Day 1 of Soccsksargen Experience Tour Part Deux (SEX Tour II)
When it comes to whitewater river rafting, Cagayan de Oro is a favorite. However, if you wish to enjoy a new whitewater tubing, Pangi River in Maitum is a good alternative. As a traveler, we typically crave for something extraordinary. So I assure you that this activity actually deserved a try.
Who would not want to experience water tubing in the midst of beautiful scenery anyway? Including this activity to our iterinary by our organizer Avel Manansala really added more excitement for the SEX tour. After we ate our breakfast in Cresings, we headed to Pangi River together with Tourism boys Arnelito Ramirez (Tourism Operations Assistant) 0918-6133022; Arlex Narte (Tourism Operations Assistant) 0919-3738007.
The day seemed to be perfectly sunny, plus seeing the rushing rapids perked me up for this new experience. Some of the bloggers teased us (first timers) that if we broke our bones, we had a doctor and nurse with us. And if ever we smashed our tooth, we had a dentist. So no worries, as I only feel the excitement nonetheless.
After a short briefing, all of us seemed ready to take on this splashing adventure. I don’t know how many rapids, but it took around 30- 45 minutes padding through the long stretch (1.6 kilometers) of Pangi River.
My guide assured me that I would not fall off from the improvised floater/tube. But I want to let go of it so that I can get the most out of this experience. I want to jump off to the water, but I’m too tiny that my guide can carry me. Alright! Falling off into the water is not my option, but I know that it could be exciting. See the photos below:
Aside from white water tubing, there are other places to enjoy in Maitum. Among its tourist spots are Bat Sanctuary, which is a home of thousands of endangered bats; Pawikan Sanctuary with Hawksbill, Green, Olive Ridley, and LoggerHead turtles; and the Twin Falls in barangay Bati-an. You can also go diving or trek across the forest to explore caves and other exotic flora and fauna in the area.
If you want to take the challenge of a 1.6km tube-ride, Pangi River is located in Brgy. New La Union, Maitum Sarangani Province. A few hours away from General Santos City. You can enjoy a 30 min white water tubing for just P130.00 only.