“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ” Paulo Coelho
Cebu now is grabbing the spotlight for many reasons specially at this season when the blazing Sugbo sun is at its peak. Definitely, there are myriads of attractions and activities of beating the heat in this tropical island of Cebu. Yes, the list can go as long as it goes.
Basking in the powdery white sand beaches and island on top of it, indulging into icy and cool refresher and dishes or perhaps go mall hopping in the cities colossal and state-of-the-art malls. But here’s one I am offering you, something raw, green and fresh. Let’s go-ecotourism in Alegria-Badian Canyoneering!
There is no better way to cool off than immerse yourself into the wonderful , magical and surreal of Mother Nature. Cebu is now a growing hub for extreme activity such like this and mind you, it’s not just the challenging obstacle they’re keep coming back , breath-taking and Natural charm of the Kanlaob river, that’s drawing them back.
Unique experience downstream stream at Kanlaob canyoneering
“The earth has music for those who listen… open your hearts to hear it well”
At the crack of dawn marks the start of our journey, we rose earlier than the sun, assembled in the rendezvous and hit off the road as soon as the bus was thoroughly filled. Our excitement and thrill sustained us throughout our that 4hrs of unwinding road going to Alegria, Cebu.
The sun is out warming out a bright day for us. For the first time I am travelling with a blogger friend of mine, Bonet of my sweet promises and joined by a good set of adventurous bunch of folks namely Brandy, Kiara, Hewish, Lot lot, Joshua and Miggy. Together we will challenge our fear and conquer the famed Alegria – Badian Canyoneering with the professional assistance of Yael Canyoneering team. All is set for an adrenaline pumping day ahead.
This exciting cayoneering activity entails a 3 – 4 hrs in average or it depends of ones pacing traveling down creeks and streams within a mossy canyon. This extreme yet fun activity may require a lot of jumping, a lengthy walk , some swimming, climbing and abseiling. But all the will be replaced, a sweet smile at the end.
The ethereal beauty of Kanlaob, Alegria and Badian
My heart pumping faster , harder and louder more than the usual. Perhaps, excitement and thrill caused it. We first had a short briefing at their tourist center and have our name log in and hand stamped for record purposes. It’s good that such measures is taken seriously by the local government unit. Kudos!
Soon after it, we ride into our motorcycles and stormed going to the starting point of canyoneering. Before us is a crowd of excited folks , who came from different corners of the country just to experience this Canyoneering in Cebu. As I look at their facial expression, it varies one from the other. Yet one thing is certain everyone is now in high spirit and giddy to take their first leap so am I. Thanks to the assuring and calm gestures of our professional guide from Yael canyoneering team , Kuya Esoy, Jef and Erik you are assured.
The fun starts at 15ft drop, it was a scary sight its like vertigo would pass you out but our guide Eric jumped first and everything seems so well. I have my hats off to Brandy, to dared to lead the pack. It would really take tons of courage but once you find it yourself strike while the iron is hot as yell on the top of your lungs.Meanwhile, I was the last to jump since I’m responsible of documenting the adventure.
The elaborate and intricate walls of the canyons are perfected with Mother nature’s personal, unique way of carving it for a one of a kind masterpiece. A beauty beyond the pictures on the internet we often envy of. An ethereal and surreal beauty , a scenery only in our dreams and wild imagination and the closes we could have in cinemas we can see.
Of canyons, waterfalls, lagoons, river and a lot of fun
Fun never ends of that 3- 4 hrs of canyoneering downstream the Kanlaob river, feast with your eyes with Nature got in-store for you down the Southern side of Cebu. Brace yourself to the adrenaline rush fun and the wonders it has!
The Kanlaob – Matutinao- Kawasan canyoneering will features waterfalls of various heights ranging from 15 feet up as high as 50 feet with deepness I barely care not to ask or seek to know, I’m contented and confident to say that it is deep enough for one to have a safe landing and one can enjoy swimming .
Expect to see waterfalls up close and personal , see colossal canyons bedecked with stalactites accentuated with moss, immerse and distress yourself in its tempestuous clear lagoons or simple spend idyllic time in its pristine rivers . To me? I did all those aforementioned activities, live life to the fullest!
