As cliche as it may sound, you haven’t been to Cagayan de Oro if you don’t experience white water rafting so we made sure that we would not leave the city without being drenched by its famous rapids. My friend and I were neither athletic nor swimmers so we contacted Kagay, the premiere and experienced white water provider for our safety.
Kagay rafters picked us up from our hotel in Divisoria at 7:30 AM. They used this big jeep to transfer us and the rubber boat that we will use during the raft. From there, we had a one-hour drive to our starting point. We left our valuables such as cell phones, wallets, cameras and others in a plastic bag that is being kept secured by the driver of the jeep.
Unloading the rubber boat from the jeep.
Being a self-confessed non-swimmer, I was really nervous about the raft. Good thing, the guides briefed us on the do’s and don’ts while we’re in the rapids to prevent injuries, as well as the proper way of handling and using the paddles.
Kagay Guide briefing us
We took the Advance Course that is composed of 24 rapids. It was a mixed feeling when I stepped in the rubber boat. I could hear the gushing of the rapids, the thumping of my heart and the cheers of my excited thoughts all at the same time. It was raining for the past week so the waters are extra high and the rapids are extra huge.
When we’re not busy paddling ourselves out of the rapids, we’re either feasting our eyes on the unspoiled beauty of the riverside or swimming in calm portions of the river. There was even a point when the Kagay guides made us climb a rock and jump to the river!
The guides told us that there were better and more rapids before typhoon Sendong hit the area December last year. The typhoon dislocated the huge rocks that causes the rapids but we still enjoyed the ride. It was pure adrenaline rush when the rapids try to flip our boats!!
You may bring your own underwater camera but since you will be very busy dealing with rapids, Kagay has this advanced rafter that takes pictures.
When we reached the end of our course, the jeep was already in there to pick us. They dropped us in the city but we had group pictures with our new-found friends before we left.
Here are the Kagay Rates for those who are interested (As of July, 2012):
- Beginners Course P700 / head – ( 3hrs. Actual River Run ) 14 Rapids – Minimum of 6 pax
- Advance Course P1000 / head – ( 4hrs. Actual River Run ) 24 Rapids – Minimum of 6 pax
- Experts Course P1200 / head – ( 2hrs. Actual River Run ) 14 Rapids – Minimum of 6 pax
- Jeepney transfer from Hotel in Divisoria Area to Put-in and Take-out back to the City.
- Helmets, life vests and paddles
- (Optional): Pictures P250/CD
Kagay Contact Information
Address: #21 Pres. Aguinaldo St., Cagayan de Oro City
Office: +88 310 4402
Look for Mr. Dan Kaamiño
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