Thursday, September 03, 2015

Make Your Trip to CDO More Fun with White Water Rafting

(Photo by: Kristine Magadia)
I often encounter the question “what fun adventure can we experience in CDO?” from my friends outside Mindanao. Well, this city isn’t dubbed as the “City of Golden Friendship” and “Adventure Capital” of the Philippines for no reason. Aside from the distinctive friendliness of its folks, Cagayan de Oro’s much talked about whitewater rafting and river trekking adventures also make it the premier destination of the city.
Being an advocate of staycations, visiting CDO and experiencing the thrill of whitewater rafting should be on your bucket list. The CDO River will help you discover your inner strength and endurance as you paddle your way through the twists and turns of the challenging rapids.
So, if you think you’re set to experience an adrenaline rush to the max through whitewater rafting, here are some reasons why Cagayan de Oro is the best place to do it:
1. It’s a FUN way to workout. Rafting is not just merely paddling your way through the rapids, but there’s also a mix of fun, games, and plenty of exercise as well. Keeping your balance is essential, which means you’ll on your arms, legs, and abs. At the end of the adventure, your body (specifically your hips and shoulders) might get sore, but trust me– it’s all worth it!
2. Standardized Rates. The local government has standardized rates for all whitewater-rafting tours in the city. Rest assured, there are no hidden fees and charges. However, rates may differ in some outfitters that offer other optional packages­ like an additional trip to Dahilayan Adventure Park, etc.
3. From Beginner to Expert. It’s not a problem if it’s your first time or not, because you have the freedom to choose which course you’ll take: beginner, advance, or expert. It’s all up to you if you just want to explore the riverbanks without getting wet or experience the daredevil adrenaline adventure while playing around the mighty rapids of Cagayan de Oro River.
4. Safety and Excellence. Don’t be troubled, because expert guides are provided by all rafting companies that will accommodate you throughout the actual rapid run. The International Rafting Federation trained them and they also had first aid training from the Philippine National Red Cross. Included in your fees are the appropriate gears for added safety and precaution.
5. Scenic and Panoramic Views. Aside from getting your fix for adrenaline rush, don’t be surprised to view the stunning scenic flora and fauna of Cagayan de Oro. You’ll also see unique rock formations and hidden caves along the way.
Fun fact: Cagayan de Oro is known to be the capital for whitewater river rafting in the Philippines. Also, the province has one of the cheapest rates for whitewater rafting in the whole country. Located in Northern Mindanao, the City of Golden Friendship offers a lot of high-spirited outdoor fun and adventure that everyone has got to experience!