Cebu’s Canyoneering : Conquering canyons, chasing waterfalls , challenging fear!

“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.

Good Morning from Alegria, Cebu!
Good Morning be like in Alegria, Cebu!

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 adventure seekers. Ready for an action pack day!
The adventure seekers. Ready for an action pack day!

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!

Keep the ball rolling. This is the second stage! Keep the thrill coming.
Keep the ball rolling. This is the second stage! Keep the thrill coming.

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.

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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 .

Frolicking into the wilderness in the realms of Mother nature
Frolicking into the wilderness in the realms of Mother nature

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

Notes: 

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

Every corner is just full of surprises.
Every corner is just full of surprises.

*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

Inclusions:

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

Dry Bag

Lunch/dinner

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

Light snacks

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!
This kind of extreme adventure can  risk our life in just a wink of an eye, to be honest. But with the proper assistance and guidance, it is one-hell-adventure-fun you must not do before your too old to have fun.
Anyway, I was at cease the whole time during the activity knowing I am in good hand  with  Jhed Lobingco of Yael Canyoneering and his team : Eric, Esoy and Jef. If it wasn’t for them, I might not be able to write this blog at this very moment.
If you want  to inquire, reserve , arrange or anything that tickles your mind about canyoneering an their services feel free to reach them at  +63(935)412-4939  or send them a message in Facebook book account : Yael Canyoneering . You may directly visit the Station at the crossroad of Sitio Sangi, Brgy. Madridejos, Alegria and look for Jhed Lobingco.
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Selfie just before I take the last leap at Kawasan falls

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 :

Transportation

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

Safety gears  

Life Vest, dry bag and helmet

Professional service 

Professional Tour Guides

1 head guide and 1 assistant or depends on your group size.

Additional 1 guide every 5 pax.

Optional :  

Lunch/dinner

Cottage use in Kawasan Falls

Action Camera is available for rent

EYES HERE: 

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! 

13179048_1399594530066168_8926113590851520350_nEnchanting 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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A day well -spent at the famed Kawasan falls to end the canyoneering.

 

P. S: 

I welcome all kinds of  inquires, comments and violent reactions and future collaborations or review . Just  feel free to reach me at Master Ryo   www.facebook.com/masterryo or tweet me  @masterryo1 or ping me at cckuizon@gmail.com .I’ll respond you as soon I got your message.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Ilocos is captured in drone and it’s breathtaking!

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” ~  Benjamin Disraeli

Up to the Northern strip of this 7, 000 plus archipelagos country, the pearl of the Orient seas, the Philippines. Lies the region rich and fuse with the beauty of nature and history.Keeping the exquisite Filipino tradition, practices and architecture alive up to this modern and contemporary era.

Ilocos region is a top destination in the country. I see no reason not be , as a matter of fact, it just the home of the recently declared  as one of the New Seven Wonder Cities (N7WC) adding more reason for people to visit and explore this living museum city of the Philippines.

Vigan’s Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo
Vigan’s Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo

Ilocos in motion, simply stunning!

A picture paints a thousand words yet words can be as good as it could be. Why not take the video and see things in motion, where everything is just real, candid and authentic. 

Here is a visual presentation of a seasoned videographer, traveler and a wanderlust  Christer Isulat. Allow him to take you to a  fresher and  more exciting perspective of Ilocos. With his drone and hand-held camera, he went to shoot the key destinations in Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud and showcase them in one awesome video . Check his masterpiece in the video below or click it to view it in youtube.


 

Sights and sounds in Ilocos, must visit places!

The preserved architectureof Calle Crisologo, Bantay Tower, Quirino Bridge, and the dancing lights fountain are some of the spectacles documented for Vigan. The sand dunes in Laoag lets you have an exciting time aboard a monster 4×4 and unlimited sandboarding time.

Laoag is also the home of Malacanang of the North as well as Paoay Church. Pagudpud is famous for its windmills, Patapat Viaduct, Dos Hermanos Islands, Saud Beach, Blue Lagoon, Burgos Lighthouse and Bantay Abot Cave.

Good thing is these destinations are an easy  reach visit with the three main provinces easily accessible from one another. The sights and sounds of Ilocos will surely bewildered you! 

Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo street is a major attraction of Vigan
Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo street is a major attraction of Vigan

Trusted partners with a mission!

This video was in collaboration with Biyaheroes  and Partas Transport Company with hopes of encouraging tourists to visit these commute-friendly destinations and to take public transport when visiting.

Instead of a very long drive, Biyaheroes lets commuters book and even choose their bus seats online, saving everyone from the hassle and the stress of planning their trips. They are in partnership with Partas that offers direct and roundtrip Manila to Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud buses with terminals in Pasay, Sampaloc, and Cubao.

Have a hassle-free trip at Biyaheroes

Sounds catchy and hassle free. Question? How can avail of this . Here’s a simple way to do that.

Step 1: Select, select and select. Select the bus terminal , destination, number of seat, departure date and type of trip: one way or roundtrip, bus schedule at their  at biyaheroes.com.

Step 2: Information please. After selecting,  fill up your personal details. You can also include some notes for request or any in the Booking Notes box.

Step 3: Pay time.Payment is made easy via Dragonpay, you can settle payment in major banks (whether it’s online or over the counter), payment partners such as Bayad Center, Cebuana Lhullier, LBC, SM Bills Payment, and other popular options found nationwide.

Important Note: 

Online reservations have a 2-day cut-off and a fixed 10% extra service charge per booking or P50 for bookings P500 and below.

Bonus: In Biyaheroes, every transaction and travel with them is appreciated. Saying said that, you can earn points and get cool freebies. Earn more points for future travel.


With the blazing heat of the sun and the longing to see provinces that offer everything from history, adventure, and food trips, why not escape and book your Ilocos bus tiscket now? Laoag na magdalawang isip pa! 🙂