Information about Governor's Rapids
The Governer's Rapids are found in the the town of Maddela, which is a part of a tributary of the Cagayan River. It features astonishingly clear water which rightfully earned it the award of being amongst the cleanest inland bodies of water in the totality of the Cagayan Valley. The surrounding landscape features towering limestone formations and rock shelters formed by the constant erosion caused by the river. These rock shelters also served as a place of refuge for the indigenous people or Dumagat during times of unbearably harsh weather.
For the daring adventurers and visiting tourists, the locals of Quirino made the river suitable for kayaking, fishing and swimming. Freshwater eels locally called igat and other freshwater fishes also flourish in abundance in the river’s clear waters and have become sources of income for the local communities. You may also hire a boat and local guides who will gladly offer to give you a river cruising tour, they are well trained and familiar with the ins and outs of the rapids. Governor's Rapids is also ideal for whitewater rafting during the rainy season. Cottages are also available for visitors who just want to enjoy the view.
Best time to visit
Since the best thing to do at the rapids is to go whitewater rafting, it's best to head here during the rainy season in the Philippines (June to December) so the currents are stronger.