I’ve blogged before about my parents visiting me in the Philippines, staying at the Mactan Shangri-la in Cebu (Mactan Island to be exact) and taking a day trip to Bohol Island. On the island of Luzon (the largest island in the Philippines where Manila is located), we enjoyed a day trip to go river rafting. I will write about that time in my blog. It was about 10 years ago, so I don’t know the exact situation now, but it seems to be largely unchanged.


Pagsanjan is located in Laguna. You have to take the highway to get there, but once you get off the highway, you’ll see the typical Philippine countryside. I think it took about two hours to get there from my condo.


Just as we were about to arrive at our destination, a tout on a motorcycle kept calling out to our driver. My parents were very surprised at the unusual atmosphere, including the risk of traffic accidents. Of course, there is nothing good with following such touts. We could have applied for a tour from a travel agency, but since we had chosen a trustworthy boat company beforehand, we didn’t pay attention to the touts and went to the company that offered the boat.


Helmets on and life jackets on, we were all set. We boarded the boat, which was very thin and unbalanced. We headed up the river towards the waterfall. A little further up the river, we were greeted with a beautiful view of trees on both sides of the river. The water was not so clean. I don’t know if it was because after rain or not.


We arrived at the waterfall and took a break there. The boatmen ate something. We could have changed to a raft to go to the bottom of the waterfall, but we didn’t do that. The boatmen emphasized “I’m tired, I’m tired, I’m hungry,” and although my father is basically kind, I remember he was disappointed to see their intentional attitude.


Pagsanjan is quite a scenic and thrilling place to go up and down the river. It’s just a pity that there are so many touts and deliberate boatmen. I would recommend this place as a day trip from Manila.

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旅行、サイクリング、ゴルフ、ダイビング、ドローンなどを勝手気ままに楽しんでいます。フィリピンの企業に勤め、フィリピンで生活しています。 I enjoy traveling, cycling, golf, diving, and drones at will. I am a Japanese, work for a company in the Philippines and live in the Philippines.

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