What is canyoneering?
Canyoneering or canyoning essentially means exploring a canyon using different techniques like walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, rappelling, and swimming.
Canyoneering at Kawasan, Badian, Cebu
At Kawasan in Badian, you can go canyoneering in the beautiful turquoise blue water. There are two types of canyoneering, upstream or downstream. The downstream canyoneering starts at Barangay Sulsogan, Badian and ends at Kawasan Falls. The upstream canyoneering starts at Kawasan Falls in which you climb several waterfalls with the help of ropes. This one ends at Barangay Sulsogan, Badian. I suggest doing the downstream canyoneering and ending your day at the Kawasan Falls. If you arrive at the Falls around 4 p.m., you have a good chance of seeing the Instagram famous mid-level waterfalls (caused by overflowing water) that are operated by hydro-electric power. However, you should consult your tour guide for the exact time.
Booking your canyoneering adventure at Kawasan
You can book your canyoneering adventure with many different tour companies. It is always good to research different options and book in advance to get the best rates and guides. I didn't book with a company but hired a private guide whom I found online through another travel blog.
His name is Mike Vincent, and you can get in touch with him on Whatsapp at 09363859321 or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mikevincent.africano.9.
His friend Wilson was the one who took us canyoneering. Wilson's phone number is 09975063173 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wilson.capacio.
I also hired a driver who had an Innova car. The driver's name is Bogs, and his phone number is 09677201369.
Mike and Wilson are decent young boys very eager to help. They have grown up in Badian and know the area very well. The driver is a reliable and trustworthy man who lives in Moalboal, a small town about 30-40 minutes drive from Badian.
My experience canyoneering
I was not so much interested in making the full canyoneering trip that lasted almost 2-3 hours, as I was in swimming in the canyons in the turquoise blue water. We drove with our tour guide to a point where we could hike down to the canyons and then jump and swim and do a part of the canyoneering. It is an exhilarating experience to swim through the canyons and the waterfalls, one that I recommend doing at least once in your life. However, even though many people do it, and it is very crowded, I am not sure how safe it is to jump in between the rocks.
Why did I hire a private tour guide instead of the traditional touring companies?
The reason I hired a private tour guide and not a company was because I didn't want to go canyoneering with a large group. Also, I had a photographer friend, Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au), joining me from Australia, and we wanted to take our time at different locations to take pictures. Both Mike and Wilson were terrific. They knew the Kawasan Falls and the canyons inch per inch and took us to all the right photo spots. Having a private tour guide, we could start our canyoneering adventure early (anytime we wanted!). Mike and Wilson were already ready with life vests and helmets required for canyoneering even at 6 a.m. when we arrived at the Kawasan Falls. They also took care of our backpacks and cameras as we enjoyed swimming in the canyons and taking photos.
Tips on canyoneering in Kawasan
Never go canyoneering alone no matter how good you are at climbing canyons or jumping into the water. The guides know exactly where to jump, and what areas are safe.
If you are going canyoneering, the only camera to bring is a GoPro. However, if you are only visiting Kawasan Falls, you can bring a tripod and a DSLR.
Wear good water shoes.
The cost of canyoneering is around 2,000 pesos per person. Since I had hired Mike and Wilson to be my tour guides for my entire trip to southern Cebu, I had my price worked out with them.
Where to stay in southern Cebu for your Kawasan canyoneering adventure?
During my trip to the south island in Cebu, I stayed at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal. It is an excellent resort for a comfortable stay with stunning ocean views. Moalboal is the most convenient location to base yourself while exploring southern Cebu. Kawasan Falls in Badian is only 30-40 minutes drive, and some of the other known tourist spots make for an easy day-trip. Also, the town of Panagsama, known for its restaurants serving different cuisines, is only a short drive from Moalboal. Wi-fi is available in both towns.
What next to explore after Kawasan Falls?
If you finish early at Kawasan Falls and still want to explore another waterfall, I highly recommend going to the Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan. These falls are about an hours’ drive from Kawasan. They were my favorite and surprisingly, not crowded at all.