Paddles up, High Fiiiiiive!
These words you will always hear when you try the Whitewater Ratfing in CDO River.
I capped my Northern Mindanao Escapade with some dose of adrenaline down stream the CDO river.
I tag along Joel and the beautiful Francisco sisters. The original plan was to do only the basic course but then plans changed and so we did the advance course. Wooohoooo! We battled 21 major rapids in a 16-kilometer ride, on our left is the CDO side, our right is Bukidnon already…
The sights also offer a different experience, its kinda hot and ideally one should wear a sunblock and maybe a pair of sunglasses.
Unforgettable rapids are named: Twister, Rodeo 1 & 2; Elephant butt, 5-inch drop and Krisdrop (where Kris Aquino fell last 2003). Our guide, John Mar, is an experienced rafter, he maneuvered us smoothly. Our photographer, Jordan, used a rubber kayak and was always ahead of us to take shots while we shout at the top of our lungs as we approach the rapids. He also let me try how to use the rubber kayak.
There are parts of the river where one is allowed to swim, it was effin’ cold but refreshing. I swam even though I was being attacked with colds and flu. It was THE RIDE OF MY YEAR! This is actually the only reason why I went to Northern Mindanao, the Camiguin, Iligan and Bukidnon trips are unplanned.
If you happen to visit CDO, don’t miss the white water rafting. Its available 365days a year. Even if its raining, you can do this adventure. Well, you should! You want more adventure, try it during the night.
Shout out to my co-paddlers Joel, Casey, Anna & Tin-Tin, paddles up, HIGH-FIVE?!!!
Important Note: For solo travelers, do reserve ahead of time, 2-3days before your target date. Alternatively, some rafting company offer a solo rubber kayaking experience on the same river, the same rapids but more difficult as you are on your own. I want to try this next time!
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Whitewater Rafting Services:
1st Rafting Adventure. The Pioneer Whitewater Rafting in the Philippines
Contact details: 0917-707-3583, (088) 856-3514
CDO Bugsay River Rafting. We’re not just your ordinary river guides. Ability + Knowledge + Experience.
Kagay. Cagayan de Oro’s Premiere Whitewater Rafting Voyages. Serious Fun!
*Travel Time to starting point is about an hour.
**Safety gears like helmet and life vest are included in the package.
***Please wear swimming attire: shorts, rash guard, (sunscreen and aqua shoes optional). Just leave valuable items like cellphone/wallet in the service jeepney, don’t worry it’s perfectly safe with the driver.
Rates from 1st Rafting Adventure:
Rates are regulated so all are the same, I even tried asking for a discount but I think my charisma is not enough.
Beginner’s Course (2-3hours actual river run, 12kms ride, 14 rapids): Php 700/head. Good for family with small kids. Only ages 5 and up are allowed to the course.
Advance Course 1 (3-4hours actual river run, 16kms ride, 21 rapids): Php 1000/head. Experienced paddlers is a PLUS. I recommend this for everyone! Lunch included and a can of SanMig Light.
Advance Course 2 (4-5hours actual river run, 18kms ride, 27 rapids): Php 1500/head
Professional Course (5hours actual river run): Php 2000/head
Night Rafting (3hours actual river run, 13 rapids): Php 1000/head
Pictures: Just add Php 250 for the whole group.
Videos: Just add Php1500 for the whole group.
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NORTHERN MINDANAO ESCAPADE. This post is part of a series born out of my adventures in Region X last January 19-25, 2011. I also challenged myself to live within Php500 or less/day budget (food, transportation, accommodation, etc.) as I am preparing for my “The Cheapest 100 Days of Backpacking around the Philippines.”
CDO- The Ride of my Year / Murals, Hawker Stalls, Ukay-Ukay etc.