Whitewater Rafting: Davao vs. Cagayan de Oro

Just thought about comparing our experiences on whitewater rafting in Davao (in 2010) and CDO (2012) :) Full story on surviving the near-death (hahaha! near-death talaga?) whitewater rafting experience in CDO in a later post, okay? I just feel so lazy to lay out the full story hahaha! :)

Mga Ka-trips!

Davao vs.CdO -- Mga Ka-trips! :)  --click on image for a full view :)

A pose with our jeepney and rubber boat… :D

Same bunch of pips, except that Jack cancelled her trip to CDO at the last minute! (naka-book na yun ah! hehehe!) Sayang!

Tour Guides/Photographer:

Davao – Base Camp (formerly River One) We had 3 guides: (1) together with us in the rubber boat, (1) backup guide in a separate kayak, and (1) photographer

CDO – (The Red Rafts) 1 guide went with us in the rubber boat; 1 photographer for all 7 groups during that day.

Davao vs. CdO -- the tour guides -- click on image for a full view :)

The Tour Guides! :) — 3 vs. 1

On the photographers: In Davao, we had the photographer all to ourselves hehe kaya dami naming shots, and oh, videos as well. Also, the photographer took pictures from registration until end of activity. In CDO, we only had one photographer that covered for 7 groups! Share-share lang? hehehe! He must be very tired for he had to catch up on each group! Haha! And then, another not-so-good thing, the photographer was late!!! Dear Red Rafts, I suggest you add your team members! :D

On the camera used: In Davao, the photographer used two underwater cam: one’s for photo, the other one’s for the video. In CDO, the photographer used a DSLR (bakit hindi underwater?!! O bakit walang water proof case??! –nangengealam ako! hehe!) and I think another cam that’s waterproof.

Preparation:
Davao – Stretching, briefing, practicum on how to survive a fall or rescue someone who falls out of the rubber boat
CDO – briefing only

Number of Rapids:
Davao – 21 rapids
CDO – 14 rapids (we chose the basic level, not the advanced, as we had to finish early for my friends to catch the flight back to Manila. Ako, keri lang sa bus trip!)

PHOTOS!!!!
Now here are some photos/poses that I thought looked the same ehehe!

Davao vs. CdO --preparation  --click on image for a full view :)

Davao vs. CdO –a pose with our paddles and life vests… :D

Same yellow paddles. Notice that we were more prepared in terms of “outfit” in CdO than in Davao; we already know what happens to the color of our skin after more than 2 hours of sun exposure ehehe! But seemed like there’s no use wearing those long sleeves and leggings, ’cause we were already burned in Camiguin! ehehe!

Davao vs. Cdo --Battling with the Rapids!!! --click on image for a full view :)

One of the many rapids that we had to survive! Tiring eh! ehehe! But so full of fun and excitement! :D

Especially these moments:

Davao vs. CdO --boom! :D  --click on image for a full view :)

Davao vs. CdO –boom! :D tsk tsk lucky tour guides! :D

Don’t you think the guides are in the best position in the rubber boat?! hehehe! Di sila sumusubsob sa tubig! >,<

Davao vs.CdO  --The High-Fives and the Pasaway! :D --click on image for a full view :)

Davao vs.CdO –The High-Fives and the Pasaway! :D

And here’s one of the many high-fives that we had to make after surviving every rapid. hehe!
Okay, they all did the high-five, I had my own pose! hahaha!

Warning: ..You know what happens if you keep on looking at the camera instead of concentrating on your paddle?! hehehehe! You can die! hahaha!

Kaboom!!! :D ---click on image for a full view :)

Left: Concentrating on the camera instead of paddling to survive the “Bonus Rapid” Right: In just a second, I feel gravity pulling me down!!! Oopps! Where am i?? Down: Hahahaha! I could just laugh at what happened! :D

Hahahaha seemed like all of us wanted a dip in the Cagayan River hahaha! I feel like cursing Bambam, our tour guide, for letting this happen! And what happened next??? [Full details in a separate post! hehehe!]
Best part is, we survived! hehe! =p

Davao vs. CdO  --Surviving the Downfall!  --click on image for a full view :)

Davao vs. CdO –Surviving the Downfall! :D

In Davao, it was only Jack who fell out of the rubber boat…But in CdO, we all experienced being thrown out of the boat, unprepared!!! :D

After the many rapids, one of the moments that we had to take a rest: Waterfall time! :D

Davao vs. CdO --The Waterfall Moment :) --click on image for a full view :)

Davao vs. CdO –The Waterfall Moment :) –peace and Ok signs! :D

The signature pose: Peace signs and Ok signs, plus our tired but beautiful smiles :D hahaha! Owyeah! After the exhausting but fun activity, we all still managed to put on a happy face! :D

Davao vs. CdO --The Closing Smiles :)  ---click on image for a full view

Davao vs. CdO –The Closing Smiles :)

Although the Davao experience is way better when it comes to preparation, assistance by the tour guides and stuff like that, the CDO experience is far better when it comes to the level of adventure! :D Hooray!


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11 thoughts on “Whitewater Rafting: Davao vs. Cagayan de Oro

  1. Hi! I enjoyed reading your blog. I’m from Cagayan de Oro City by the way. Anyways, you should have tried another rafting company. :) Heheheheh! Anyways, thanks for visiting our City! :)

    • Hi Ray. Thanks for reading my blog. We didn’t choose Red Rafts, our tour organizer made all the arrangements. Pero okay lang, all good, we enjoyed the activity pa rin despite some aberya :)

  2. Wow! I hope you visit CdO more often. There’s a lot of adventure that the city of golden friendship could offer. :)

    • Yes you’re right; we could have tried some other activities but we didn’t have much time hehe! Maybe we could visit again CdO :)

  3. CDO rafting is a lot cheaper and more fun! we did the advance. while in davao, it is way too expensive! so i wont recommend it to those who are on a tight budget.

    • i could partially agree, but i think the package in Davao already includes the photos and video, including a shirt as souvenir. well, i don’t know, i’m comparing my trips in cdo with davao, which are 2 years apart hehe.

  4. Thank you for visiting Davao. As far as I know Riverone/Basecamp guides are more concerns on safety that is the reason why aside from briefings they also do rescue drills. One of their advantage from other river guides? some of them if not all of them are trained lifeguards and water safety rescue specialists. Some of their guides are volunteer members of an international organization who are helping Davaoenos during disasters. If you want more river adventures w/o sacrificing your safety, I think this water rafting company is best for you.

  5. Thank you for visiting Davao. As far as I know Riverone/Basecamp guides are more concern on safety that is the reason why aside from briefings they also do rescue drills. One of their advantage from other river guides? some of them if not all of them are trained lifeguards and water safety rescue specialists. Some of their guides are volunteer members of an international organization who are helping Davaoenos during disasters. If you want more river adventures w/o sacrificing your safety, I think this water rafting company is best for you.

    • Hi Steve. Thanks for suggesting. Will consider it; hopefully I could try that when I’m back in the Ph next year. :)

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