Challenge your Mind, Endurance, Strength and Fear with the best extreme activities Cagayan De Oro has to offer. In this third installment of my 5-day vacation in Northern Mindanao, I went out to experience the very popular White Water Rafting at Cagayan De Oro River! This is the most thrilling adventure of my 2011 SUMMER!
First thing's first we stayed at Park View Hotel though my suggestion when it comes to hotel is to choose one that is within the city proper. I didn't care much of the hotel offerings but instead chose a place to stay that will shorten our travel time from the famous landmarks. We settled ourselves 7am and waited for the jeepney that took us to Great White Water Tours. The company did not let us sign waivers because they believe in their 100% safety of the trip. I am pretty much impressed by this because it just means that they are confident enough to ensure that nothing bad will happen to you when the raft flips over. After the usual briefing of the do's and dont's of the activity we head out to Cagayan De Oro river.
|On the way...|
One by one different groups grabbed their rafts and off they go! There's no beginner or amateur courses for us, all have to paddle 17kms and ride 21 rapids. PADDLE FORWARD and PADDLE HARD!
Just a simple tip, if you don't like to fall in the water choose the white rafts because they are bigger and harder to flip. The yellow ones are smaller and guaranteed to throw you out in the water. BUT, falling is the best thing that can happen to you so make sure to experience that! I fell several times and almost lost my underwater cam due to the strong current but fortunately it was intact with my life vest.
One thing's for sure if there's a rock be ready because you are going to fall! The guides are intentionally bumping the rocks and putting weight at the tail of the raft to make an easy flip.Do not worry while in water because many guides are around the place to pull you off water.
At the half of our rafting journey, we were provided with refreshments and PASTEL! We also dipped in the water while waiting for the other rafts. The water was cold and I was literally going with the flow. ;)
The last part of the course will bring you close to a cave where numerous snakes are hanging in the branches above the rocks. Don't be scared by this because they are just sleeping and will cause no harm.
We totally had fun rafting in the river and this is a must try when going to Cagayan De Oro. The experience will guarantee enjoyment and put a smile on your face.
Our tour information:
Great White Water Tours Rafting - +639285517511 (Ivy) <- awesome service!
Package Deal - Php1,200 (includes pick up from hotel, snacks and lunch)
Our Driver: 09272360022 (Kuya Adonis)
Until the next destination,
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