7 jumps guys, 7 jumps! If you have acrophobia, you should’ve conquered your fear by the end of the activity. Although the first question is, why would someone do canyoneering in the first place? Well, I decided to gather some facts to check if the activity is for you.
Canyoneering or canyoning is the sport of going down canyons using different skills that includes hiking, rappelling, bouldering, sliding, swimming, wading, scrambling, rafting and waterfall jumping. Here in the Philippines, perhaps the most famous place to try this is in Cebu. So here are the things you should know if you’re doing it for the first time:
- Safety first. The canyoneering activity here is actually downstream and non-technical I believe as it did not involve ropes for rappelling. But of course, safety gears like helmets, life vests and aqua shoes are a must.
- Technical Guides. An accredited guide is needed for the activity. We registered via the Kawasan canyoneering here. The rate is Php 1,500.00 and includes rental of gears above except for the aqua shoes. All of the guides underwent training and any accident may cause them to lose their income by closure of the activity so they really need to ensure the safety of their tourists.
- Duration.The activity over-all takes about 4 hours (but you’ll barely notice it) and that includes the 7 jumps (preview in the video below). We started the descent from Kanlaob river in Alegria (you go there via habal-habal) and ended up in Kawasan falls. This wonderful three-tiered waterfall is your best reward after the activity and that’s aside from the sight of beautiful rock formations, sculpted walls, entangled trees, the stalactites and stalagmites, etc during the activity.
- The jumps. The jumps range from 5ft – 40 ft. The highest being optional. Even if you’re a great swimmer, all the jumps require a vest for safety purposes. Boo, lol. I must say though, even if I’ve jumped too many times from cliffs higher than this, I still found myself hesitating from time to time. It’s fear-inducing and exhilarating at the same time, you know. Lol.
- What to bring. The fee includes a water bottle and snack during the hike. Best not to bring anything anymore and just your Go Pro or any waterproof camera but aqua bag rental is included in the fee. Somewhere in the middle of the hike, you’ll find barbecue stands there if you need more food so bring a small amount of cash with you. But by the entrance or exit, there are also snack vendors. Plus, the canyoneering fee already includes lunch.
- Where to stay. Since the activity is pretty much exhausting, get a good sleep the night before (I know we didn’t, lol!) by staying in Alegria or Badian itself (3-hr land travel via bus from Cebu City) or you can always take a rest after like what we did (so dead-tired if you saw our itinerary in link here). La Playa resort where we stayed at is a nice relaxing beachfront resort, at the Kawasan falls itself (get the contact person in canyoneering activity to book for you since I don’t think they have any online reservations) or Eskapo Verde as blogged here (it’s a bit far though).
And there you have it. It’s a safe and fun activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But the video should speak more about it below. It’s featured in the first minute but it also has a preview of the other places we went to in Cebu and of course, Kalanggaman Island. Enjoy! 😊