Adventures and Sports

Wet and Wild White Water Tubing!

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 13, 2013

If there’s wild water rafting in Cagayan and Davao, in Maitum, Sarangani Province, there’s water tubing.

The clean waters of Pangi River in New La Union, Maitum, Sarangani Province, is where the water tubing action is.

For just Php 150, you would be provided with a life vest and helmet plus river guide and also the ultimate gear for the ride: the interior of big tires or simply, the TUBE.

After gearing up, you walk or ride the horse or vehicle upstream for the briefing on the shallow part of the river.

Thereon, it’s a wild 1.6-kilometer ride over rocks and white water.

The river guides would be beside you all through the ride. They would tell you when the big rapids are for you to close your mouth so you won’t get to drink the river water like I did. Almost 2 liters of it.

There are brief stops before big rapids. This is why the ride is best enjoyed with a group. You get to compare who drank the most water or who capsized and laugh about it at the stops.

One doesn’t think of how long you’ve been in the water only of how short the ride is. So, you ride again and again and again. It is an adventure like no other.

When one tubes, you also get to appreciate the beauty of having a clean river and hope that it would remain as clean for coming generations to enjoy. Adventure and environment awareness in one.

What To Expect and Bring:

Swim wear. It is one big river and one wild ride so expect to be drenched.

Lather on sunblock/sunscreen with SPF 100.

Bring bottled water. Rehydrate.

If you want to stay overnight, there’s a house with twin rooms for 150/person.

Lather on mosquito repellant.

Meals are to be arranged with your guides.

Contact numbers to take note of: 0910-3127772 Digs Movilla and Ar-Ar of Tourism 09186133022.

How To Get There:

Sarangani can be reached by plane and ferry from Manila and Cebu thru the international airport and seaport of General Santos City and by land from Davao City. Travel time from Davao City to Maitum is from: 4 to 5 hours.

Public utility air-conditioned vans from General Santos City ply daily routes to Maitum (Osmeña St. Ablog Terminal and AGP Terminal- Php100). Travel time is 2 hours.

Upon reaching Maitum proper, ride the habal-habal for the tubing site in New La Union at Php25/person. Entrance is just Php10.

cover photo by Cocoy Sexcion.

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