Thanks to countless islands with idyllic beaches to hop, Cebu is not lacking in the WOW department. But if trekking through canyons, wading through a turquoise river, jumping off waterfalls and swimming in natural fresh water pools the color of the Caribbean Sea sounds like fun, then add Canyoning to your Cebu itinerary!
Canyoning or canyoneering, is basically travelling through canyons using a mix of physical techniques that range from climbing, running, swimming, jumping and abseiling.
After seeing photos of the canyoning location in Badian Cebu, we knew this was a bucket list activity we couldn’t miss! Not only did we get to try something new, but the day ended with lunch at Kawasan Falls, which I’d definately pinned in at least 10 photos on my Philippines Pinterest board.
We booked with Highland Adventures, and can’t recommend them enough. They answered emails promptly, and were very friendly and well prepared. As it was just 2 of us, we went on a private canyoning tour with one guide, which was ideal. Otherwise you have to wait for your entire group to complete the jumps and obstacles before you move on down the canyon.
We were on a mission! We didn’t hesitate to leap off 50 m waterfalls, swim down the rapids, or climb up the rocks, passing other groups at every point. Because we were a lot faster than most of the groups and getting to the best points first, it meant were able to get great photos with no one else in the pics. Winning!
Make your own way to the easy to find Highland Adventures office in Badian, located on Cebu’s main/only highway going along the coast. We stayed in the Moalboal area, which was about 45 mins north of the Highland office.
Know before you go
***Pre bookings are recommended. Canyoning is regulated by the Government, and a fixed number of people are allowed to participate at each designated time slot per day. This applies to all companies who run canyon tours. We paid a deposit via paypal, and the balance on the day of travel
+ Girls, wear shorts or leggings on top of your bikinis. Your bum will thank you at the end
+ Wear closed toed shoes that have a bit of grip, running shoes are best if you don’t mind getting them wet. Highland have a variety of shoes you can use, but sizing (and quality) are not guaranteed
+ Eat a good sized breakfast. This is a physical activity and you’re using a lot of energy
+ Safety gear is provided: Helmet, life vest, knee pads
+ When cliff jumping, keep legs together and arms at your side. Jumping spread eagle HURTS….for days
+ Don’t be a pussy. Do the big jumps, cry about it later. You booked this for a thrill right!
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