Cagayan de Oro Misamis Oriental

White Water Rafting at Cagayan de Oro

By on April 11, 2011

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Cagayan de Oro City in Southern Philippines is without a doubt, the top white water rafting destination in the country. The reasons for that are numerous. First, the rapids of the Cagayan de Oro River are available all year round, except of course during extreme weather conditions. There are also a handful of outfitters now that offer attractive adventure packages. This healthy competition has not only driven the rafting rates to an affordable level but also improved their services even further. And finally, the city is easily accessible via various air, land and sea transportation options.

In short, this means that anyone from anywhere in the Philippines can readily avail of this unique adventure without depleting their lifetime savings.

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Doing a high-five using paddles is also taught at the orientation.

Before a rafting adventure can begin, an orientation is conducted to ensure a safe and enjoyable run for everyone. Aside from the individual paddles, everyone is then given a lifevest and a helmet. There is also a dry bag for personal belongings supplied in each raft. The rules are then outlined along with the important what-to-do-when-this happens scenarios (raft is overturned, someone in the group is thrown overboard and the like). Everyone is assured that the guides accompanying each group are all well-trained and know well enough how to respond in such circumstances.

The two most common rafting packages are the basic and advance courses. The basic ride covers 12.32 kms, takes you to 14 rapids and costs Php700.00 The advance on the other hand covers 20.4 kms, takes you to 24 rapids and costs Php1000.00. The duration for each varies depending on the weather, the river current among other similar factors. But on the average, the actual river run for the basic and advance courses lasts for 3 and 4 hours respectively.

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The first photo was taken from the ‘I’m busy’ rapid.

There is also a name for each rapid. I like the ‘I’m busy’ and ‘Makabundol rapids,’ which are the first two that would be encountered in the basic course. You have to ask your guide why these were named as such and he would be more than willing to provide the backstory including those of the lava rocks and the wild horses.

The experience is like going to a wet roller coaster ride sans the metal rails. Take note that you are also not strapped to the rubber rafts by any means. So you would be really tossed in any direction in every wild rapid. There are also rare instances where the raft would be overturned due to the unpredictable river current or after hitting a huge boulder. But if you want something like that to happen during your run, your guide can intentionally do that for you as well.

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Even without paddling, the rafts are carried downstream by the strong current of the river.

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The guides’ funny antics keep the excitement up especially when there are no rapids in sight. Our guide shared to us that there are no more crocodiles in the river because they all ran for public office. This and the many other jokes would not be as funny if told on dry land.

At the calmer portions of the river, one may be allowed to jump off the rafts. The views at these parts are equally stunning as the rapids. The cliffs, lush vegetation and the clean river reminds me a bit of Argonath from an LOTR movie. It makes you wonder how this part of the Philippines can both have a captivating landscape and a urban lifestyle at the same time.

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At the endpoint is a restaurant which serves affordable meals. This is where you can also wash up and change your wet clothes. Others would usually take a quick lunch here before heading to their next destination. By this time too, the adrenaline may have already worn off but the memories of the exhilarating ride remain.

The white water rafting experience at Cagayan de Oro is absolutely ‘chada,’ a local term for anything that is fantastic, nice and great. This is indeed one adventure that I would never get tired of doing all over again.

Kagay | Cagayan de Oro’s Premiere White Water Rafting Voyages
#21 Pres. Aguinaldo St., Cagayan de Oro City
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    April 19, 2011

    I have yet to try water rafting and water tubing, next time, maybe. Life is crazy in my end here in Gensan. Ugh!

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    May 4, 2011

    Hi sheng, welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂

    GenSan is also a great place. I would love to be back there for Awengs and the fishport.

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    cagayan de oro map

    May 14, 2011

    Yeah, white water rafting is indeed the most extraordinary experience I ever had. It is really fun especially if you do it with your friends. I love to try it again in the future.

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    May 18, 2011

    I really love water rafting in Cagayan because they always give me thrills and fun. I hope i can come back there soon. Thanks for posting, and great photos you have there.

    Cagayan de Oro Philippines

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    May 21, 2011

    Thanks for sharing with us your experience. I hope you guys really enjoyed the water rafting.

    Cagayan de Oro Rafting

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    Cagayan de oro whitewater rafting

    August 2, 2011

    Cagayan de oro whitewater rafting is one of the best in the world! thanks for the post…

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    April 10, 2015

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    April 9, 2016

    Wow, this article is really very good, so that I can't say how happy feeling. The article make every detail of the story depicts streaming with the best, and every movement of the characters all write so lifelike, let me see the waves excited.


Brennan Mercado
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