THE municipality of Sta Cruz in Davao del Sur is truly an adventure seeker’s paradise. This thriving town boasts several coastal attractions, birdwatching sites, and hiking trails, including one of the gateways to the King of Philippine Mountains, Mt Apo, to name a few.

Member of the Board Anthony Sasin, Vice Mayor Jay Quitain, ANFLO group vice chair Ricky Floirendo and DLI president Cary Lagdameo

Recently,  municipal tourism officer Julius R. Paner invited us to revisit one of the municipality’s popular water adventure activities that placed Sta Cruz on the adventure map since the late 90s: river-tubing. 

Prior to the activity, river guide Ronnie Torlao gave us a briefing on how to mount the modified inner tubes and some important instructions in order to carry out the river adventure safely. 

Rising Davao City skyline as seen from Damosa Diamond Tower

“We have trained river 15 guides from the local community to assist our guests. They will provide the necessary equipment and logistics, the river provides the rest,” said Paner. 

Our whitewater tubing adventure in one of the country’s cleanest rivers began near Hedcor’s Hydroelectric Power Plant in Astorga before we traversed underneath Cebulan Bridge. 

NFLO VIPS and VM Quitain with Sunland’s Rovi Estacio, CWC’s Casimiro Faylona III, Kensington Ventures, Inc AVP JM Lagdameo, Carwill’s Ivan Ho, PDP’s architect Cathy Saldana and Sunland’s Sam Kik

For about two hours, we navigated 2 to 3 kilometers of the raging Sibulan River, dodging boulders that dot the course along the way. The adrenaline-packed ride reduced speed only in a few calmer parts of the river. Otherwise, it was a total scream-fest (well, at least, during our ride) all the way downstream.

ANFLO VIPS and VM Quitain with Virg Bacalso, Dani Manlangit, Macy Bibat, Becky Pastrana, Lilian Castillo, JM Lagdameo, Alfred Samson, Reggie Mundo, Capt. Ronnie Go

This popular community-managed activity in Sta Cruz is also a great way to enjoy the riverside greenery of Sibulan and Astorga, with an amazing backdrop of Mt Apo in the early morning. It is also a perfect bonding experience with family, friends, and colleagues. 

Damosa Diamond Tower, DLI’s award winning green address at the heart of Damosa IT Park (photo: DLI)

For only PhP350 per person (minimum of 5), the Sibulan River Whitewater Tubing Adventure already includes the service of river guides, use of a tube, life vest, and hard helmet.

For booking and other information, simply send them a message on their Facebook page: Sta CruzTourism or via Instagram: @stacruztourism.

ANFLO VIPS and VM Quitain with Tourism and Township AVP Macy Bibat, Admin and Finance AVP Virgmarie Bacalso and Residential Operations AVP Dani Manlangit

We wrapped up our river adventure with a sumptuous seafood lunch at Nanay Soting Resto by the Sea, courtesy of the Sta Cruz Tourism Office.


Source: Mindanao Times (