Rejoice adventure junkies! Antique, one of the provinces in the island of Panay, has something really fun in store. It’s none other than river tubing through the gushing waters of Tibiao.
Tubing is a water activity where an individual rides on top of an inner tube and navigates through a slow moving river. When I first heard about river tubing at Tibiao river, I remembered our thrilling white water rafting adventure at Kiulu river in Malaysia. I was really excited but a little more nervous at the same time because unlike in white water rafting where we rode the raft by group, you’ll go on the tire tube by yourself (with a dedicated guide, of course!).
Antique’s Tibiao River
Tibiao River is classified with Grade 4 rapids making it ideal for extreme water sports. The potential of Tibiao River for such activities was discovered when Australian organizers previously held a kayaking event in the place. Tibiao River even hosted the first International Kayaking Cup initiated by Tibal Adventures, Inc. in 1997. Last 2018, the municipality of Tibiao held the first Tibiao River festival that aimed to further promote the place for water sports events.
Calawag Mountain Resort
For our day tour in Antique, Calawag Mountain Resort took care of everything including our river tubing activity. Cost per participant is PHP399+ (exclusive of VAT). But if you have a day to spend in Tibiao, better to take the Eco-adventure Day Tour Package for PHP2249+ (exclusive of VAT).
Tibiao, Antique River Tubing
First timers need not to worry because a dedicated guide is assigned to every guest. To start off, we got our equipment: helmet, life vest, and tire tube. They also put another life vest inside the tire tube that we sat on as additional protection because you may hit some huge rocks in the river.
If you have aqua shoes or slippers/sandals with strap (better with strap so you’ll not lose it with the strong river current), wear them because at the end point, you need to walk a rugged hill to get back to the resort.
Once set, we arranged ourselves at the kickoff point – we rode the tire tube and we paired with our guide. And voila! We just let the river take us. The water current was strong enough for that thrilling ride. The clear and cold waters of Tibiao River was refreshing at the same time.
- Bring towel and extra clothes because you will for surely get wet.
- Wear sunscreen protection.
- Wear aqua shoes or sandals with strap so you’ll not lose it with the strong river current. You can go barefoot, just that there’s a short walk at the end going back to the resort.
- Bring waterproof/action camera.
- Don’t worry if you fall off the tire tube, the guide will help you.
- The life vest they put inside the tire tube was really helpful with the rocks that may hit your bottom.
Calawag Mountain Resort
Address: Brgy. Tuno Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
Contact Nos.: 0917-4503121 | 0947-5316518
Website: https://www.katahum.com/calawag-mountain-resort/, https://www.facebook.com/CalawagMountainResort/