Governor´s Rapids

Chasing Governor’s Rapids in Maddela, Quirino

From Exploring Isabela to Quirino side trip. Who’s up for some fresh water action? 🚣

As if the province of Isabela is not big enough to explore, we managed to go on a side trip in Maddela, Quirino to chase some rapids. From Echague, Isabela we drove roughly for two hours to reach Maddela, Qiurino. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a humble community with a nipa hut as the information center. We then advised them that we’ll go boating, it’s just that we need to wait for our turn as guides are still assisting other guests. While waiting, some of us roamed around and took photos, and some of us were just chilling in a nipa hut cottage.

Now, if you don’t feel like chasing rapids, you can have a picnic in the cottages and enjoy the view among others.

Quirino sidetrip. #chasingrapids , #cliffdiving and #spelunking anyone? 💪 🚣 👌#governorsrapids #quirino

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Before boarding the boat, it’s mandatory to wear a life jacket and a hard hat for precaution and safety. And off we went chasing rapids!  🚣

Governor´s Rapids

Probably asking why this place is called Governor’s Rapids? According to the guides, it has something to do with happenings dated back during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.  Due to lack of road networks, river streams were their highway. However, the Japanese governor was unfortunate in coursing the rapids of Maddela, Quirino and hit the rocks and then drowned.  Governor’s Rapids is a tributary of the longest river in the country, the Rio Grande de Cagayan or Cagayan River .  Which was also a base for the Dumagat, indigenous people. And during severe weather, they found refuge in the caves.

Governor´s Rapids

The rocks that took the governor’s life.

This is not just historic place but also a sanctuary. From the information center down to the stone dock by the river, you’d see amazing rock formations, lush greenery with singing birds and fresh water catch like eels and fishes.  🌿   

Governor´s Rapids

Aside from chasing the rapids, there’s a lot to do here. Like cliff diving or jumping.

Governor´s Rapids

They call this the Amphitheater, perfect for cliff diving or jumping.

Governor´s Rapids

Or to a lower rock formation for cliff diving or jumping.

Even spelunking in a nameless cave.

Governor´s Rapids

Cave entrance

In just a matter of probably 10 minutes, we reached the Bisangal Waterfall inside the cave.

Governor´s Rapids, Bisangal Waterfalls

Plunged in a pool of refreshing cold waters from a ten foot waterfall inside a nameless cave was bliss.

If you’re up for some fresh water action, then take an eight hour bus ride from Cubao, Quezon City or Sampaloc, Manila to either Santiago or Cordon, Isabela. Now, if you don’t want to spend 8 hrs on the road, can fly from Manila to Cauayan, Isabela with one flight daily (if I’m not mistaken) via Cebu Pacific, which would take about an hour. Then en route to Santiago or Cordon via bus. From there, take a jeepney or passenger van to Maddela, Quirino. From the town proper can a tricycle to Barrio Bisangal, Divisoria Sur where Governor’s Rapids is situated.

For more guidance please get in touch with the Provincial Tourism Office. Tel no. (078) 692-5088/Mobile no.0917-416-5945

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Chasing Governor’s Rapids in Maddela, Quirino

  1. Joanna says:

    What a beautiful adventure you seem to have had! I have been rafting for the first time in my life this year and it was fantastic. The power of the water and the rapids are so fantastic! Luckily the boat didn’t turn and nobody fell in the water. I see that it was the same in your case. The waterfall at the end, inside the cave, looks like a unique experience!

  2. PiaDy says:

    Okay, I’m definitely not an adventurous person but I love the hisstory behind this place. I love that that it’s a sanctuary and they’re making an effort to preserve it. And your pictures are breathtaking!

  3. Angelie says:

    The rock formation reminds me of Minalungao National Park! I didn’t know Quirino and Isabela holds so much beauty. I’ve been there to visit relatives a couple of times but I didn’t know they are hiding such gems. I only knew them for their rice fields and such.

  4. Olivia says:

    Your little adventure sounds amazing! I want to experience rafting too. 😦 I’m more of a forest-camping-glamping-beach type girl so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do those things unless I’m really forced. As always, I love it when bloggers leave us some contact numbers just in case we want a similar adventure. Thanks and lucky you!

  5. Indrani says:

    Whoa this is indeed exciting! the very title gave an indication what was coming through the post. 🙂
    I have done milder rapids. This place looks great and wonderful photo opportunity too. I am really tempted to get a dip there.

  6. Mommy Queenelizabeth says:

    Wow! That was quite a tough adventure (for me) hahaha! What a wonderful experience you had there and i envy you for being so brave in engaging with those kinds of activities. The place was amazing. Beautiful and feels like full of wonder. I wosh i can do rafting too someday! Though the thought of it almost scares me :-/

  7. Nadine Smith says:

    What an awesome experience for you! All the things you did must really have brought out your inner adventurer! I went white water rafting in Bali and that was definitely the highlights of our trip. I loved the splashing, the bumping, and all that action! Surely, you must have had so much fun too!

  8. Kris says:

    Just reading your post made me try this out as well. I don’t think we have this in Cebu, Im not sure if this is close to canyoneering adventure. I can imagine dipping into the waterfalls. I’m sure you had a great experience. Hope you can post a vid soon! 😉

  9. Clarice of My Metro Lifestyle says:

    This is actually part of our destination list but we never had the time to do so.
    Now, this plan may have to be put aside since we’ve moved in Manila but someday we’ll make sure to be able to chase the governors rapid in Maddela.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure. It inspires us to explore the world more.

  10. Dawn says:

    The photos made it look like you’re in paradise and the activities are so exciting, I’m glad you had this kind of adventure. I was quite shocked that this is in Quirino because I don’t know any beaches there so this would definitely be included on my “list of beaches to visit”. My partner and I will soon be traveling on a motorcycle and I think this is sooooo far from Pampanga but I think it’s doable and it will be worth it. I hope to see more of your adventures 🙂

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