cagayan de Oro for the White Water Rafting adventure, but we can’t push because each time we’re about to go, because some important things would just pop up. When the People Management Association of the Philippines announced that Cagayan de Oro will be the venue for our national conference , I was so excited. Finally, I can go!!! I have all the reasons to go…

The last time I visited Cagayan de Oro was about 15 years ago…outdoor adventures weren’t set yet …and the landscape of the province was quite different.

While I was attending the conference and was preparing for our extreme adventure, another problem came up. There were only two of us willing to try the white  water rafting and the minimum number required was six. And to top it all, I forgot to bring any gear with me. I didn’t even bring rash guard, no sun block, no swimming gears. All that I have were my  business suits.

 White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Despite these, we still contacted the service provider. Fortunately, there was a group of 15 pax from Manila who will be going for the adventure and we can go with them. The jump off point of the white water rafting can be reached at approx 1 hr travel by jeepney. We were told not to bring too many valuables.

For our group, 3 water inflatable rafts were prepared. 2 big rafts which can accommodate 6 people plus 2 river guides and the small raft which can accommodate 4-5 persons plus a river guide. We were assigned to the small raft. The river used for the white water rafting was the river which divides Bukidnon from Cagayan de Oro — called as Cagayan River simply because the end portion reaches Cagayan de Oro. When you are facing downstream, your right side is Bukidnon while the left side is Cagayan de Oro. When doing the an extreme adventure such as this, it is necessary to  remember directions  so that when an emergency would happen one would easily recall where the left  and the right side is located.

 White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

There were  5 courses offered in White Water Rafting. We opted for a beginner’s course simply because of the time element. My friend Emmylou is flying back to Cebu late afternoon of the same date.

Before the actual white water rafting adventure, we were given orientation on the basic commands used by the river guide. It was nice to see also, some folks selling items for the tourist such as water, souvenir items and protective gears such as arms band, etc. They were not selling sun block, though…I was offered an armband but I refused. To my mind, I have plenty of those at home, things  I used for biking.

Finally, we are ready to go…without sun block, no rash guard…just drinking water. Taking the smaller raft made the adventure even more exciting from beginning to end. The reason for this was, if you  are taking the big raft, the weight of a large number of passengers will  make the raft more  stable. While the smaller one was quite light  in weight and we are easily moved by rapids. Another factor which made our adventure enjoyable was our river guide, Ricky Magno who has been doing his job for 14 years already. His humor and antics made us laugh all the time.

Finally, our adventure ended. But it seemed that time – the three-hour journey was still not enough for most of us….we wanted more of that adventure.


What to bring when going a white water rafting:

  • a bottle of drinking water just makes sure not to throw your empty plastic in the river
  • Rash guard, or armband
  • Sun block
  • Waterproof camera (you can just buy the CD with all your pictures taken by the company for 250/CD)
  • Energy bar to munch after the trip, though there is a restaurant at the final destination)

 Rates: (subject to change without prior notice)

ECO EXTREME RAFTING ADVENTURE

  • Beginners-PhP 700/head(class2-3 rapids, 3 hours actual river run, minimum of 6 pax)
  • Advance 1-PhP 1,000/head( class 3-4 rapids,4-5 actual river run, minimum 6 pax) -Advance 2-PhP 1,500/head (class3-4 rapids,4-5 actual river run, minimum 6 pax)
  • Extreme PhP 2,000/head (adventure for the brave heart, adrenaline test, and body work out, requires previous rafting experience, ability to swim is highly recommended, class 4 rapids, 5 hours actual river run.
  • All packages include: Free transportation, safety gears, and certified river guide
  • For information, call: (088) 851-1287, (0917) 723-8464

Other company offering white water rafting is:

GREAT WHITE WATER TOURS (088)851-78-56 (0917) 851-7856, 851-1287

Rates:

  • Basic Course:MAMBUAYA to CABULA which takes 3-4 hours & will pass 14 rapids ranging from class 2-3
    (with snack & meal = P900.00, without snack & meal = P700.00)
  • Advanced Course: UGUIBAN to CABULA which takes 4-5 hours & will pass 21 rapids ranging from class 2-4( with snack & meal = P1,200.00, without snack & meal = P1,000.00)
  • Raft + Zip: Basic & Advanced Course Raft + Zip Packages  (Dahilayan) with Snack & Meal
    (Basic Course = P1,699.00, Advanced Course = P1,999.00)

CAGAYAN DE ORO SERIES:

PART 1- PMAP NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

PART 2- LIST OF HOTELS IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

PART 3- DAHILAYAN PARK ADVENTURE: HOME TO ASIA’S LONGEST DUAL ZIPLINE

PART 4- EXTREME ADVENTURE: WHITE WATER RAFTING IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

PART 5- CAGAYAN DE ORO’S NIGHT CAFE

PART 6- GARDENS OF MALASAG,ECO TOURISM VILLAGE

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jojo vito

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Default Comments (6)

6 Comments:

  1. It sure takes a lot of courage to go on such an adventure. I admire you for being so brave! I can’t talk myself into doing this ever. Haha!

  2. As an adventurer, CDO white water rafter is on my bucketlist. I hope to go there very soon!

  3. I haven’t tried this kind of activity yet. It does look kinda extreme to me especially since I’m not a good swimmer too. I guess I have to train more in swimming first before I do this one.

  4. Looks like a really exciting yet tough adventure! I admire those who love doing this kind of activities because they are not afraid of any risk.

  5. Over a decade ago, I had a chance to go white water rafting in CDO but I was still starting my career then and was short of budget. I hope I was able to do it back then. Anyway, I’m sure I’m gonna try it one day.

  6. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try this even though they offer courses for beginners. It looks like you had fun, good for you!

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