Thrill Ride on Cagayan’s Rapid Waters


Cagayan De Oro is slowly making a claim on whitewater rafting –  a recreational activity that utilizes a raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. Usually, this activity is done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water to provide thrill and excitement to the raft passengers. Whitewater rafting has become popular since the mid-70s.

Cagayan de Oro City’s claim as a premiere whitewater rafting destination isn’t without any valid grounds. Cagayan de Oro is home to some of the most scenic and exhilarating whitewater rafting and thus earned the title – the “adventure capital” in the Philippines.

Cagayan de Oro or CDO to the locals, is the gateway to northern Mindanao and is accessible by a direct flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro airport. There are numerous providers or operators of whitewater rafting in CDO. Rafting Adventure Philippines (RAP) formerly the Cagayan de Oro Whitewater rafting Adventure (CDOWWRA), the PIONEER and most respected Cagayan de Oro river rafting outfitter, has been providing top quality river rafting trips since 1995. Other operators and outfitters are Eco-adventure, Great White Water Tours, and Great White Rafting, to name a few.

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A rafting trip can take you from Barangay Dasolihon to the city, providing you with panoramic views of the river rocky walls and untouched vegetation. It has breathtaking rapids for the more adventurous and challenging whitewater rafter.

Rafting rates vary according to the operators or outfitters and the rafting distance or runs. Typical rates range from P700.00 (beginners) to as much as P3699 (advanced). A run from Mambuaya to Kabula which is a 3-hour run, 14 rapids, Class II – III ½  will cost about P1,200 per person for a minimum of 4 persons. Ugyaban to Kabula is a 6-hour run, 25 rapids, Class II – IV and for advanced paddlers only will cost about P2,000 per person for a minimum of 4 persons. Hence, group of friends who share the same hunger for adventure come to Cagayan de Oro to experience the Cagayan River whitewater.

Bookings are to be made a week before the scheduled run. Operators and outfitters will arrange to pick up passengers at pre-arranged venue within the city at no additional cost. Paddles, life vest, helmets, dry bags and watertight containers will be provided while food and beverages are not included.

Other published rafting rates:

  • P700 – 14 Rapids, rafting only, short course, no meal, 5 pax min (or P700 extra for every empty slot). Includes transfers, guides, gears.

  • P900 – 14 Rapids w/ Meal and Snack, rafting only, short course, 5 pax min (or P700 extra for every empty slot). Transfers, guides, gears are included.

  • P1000 – 21 Rapids, rafting only, long course, no meal, 5 pax min (or P1000 extra for every empty slot). Transfers, guides, gears are included.

  • P1200 – 21 Rapids w/ Snack and Lunch, rafting only, long course, 5 pax min (or P1000 extra for every empty slot. Transfers, guides, gears are included

  • P1699

    • 14 Rapids w/ Meal and Snack – rafting only, short course. Transfers, guides, gears are included.

    • 3 Zipline Rides – at Dahilayan Adventure Park, 320m-150m-840m lines, snack (no meal). Transfers included.

    • Note – 10 pax min or extra charge of P300/empty slot. This can be done for one day. Pick-up time is 6 am.

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