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Whitewater Rafting: The CDO's utmost water challenge

Monday, August 15, 2016

"If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." 

Nothing can compare a life with full of an extraordinary trip than just sitting on a couch surrounded by four walls. Travelling and engaging yourself in such a daring adventure allows you to define your limits and fears. The trials are not simple and too tough to start on, but if the strength is already in your heart don't miss the single chance to begin and have the courage to face those extremities. Take charge of sailing against the rapids.  Be brave to dance with the tide.  And enjoy the flow of silly life escapade.


Journey to the City of Golden Friendship (Cagayan de Oro)

Way back with my last summer escapade when every daring adventure popped up in my memories again. The days when everything was under the sun with full of fun and exciting experience together with my travel besties (Lalaine, MJ, Kuya Menahem, JQ and Eileen). After we strolled around and chased waters in the Island of Camiguin, we began hunting our next spots and faced our first ever watersports experience together.

 From Benoni port Camiguin, we rode a Ro-Ro ship (M/V Shuttle Ferry) to Balingoan Port, Misamis Oriental. The travel time was about one hour and a half. It's easy to seize the shipping schedule because they have a daily and fixed trip. So don't worry catching your travels in the said area any time of the day. 

As soon as we arrived at the Balingoan port, tricycle driver's welcomed us with a sweet smile and jokes, then rode us to the bus station . We took our late lunch near the station with such affordable foods offered. Then for two hours, the aircon bus gave us a comfortable trip from Misamis to Agura bus station, Cagayan De Oro. Then, we checked in at Ivory Pension House and got the group deluxe room good for 6 persons worth Php 1,800 per night. 


That long trip from the island to the mainland was exhausting and mind-draining, however, if the only way to pursue something we wanted was by giving your time and strength, it's so much worth to feel better afterwards. 


Transportation Expenses: 

Benoni port Camiguin to Balingoan Port, Misamis Oriental= Php. 185.00  (by M/V Shuttle Ferry)
Balingoan Port to Bus terminal = Php. 10.00 (by tricycle)
Bus terminal Misamis to Agura bus station, Cagayan De Oro=Php. 120.00 (by bus)
Agura bus station, Cagayan De Oro to Ivory Pension House =Php. 60.00 (by taxi)


Conquering the CDO's Whitewater Rafting

 Forward. Backward. Paddle. Left. Right. High Five!  

Whitewater rafting is an extreme outdoor watersports activity that uses of an inflatable raft to navigate the river's flow and undergoes with different degrees of rough water rapids. It needs teamwork to deal with risks using paddles and steers along the flow. The challenge is to move quickly in a hard raft while riding on a small boat filled with air and engage the ups and downs while passing through the precarious rapids. 

At the early hours, we were ready to conquer the big waves. The day challenged us to thrill the nature's wildest extreme and feel the rush of whitewater rafting under the heat of the sun.  Kagay Whitewater Rafting was our chosen tour guides since we already booked a slot for our group beforehand. And they were known to be the Cagayan de Oro's first whitewater rafting outfitter. They guarantee a safe water experience with their well-trained and expert tour guides. We traveled about an hour from the city proper (Ivory Pension House) using their transport service. Then, we arrived at the jump-off point. The breathing view was indeed fabulous; and for sure, nature lovers would be amazed by the locals' way of preserving its beauty. The river is the boundary between the two notorious places of Mindanao, the Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon. 


Next, the spot has a souvenirs shop, so before we started, we bought some stuff and leave it on the jeepney. Then, we geared up and ready! The river and stream called our names as we warmed up before facing its battles of heavy rapids later on. Not so nervous but so much excitement. We chose the lower section challenge good for 3 hours with 14 rapids. Kuya Joel, who guided us in realizing this such adventure, made us sure to understand the do's and dont's before we got cracking on the river.


What came next was the intense challenge. With my travel buddies' eagerness of trying out this kind of adrenaline rush water sports were kind of wild, soaked and potentially uneasy activity. The kickoff was intensely amazing. Definitely, we broke the back of the beast on our first trail and soon with the next. 


