Bored? Why not try the white water rafting adventure offered by the Davao Crocodile Park (Davao Wildwater Adventure)? It’s fun.
But honestly? During my trip to Davao, I was scared. I was dreading the day I was to ride that raft. Yes. I was forced, or should I say ‘given the opportunity’ to try whitewater rafting. And can you blame me? It was an all expenses paid trip and the traveler in me screamed “Hell yeah! Let’s do it even if we might die (that’s my brain exaggerating)”.
Davao Crocodile Park
Davao Crocodile Park is one of the well-known tourist attraction in Davao City Philippines. It was built in 1995 and is a park that promotes the conservation of wild animals especially crocodiles. It also showcases a crocodile farming system in the country.
Inside, you will find a lot of crocodiles, animals and all sorts of activities. There’s the Davao Crocodile Park Show, Tiger Climb, Koi Feeding Frenzy, Tour The Butterfly House and Tribu K’Mindanawan, Davao Wildwater Adventure, and many more.
Among all the activities mentioned above, we tried the Davao Wildwater Adventure.
Davao Wildwater Adventure
Never in my wildest dreams have I wanted to go try white water rafting. And before going to Davao, I never knew that Davao Wildwater Adventure existed.
The night before our awesome adventure, I had trouble sleeping. And an hour before our ride down the river, I was praying and hoping I wouldn’t fall off.
Upon arriving at Davao Crocodile Park, we signed our waivers, geared up and listened to the short briefing. You will be given a helmet, a life vest, and a paddle.
During the orientation, you have to listen carefully so you know what to do and how to survive the rapids later on. I was happy our guides were pretty energetic and fun. It helped calm down my nerves.
When the orientation was done, we rode a jeepney to go to the Davao River. It’s a 30-minutes to 1-hour ride. Once we arrived at our destination, we were given more details on how to wear the helmets and life vests properly. Aside from that, the guides taught us a few drifting and rafting skills, as well as how to rescue someone who fell off the raft.
At first, I expected the river to have strong currents but looking as the river was calm, I was less scared.
My first encounter with the rapids was pretty much ok. We just had to listen to our guide whether we were going to paddle forward or backward.
After a few more rapids, I was getting more and more confident with my rafting skills. I was having a lot of fun until our raft passed one of the rapids and six of us fell. We were eight in the group, including the guide.
I tried to remember what was taught to us about drifting. “Put your feet up and just go with the flow. Don’t attempt to stand.” So that’s what I did. However, I held on tight to the paddle (because the guides said it was expensive) which made it a bit hard to drift through the river. I should have let it go since it’s going to float anyway.
The rapids were tough to beat. I was drifting and the water kept pushing me down so I only had a few seconds to breathe. Luckily, I was near our raft and one of my companions helped me up. Yipee!
After a few more rapids, we docked and lunch was distributed. This is included in the white water rafting package.
Well, long story short, I had tons of fun! I didn’t know falling off a raft was so exciting! Sure, I was pretty scared at first but when I got the chance to try it, I was like “let’s do it again!” Haha.
So if you’re a beginner and doing some research, well, here it is! I’ll even throw in some tips.
When I googled Davao whitewater rafting, all I saw were the strong rapids and that made me all the more frightened. I hope this simple outlook will help change the way you see whitewater rafting and look forward to it instead of getting scared.
Package & Itinerary
The Davao Wildwater Adventure costs 1700 pesos per person (minimum of 5 persons per trip).
This package is inclusive of the following:
- Bonus Ticket to ZIP CITY, Butterfly House, Fire Dance Show, & Tribu K’mindanawan
- Documentation (2 Disc per group of 6)
- Packed Lunch & Bottled Water
- Raft guide
- Souvenir Shirt
- Transportation (From Crocodile Park to Rafting Area and back)
- Use of Gears & Equipment
However, we didn’t get to try ZIP CITY, Butterfly House & Tribu K’mindanawan and watch the fire dance because we were too tired. After the white water rafting, we packed up and went back to our hotel.
8:00 AM Assembly at Crocodile Park
9:30 AM Departure
10:30 AM Arrival at Put In area, Tamugan
11:00 AM Start of Rafting
12:00 NN Lunch
3:00 PM Arrival at Take Out area, Purok 8, Lacson
3:30 PM Departure for Crocodile Park
4:30 PM Arrival at Crocodile Park
Buy A Ticket
Buy a ticket at one of the best tourist attraction in Davao City Philippines here and experience the White Water Rafting in Davao.
- Davao Crocodile Park – A tourist attraction in Davao City Philippines
Riverfront, Corporate City, Diversion Highway
Ma-a, Davao City 8000 Philippines
- Phone: (082) 221 7823
0920 954 6898 / 0920 954 6897
0925 800 8983 / 0923 658 6048
- Telefax: +63 (82) 221 7823
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What To Bring And Wear
- Rash guard or lightweight long sleeve shirt (wear the most comfortable for you)
- Sunglasses or prescription glasses with string or strap (optional)
- Old Sneakers, neoprene booties, or river shoes(or any footwear that is not easy to come off)
- Waterproof Camera (optional)
- Energy Bar
- Water or Energy drink
- Towel or towels
- Plastic Bag(s) (for wet things such as sneakers/clothes)
- Change of Clothes
- Snack and drink (for the travel back to civilization)
- Padlock for locker
- Documentation is included in the package at this tourist attraction in Davao City Philippines. This means that there is a photographer ready to take a photo of you and your group. That’s why the tour guides always tell us to not panic. They’d say, “The more you panic, the more you pangit in the photos.” And they’re right! Haha.
- It is up to you if you want to bring your gadgets or cameras. Bring it at your own risk. You might lose them on the way.
Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.