our Davao White Water Rafting Adventure
Davao White Water Rafting Adventure: We Thought We Won’t Survive (Updated 2016)
November 1, 2011, our schedule for Davao White Water Rafting Adventure.
We woke up at 6:AM, prepare ourselves for the trip, ate our breakfast and left the hotel at around 7:10AM. We arrived at the assembly point, The Crocodile Farm at around 7:30AM .It was quite early for the 8:00 AM assembly and 9 AM departure time. Well, we intended to take pictures of the crocodile farm before we go.
The Davao Wild Water Adventure Team is quite organize. The briefing was done along with some video presentation.
Final instruction before the actual ride
The trip from the crocodile farm to the jump off point is 1 hour. We have no choice but to talk to other people inside our transport vehicle. Here, I meet a Pastor having his vacation along with his wife (who opted not to go on rafting) and 3 daughters . Inside our vehicle were Chinese family (male and female siblings along with their mom) and of course the Happy Trippers . On the other vehicle were 13 Indian Gentlemen.
As soon as we arrived to our jump off point we were given another orientation including the use of the life vest. Another briefing were done when we were distributed to our group rafts. We went with the Chinese family. Of course we immediately occupied the 2 front seats (we wanted to be visible for picture taking, huh! LOL).
Before we go on final rafting we went through a simple drill in rescuing. To my mind, “ ….I’ve been through this in Cagayan when I had my first rafting adventure.” Then , off we go…
Our group were the first to try the first rapids, followed by the raft of the Pastor and the kids. And in just a few seconds we saw the Pastor and two of his kids fell into the water. I was alarmed looking at the facial expression of the kids, I’m sure they have the first taste of Davao River Water. We rescued them and brought them back to their raft. To my mind ,” its part of the adventure!”
As we approach the second major rapids, our river guide Johnny informed us that we are about to experience the “Kiss the Wall” rapid. We will be the third raft to go. From afar I saw the curve…it’s quite tricky . The passage was quite small due to large rocks and the current was really strong. Few meters away we were shouting– “were ready go! go! go!”, while Johnny were shouting “paddle….paddle hard!” We’re getting very fast …and were a meter away… truly we will kiss the wall hard…and bang! We bumped at the wall head on… and in just a few second our raft capsized.
The water was raging… we were under the raft for around 16 seconds. The water was dark and I can’t go out of the raft- its quite difficult to swim and get out of the raft when having a life jacket. I told myself not to panic stay inside for while and breath..I was reminded by the words of the guide, there’s air inside…
Huh, not this time the rapid was strong that even the inside part of the capsized raft was filled with water…there was a few seconds that I was able to breath through my mouth , but each time I would gasp for air I would also gulp water. I was trying to get out , but some legs were kicking me back. We were all positioned to save ourselves…I started to panic…”am I going to die?” I started to get dizzy but finally find my way out…that’s the time that I hear our guide shouting “let go, let go of the raft….defensive swimming!!!”
I saw others were rescued already by the group of Indians. I was just thinking to just float for a while but a few meters away I saw a minor rapid so I swam towards the raft of the Indian guys who were already extending there hands to me. I feel like vomiting as I am pulled inside the raft, maybe due to the waters I drunk.
It seemed like I’ve lost all my energy with that incident. While on the raft I saw my left hand and right knee bleeding. But the pain on my hand made me forgot that I was feeling dizzy.
After the incident we stop for a while to eat our lunch. The complimentary lunch was quite nice. We were served with pork chop, chicken curry and hardboiled egg, with tetra packed juice and water. I normally drink plenty of water but that time I didn’t even open my bottled water. It seemed like my stomach was so full.
The short lunch break we had was an opportunity for me to recover and to say a little prayer. I asked Him to removed any anxiety in my heart.. I simply wanted to enjoy the remaining part of the journey.
As we go along, we passed by a fall which they call “Vanishing Fall”. We had another short stop over and had some picture taking.
The Vanishing Falls
There are only 5 major Rapids in our trip but they were quite long, stronger and exciting.
We’ve finally reached our final destination and truly I just can’t enumerate all the happy and notable memories I had in this rafting adventure.
That was extreme indeed, but truly a HAPPY TRIP!
Thanks to the Davao White Water Adventure Team, Poluy and our River Guide, Johnny!
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|The incident reminded me once again that in anytime and place one can go. And because of this, I will:|
- Love and be more forgiving
- Try more adventures and laugh the loudest
- Spend more time with people who loved me
- Go where I am celebrated
- Help others whenever I can
- Write more blogs (I want people to remember all the Happy Trips I’ve been through
- Try to be more productive
- Above all, do things that will give Glory to God!
ABOUT DAVAO RIVER
(Reference: Davao Wild Water Adventure)
The Davao River is rated Class 3+ (to class 4 rapids)
Class III: Intermediate. “Wild Water definition: You will get wet!”
Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.
Class IV: Advanced. “Wild Water definition: You’ll get soaked, like a 9 or 10 on the “fun scale”!
Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require “must” moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong Eskimo roll is highly recommended.
DETAILS FOR WHITE WATER ADVENTURE IN DAVAO
Package rate 1700 each – Minimum of 5 per trip
Transportation (From Crocodile Park to Rafting Area and back)
Packed Lunch & Bottled Water
Use of Gears & Equipment
Documentation disc (2 CD per group of 6)
Bonus Tickets to: ZIP CITY, TRIBU K’MINDANAWAN & BUTTERFLY HOUSE
(Note) Transfer to bonus facilities not inclusive.
800 am Assembly at Crocodile Park (gearing, safety talk)
930 am Departure to the River
1030 am Arrival at Put In area, Tamugan
1100 am Start of Rafting
1200 nn Lunch (resume paddling after)
300 pm Arrival at Take Out area, Purok 8, Lacson
(Run time on the river is about 3 to 4 hours including lunch and other stops)
330 pm Departure for Crocodile Park
430 pm Arrival at Crocodile Park
082 221 7823
note: trasnfer to ZIP CITY not included.