Whitewater Rafting is a Must-Try Samar Experience!
Lance Paolo Lim | July 15, 2020
The island of Samar is considered to be a sanctuary for some of the most endangered species of flora and fauna in the Philippines. Situated in the Eastern part of the Visayas region, it offers tourists calming sceneries that are part of the country’s highly-protected areas.
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When it comes to bodies of water, Samar takes pride in the various freshwater lakes and rivers found across the different parts of the region. It was only in 2015 when Samar started to boost a nationwide campaign promoting various tourist sites around the province. Some of these places have easily become favorites among local and foreign visitors.
Some of the best spots found in Samar are the Sohoton Cave & Natural Bridge Park as well as the Marabut Rock Formations under a chain of traveler destinations called the Tandaya Trail. Both sites have drawn quite a number of tourists over the last four years.
But the crowd-puller under the said trail is the whitewater rafting experience found in Samar's 90 kilometer-long Ulot River (Monkey River), perfect for thrill-seeking backpackers. Adrenaline-junkies who have gone out and tried what the river has to offer could very well agree that it has taken the definition of adventure to the next level!
Found in Barangay Tenani in the Municipality of Paranas, the Ulot River Whitewater Rafting Experience — better known as TORPEDO Boat Adventure — allows visitors to enjoy the strong currents of water while marveling at nature’s untouched beauty. Among them are a number of birds and monkeys endemic to the island of Samar — not to mention the lush greeneries surrounding the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) where the Ulot River can similarly be found.
Kicking off the adventure at Sitio Camp Uno, visitors are provided with life vests and headgears for precautionary measures. The boat, starting at a reasonable price of P1,850, carries five people back and forth.
Those who have gone out and tried this adventure could attest to the fact that it's made even more fun with the nicest boatmen in town tasked to maneuver the boats because these hardworking men also share interesting stories about the beautiful paradise.
The fun ride ends at a jump-off area called the Deni’s Point where visitors can trek on top of huge rock formations and cap off the ride by diving in cool waters, swim, and chill for a bit before heading back to Sitio Camp Uno.
For five years, the Ulot River Whitewater Rafting Experience offered not only an unlimited fun experience for tourists but it also provided a form of livelihood to the residents in the remote barangay. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only local tourists are allowed to enjoy what it has to offer at the moment.
But once it’s safe to travel again, the Torpedo Boat Adventure is definitely a must-visit — especially if you’re looking to go somewhere from the far bustling city life. If you want to start your day with an extreme adventure and end it with calm sightseeing, then Ulot River in Samar is the place to be!