White-wa­ter Raft­ing

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From Lu­zon to Min­danao, there are sev­eral key raft­ing des­ti­na­tions to choose from. The clos­est one to Manila is in Mag­dalena, La­guna, about three hours’ drive from the cap­i­tal. Here, Travel Fac­tor ( trav­elfac­tor.org) takes vis­i­tors on a heart-stop­ping ride travers­ing seven kilo­me­ters of the Balanac River.

For a wilder ex­pe­ri­ence, the Cal­biga River in Sa­mar of­fers more than 18 kilo­me­ters of rag­ing cur­rent and over a hun­dred drops. Con­sid­ered Class III or Class IV on the In­ter­na­tional Scale of River Dif­fi­culty, its cur­rents re­quire ex­pert boat­men and high-qual­ity equip­ment to nav­i­gate the course from be­gin­ning to end. Leave it to Ac­tive Dis­cov­ery Tours ( tours.ac­tivedis­cov­ery.net) to take care of the de­tails.

As the white-wa­ter raft­ing cap­i­tal of the Philip­pines, Ca­gayan de Oro in north­ern Min­danao is a rec­om­mended choice for its di­verse of­fer­ings. The main route of the ac­tion stretches up to 22 kilo­me­ters on the Ca­gayan de Oro River with 21 rapids that range in dif­fi­culty from mild to Class V. Lo­cal out­fit­ter Great White Wa­ter Tours ( river­raft­ingcdo.com) has a suite of com­ple­ment­ing itineraries with ba­sic to ad­vanced courses and pack­ages that in­clude vis­its to nearby at­trac­tions.

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