CDO White Water Rafting

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Birth month is travel month. I wanted a destination outside Philippines but I hardly found a free weekend. Then I learned that my colleague had an event in Cagayan De Oro (CDO), Mindanao.

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What else comes to mind when it’s CDO but white water rafting!

So I booked for a solo trip which turned out to be a working one because my colleagues still thought Mindanao was not safe for a woman traveling alone.  And, my business partner was seven months pregnant, she needed emergency assistant.

Moving forward, I was assigned to arrange the rafting activity for the team.  I found a tour package being offered by the Great Water Rafting thru the internet.

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Basic Course

MAMBUAYA to CABULA
Takes 2-3hrs actual river run

with snack & meal = ₱ 1,400.00
without snack & meal = ₱ 1,200.00

Inclusions:

  • Transfers from Hotel/Coffee Works-Divisoria to Rafting Put-in Area and Vice Versa
  • 2 River Rafting guides
  • Gears and equipment’s

Note: Minimum of 6pax required. If less than 6pax, a fee of 1000 (for Short course), 1200 (for Basic course) or 1800 (for Advance course) per lacking slot will be charged.

Advanced Course

UGUIBAN to CABULA
Takes 3-4hrs actual river run

with snack & meal = ₱ 2,000.00
without snack & meal = ₱ 1,800.00

Inclusions:

  • Transfers from Hotel/Coffee Works-Divisoria to Rafting Put-in Area and Vice Versa
  • 2 River Rafting guides
  • Gears and equipment’s

Note: Minimum of 6pax required. If less than 6pax, a fee of 1000 (for Short course), 1200 (for Basic course) or 1800 (for Advance course) per lacking slot will be charged.

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Ate Mie of Great Water Rafting replied fast and accommodated me even the last minute.

Personally, I would’ve gone for the Advanced Course since I did rafting before in Daraitan, Tanay but my colleagues had to be back for their 3pm flight. There was also a first timer in the team so we decided to take the Basic Course.

Itinerary

7:00am – pick up from hotel

8:00am – arrival at Great Water Rafting station, ride to rafting site

9:00am – 12:00nn – Basic Course rafting proper

12:00 – 1:00nn – lunch

1:00 – 1:30pm – drop off to hotel

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At the ranger station of Great Water Rafting

Getting the Best Shots

If there is no photo, it didn’t happen. Haha!

I had GoPro but since we’d be paddling,  we opted to avail of the camera rental with cameraman at P500. At the end of the activity, we were given a CD of all the photos and videos.

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Safety gears like helmets and floaters were provided.  A briefing on proper paddle handling, commands, directions, and some funny cheer was conducted. These were very easy steps that anyone can follow.

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Safety first.

Paddle forward. Paddle backward. Left back. Right back. Stop. Paddle up (with the wildest cheer).

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There were steady areas where we jumped to the river, or just stayed on the boat. The rafting guide / leader played a big role in these moments. Hadn’t Kuya been a natural joker and storyteller, we might just be singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat every rapid gap.

Rapids were all we were waiting for. The Basic Course has 12 major rapids plus some ‘bonus’ ones.

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Just jump!

What to Wear

If you are the cowboy/cowgirl type, any attire will do. But to be safe, a rash guard is better. Slippers or swim shoes are good although you will have to remove them during rafting.

If you are bringing gadgets with you, bring a waterproof case. You may also buy from the stores nearby at P150. Make sure to lock properly to avoid your valuable phones from getting wet.

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You can wear anything comfortable.

Expenses

White Water Rafting Package (pick up and drop off + meal) – P1,400

Camera rental with camera man – P500

Waterproof case – P150

Contact

Ate Mie of Great White Water Rafting +63917-7246763

Recommendation

If you are after adrenaline rush, go for Advanced Course even if it’s your first time.  You’ve traveled to CDO, why not give it a shot! 🙂

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