5 White Water Rafting Destinations in the Philippines

Looking for an adventure? Try white water rafting in these Philippine destinations.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
September 13, 2016

If you're an adrenaline junkie, you've most likely climbed a mountain or two, ridden the waves of Baler or La Union, or tested out all the watersports at Boracay and Puerto Galera. But have you tried white water rafting yet?

White Water Rafting

For those who are not familiar with the sport, white water rafting involves riding on a raft, which can fit several people, while paddling across river rapids. It may sound dangerous but you'll be donning a helmet and life vest for the duration of the adventure. The sport has already been around for years, but travelers have recently rediscovered this extreme activity. If you're looking to achieve that adrenaline rush, here are some destinations that offer white water rafting adventures.

1. Tabuk, Kalinga
Who says that the Cordilleras offer nothing but rice terraces and a cool climate? Even with the long journey, the sight of mountains and the 175-kilometer long stretch of the Chico River will definitely make up for the exhausting trip. What's more, a white water rafting adventure at Chico River may just restore your energy. Let this thrilling activity be the highlight of your unique and memorable adventure to the highlands.

2. Magdalena, Laguna
City dwellers who don't feel like going on a bumpy 11-hour bus ride to the north can opt to head to Laguna instead to get their adrenaline fix. Get ready to battle against the rapids of Balanac River in Magdalena and enjoy sliding down the slope of Balanac Dam. You can also unwind from the thrill by taking a dip in the waters of the dam.

3. Calbiga, Samar
Samar may be famous for its majestic caves and beautiful islands and beaches, but thrill seekers will also find their niche in this province. The strong currents and rapids of the Calbiga River make it the perfect venue for river rafting. After that, you can explore the wonders of the Calbiga Cave.

4. Davao
Whether you're just a newbie to white water rafting or already an experienced paddler, you will enjoy the rapids of the Davao River. Stretching up to 160 kilometers, the Davao River is the third largest river catchment in Mindanao. It is the one of the most sought-after white water rafting destinations in the country. Watersports enthusiasts are known to go all the way there just for the experience.

5. Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro is known as the "Adventure Capital of the Philippines," and Cagayan River or Rio Grande de Cagayan happens to be the most famous spot for white water rafting in the country. If the thought of hopping on a plane doesn’t get you excited, then maybe the promise of white water rafting in the longest and widest river in the Philippines will entice you to make the trip.

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