2020 WHITEWATER RAFTING | CAGAYAN DE ORO + TRAVEL GUIDE

 WHITEWATER RAFTING | CAGAYAN DE ORO + TRAVEL GUIDE

 Whitewater Rafting  Cagayan de Oro  

WHITEWATER RAFTING | CAGAYAN DE ORO + TRAVEL GUIDE

We had been planning to go to Cagayan de Oro (CDO) for the White Water Rafting adventure, but we can’t push because each time we’re about to go 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 the place 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 whitewater 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 a rash guard, no sunblock, no swimming gears. All that I have were my business suits.

WHITEWATER RAFTING | CAGAYAN DE ORO

Whitewater 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 CDO — called Cagayan River simply because the end portion reaches the city. When you are facing downstream, your right side is Bukidnon while the left side is CDO. When doing the 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.

Whitewater 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 gear such as arms band, etc. They were not selling sunblock, 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 sunblock, 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 Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro 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.

WHITEWATER RAFTING | CAGAYAN DE ORO (Updated 2018)Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro  

What to Bring When Doing a Whitewater Rafting

  • a bottle of drinking water just makes sure not to throw your empty plastic in the river
  • Rashguard, or armband
  • Sunblock
  • 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:  Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro rates is subject to change without prior notice.

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting Rates

  • Beginners-PHP 1,400/head(class2-3 rapids, 3 hours actual river run, minimum of 6 pax)
  • Advance 1-PHP 2,000/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 (an 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.
  •  You can check with your hotels regarding White Water Rafting Packages
  • Note: Rates of Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro may change without prior notice.

Cagayan de Oro Travel Guide

I have outlined a Travel Guide that could help you plan your trip to the city.

Please click here, CAGAYAN DE ORO TRAVEL GUIDE

Where to Stay in Cagayan De Oro City | List of Budget Hotels

Book your room in advance in CDO. You can click on any of the links below, and you can compare the prices of many accommodation facilities that will suit your budget. You can book on the same link to avail of any discounts that they offer.

Saint Nicolas Inn

Rich Manor Pensione House

Natures Pension House

G-Galyx Inn Hotel

Country Village Hotel

CAGAYAN DE ORO SERIES:

PART 1- PMAP NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CDO

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, ECOTOURISM VILLAGE

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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