The rapids were strong and we couldn't able to get rid of those strong currents. But every time  we approached those extremities, it's enthusiastically exciting and fun. Somehow, there were certain parts of the river where calm water allowed us to stop for awhile and enjoyed swimming. The river's hidden stuff jumped out of our skin with such amusing wild animals nearby like snakes, lizards, and some other wilds.


On the 13th rapids, it was the most extreme. Kuya Joel paid an extra careful and command us strictly. A single mistake might lead us to an accident.  It was probably the longest and strongest rapids we had encountered. The more we went forward the more we got high on reaching the last rapid. Those starving appetites, incomparable laughter, the heat of the sun and the dream of hitting the home run were just a few things we dealt with. Finally, once we passed through all the 14 rapids, we were home free. The success was priceless. That's a girl power!!! 


Kagay Whitewater Rafting and its service

Kagay Whitewater rafting is always open for reservation. You may send an email at dankaamino23@gmail.com or call 088-852-1021. Trip schedules start at 7:30 A.M. for a morning trip and 12:00 NOON  for an afternoon trip. Inclusions: Jeepney transfer from city proper from/to your hotel and a free use of helmets, life vests, and paddles. Optional add-ons for a more enjoyable trip are pictures and video - Php 500.00 (CD), Lunch - P200.00 (per head)  and  Caving/Spelunking - Php. 1200.00 (per head Minimum of 6 pax). For more details, visit their site. Book now!

Run and Rates: 
1. Lower Section P700 / head ( 3hrs. Actual River Run ) 14 Rapids, Class I-II Minimum of 6 pax
2. Mid Section P1000 / head ( 4hrs. Actual River Run ) 24 Rapids, Class II-IV Minimum of 6 pax
3. Upper Section P1200 / head, ( 2hrs. Actual River Run ) 14 Rapids Class III Minimum of 6 pax


Tips: 

  • Book ahead of time for your desired section.
  • Be physically and mentally ready to take the risks. 
  • Store enough food in your tummy beforehand. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes such as leggings, rash guards, and trekking sandal or shoes. 
  • Bring a small bottle of water.
  • Don't be afraid of any surprising wild animals. 
  • Listen carefully to your tour guides. 
  • Enjoy this extreme activity. 
Just grab the challenge of facing the fast-flowing waves, at the end if you don't take risks you would probably miss the chances of achieving something different. Have the courage to begin facing your greatest hydrophobia and live a life of being fearless with success. 


Lovelots, bye for now ♥


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9 comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your tips! Whitewater rafting is on my bucketlist. I will use this post as a guide for when I finally do it! :)

    www.KatrinaJeanCarter.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Katrina. You're welcome. I do hope you will enjoy your whitewater rafting soon. Extreme! :)

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  2. What a wonderful adventure! I have not been to that place although it is only around 3 hours from where I live. One day, I will be there 😊. Thanks for sharing Bonet. Well done.

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    1. Thank you so much Ms. Thelma. Must try to do such adventure. It's indeed amazing and fun. Waiting for your post. :) Enjoy!

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  3. I tried this one in CDO also the name of the company is bugsay hehe, it's way back 2010. I want to try this again, thank you for sharing their prices ^^

    www.itsbeyondimaginations.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely, try it again. And soon... I'll do the same. eheh.. Thanks. ^.^

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  4. Looks fun! I only tried rafting in Laguna (and in Kota Kinabalu). I was supposed to go there last year, too, but I heard that they had stopped the tours because of a tourist dying there. Too bad.

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    1. Hi Aleah, I heard the same news and the locals of CDO reopened the activity again due to some demand. They already checked the safety of said place. You may try it there with so much extreme challenge. Enjoy! :)

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  5. Adventures such as these are the reasons to make you say yes in buying a property in CDO. Hoping for more adventures to come.

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