The Cagayan de Oro River

The Cagayan de Oro River: A Popular White Water Rafting Destination

The-RiverThe Cagayan de Oro river is the best white water rafting destination. Its cool rushing waters will relax and energize you all at the same time. Waters splashing and slamming against boulders will remind you of nature’s powerful effect on life. The minute your raft gets into the water, you’ll feel pumped up; adrenaline running throughout your body.

Tagged by the Department of Tourism as Cagayan de Oro’s main tourist attraction, the Cagayan de Oro River was originally called Kalambaguasasahan River. Its name was changed to Cagayan River when the Spaniards came to the city. The word Ag in Cagayan means water, while Kagay means river.

The Cagayan de Oro River has its headwaters in the central part of Bukidnon, with the waters traversing northward to CDO, all the way to the Macajalar Bay. Elevated at 7,500 feet, it is one of the city’s most treasured resources.

It is the perfect white water destination mainly because of its rapids. There are 21 rapids that you need to go through in the course of your adventure. The simpler, easier rapids are for beginners, while up ahead lies greater challenges for the more daring rafters. As you go through the river, the water velocity increases and you are forced to match this with your unbounded energy. All the while, the waters splash on you; and you hear birds chirping & winds blowing. For more adrenaline pumping fun, you can defy gravity and jump off a huge boulder.

Of course, there’s a river guide who’ll be with you right from the very first rapids up to the last one you conquer.

One of the best things about white water rafting in the Cagayan de Oro River is the opportunity to commune with nature. Yes, in the middle of all the highly energized activities, you’ll find some calm and quiet moments to appreciate the beauty of the river. A relaxing respite from all the knee jolting fun that lays ahead of you.

The Cagayan de Oro River sits quietly, but the minute your raft sets into motion, you’ll be transported into an adventure you never thought existed!