If you plan to visit the province anytime soon, don’t miss the opportunity to try the thrilling Torpedo Boat Ride at Ulot River in Paranas, a quiet town in Central Samar.
Started in 2010, this activity is perfect for fearless travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind water adventure.
Surrounding the river is a rich ecosystem with a wide variety of trees and diverse wildlife. White-throated kingfishers, serpent eagles, and monitor lizards are just some types of fauna visitors could see in the area.
Here’s a guide to doing the Torpedo Boat activity:
If you’re coming from Manila, you can take a flight going to either Tacloban or Calbayog.
Via Public Transportation in Tacloban, Leyte
Upon arrival in Tacloban, you have to take a van going to Catbalogan. Tell the driver to take you to Buray Junction. From this point, you can wait for a bus going to either Borongan or Taft. Alight in front of the Torpedo office in Sitio Campo Uno in Barangay Tenani, Paranas.
Via Public Transportation in Calbayog, Samar
From Calbayog, ride a van heading to Catbalogan and alight at Buray Junction. There is a Petron gas station there. This is where you can wait for a bus going to Borongan or Taft.
Via Private Car
Take note that public transportation are not frequent in the area. To save you from the hassle of going around, speak with a local tourism officer and rent a private van.
“Torpedo” was based from the name of the organization that offers the heart-stopping boat ride. It is an acronym for Tour Guides and Boat Operators for River Protection and Environmental Development Organization.
Before the actual Torpedo boat ride, you will be briefed by the organization’s staff. You will also be provided with a life jacket and a helmet for your safety.
If you’re bringing gadgets with you, make sure that they’re safely protected inside a dry bag.
Each vessel can carry a maximum of five participants. There will also be three other people to join you on the adventure: a boatman, a point man, and a guide.
During the trip, there will be strong downward flows. The Torpedo boat will be passing through narrow water passages as well. This is why you will not be advised to stand or stretch your arms out of the boat.
The Torpedo boat has no outriggers, so you’ll feel a little shaking when you hop in. However, as the boat starts to move, it will be smooth and steady. Expect the boat to be fast as it is motorized.
The first part of the adventure takes as long as 40 minutes. During this time, you can anticipate small bumps and shakes of the rapids.
Upon arrival in the Deni Point, you have to alight the boat and take a short walk past huge river rocks. The staff will take you to an area where you can swim, jump off high rocks, take pictures, or even eat.
Guests can stay in this area for 30 minutes to an hour. Also, make sure to bring your trash with you upon leaving the place.
The second part of the Torpedo boat ride takes 20 minutes longer than the first part, since you will be going against the current. You’ll probably feel a sudden adrenaline rush when you go upstream, making the trip more exciting.
The Torpedo boat ride costs P1,825 for a maximum of five guests per boat. The package includes assistance from the guides, safety gear, as well as community fees.
The tour guides are nice and friendly, so don’t forget to tip them generously after the tour. You may also add P150–200 per person for food catering.
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