Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
1Which CDO Rafting Trip is best for us?
This question greatly depends on your group. Generally, novices, families and first-timers enjoy the Beginners Course. For those with some experience, or who have previously run through Cagayan de Oro’s beginners’ course, the Advance Course might whet your appetite. It starts out with an exciting section, so there’s less time for warming-up. It has continuous whitewater sections, but the drops aren’t as big as the Expert section’s. For thrill-seekers with solid class 3 to 4+ rafting experience, it might be the time to challenge the Expert section. This rafting section has very few eddies or recovery areas, and is narrow and steep, a real adrenaline rush! If you have the time, a full day trip will best give you a good taste of what rafting is all about.
2When is the best time to go Rafting in CDO?
While Cagayan de Oro offers rafting packages throughout the year, there are seasonal changes that make for varying conditions on the river. January to June: Dry Season – trips are normally hot, with low and clear water, is more technical and more fun. July to December: Rainy Season – skies are normally cloudy, with occasional afternoon showers and the water levels are higher. At higher water, the rapids are more challenging.
3How safe is it?
The charm and excitement of whitewater rafting is due mostly to the unpredictable nature of the activity. However, as a participant in our trips, you must realize that certain hazards do exist in rafting activities. Our experienced river guides and staff are all well-trained, well-informed and conscientious individuals who place your safety above everything else. All guides are screened and trained by the International Rafting Federation (IRF) for SAFETY and STANDARDS in river techniques and are First Aid and CPR-certified. Guests are required to read and sign an Acknowledgement of Risks and Release form before registering and participate in our trips, so that you go rafting with the understanding that you are aware of and agree to accept the responsibility for all the risks.
4What about children?
It depends on the child and the challenge of your specific rafting trip. It is a fascinating, rewarding experience for a child who is prepared for outdoor adventures, who can easily adjust to the company of adults and the discipline that the water and river safety requires. Keep in mind, there may be others in your group who prefer a trip away from the children. Our company requires a minimum age for the whitewater trip depending on the course but we do permit 6 year-old children in the Beginners Course, and 12 year-old children and above in the Advance and Expert Courses, so long as an adult accompanies them during the expedition.
5Does everyone need to be a good swimmer?
NO! Each person is issued a personal whitewater floatation device, which must be worn at all times on the river. These floatation devices are designed to keep any individual afloat on the surface of the water. We do recommend that all participants be comfortable in and around the water, especially on our bigger whitewater trips. We do, however, provide detailed instructions before each CDO rafting trip on how to float and what to do should you fall out of the boat.
6What do I need to wear?
Rash guards, nylon long sleeves, swimming attire, river sandals or old tennis shoes are great for rafting trips. Try to stay away from wearing anything in cotton. Hats, bull caps, sun blocks are good for sunny days. You can bring your personal dry bags as well.
7What do I do with my camera?
You can purchase many single-use waterproof cameras from camera stores. Larger cameras also have watertight boxes. If you have an exceptionally valuable camera, you have an option to either bring it along or leave it at home. We will, however, provide watertight dry bags made by SOTAR.
8What do our CDO river trips include?
All of our trips include the following: well-trained personal guides, river and safety equipment and a dry bag for your valuables. We also offer transportation to and from the river on traditional Public Utility Vehicles (Jeepneys) that you can only experience in the Philippines. Regular trips include a delicious “Pinoy style” buffet lunch and beverages. Meal arrangements and variations may be made according to your group’s request upon your reservation.
9How many people could make a group?
We offer group discounts for 10 or more people. The discount depends on the number of people in your group, the trip, and the date. Our operation can handle groups of almost any size, even groups of more than a hundred. All trips include a river guide for top-quality CDO rafting trip.
10What about the weather? Will we go rafting even if it rains?
The answer in most cases is yes, as long as the cold and the winds do not become a possible threat. Thunderstorms are short-lived and offer a wonderful natural perspective. Sun streaming through the clouds is part of the outdoor experience. Save that extra film for the odd rainbow. It might just be the most memorable whitewater raft trip of your life.
11How about changing and restrooms?
At the start of the trip, we can drop you off at the Macahambus Adventure Park if you’re not really well prepared for your rafting trip. At the “Put-in,” however, we don’t have toilet and restroom facilities, but in the “take-out” area, we have provided a good set of facilities for your after-trip needs.
12What about Gratuities?
All of our staff is adequately paid for their service. However, if you feel someone has helped make your trip especially enjoyable or educational, tipping is a nice way of expressing thanks, and is greatly appreciated! Comments and suggestions from our guests about their CDO rafting experience are always warmly received as well.