Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My World#122 Cagayan de Oro's Whitewater Rafting

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Before Davao City started having their own whitewater rafting adventure, Cagayan de Oro City already had theirs years ago. Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro became so popular that it is considered a must-do for visitors and locals. Years ago, the fee was P2,000 (minimum of 4 persons)  inclusive of free buffet lunch (grilled seafood, rice and roasted chicken, yummy!), a bottle of mineral water,  free use of helmet, paddle, drybag and the rubberboat. I heard that it is now P1,200 minimum of 4 persons but without the delicious buffet lunch.

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Before we started tackling the churning waters of Cagayan de Oro river, we were taught the basic rules for whitewater rafting which are: Listen carefully to your leader-boatman. Follow his instructions. Pray, paddle, pray and paddle. Of course, we were also taught how to handle our paddle to keep our rubberboats floating over the churning waters and to prevent ourselves from getting overboard (some did get thrown overboard and survived the churning waters minus the rubberboats).

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For beginners, the whitewater rafting runs about 3 hours with 14 rapids to tackle with 10-15 minutes interval for every rapid. Along the way, aside from beautiful sceneries to see, there were lush vegetation and some monkeys gawking curiously at us, water rapids that folded our rubberboat into half, whirlpools and churning waters that almost ate my paddle, and jutting mountain walls (a certain wall had snakes sleeping on its holes/crevices) to tackle.

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After some paddling, we took our rest in this cave which turned out to be nerve wracking because of its fast and heavy current that we need to traverse to get to the spot where we can sit on some rocks. Thank goodness for our ever-helpful and vigilant boatmen, they helped us crossed to the other side.

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6 comments:

Al July 19, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

We have white-water rafting here in Colorado. I've been a couple of times, and absolutely loved it. Nice photos.

Luna Miranda July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

pray, paddle--great advice!:p
good to know the fee has become more affordable. i missed this is when visited CDO a few years ago, spent more time in Camiguin. i hope to experience white water rafting next year.

Johnny Nutcase July 19, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

awesome fun! love that cave, and what a beautiful place to go rafting!

snowwhite July 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

Thanks a lot for taking me to such a lovely tour!! What a wonderful adventure you enjoyed!! I love the bubbling white waves in the cave. “Pray, paddle, pray and paddle” the instructor said made me smile. I think it must be very difficult to have taken photos in the river where a lot of water sprays were falling to you. Great shots. Have a nice day!
Have a great day!

Birgitta - foto CHIP July 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

This is adventure :)

Jenn July 27, 2011 at 5:22 AM  

That's a lot of rafts on the river! :-) I've never rafted the one in CDO but did tubing instead.

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