There are many destinations in the Philippines when it comes to white water rafting adventures. In fact my brother who is a water rafting enthusiast has been to these places: Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City and Kalinga-Apayao. He told me that experiencing the thrill of the river rapids is something that he will never ever forget in his life.
My brother’s first experience of white water rafting was in Cagayan de Oro. He said that the Cagayan de Oro river is the best river because it was there where he experienced nature as its wildest. He added that the roar of the river in the city will really make your dull life really fun and exciting.
Rafting has been a popular adventure even during the earlier times. It is a kind of activity that people love to do because of its challenging rapids. Rafting is traditionally done on white water or rivers that have different degrees of rough water in order to create that exciting feeling to the raft passengers. For instance in Cagayan de Oro, the city’s exciting river is studded with multiple number of rapids that will really provide rafters with that exhilarating and gratifying feeling.
Since white water rafting means to encounter water with varying elevations, according to the International Scale of River Difficulty, below are the six rafting stages that can be faced by a rafter in white water rafting adventure:
Very Basic. The first level only contains very small rough areas of water that requires slight maneuvering.
Basic Paddling Skill. The second level involves rough water and a number of rocks that also need slight maneuvering.
Experienced Paddling Skills. In level three, there will be some small waves and a sudden drop of elevation, but no considerable danger. It needs significant maneuvering.
Whitewater Experience. As the journey will go along, white water rafting level four contains medium waves, more rocks and a number of drops which require sharp and strong maneuvers of the rafters.
Advanced Whitewater Experience. As levels of difficulty become more challenging, in level five the river picks up speed and may involve big waves that might easily sink your raft. There will be possibilities of encountering large rocks and large drops of water that would really require precise maneuvering.
Professional Whitewater Experience. Level six is considered to be the most dangerous level that most rafting operators do not allow their guests to take without safety basis. Hence, only professionals are allowed to take this level. Here, rafters can expect to encounter big waves, rocks, hazards and multiple number of sudden elevations and drops. Beginners are strictly advised to avoid all river tours that involve these types of rapids. It is because traversing level six rapids can end in a serious injury for someone who is not skilled enough to take this.
White water rafting Cagayan de Oro can be fun, exciting and dangerous all at the same time. It is generally advisable to discuss about the safety measures with a professional rafting operator before signing on in a rafting trip.
If you are interested to experience the great river of Cagayan de Oro and enjoy its roar, you can have it with the city’s premiere white water rafting operator – Kagay.
Experience the thrills of Cagayan de Oro River safely and conveniently with Kagay!