Northern Mindanao: Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Another amazing experience! I'm not actually familiar with rafting, all I know is that it's for adrenaline junkies. And I'm very glad I was able to experience it! Not that I'm an adrenaline junkie, but for people like me who wants to experience new things.. this was definitely fun and exciting!

We had to wake up early on our last day in CDO because our call time was 8AM. We were picked up by a large jeepney where the rafting boats are placed on top. Given that it would be a long day because after lunch we will also go to Bukidnon for our last tour, we need to act fast and be on time. But of course, we were a bit delayed with our itinerary because we had to wait for other people.

We had the basic course which is 700/head. It is 13km and has 14 major rapids. Funny thing is they have names for each rapids. Lol. If you want to try this adventure and is not satisfied with their basic course, they also have an advance course which is 1000/head and has 24 major rapids (I think this is more sulit!).

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

We are divided into two groups and lucky us, me and friends occupied one rafting boat. There's a 15 minute briefing of what will happen in the waters. They taught us the different paddles we'll be using, the things we need to do when we accidentally fell off the raft, and of course different safety measures. 

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

We were given some time to enjoy and swim in the river.

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Anddd.. that's us! Our guide was sooo funny he even let us do crazy stuff like standing while we're in rapids, forming a circle and support each other's balance. Don't get me wrong, I know it sounds unsafe but it definitely is safe! They know din naman on where to really let us just sit. :) And actually, it's one of the reason it was fun! Dami naming tawa. HAHA super! 

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

That's high five in rafting lingo. :)

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

And more high fives.

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

So why is this something you need try? It's because you've never been to CDO if haven't try this! And this is a good workout too! So for those who are dieting! guys.. you know what to do! hahaha. And of course, if you're a travel junkie or someone who's just looking for new fun things to try.. then this must be on your bucket list. Not only that this is safe, you also get to experience and see different panoramic views! but of course, you won't be able to take a photo unless you have an action cam with you since regular cameras might just get wet or worse fall in the river. But don't worry though, you will have an official photographer! what is this experience if you won't be able to document it and you have no means to look back at how awesome the experience was! Pictures are burned into a CD and has an extra fee.. but hey! it doesn't matter and an adventure this fun should have a picture posted on instagram! :))) #bloggerfeelz lol 

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

paddle pa more guys! hihi

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Balance!

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

And that's just us who just conquered the 14 major rapids. hehe. No one fall off the rafting boat! So it was definitely a fun, safe, and amazing experience. Thanks to our guide too for entertaining and making it a more fun experience.

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Just a few reminders if you're going to try this
(you should!):

1. Wear your rashguard. Nobody wants to get sunburned. Summer or not, you will be exposed to the harmful rays of Mr. Sun so it's better to get your skin protected.
2. Wear sunblocks. On all the skin areas that aren't covered.
3. Do not bring gadgets or any stuff that you don't want to get wet. Especially if it's not waterproof.
4. Bring small food and water to keep you hydrated all though out.
5. Be friends with your guide!
6. And of course, enjoy the moment and have fun! :D

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

Would be definitely doing this again whenever I come back to CDO. Syempre yung advance course naman! Haha. This is one of the perks of travelling.. you get to experience things that are still foreign to you. Travel and experience is still the best teacher. :)


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18 comments:

  1. Can people who do not know how to swim do white water rafting? KIDDING! I have never tried this and looking at your photos, it seems so much FUN. Given the chance, I would do this. :)

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    1. IT IS super fun!! You should definitely try it! :D

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  2. This is something I would like to do again. The last time was in CDO was in 2008! The waters were not as clear as in your photos when my friends and I were there. It was January but oddly, they were experiencing flash floods then.

    I'm sure you had a blast and it's so worth paying that extra fee for all the white water rafting snaps.

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    1. I agree! would love to do this again and again too! heheheh.

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  3. This looks like a great adventure, and lots of fun. I personally do not think I would go white water rafting, ice cold water, and trying to balance myself from not falling out of the boat! I can only see how funny it would be. I am glad you enjoyed your rafting experience and could take part in something new.

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    1. but whyyy! hehehe. this is definitely a must try! :)

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  4. I have seen a lot of my friends did water rafting, it really looks exciting. Seeing your pictures makes me wanna try it too. haha! unfortunately, i have a weak heart when it comes to water.

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    1. That's sad to know. who knows, this might be the only adventure that can change your mind with water activities. :)

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  5. Never tried this before, would love to try some day. Looks like an fun activity to do with friends. :)

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    1. really a fun activity with friends. :)

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  6. Yes, white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro is must do activity :) We had our first water rafting here in CDO too. And although we were beginners, we tried the advanced course. Thank God no one fell in the water. We really did a great team work. I'm happy that you enjoyed your experience too. - Me-An Clemente

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    1. how was the advanced course?? hehehe. would definitely go back just for the advanced course. lol

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  7. I've been to Cagayan de Oro a lot of times and did this rafting each time. I always have tourists to accompany. Nonetheless I found it fun each time so I'm good with it. My foreign friends enjoy the budol budol ( feast) for lunch.

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  8. Oh wow , that looks like a great experience . I have actually thought the same way as you , rafting is for tough guys , but hey look at you girls . There is no such place to go rafting here , but if I could get the chance , I am sure I would love to do that . I am a 'water rat' anyway , and that water looks so clear and fresh . Just wondering , no big fishes in there ? Jumping about like the salmons swimming against the stream ? Great post , as always !

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  9. White water rafting in Cagayan is in my bucket list! Been wanting to go here since a few years ago. Do you know how many hours it takes to finish the basic course? :)

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  10. which camera do you use, my friend?I have just looked at your photos, they are so bewitching.Full of colors and of the right sixe.I simply loved the post.

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  11. I've been to CDO numerous times for biz trips, but have not tried this yet :( I'm no adrenaline junkie bit this experience seems to be worth trying. Thanks to your action packed photos! - Sonnie

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  12. I wanna go on an adventure like this! Ive read and watched stuff about white water rafting but haven't actually tried it. Ever. I have a thirst for an adrenaline rush, and these river is haven! I wanna try an extreme outdoor activity before I die (I don't care if others think it's potentially dangerous)!

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