Reasons to visit Cagayan de Oro

Forever and A Day, the not-so-recent KC Concepcion-Sam Milby starrer, is still vivid in my memory. Thanks to Northern Mindanao’s atmospheric locales. In fact, I watched the movie mainly because I was expecting a lot of adventure scenes. Yay, I recognized my fellow Philippine EcoGuides Association (PEGA) member, Chisum Factura, who also happens to be a pioneer in the Cagayan de Oro white water rafting scene. He played himself in the movie (with speaking parts, ha). Two months ago, another fellow PEGA member, Tsunami Valenzuela, broached the idea of a sidetrip to CDO after we undergo an ecotourism development, planning and management training in Davao. Too stoked, without checking the details of the thing sent to me, I got my mind set on CDO. When I called up Tsunami for the flight details, it was only then that I realized I already underwent the same training from the same trainors of the Developmental Academy of the Philippines at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) in Manila in 2007. To sum things up, the kagay (river) adventure in the “Adventure Capital” of the Philippines didn’t push through and it keeps haunting me. Yesterday, we went to the dunes to meet up with guests from Bukidnon and the rapids were talked about. Promise, I’m going to CDO one of these days. Being an advocate of staycations, I suggest you visit Cagayan de Oro and experience  the thrills of white water rafting. An insider tip: Kagay is the premier white water rafting outfitter in Cagayan de Oro. Their International Rafting Federation and Red Cross-trained guides put safety first and foremost. They use only 13’ and 14’ SOTAR (State Of The Art Rafts) equipment and offer year-round rafting trips ranging from the beginner’s course, which covers class 1-2 rapids, to advance courses, which cover the more difficult class 3-4 rapids. They also have packages that include Macahambus Adventure Park  and/or Dahilayan Zip Zone.  Omg, this is adrenaline rush to the max! What about crossing the 135-meter Sky Bridge and rappelling down into the stunning 150-foot Macahambus gorge?

Kagay 21 Pres. Aguinaldo St., Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Tel No: 0917 712 2323 / 0917 712 2442 dankaamino@yahoo.com
Macahambus Adventure Park Sinkhole, Inc. 0917 712 1990 / 0933 423 7647 rverguide@yahoo.com

Images courtesy of Kagay and Macahambus Adventure Park

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