An Extreme Adventure in Albay

Smileworld By Smileworld, 31st Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Exciting, challenging and fun. This is my experience in water tubing, an extreme adventure.

An Exciting, Challenging and Fun Adventure

White water tubing is an exciting, challenging extreme adventure, yet so much fun. I really enjoyed it to the max. I love it!

I still remember the adrenalin rush, maintaining body balance while riding with the rapidly falling water a midst the boulders, holding tightly with the ropes fastened to the tube, particularly when passing a series of rapids. I felt so much excitement and it posed a great challenge not only to my stamina but to my sense of adventure as well..

When I was invited to experience white water tubing by my nephew, Juperski Periña, I readily said, “Yes!”. I told myself, If others can, why can’t I? Besides, I need more activities to tone down my rising cholesterol level.

We were from Daraga, Albay and we brought a car. We passed by the city of Legazpi, the municipalities of Sto. Domingo, Bacacay, Malilipot, Tabaco, then we were at Malinao. It was my first visit to the interior “barangays” village of Malinao. On our way, we passed by a river, which I admired at first glance. It was clean and clear.

The Extreme White Water Tubing was held at Soa, Malinao, Albay. It is managed by Square Extreme Adventure, a group of highly experienced mountain climbers, safety trainers and adventurers. It is the only white water tubing in the Bicol Region. Said adventure was fully supported by the Department of Tourism, provincial government of Albay as well as the local government unit of Malinao.

The area of white water tubing adventure is near the Vera Falls, so we requested to have a side trip at the said falls. We went there first. We planned to stay for about 15 minutes but it was extended to 30 minutes for we cannot get enough of the spectacular view and was amazed by the work of nature.

From Vera Falls, it took us about 15 minutes to reach the parking area for extreme adventure. Down, down the hill, we walk carefully towards the campsite for another 15 minutes. The moment I set my eyes on the river, beside the camp site, I cannot hold back my admiration to the scene that was captured by my retina.

The river is really pristine, free from industrial garbage, clear water. Small and big boulders were scattered on the river bank and on the midst of the river itself. Bubbles of white waters rushes on the cliffs, then slowly converged producing still-like scene. Peaceful surroundings, humming of birds and crickets and sounds of rushes of waters dominate the area and produced a calming effect to my emotions. Lushes of green forest, panoramic view, a manifestation of the beauty of creation. I cannot help but thank God for the beauty of His creation.

I thought, the adventure will start there but it didn’t. We rest first, took our lunch and were given an orientation on do’s and don’ts on water tubing adventure. Our guides also helped us in wearing the safety gears to ensure our protection.

The starting point for the extreme adventure is about three (3) km. away from the camp. We walk going there for about 30 minutes, crossing a bamboo bridge. It was a leisure walk for me, for I love the view, the lush of greens and some birds that we saw along the way.

The starting point was another great scene. How I wish I could still linger there and explore the area for a while. Yet, I was also excited to experience the extreme adventure. I tell you, it was a memorable and enjoyable river adventure!

If you want to experience the extreme white water tubing adventure, below are some information which I’ve gathered:

• Extreme water tubing takes place whole year round at Soa, Malinao, Albay
What to wear?
• Rash guard or leggings will protect you from the sun and the denim shorts will be a good base layer. Booties, reef shoes, beach shoes or an old sneaker is ideal for footwear.

What are the restrictions.
• You don’t have to be an athlete to engage in extreme water tubing. Anyone from ages 12-65 can join as long as reasonably or physically fit. Those under age 18 however, must have a parental consent.
• Pregnant women and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not allowed.
• Those with asthma, epilepsy or with heart problem condition need to consult first their doctor .
• In case of doubt as to physical fitness, please consult your doctor.

In case of bad weather, what then?
• This adventure can be done either it rains or shines unless, the management deemed it unsafe. At square extreme adventure, the safety of our clients is on top of our priority. So we reserve the right to move the trip to another schedule when necessary.

Do you provide transportation?
• The Square Extreme Adventure do not provide transportation but we can help you arrange for one if you need our assistance.

What about an insurance?
• The Square Extreme Adventure has an insurance but it does not cover personal injury.

Should I tip my guide?
• If you feel your guided has provided you a special trip, you can give a gratuity in any amount which you feel they deserve.

Can I have a side trip to Vera Falls?
• For your convenience, side trip to Vera Falls can also be arranged, with fully trained local guide.

Why there is a need to reserve and book in advance?
• Since it’s launching last April, schedule of daily trips for this extreme adventure were fully booked. This was the result of the media mileage (print and television) provided by the provincial government of Albay in support to this new tourism activity.

For inquiries please contact:

Smart: +63 929-1280601
Sun: +63 932-1874797
Globe: +63 927-7442357
Landline: (052) 481-2356

To ensure availability of your preferred date, booking and reservation is a must!


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
31st Aug 2014 (#)

I cannot swim so this might be frightening to me but still it looks fun.

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author avatar Smileworld
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Non-swimmers like me can still enjoy the adventure. It is managed by trained guides, and their motto is, "safety first'.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Happy to read that you have such great adventures, also pristine nature, in Philippines. Nature is so welcoming and we feel so happy being close to it. Well written - siva

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author avatar Smileworld
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading. The Philippines is really gifted with nature's wonders and we are proud of it.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Sounds like fun. Great review!

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author avatar Smileworld
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Yes, Phyl. It's really fun. I thought, I coudn't do it but I did.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Very good time you had there! Like the comprehensive information available as well.

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author avatar Smileworld
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, I really enjoyed the adventure.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Sounds like fun my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Smileworld
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Yes, it was really fun. More blessings to you.

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