Extreme Adventure in Philippines | Canyoneering & kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls

What is adventure to you? Swimming? Cliff Jumping? Hiking? Canyoneering is by far the most adventurous activity I have ever done & might ever do in the near future. This was definitely an experience to die for.
Kawasan Canyoneering

CANYONEERING

Canyoneering is what extreme adventure is made up of. It requires navigational, route-finding and other wilderness travel skills. It’s a journey which might take few hours to days where you swim, jump, hike and conquer many obstacles.

Canyoneering can be dangerous. Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of many canyons, escape via the sides of a canyon midway is often impossible, and completion of the descent is the only possibility.

Kawasan Canyoneering

I chose Badian in Cebu, Philippines for my first canyoning experience and it was undeniably the best experience in Philippines.

Badian Canyoneering

GETTING TO BADIAN

Badian is a town in Cebu Island, Philippines. It is around 100 km (62 miles) from Cebu City.

By Bus: From Cebu airport take a white coloured meter taxi to Cebu South Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal, ask for buses going to Bato via Barelli. There are both AC & Non AC Ceres buses. Buses to Bato leave every 30 minutes and it takes 3+ hours. Ask the bus conductor to drop you at Matutinao Catholic church which is where all the canyoneering operators are.

By Taxi: It should take 2+ hours to reach and would approximately cost you 2000-2500 PHP. There is always a scope for bargain.

Badian Canyoneering

Choosing Tour Operator / Guide for Canyoneering in Badian

  • There are a lot of companies that offer canyoneering in Badian(or the neighbouring town Alegria). You are not allowed to do canyoneering without a guide.
  •  You can walk up to any tour operator on the streets in Moalbaol like we did or directly go to Badian on the day of activity and choose from many operators. There are options to book online.
  •  Most of the operators quote 1500 PHP which is the standard rate. Don’t book with agents who quote less than 1500 PHP.(They might not be professional guides). As regulated by Government for 1500 PHP the inclusions are:
    Life Vest
    Helmet
    Transport
    Meal
    Tour Guide
    Entrance Fees
  • There are few operators who quote more. Additional cost would be for the suit, shoes, transfer in van, free pictures & videos.
  • If you are staying in Moalboal, Badian, Oslob or any resort in Cebu they should help you book a canyoneering tour. Options to stay in Badian are limited.
  • The earliest you can start the trail is 7 AM. The latest is at 3 PM. I highly recommended you to start the trail early by 9 am to avoid crowd. Keep in mind that it takes around 4 hours to complete the trail.

Tip : Clarify with your tour operator while booking regarding transfer to and from your hotel. Badian where you start the trail is 20 minutes by road from Moalbaol, 2+ hours from Oslob and 3+ hours from Cebu City.

Badian Canyoneering

What to Wear & Carry

  • Carry a waterproof action camera if you want to take some pictures & Videos (You might require additional battery)
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (If your tour operator is not providing). It’s difficult to complete the trail with slippers/sandals.
  • Make sure you don’t carry anything else unless your tour operator has promised to keep your belongings safe or provide you with locker.
  • There is a barbeque area mid-way through your trail and small restaurants at Kawasan falls which is the end of your trail. You can carry little money in waterproof covers, If you want to buy anything to eat.

Tip: Always remember to clean the action camera case to remove droplets of water before recording videos or pictures. Many of them forget to do this and later get disappointed to see what was captured had droplets on the case.

Badian Canyoneering

My Experience

We chose to base our self in Moalboal and do a canyoneering trip from there. We stayed in cute little hut in Archery-Asia Nipa Huts and Camping which was good enough to fit two of us. The previous evening, we strolled the streets of Moalboal and booked a tour for 2 with Cyan Adventure.

Archery-Asia Nipa Huts and Camping
Archery Asia Nipa Huts and Camping Moalboal

I paid much more than the standard price because with them I din’t have to worry about anything. Extras provided by CYAN Adventure compared to the standard tour operators are:

  •  Pick up and drop from hotel in Moalboal in van
  • Wet suit (more like scuba suit) and water shoes
  • Lockers were provided to keep our belongings.
  • Snacks (sticky rice, banana and peanuts) midway through the trail
  • Pictures and Videos of the entire trail
  • Recovery meal with a drink in a resort

After having picked us at 9 am from our hotel by our guide, we were dropped at the beginning of the trail in Badian. Once there we had to sign a waiver. We started the trail with 20 minutes of hike until we reached water stream where our first of the many jumps began.

Expect a lot of cliff dives, slides and jumps. While few jumps are mandatory, some are optional. My partner Divin is shit scared of heights but once he went for that first jump he overcame self-fear and started loving the experience.

We had to swim in clear water, sometimes the water looked turquoise blue and the next minute it was milky white. We had to walk in the river and climb rocks. We came across ropes where we could swing like Tarzan before jumping into the river. I was easily jumping 35 ft to 50 ft from height without any fear. At the end of four hours we reached Kawasan Falls where the trail ends.

Tip: You don’t have to know swimming. Just trust the life vest and follow what your guide tells you to do. I am not a good swimmer but there was hardly a moment when I didn’t feel safe. Highly recommend you to go for it.

Watch ⇓ To Know How Crazy and Fun The Activity Was !!

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11 thoughts on “Extreme Adventure in Philippines | Canyoneering & kawasan Falls

  1. Omg . That looks soo amazing . Defenitely extreme adventure . The jumping and the waters soo soo beatiful .

    1. Every minute in the entire trail the color of water kept changing. You don’t even have to know swimming. Jump | Float| Walk | Jump | Repeat

  2. WooOooow amazing place Anvi loVed the stills and jumps. I will plan This place next year.

    1. You definitely should . Also its not expensive. I will soon post a blog with complete details .

  3. Adventurous! Amazing place and exceLlent writeup!

    1. Its really difficult to express in words how adventurous it was. Have tried my best to give a glimpse of canyoneering. Thanks for following my posts 🙂

  4. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing I cant wait to go there and do these activities. Stunning pictures capturing the beauty.

    1. Thanks Aditya. I am literally pushing everyone to ditch Thailand, Bali, Vietnum and head to Philippines. The activities there are never ending.

  5. I’m running out of words to describe this adventurous activity just looking at the pictures… I can imagine how good your experience would’ve been… The trail has been captured so well and detailing of the activity is just perfect… I’m so glad u made it… Your posts are pushing me so much to plan Philippines…

    1. I am so glad I convinced Divin and made it to Philippines. There were so many other islands & adventures I missed out on. Anyway there is always a next time. I myself would want to go to Philippines someday.

  6. Thanks, it’s very informative

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