Frolicking into the wilderness in the realms of Mother nature is never been this fun as I expected it to be, the long stretch of walking in the river banks is filled with stories , tales , anecdotes and some hugots.haha making every walk worth the sweat. Making the bonds among our friendship tighter.
Suggested Itinerary for Canyoneering in Badian/ Alegria , Cebu
03: 00 AM Call time
03: 30 AM Meet at Caltex Seven eleven in front of Cebu South Bus terminal
04:00 AM Take a first trip going to Alegeria
07:00 AM Estimated time of Arrival at Matutinao
07:30 AM Meet up with guide, gear up and breakfast.
08:30 AM Start of Canyoneering at Kanlaob river
12:30 PM End of Canyoneering and lunch at Kawasan Falls
*02:00 PM Enjoy rafting at Kawasan Falls.
04: 00 PM Take a Bus back to Cebu City or head off to your resort
07: 00 PM Back in Cebu or have dinner at the beach
The cutoff time for cayoneering is until 1:00 pm for big groups, 2 pm for small groups.Rafting is not part of the package , you can add on this if you wish
*Estimated expenses for a day tour in Cebu canyoneering:
A. Transportation : Php 310.00 / person
Cebu – Alegria = Php 160
Badian – Cebu = Php 150
B. Tour package : Php 1,000.00 / person
Transfer from Brgy. Malabago to Kanla-ob River, Brg. Compostela Alegria
Transfer from Kawasan Falls back to Sitio Sangi, Alegria (Motorcycle)
Entrance Fee (Brg. Compostela Alegria) and Exit Fee (Brg. Matutinao,Badian)
Life Vest and Helmet
Professional Tour Guides
Cottage use in Kawasan Falls
C. Accomodation: Php 2800.00 good for 8 pax = Php 350 / person
- Moalboal Backpacker Lodge
Address: Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032, Philippines
Phone:+63 32 474 3053
D. Food: Php 150.00 / person
Breakfast and water
E. Operational expenses : Php 100.00 / person
Total : Php 1910 / person rounded up to Php 2, 000.
Reliable, accommodating and trusted Cayoneering operator
Dangerous as others would say but to me, I prefer calling it challenging and I want you also to call it that way. Take it from a brighter side!
Cayoneering Tour rate
- 1 to 5 pax- Php. 1,200 per head with lunch (800 without lunch)
- 6 to 10 pax- Php.1,000 per head with lunch (700 without lunch)
- 11 to 15 pax- Php. 900 per head with lunch (650 without lunch)
Package inclusions :
From Brgy. Malabago to Kanla-ob River, Brg. Compostela Alegria and Transfer from Kawasan Falls back to Sitio Sangi, Alegria via Motorcycle
Entrance and Exit fees
Entrance at Baranay Compostela Alegria and Exit at Brg. Matutinao,Badian
Life Vest, dry bag and helmet
Professional Tour Guides
1 head guide and 1 assistant or depends on your group size.
Additional 1 guide every 5 pax.
Cottage use in Kawasan Falls
Action Camera is available for rent
Filipino as we are by nature haggling to almost everything is part of our being. So, help me cut the process a little, just tell them , you heard about Yael cayoneering from me, “Master Ryo” or “Ram Kuizon.” It would make the process faster. Take a screen shoot of this and send it to them if needed but I doubt. 🙂
Try it to find out!
Enchanting and endearing, final words
The difference between you and me is that I dont wait for the adventure to happen. I seek for adventure and make it happen.
It’s now time to put the trust back in yourself and gain confidence, it’s hard at first but once you’ve done it. The happiness and satisfaction are priceless . Dare to think about it and believe in it as Peter pan once said, right?
I will never trade my experience and never regretted one moment I have in this trip, this the most closest experience to nature I could have so far, the only words I could conjure up to describe this is ” Enchanting and endearing.”
Before this end, may I express my shout goes to Bonet of my sweet promises , Brandy, Kiara, Hewish, Lot lot, Joshua and Miggy for sharing your precious time and allowing me to be part of your summer story. You one of the coolest team! And to Yael Canyoneering team headed by Jhed Lobingco and his team : Eric, Esoy and Jef for keeping us safe and for the patience. Two thubs up!
Truly, this adds a interesting page in my summer story this year, definitely! Watch out for the rest of my summer story soon.
Until then mates!
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