Mommy Growing up: Whitewater Rafting

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Whitewater Rafting

Cagayan de Oro City, a gateway to Northern Mindanao, Philippines (a region where I hailed from), is becoming the country's  thrill seeker destination for whitewater rafting. Cagayan de Oro river boasts 23 rapid counts ranging from difficulty levels 1 to 4.

Last January 2007, six of our friends and fellow students (from Russia, Germany, Turkey, Czech and Poland) went with us on our way home from Taiwan to Philippines. They enjoyed touring our home university, touring Samal and Camiguin islands, riding our crazy jeepneys and even hitch-riding the tubo-tubo (a huge cargo truck for sugar canes). On such particular tour, we enjoyed whitewater rafting at Cagayan de Oro City. We took the beginner rapids.

Here are some of the highlights:

The jeepney that brought us to the site.

Us ready to rumble with the rapids!
Paddling the white rapids.
Clinging to each other as not to fall in the cascading water. 
Clinging on or we might fall! so funny and scary! 
Rapids or not, we still managed to smile lol!
Look at these scary noisy rapids! 
Paddle paddle!  
Conquering the rapids! Oh yeah! 
Surfing the rapids! 
Fell down!
Me and a friend outbalanced and fell, scary! we need to grab the rope asap or we might get carried away by the strong current. 
That was really fun! 
At the same time enjoying the panoramic view. The forest along the riversides are havens for monkeys.
The river was clean and refreshing!

Plunging to our deaths lol. No, this scary jump was for our graduation (crazy me, 3rd from left).

That was fun! Indeed, adrenaline-pumping one!

Us after the fun (meaning, after eating barbecues with our bare hands lol)!!

So, what are you waiting for? Come and feel the rush of nature's wildest at Cagayan de Oro City. Click here for more info. I wonna get back there myself and experience the fun once more.



  1. What an exciting experience! Strange how something scary can be so much fun! Great series of photos!

  2. Wow, didn't even know did exist! love when a fellow kababayan post places about home. Maybe one day I will get to visit these places. stopping by from FLAG, hope you follow back. xo

  3. oh my goodness...that looked exhilerating! have to try this!
    Cool Bean Momma

  4. wow! wish I could do that din..
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  5. It looks like you had a wonderful time. I LOVE whitewater rafting. Last time it was the Nantahala river in North Carolina in the US.

  6. wow! it look so much fun! nag taiwan ka pala sis. i worked in taipei for 2 years. =)

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  7. What greats shots and it looks like so much fun! I would love to do something like that but considering I can't swim.... I guess not. :-)

  8. Never been white-water rafting. For me, it'd be white-KNUCKLE rafting!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  9. This looks like fun. Enjoyed every shot you captured!

  10. nice pics - could feel the excitement. thanks for sharing.

  11. so cool! even though we had rafting here, I plan to go there on our next trip to try rafting too. and look at all these photos, do they/you have a professional photographer?

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  12. Thanks guys for your lovely comments! Yes, such activity is really fun and unforgettable! Try it too! Yes, we have a professional photographer, it's part of their service, documenting everything! so cool and these guides are so good and fun to be with! Thanks!

  13. WOW! That was exhilarating! A totally awesome experience I'm sure your foreign friends will never forget.

    Here's visiting late for WW.
    Have a great weekend!

  14. Never tried that sport but it looks like so much fun!

    Visiting from WW!! Hope you can visit em too..

  15. awww I missed my hometown so bad :-( it has been 5 years since I visited it. Great water rafting, that is really cool. Is that scary Sis? I never try that but my niece did. I am not sure if I can do that, it looks fun but scary :-( Dropping some love for Wednesday Whites, hope that you can return the favor too.

  16. i have never tried this, shame that I just live a few hours from cagayan de Oro! I should try this when I go home. Everyone knows I am such a "chicken"-- so I still don't know where to get the guts to do this one! LOL! thanks for sharing Kat! I love the 3rd to the last photo!!

  17. Yay! CDO my home! Pero never pa akong nakapag-rafting! Maybe next time! ;-) You had a blast I can tell! That was a great experience for sure! :)

    I'm here for my late WW rounds. I hope you don't mind! :)

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