Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting (PH)

Are you a water adventure junkie? The Philippines being surrounded by a lot of water bodies offer infinite choices for a fitting adventure. From sea water (SCUBA, surfing, skin diving) to inland water (kayaking, river rafting, lake paddle boarding) adventure, the list could go on. For the more bold traveler, white water rafting is veracious up your brook.


There are 3 well-known water rafting spots in the Philippines, 2 of which are in Mindanao. The most established one is in Cagayan de Oro City in the province of Misamis Oriental. It is considered by most rafting enthusiasts as the best white water rafting destination in the country. I was fortunate that I had my first rafting experience in this city way back 2009.


The Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting is an adrenaline-inducing experience that also allows visitors to see the striking scenery of the Cagayan River. There are several rafting companies that offer this adventure and would usually pick up people in the city center. Then, the rafting mostly begins at the starting location in Barangay Dansolihon.

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The Rafting Know-How

Upon reaching the starting point of the river, we were prepared with the proper gears and had basic lectures on water rafting. We then did a short trek down the river which was a pretty easy walk and was greeted by our colourful rafts. We were introduced to our guides and further safety briefing (like essential do’s and don’ts) were given. Each raft consisted of 5-6 people, guide included. We then proceeded to start our rafting trip.


The beginning was actually quite smooth, that gradually became wilder as we go on. I am not very good with words (in terms of describing how the epinephrine rush the activity was giving me). At one point, we were cruising at a steady pace, and the next thing we all know, we were already screaming and our hearts thumping. Waters splashing and slamming against boulders!!! Amazing experience! There were times when everything was smooth and it gave us a great deal of time to marvel at the surroundings. The mostly verdant scenery was absolutely stunning and made me appreciate the beauty of nature even more.


Overall, we had a blast, I had a blast! I just loved the wonders along the river and the amazing experience of paddling through the river! I promised to do this activity again (which I did the following year in Davao). So, for those of you have this yearning to try something new and adventure-filled, go and grab an oar and try this exciting rafting adventure on the Cagayan River.  Whether you are 10 or 60, experienced or newbie, white water rafting is definitely a fun and a magnificent experience to be enjoyed.


White Water Rafting companies in Cagayan de Oro City

The following companies offer white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro City:


How to Get to CDO:

From Manila, fly your way to Cagayan de Oro. Philippine Airlines. Air Asia and Cebu Pacific fly regularly to CDO. Once in Laguindingan Airport, which is roughly 46 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro, several shuttle services offer transportation options for travelers. Boat travel is also available. Cebu Ferries travels to Cagayan de Oro once a week from Cebu, Dumaguete, and Jagna (Bohol). Lastly, if you are coming from mainland Mindanao, you can come to Cagayan de Oro by bus. There are two major bus terminals in the city, one in Bulua and one in Agora. Once in CDO, choose a WWR company and arrange for reservations and agree on the schedule of your choice.


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Davao White Water Rafting (Philippines)

Davao City is definitely living up to its city slogan – “Life is here”. The city ranked as the 9th safest in the entire world is also known to be an adventure and eco-tourism hub. Besides climbing the highest mountain in the Philippines (Mount Apo), Davao also offers some adrenaline pumping water activities like the wild white water rafting.


Today, this activity is one of the widely popular eco-tourism and outdoor adventures tourists and locals would try when in the City of Durian. The site for this extreme water sport is the 15 kilometer portion of Davao River. The rafting starts from Brgy. Tamugan in Calinan, and then ends at the lowlands.

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The water course features around 30 rapids of varying degrees of difficulty and would require 3 to 4 hours of roughing it out. The spirals, and turns along the river will definitely the adventure junkie in you. To lighten up the rough escapade are the verdant sceneries and some local fauna along the river banks.

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There are 2 groups offering this adventure in Davao. One is the Davao Wild Water Adventure and the other one is called Base Camp. Tour package ranges from Php1,500-2,000 per person. You may contact these operators if you are interested.


Crocodile Park Compound
Riverfront Corporate City
Diversion Highway, Maa, Davao City

Telephone Number : (+6382) 221 7823 / 286 1055


Door 77 Madrazo Fruit Complex, C. Bangoy Street Davao City.

Telephone Numbers: 09323500921, 0908 894 1468, (082) 305 7624

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Here is a sample itinerary you might wanna do. Remember requires an entire day to do this water escapade.

  • 8:00 am – assembly at Crocodile Park or Base Camp (there is an initial orientation done)
  • 9:30 am – departure
  • 10:30 am – arrival at Put-In area, Tamugan (another orientation is conducted)
  • 11:00 am – start of rafting
  • 12:00 nn – lunch (usually part of the package)
  • 3:00 pm – arrival at Take-Out area, Purok 8, Lacson
  • 3:30 pm – departure/back to city proper
  • 4:30 pm – arrival at the city proper

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Things To Consider:

  • Bring a dry bag in the event that you want to bring some things with you (but if you’ll ask me, it is better NOT to bring any stuff except you, yourself).
  • Put on some sunblock especially if the weather is sunny (the time I did this I Davao, it was raining so I really didn’t put on some sun block).
  • Wear proper foot wear like shoes you can wet or slippers with strong straps but never wear flip-flops.
  • Bring with you some dry clothes and leave it at your service van/jeepney. You’ll need these after the activity. On the other hand, do not wear jewelries or even sun glasses for obvious reasons.

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My experience in Davao is my 2nd take on water rafting after I did it first in Cagayan de Oro. I both love the experience. Hoping to do it again in the water of Chico River in Kalinga soon.

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