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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cagayan de Oro River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

If you ever go to Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, don't miss an experience of a lifetime by trying the Cagayan de Oro Whitewater Rafting Adventure.

Cagayan de Oro river will fill your heart with adrenaline rush as you conquer its raging rapids after rapids and will leave you mesmerized with its natural beauty and fascinating history in still waters .

To find out what's in store for you in a CDO whitewater rafting adventure, here is the imprinted experience of a recent adventurer.
Cagayan De Oro Whitewater Rafting Adventure of doms

Cagayan de Oro River Whitewater Rafting Adventure
Cagayan de Oro - Camiguin, Philippine Tour
Day 1

Around 8:30 am, KAGAY whitewater outfitter staff met us at the downtown CDO, a few steps from Grand City Hotel where we checked in. First order of the day is registration. We are both excited but as I remember in the form, participants in this whitewater adventure should not be susceptible to heart attacks and Kagay will not be held liable.

CDO Whitewater Rafting Adventure thru KAGAY
The rafting starting point is some thirty minutes jeepney ride from downtown CDO. Along the the paved and zigzag roads, you will enjoy mountainous view and witness the simple way of life in the countryside.

CDO Whitewater Rafting Adventure 2009- Starting PointOn the starting point, rafting gears were distributed to all participants: a head gear, a floating vest and a paddle. Belongings can be turned over to the staff where they will bring them to the disembarkation point. Valuable gadgets may be placed inside a waterproof bagged and be brought along the raft. After which, a short orientation followed.

CDO Whitewater Rafting Adventure 2009 - orientation
First to be discussed is what to do when someone falls into the river. If he's near the raft, use the paddle to pull him out of the river. Using your arm may cause injury. If he's further away, throw the floating device and ask him to hold onto the line. If he's too far, he should turn his back on the river current in a lying position, allowing the water to take him to still waters.

Next, is how to hold the paddle and the all important commands of the river guide. First is FORWARD. It means you paddle from front to back and your paddle should be at least 80% into the water. STOP means to desist from paddling and place your paddle in your lap. Lastly, BACK PADDLE, means row from back to the front. Paddle up is raising all paddles as a form of hooray.

And of we go into the river aboard the raft. The Beginner's Level of whitewater rafting involves navigating the Cagayan De Oro river including 14 rapids for about 3-4 hours. As we traverse each rapids, the river guides have stories to tell mostly humorous.

CDO Whitewater Rafting Adventure 2009-calm waters
As we are about to reach the fourth rapid, we were asked to stand up by the river guides. On the first impact of the rapids, we simultaneously sat... eliciting laughter from our guides. I do not like bodies of water for fear of drowning. I can not describe how nervous I was. I felt I was holding for dear life on the first rapids.

CDO Whitewater Rafting Adventure 2009 - facing the rapidsBut as we go along, I was able to calm my fears. Picture taking also was a good distraction. I think the only dangerous part on whitewater rafting is when the raft crash against big rocks. The river guides are there to avoid that. And may I add, that the river guides did a marvelous job on making our whitewater rafting not only enjoyable but more importantly, as safe as we can be.

CDO Whitewater Rafting Adventure 2009
It was an adventure of a lifetime for me. Pictures are also courtesy of Kagay for an additional fee. At the disembarkation point, shower rooms are provided and food sets for lunch are offered. After lunch, we were suppose to proceed to Macahambus Adventure Park for the zipline and skybridge adventure. But due to some mixed up we were not able to do so. We just went directly to Kagay office to get our pictures.
Tips & Suggestions:
  • Wear something lightweight and will cover most of your body. Otherwise, apply sun block generously before plunging to this adventure.
  • Do not forget to bring personal effects like towel, soap, shampoo, etc. Turn them over to the staff to be brought at the disembarkation point.
  • For valuables, your outfitter ( in our case, Kagay) will provide you with waterproof bags to be brought along the adventure. For good measure, put your gadgets inside waterproof containers as well.
  • You can bring your own waterproof digital camera, but its better if you avail of the photo service by your outfitter. Kagay will give you all the photos. If you are one big group, only one need to get and pay for a copy.
  • You can save on food cost if you could prepare packed lunch. Also, turn over your food to the staff to be brought at the disembarkation point.
Our Expenses in this Adventure :
  • Whitewater Rafting Fee = Php 1400 (700 / pax)
  • Photo = Php 250
  • Lunch = Php 390
  • Total = Php 2040
  • KAGAY - Whitewater Rafting Voyages Outfitter
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If you'd like to read on Whitewater Rafting, kindly check out this book from Amazon.

Book - Complete Whitewater Rafting Guide


doll,  March 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

Wish I could go there and experience the excitement. I love it. :)

Anonymous,  August 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Kagay was your outfitter? How was their services? They're pretty cheap compared to other White Water Rafting services. However, some people say that the more expensive ones (like Dome) offer good service and the price difference is worth it.

Can you confirm that? I'm wondering if we'll take Kagay or Dome.

Anonymous,  August 7, 2009 at 2:38 AM  

Got to know Kagay via the internet. Their service is quite good. Although I really don't have a point of comparison with other outfitters.


Anonymous,  October 14, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

whitewater rafting in cagayan de oro??? check out:
White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Anonymous,  November 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM  


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Anonymous,  November 17, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

Thank you so much for choosing Kagay! High 5!

yanilea January 11, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

Oh! Wish I could try this white water rafting. Makes me drool seeing your pics.

Anonymous,  February 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

The best ang rafting sa cdo.I would love to try it again.....

Anonymous,  February 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

how about white water kayaking intro-course. only in cagayan de oro city. kayak domain will teach u how to paddle on a running water and class 1 rapids, hopefully u will become a kayaker someday.

see beginners course vid:

also this one. (all kayak domain instructors):

George April 18, 2010 at 1:54 AM  

Well, can we make the link work here? Rafting Blog

rafting cagayan de oro July 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Yes this is one exhilarating adventure trip, great for groups of friends or families as well. Dangerous as it may seem but it is totally safe and you are in good hands because the river guides are well trained to any type of accident or medical situation.

dancilhoney September 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

Great blog. Your guides were all excellent with much knowledge about rafting in general and also good problem solvers. grand canyon rafting trips

White Water Rafting December 17, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Nice post!! I have never experienced river rafting adventure, but heard many things about it. After reading this site I am very much desperate to go for this adventure.

Anonymous,  January 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM  

We just had a great rafting adventure last Dec 28, 2010 with the Kagay group, all 19 of us. Very professional indeed from pick up to finish, excellent logistics and mobilization, courteous staff like chizum!

Kriza Marie Ardon May 12, 2011 at 7:12 AM  

Just got there last October 2010, it was my first time, and i wanna try it again. I really had fun especially when we have our zip lining, it is included in the package.

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NiƱa June 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

I wanna experience that!

Anonymous,  August 10, 2011 at 3:48 PM  

We're planning to experience the river rafting adventure also by the end of this month. I just wanna ask if, is there any student discount for the Whitewater Rafting Fee? HEHEHE. :DD

TAWENGERzie. August 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

We're planning to experience the river rafting adventure also by the end of this month. I just wanna ask if, is there any student discount for the Whitewater Rafting Fee? HEHEHE. :DD

Anonymous,  December 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM  

my discount po ba pagmadami kami

gcex February 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM  

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