Whitewater Rafting at Majayjay, Laguna

Have you wanted to try whitewater rafting but could never find the time or save enough money to fly to Mindanao? Good news for adventure seekers in Luzon, you do not have to book a flight to Cagayan de Oro or Davao for this water adventure. This activity is now available at Laguna and it only takes a day or weekend to experience the thrill and excitement of this emerging water adventure.

The whitewater rafting in Laguna is a 10-kilometer stretch of wild river starting from the municipality of Majayjay to the town of Magdalena. It consists of twenty one (21) rapids and has a river difficulty of Grade 3, which is safe for those without rafting experience and do not know how to swim. The water course may require significant maneuvering and paddling skills but there is no considerable danger and the waves are not that high.

Travel time from Manila takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to the jump-off passing by the historic Saint Gregory the Great Parish Church.

I was able to experience the whitewater rafting last October when Camp Allen invited me and other bloggers to try the water adventure at Majayjay. It was my first time to try this water activity and I was very excited since I never got to do this in Davao even if I have lived there for almost two years. I do have tried water tubing, which is less extreme but equally exciting. I wanted to try the rapids in CDO too but the chance never came.

Majayjay Whitewater Rafting
Jump-off

We had an orientation on safety measures and things we needed to know about rafting when we arrived at the area. We were also given life jackets and helmets for the water adventure. From here we proceeded to the jump off then walked for half a kilometer to the river.

Majayjay Whitewater Rafting
Aleah, Stacy, Clarissa and Justin (from left)

The guides oriented us again before we started. One by one they checked our helmets and life jackets just to ensure our safety. Check out some of our pictures taken during the said water adventure. We rested on a calm and shallow area of the river midway along the route.

Majayjay Whitewater Rafting

Majayjay Whitewater Rafting



Majayjay Whitewater Rafting

Majayjay Whitewater Rafting

Watch this short video of our whitewater rafting at Laguna. There was one area where we got stuck. Look out for the part where someone fell off the raft in an inadvertent way.




Lunch

The water adventure took a little more than two hours. Our lunch was already prepared as we arrive on the end part or take out point of the rafting. The smell of adobo with egg and tomato wrapped in banana leaves was a welcome sight to us after a rigorous activity. No one was speaking when food was served. In short, "galit-galit muna ang peg" as everybody was hungry.


Shower Room

Shower rooms are available in the take out point, the shower area for males are segregated from the females. Adventurers can wash up here before going back to Manila. Each shower room can accommodate five people.


How to get there


The whitewater rafting at Majayjay, Laguna is operated by Camp Allen located in Sta Cruz, Laguna. They can be reached at 0922.337.5292, (049) 501.6800, (049) 501.3490. Make sure to book with them before heading to Majayjay so they could prepare the equipment.



For those with vehicles, just follow the map above.

If you are going by public transportation, take the buses at Cubao, Quezon City or Buendia bound for Sta Cruz, Laguna and alight at Camp Allen. For a minimum ten people (at Php 500), they can arrange your transportation to the jump-off or you can ride the jeepneys plying the Magdalena/Majayjay route. Upon arriving at the town of Majayjay, take the tricycle to the jump-off.

Package Rates


The cost for this adventure is Php 1,500, inclusive of following:

  • Safety helmet
  • Life Jackets
  • Raft
  • Paddles
  • 1 Meal (binalot)

What you need to know


  • Travel time from Manila is 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the time of departure
  • River difficulty is Grade 3
  • Entire course is 2 to 3 hours
  • The water level is higher during rainy days making it more exciting
  • All guides are well-trained
  • There is a shower at the end of the course.

What you need to bring


  • Sunblock
  • Light clothes preferably dry-fit clothes or rash guard
  • Arm sleeves to protect yourself from the sun and bruises
  • Aqua shoes or sandals
  • Waterproof camera and dry bag for your stuff
  • Drinking water
  • Change of clothes

Camp Allen
Camp Allen

Camp Allen also offers other recreational activities or you can opt to stay at Camp Allen to fully enjoy the trip.

Camp Allen
National Hi-way, Brgy Patimbao, Sta Cruz Laguna
Contact Numbers: 09223375292, (049) 501 6800, (049) 501 3490
Website: www.campallen.ph






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4 comments:

  1. Ang saya dyan! I want to back there! :)

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    1. Balik ng tag-ulan para mas matindi ang thrill

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  2. nag visit ka pala dyan sir, my hometown is Magdalena. sayang, meet up sana tyo.

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