October 17 is my birthday. With an initial plan to file for a vacation leave, I picture myself fetching my kids at school and eating at our favorite diner. An assignment to do white water kayaking at San Jose in Tarlac surfaced that I need to forgo my plans. After all, I haven’t experienced the sports yet and why not try it on my birthday.
As my travel buddy described it, “white water kayaking involves paddling and maneuvering a kayak across river currents. The intensity of rapids may range from easy with no serious obstacles, to extremely difficult and violent depending on the weather and water level.” Seemed easy so off we went.
extreme sports cliff diving and kayaking
From my initial try, I immediately learned that I have to balance well or else, the boat will turn upside down with me in it. Also, it is best to try the sports on a rainy season with the river too deep and its flow too powerful (that it can even toss, drop or flip the kayak over the water on its own).
For those who would like to experience the rapids, San Jose Tarlac is only about four hours drive from Manila. Coordinate with the Rapid Stream Eco Tour, the sole operator of kayaking trips in the Bulsa River.
Before trying the rapids, we went through a safety briefing then drove to the mountain village of Maamot for about 20 minutes.