Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting 2017

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Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting 2017

By |February 12th, 2017|Travel Blog|12 Comments

Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide


  • As of Feb 2017 it’s no more Advance Course and Basic Course, it changed to Mid Section and Lower Section because of the past typhoons that altered the structure of the river as our guide said
  • Mid Section costs 1,800php, ( 4hrs. Actual River Run ) 24 Rapids
  • Lower Section costs 1,200php, ( 3hrs. Actual River Run ) 14 Rapids
  • We were in contact with Kagay Tours, you can contact them here
  • They require additional 500php if you want to have a copy of the pictures and videos 🙁
  • Apply sunscreens or cover yourself as it gets pretty hot on a normal day

This was my second time to experience my City’s(Cagayan de Oro City’s) white water rafting adventure. It’s renowned to be the best white water rafting experience in the Philippines and I can not argue with that :)) Not because I’m a citizen of the city but because I’ve experienced first hand the explosiveness and challenges of the rapids and I have also seen in videos, the other rafting experiences in the Philippines, just with the videos I can easily tell. Also on my second adventure I was with my fellow travel blogger friend Monica.

We took the Mid section, though it’s more expensive, I tell you, it’s totally worth it! I bet my life on it, if you won’t have a blast then you can take my life haha. Back then there was an Advance Course but as our guide said, the effect of the typhoons changed the layout of the rapids and it evened out everything. So now, there’s no more super over duper extreme rapids, only super extreme rapids 😀 I haven’t tried that Advanced Course before though as we only tried the Basic Course because we still wanted to live another day haha. We heard that Advanced Course was totally horrifying and not advisable for first timers so yeah, Basic Course it is.

Moving on, when I compare my first rafting experience to this one, I can really say there has been lots of changes. For one, they are now extra careful with the safety because of that sad accident where someone got stuck on the rocks. That day the guides said, the weather was pretty bad, winds were strong but they were very persistent and yeah, it’s just so sad. But good thing now is that they are super careful. Like before they would allow us to sit in front of the raft but now they don’t anymore. The safety precautions doesn’t minimize the fun you’ll have anyways! The rapids will still totally rock you even if you just sit at the center of the raft 😀

If you worry about being thrown overboard or the raft tumbling over because of the rapids – don’t worry! If you just follow what your guide tells you to do, your raft will totally be fine. If he says “paddle” you must paddle! If he says “back-paddle” you back-paddle! Or else suffer the cold waters haha. But there are calm parts of the river everyone can get off, swim, and feel the river waters. But for most part you will really feel the waters when the rapids buldge in to you! It’s so freakin’ fun! I still feel ecstatic just imagining the rafting experience 😀

It’s a common itinerary where people go rafting in the morning then in the afternoon go to Dahilayan( zipline, dropzone, park, etc. ) Some word of advice, the rafting itself is pretty tiring if you’re not used to extraneous activities. I travel myself and I must say, you will not enjoy going somewhere if you’re dead tired as I am sure you will be after rafting. I really suggest to take these 2 places in seperate days. But if you’re just into sightseeing in Dahilayan and Bukidnon then you can certainly do it! No stress.

Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide

Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide

Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide

Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide

Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide
Cagayan de Oro white water rafting tips and guide


  1. Mommy Queenelizabeth February 17, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    What could be the best time to do this? Ive been meaning to visit Cagayan and experience this! However my husband doesn’t feel like touring on a summer. Glad that you included those rates for easy reference. Will definitely bookmark this in case i’ll be needing those information in the future 🙂

    • penyaaah February 17, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      It’s great to do these on rainy season, bigger rapids and you guys won’t suffer the scorching heat of the sun for 4 hours. I’m sure you guys will enjoy! 😀

  2. Orana Velarde February 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    What a great rafting day! Love all the photos and the blue letters to liven up the story. I’ve never gone rafting even though I have lots of friends who do rafting as a job. I’ve always been really scared of falling off the boat.

    • penyaaah February 18, 2017 at 4:54 am - Reply

      You should try it once in your life, that “scared” is just a part-time feeling 😀

  3. Kylie February 18, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

    My partner and I just returned from New Zealand which has plenty of activities like this. We have been looking at traveling to the Philippines, perhaps this would be another experience to add to the list? Thank you for sharing your thoughts, costs and overall thoughts.

    • penyaaah February 19, 2017 at 6:05 am - Reply

      awesome, enjoy Philippines Kylie!

  4. Erica M Poyauan February 18, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

    woah seems you had the best time!! thanks for sharing! this is indeed a useful guide… will definitely use this if i do water rafting in CDO…

  5. theresa February 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Haven’t tried water rafting. I’m pretty sure my husband will like this. Seeing your vid, I think I won’t last a minute in the water for I have fear in it. I mean, I just can;t swim and whenever I’m in the middle of water, I feel like I’m gonna drown. Please give me more encouraging words to try this Haha. Just too scary! It looks wild.

    • penyaaah February 19, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

      you won’t drown 😀 their lifevests are superb even my 300lb uncle floated with their lifevest 😀

  6. Pinay Mommy Online February 19, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I am from Cagayan de Oro City but I haven’t experienced white water rafting since it started. I am hoping that someday I will be able to do it. And I really hope it will be soon!

  7. Regie villanueva June 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I travel alone, is it possible to join a group?

    • penyaaah June 18, 2017 at 4:22 am - Reply

      Hi Reg, yes! there were only two of us and we joined a group of four. There’s no worries coz it’s max of 12 person per raft

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