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Rafting the Cagayan de Oro River


Whitewater rafting along the fourteen major rapids of the Cagayan de Oro River gained popularity after former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took a ride here in 2002. The jump-off point is at Barangay Mambuaya, a 30- to 40-minute ride from the city proper. The wet months of September and October are best for intermediate and professional levels (when the rapids range from class 3 to 4), while the rest of the year is OK for beginners.

Reliable operators include Great White Water Tours (t088/310-5495, which offers half-day tours (3–4hr) or full days (6–7hr), inclusive of snacks and meals, from P1200. It also offers a P1999 package with Dahilayan Zip Zone, with pick-up from your hotel. Otherwise the normal prices include transportation from P. Joe’s Diner at the Limketkai Center. Bugsay River Rafting (t088/309-1991, tailors trips from beginners (12km, 3hr; P700) to extreme thrill seekers (15km, 4hr; P2000).

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