If you’re looking for some adrenaline rush and sure-fire connection with nature, you should definitely try canyoneering. Cebu is a good recommendation and I love how the Cebu tourism and local government are maintaining the trek and training the locals how to keep the tourist activity sustainable and environment-friendly. It would be great if there can also be an educational or awareness program for the locals visiting Kawasan Falls as most of the trash I saw are near the Kawasan Falls already, the area easily accessible to anyone.
Here are a few tips to consider when doing Canyoneering:
What is Canyoneering?
It is also known as “canyoning”, a sport that involves rappelling, rafting, and waterfalls jumping.
The canyoneering activity in Cebu starts from Kanlaob, Alegria and ends in Kawasan Falls in Matutinao, Badian. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Kawasan Falls and the first step is to ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) to reach the start of point which is a 15feet cliff! Awesome way to start your trek!
The best time to start is at 8:00am. But if you have tons of energy, in one day you can do Osmena Peak at 4:30 am straight to Canyoneering. In the afternoon you can visit Pescador Island for some sardines run and snorkeling activities. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see sea turtles!
We were a large group so we opted to rent a van from our tour operator and it cost us Php6,000 roundtrip back to our hotel in Cebu city.
How to get to Badian?
If you’re taking the public transportation, from Cebu South Bus terminal, ride a bus going to Bato via Barili and ask the driver to drop you at Malabago, Badian. It takes 3 hours from Cebu City to Badian.
What to wear and bring?
- Rashguards/leggings, trekking shoes/sandals or running shoes. Aqua shoes are not good for trekking/hiking. You can rent shoes just tell them ahead of time.
- Extra clothes for changing after the activity
- Ziplocks for your phones
- Floater for you cameras/go pro
- Goggles (optional)
So what to expect?
Here’s a short video!
- Be ready for a lot of jumping, sliding and climbing big rocks. You start with a 15ft jump, then a 20ft and a 30ft. The last is 50 ft which is already near Kawasan Falls but we didn’t see anyone jumping that high!
- Halfway through, there’s a short stretch of locals selling grilled food (hotdogs and streetfood) and water!
- You can still do canyoneering even if you don’t want to jump, you’ll do a longer trek instead.
- Enjoy the 4 hours, it’s worth it!
Who are the local guides we can get?
We got Highland Adventures since they are local guides who have been doing canyoneering since they were kids.
This was the initial price they gave us but they mentioned prices will increase starting June.
# of Pax Rate per pax
2 minimum 1,500 each
3 pax up 1,300 each
6 pax up 1,100 each
10 pax up 1,000 each
16 pax up 900 each
If you get them they can provide:
* Free transfer from Brgy. Malabago to Kanla-ob River
* Free transfer from Kawasan Falls back to the highway so you don’t need to walk for 30 minutes
* Entrance Fee (Alegria) & Exit Fee (Badian)
* Snacks & Drinking water
* Life Vest, Helmet & Knee Pads
* Shoes (if you don’t have & if size is available) – Please tell your shoes sizes ahead.
* Bamboo Rafting in Kawasan Falls for water massage (if 5 pax or more)
* 1 Action Camera (if 5 pax or more). Please reserve and provide your own Micro SD Memory Card
* Tour guides with Rappelling Rope, First Aid Kit & Dry Bag
* Lunch or dinner and cottage use in Kawasan Falls