Sunday, April 17, 2011

CDO WHITE WATER RAFTING 2011


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It is dated February 14, 2011, a part of my February 11-14, 2011 CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon Trip with my companions: Alan Valenzuela, Rome Frias, Cesar Rivera and Benedick Manalang. In a separate rubber boat were our acquaintances: Fayette Zagala and Mavy Lomibao with her friend. This is my second time to have a white water rafting in CDO with the same operator, “The Red Rafts” headed by our tour guide, Richard Labor with assistants: Glen Caduguan, Junjun Caballero and Roy Damasco. Maurice Cepriano and Erwin Ladaran were our photographers boarding in a separate kayak. Our service vehicle driver from CDO to the rafting starting point was Rickson Magllanes. The operator’s website is www.theredrafts.com. Richard can be emailed at red_raftrich@yahoo.com. His mobile number is 09351307893.

It was a two and a half hours rafting for Beginners enduring the 14 rapids from Brgy. Aura, Mambuaya and ended in Kabula varying in classification as to Class II and III 1/2. Class II: (easy to moderate). Small-to-medium-sized regular waves with some obstacles. Some maneuvering is required but passages are clear. Splashy and fun! Class III: (moderate to exciting). Numerous waves that are bigger and a bit irregular with currents that can be tricky. Obstacles require maneuvering, but the narrow passages are generally straightforward. Scouting from shore is recommended and usually required. Big splashes and exciting rides!

The starting point of the white water rafting was in Sitio Aura, Brgy. Mambuaya and ended in Kabula where both are located in Cagayan de Oro. Sitio Aura is a 35-minute drive from Divisoria (fronting Xavier University) of Cagayan de Oro City proper. The location of the starting point of Sitio Aura opposite to the river bank is already a part of Municipality of Baungon, Bukidnon. We had Beginner’s Package at P900 per head (with lunch or an additional of P200) and P1,500 is the video and unlimited pictures during the whole course of the rafting. P1,500 could be lesser if the group is bigger where the cost can be divided equally among the members of the group. The rafting package has a classification which varies from Class II to Class III 1/5. Class II: (easy to moderate). Small-to-medium-sized regular waves with some obstacles. Some maneuvering is required but passages are clear. Splashy and fun! Class III: (moderate to exciting). Numerous waves that are bigger and a bit irregular with currents that can be tricky. Obstacles require maneuvering, but the narrow passages are generally straightforward. Scouting from shore is recommended and usually required. Big splashes and exciting rides!

The actual rafting started at 9:06 A.M. and ended at 11:34 A.M. where our group hurdled 14 rapids. In between these rapids are smooth sailing points for our raft. The water in the river was obviously murky as it has heavily rained the day before. The current was so turbulent and whirlpools are so strong that you will be sucked at one point if not rescued, otherwise, the strong current will carry you away. However, our lifeguards were really well-trained to rescue us. Each rapid has its own name, the only ones I can recall was the 11th as the Brave’s Rapids, 12th as the Backlash Rapids, and at the 14th was Surfing the Rapids. We also bathed and drank water from the small water falls called the “Fountain of Youth”. Other details, I cannot recall already.

Sumptuous lunch was served in Kabula till 12:30 Noon. Our group drove back home to ready for our 5:15 P.M. PAL PR 284 flight for Manila.

6 comments:

  1. mountaineers kayo? nkatry din kami sa CDO white water rafting and it was a great experience.. masyado ata brown yung tubig.. hindi ba nkasama sa tiyan? d bale bottomless yan hehe

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  2. yes, mountaineer ako since 1998 with Philippine National Bank Mountaineering Club. Walang problema sa color ng tubig kasi di naman ako nakainom e.

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  3. Hi can you please help me find a tour guide in CDO? I'll be there by Oct. 16 and have no idea where to stay, go and do.. :( all i know is we want to experience white water rafting :) you may email me suggestions and contact number of tour guide, roxannem_21@yahoo.com or text me at 0917 7518465

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  4. roxanne, sorry, ngayon lang ako nag check ng account kong ito. may cp number is 09185967105. iyong sa white water rafting ay kunin mo na ang contact na inilagay ko dito sa write up ko. just get in touch.

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  5. as of this writing ang cp number kong gamit ay 09276017511 na.

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    1. I already changed my cp number to 09176349725!

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