RIVER RAFTING IN BRGY. TANAUAN
In Real, you can experience a scaled-down version of whitewater rafting when you try river tubing. What makes it interesting is that instead of inflatable rafts, local guides use of balsa or makeshift boats made of large tire tubes and bamboo planks.
Barangay Tanauan, which is an emerging river tubing destination in the area, offers a 5-kilometer stretch of wild water current. There’s a 30-60 minute trek down to reach the jump off point at the mouth of the river. The ride, which lasts roughly 1.5-2 hours, ends at the exit passing Tignoan bridge.
Each boat can fit 5 people (including 2 boatmen/lifeguards) the Balsaheros were former Kaingeros and illegal loggers who were trained to operate the rafts and serve as lifeguards, river and forest protectors by promoting the area as a river rafting destination.
Don’t let the dark sands of the beach in Real, Quezon fool you into thinking that not much is happening here, surfing-wise. Once surf season starts, the town of Real in Quezon Province – a 3-4-hour drive from Manila – attracts beginning surfers from all over the country, particularly those based in Metro Manila.
Surfing Competition in Real has been promoted as “PASARIPOY”, a local term which means “Sumabay sa Alon.” In conjunction with the three successful Surfing Competition held in 2015, 2017 and 2018, the event accommodated biggest number of competitors/tourist arrivals including the home-grown and professional surfers in the country. Furthermore, some of the respected and famous leaders of different surfing community in the Philippines came to witness the historical event.