Monday, January 20, 2014

Davao City Tour: Day 2 Wild Water Adventure and Abreeza Mall

Instead of having breakfast at the hotel, we opted to go to Macdonalds nearby.  When we got back, the van is already waiting to take us to the Crocodile Park for the White Water Adventure.  Going to the Park took us more than 30 minutes.  I think we could have gotten there sooner if not for the city ordinance requiring vehicles to have a maximum speed of 30km/hr within the city.  Inside the park where caged crocodiles, and other animals.  We were then ushered to the White Water Adventure Station.

There were only two groups taking the rapids.  Initially, we were made to watch a video on what to expect in the river.  After watching how the raft turned over many times, we were having 2nd thoughts.  We were then taught how to put on our gears and the do's and don'ts.  After the short introduction, we were taken to the jeep for an hour ride to the river.

When we reach the site, the water level was higher than normal due to continuous rain.  Before boarding the raft, we were given lessons on paddling and the different commands.  We were also given lessons on how to rescue other passengers.  One by one, we were asked to get off and do the proper floating position.  We were also asked to lift people from the water to the safety of our raft.

The entire white water rafting took less than 4 hours, but it seemed like minutes. Halfway, we made a stop on a shallow portion to have our lunch which was also included. Our boat turned over twice and I fell 3 times.  I can't describe the experience battling the current and waves.  It was such an adrenaline rush.

After a few rapids, we padded our way to pick up point where the jeep was waiting for us.  We were taken back to the station at the crocodile park.  Shower stations were located at the back where you can rinse off.  We were given the souvenir CD's and a free shirt.  So far, this was the highlight of our trip.

Helpful Tips:

1. We are on a package tour, but if you want to go White Water Rafting, you can visit their station at the Crocodile Park.
2. Leave your valuables and Gadgets at the lockers.
3. Bring towels and toiletries for rinsing.
4. If you think you can't do it, you can!

Our van picked us up after the river adventure.  We were supposed to go zorbing, but was not allowed due to the slippery condition of the site because of the rain.  Were were also given free tickets to the butterfly farm, but the rain also prevented the butterflies to show themselves.  Instead, we asked our driver to take us to Abreeza Mall for drinks and dinner at La Toscana for something Italian.

La Toscana reminded us of Bellinis here in Manila.  The Pizza and Pasta  was the perfect pair to end our day!

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