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.