The Ultimate River Adventure
Chico River has a length of 174.67 kilometers, a tributaries of Cagayan River that spans in the province of Ifugao, Benguet, Mountain Province and the whole Central Kalinga in the Philippines .
White water rafting is more trilling and exciting during rainy season, where it has the most rainfall, that resulting higher water level.
White water rafting in Chico river is operated by Chico River Quest Inc, operates under American safety standard.
Before any trip, safety lecture is an important concern, conducted by Chico River Quest Inc., professional raft guide. The importance of safety devices such as the flotation devices and helmet. Proper position in the raft and proper handling of the paddle, the forward and backward techniques.Overturning of the boat and if in case somebody fall in the water , the feet up and head back position and how to the guide and fellow rafter pull you back in the boat are properly discuss.
Worldwide estimate of white water rafting accidents is less than 0.04% where such accidents are not serious or caused by drown nor by rocks scattered in the river, instead excitement of rafter during the rapids they jostled and sometimes they loose their paddle and it hit other rafters….
…..and the adventure begins….
Get Wet…… Get Wild….and make fun incredibly….
Everybody are excited, some might nervous and scared ….but ready to rock…
In every boat, there are two guides, the captain and the assistant, always listen to the instruction of the captain…
The basic for navigating the direction of the boat are follows: all forward, paddle in or forward, paddle out or backward, paddle left in or paddle left out, , paddle right in, or paddle right out, and sometimes stop, are common instruction from the guide..
The continuous shout out command of the guide plus the noise of the rafter during the rapids gives the adventures more exciting..
and a group High Five using oars instead of hand after every raging rapids.
From the first rapid, every body are excited, having adrenalin rushing to the max..
No dull moments, everybody are enjoying the rapids.
In every strong rapid, be sure that foot was inserted in the foothold (see above picture, guy on the left) to prevent falling into water.
The guides are very familiar with the river conditions they know the approach and proper maneuver to lessen difficulties in negotiating the rapids…
The guide allow as to jump off the raft to experience the safety position in case you falling out from the boat. The safest position, while moving along the river’s current is lay on your back, knee up, feet downstream and float, swim back to the raft or if impossible swim to the river bank on laying back position. Falling out of the boat is not a big deal with the rafter, instead, this is one of the funny thing in the river, and even sometimes the guides flip the boat, and let all rater fall to to the river to add more joy to the adventure.
It was a great fun and trilling adventure. The raging rapids gives more smile, laugh and made the adventure worth.
In every rapids there’s a calm part of the river, here the guides explain and tell some stories and trivia’s about the place, the river, water levels and other related story, their history, about, Tabuk, and their locals. This is the part where you appreciate the beauty surrounded the river.
This also the time to do some of the out of the list activities, like playing. Paddle fight or splashing water with your fellow rafter using paddle made the trip more enjoyable and memorable.
Boat racing in calm part of the water is also part of the game.
In the midst of the the adventure, there is called stop over, to take few rest and take snacks
This is also the place where rafters can have a short break to stretch the legs and rest from all the excitement.
At the end of the adventure, there’s a surprise mouth watering food a choice of Filipino and their local foods served for the hungry and tired rafter (included in the package)
(Photos with my travel factor team)
Souvenirs pictures are worth to remember in this adventure of the life time, but unfortunately, during the break, the guide informed that taking pictures is not allowed, because white water rafting is a team effort, and everybody must follow the commands especially during rapids.
In some blogs published in Davao and Cagayan de Oro white water rafting,
there are some arrangement between the rafters and the outfitter regarding taking pictures. There are cameramen in Kayak who took pictures in all activities happened during white water rafting adventure. If you are in a group, just divide the amount to pay for the copy of the picture.
Another option is to give your camera to the operator and they have cameramen strategically positioned to take picture of the guest, free of charge.
- Class I : Slow current, small waves, no obstruction. Easy.
- Class II: Little fast faced, considered easy. Moderate waves.
- Class III: Lots of water slide -like, bigger waves, rapids with clean drops
- Class IV:Very Difficult, Exhilarating, Long rapids, powerful waves and big drops.
- Class V: Extreme difficult, long and technical drops and steep gradient, For physically fit only.
- Class VI:Maximum difficulty. Don’t go, life threatening.
- Bring extra clothes.
- Put sunscreen
- Wear well fitting shoes, rubber shoes or sandals
- Those wearing eye glasses, use an elastic rubber band
- Don’t wear contact lenses.
- Personal toiletries
Chico River White Water Rafting is a rewarding experience.