Cebu Canyoneering: A Great Must-Experience Water Adventure
If you are seeking for outdoor thrill and willing to do extreme physical risk, the adrenaline-pumping Alegria-Badian canyoneering is one great nature adventure experience!
Signing up for canyoneering means jumping, swimming, climbing, sliding, hiking, and everything in between while traversing the beautiful stream of Kanla-ob. It may sound complex, but once you have done it, it is definitely one for the books.
The tour usually starts at Eskina Sangi Canyoneering in Alegria, where the registration office is located. There are also tour agencies around the place where you could book your canyoneering tour but it is advisable to book in advance. (You could find my recommended tour provider at the bottom part of the page.)
From there, a 15-minute habal-habal ride would take you to Kanla-ob canyoneering jump off point. We didn’t have our life vests and helmets on when we hitched the habal-habal so we had to stop somewhere more than half way through the jump off point to have us geared up.
After more than 10 minutes of walking, we finally reached the jump off point. It wasn’t quite exactly what I imagined when I saw the calm stream. But after peeking at the waterfall, my reaction has reached fever pitch.
It is not for the faint-hearted and just for the heck of it. The whole activity, that starts from Kanlao-ob jump-off point to Kawasan Falls may last up to 3-4 hours, depending on your group’s pacing. And once you jump, there’s no turning back!
My first jump on the 15 feet high waterfall was awful, as if I didn’t learn from jumping off the cliff in Siquijor. LOL!
Always follow the rule of thumb when jumping — feet together, pinch your nose, tip toes, and straight body position when landing. Believe me, it will save you from all the harm.
The canyoneering adventure was just starting but it was already overwhelming yet exciting. It’s unbelievable that there are more waterfalls with beautiful rock formation sceneries that we had to cross in the middle of wilderness.
After about of 2 hours of jumping, sliding floating, swimming, climbing, and all the strenuous physical activities, we were only half way through. But we were already exhausted and sated from doing the same activities.
Fortunately, and somehow strange, there were food stalls selling barbecues and refreshments along the way for a reasonable price. In times like this, I wouldn’t mind the price — It was like ‘take my money, I’m hungry’ kind of moment!
This is the last cliff jump of the tour where you have to remove the helmet for safety reasons. Also, it was the highest cliff we had to jump.
The tour doesn’t end just yet. We still had to float, swim and trek for about 40 minutes to Kawasan Falls where the optional 40 and 70 feet high cliffs that are optional to jump off. Whew!
After walking about 30 minutes under the scorching sun, we found ourselves in the third tier of Kawasan Falls. The place was nice — you could do bagging jump or running jump on the 50 feet cliff.
Just a couple of walk down the third tier is the second tier falls, where you could find the 40 and 70 feet high cliffs. No one dared to jump off either of the cliffs, because it was too overwhelmingly high and dangerous (and we were already exhausted and famished).
A few more walk down to the first tier of Kawasan Falls are some nice azure streams.
The view of the first tier of Kawasan Falls from above was magnificent! But after going on the ground level, it didn’t turn out exactly the place I imagined.
The place was teeming with visitors, and people on the rafts near the falls were boisterous. It was not how I want to spend my time in front of the heavenly waterfalls.
After we had our lunch at Kawasan Falls, we walked about 10 minutes to reach the national highway where the tour officially ends. There are nice bridges and streams along the way where you’d appreciate being away from the crowd while listening to the flow of the stream.
Our Cebu canyoneering adventure definitely lived up to our expectations. Jumping and sliding on falls and cliffs, ranging from 5 feet to as high as 20 feet, were absolutely adrenaline-pumping and pleasurably fulfilling. We were as if in an adult water theme park with obstacle courses battling out to the finish line.
Nonetheless, the captivating beauty of nature never fails to seize the moment, and we just found ourselves with pure amazement.
How to get there
From Cebu City: Ride a bus (aircon P140/ordinary P110) that goes to Bato via Barili; travel time is around 3 and a half hours.
From Oslob/Liloan port: Ride a bus (P30) that goes to Bato. From Bato Terminal, transfer to bus (P60) that goes to Cebu via Barili. Travel time is around 1 and a half hours.
Ask your the conductor to drop you off at Eskina Sangi Canyoneering, that’s where usually the meet-up point for canyoneering tour.
When to go
It doesn’t matter which time of the year as you are guaranteed to have a fun-filled adventure. Of course, avoid booking the tour during heavy rains or typhoons as tours will be automatically cancelled.
We went their in summer/dry season, and during those time, the water is oddly cold, shallow, and has weak current so there’s more walking to do. On the other hand, during wet season, the water is ambient, quite deep, and has manageable current so you’d find yourself mostly floating on the stream.
The tour can start as early as 7am, and last entry at 3pm. The best time to go is during midday to avoid the surge of visitors in the morning.
Where to book
We booked our tour through Archer Sports with reasonable rates: P1,100/2-4 person, P1,000/5-10 persons, P900/more than 10 persons. The price is inclusive of all the fees, helmet, life vest and lunch at Kawasan Falls (less P200 without the lunch).
You may contact them on Facebook or via Text/Viber: 0923-9226-715. I definitely recommend them as their tour guides are very accommodating and fun to be with.
What to bring & wear
Bring waterproof bag for your valuable things, waterproof camera, water bottle, and ibuprofen if needed.
Wear comfortable clothes that are fit for water sports activity and wear aqua shoes or durable running shoes to avoid feet injuries.