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One of the travel, and adventure highlight at South Cebu is the Kawasan Canyoneering. Here is a detailed guide on what you need to know and prepare for. South Cebu not only has beautiful beaches, great diving sites, and numerous waterfalls to get lost at, it also now boasts as one of the must-go-to spot for downstream canyoneering in the Philippines.
What you need to know about South Cebu canyoneering
Canyoneering in South Cebu started a few years back but has gotten great attention, and influx of local, and foreign tourists recently with flood of adventure photos and videos on social media. You may find that there are several canyoneering adventure tour operators, and different canyoneering activities in South Cebu, and maybe like us that got you confused. When I say Cebu, its the whole province and not Cebu City where the Sinulog Festival takes place. In your research, you will find canyoneering adventure tour operators from Cebu City, and the south Cebu towns of Badian, and Alegria.You will also stumble on Kawasan/Badian/Alegria Canyoneering tours. From the information I gathered during our adventure tour, the start-off/meeting place for nearly all these canyoneering adventure tours is at Badian, Cebu. But the jump-off of the actual canyoneering is at the town of Algeria, Cebu of which your tour guides will take you there. It is also where registrations are done. The 4-5H activity will then be a downstream canyoneering that will end at Kawasan Falls, Badian Cebu. You will exit on the highway where you meet and started earlier. Hence the different canyoneering tour operators around using different names of these tours.
How do you find a credible adventure tour operator and how much is the cost
- safety helmet
- all government fee
- aqua shoes
- ride to jump station
- tour guide fees
- lite snacks
- bamboo rafting at kawasan falls
- recovery meals (lunch)
The reason why we looked for local tour operators is that they are:  experienced Kawasan Falls guides  Locals knows the place better than anyone you can find (same as they know how the water goes with the kind of weather pretty well),  tourism should be economically sustainable for the place, and its residences, and  trust a credible, established, and well-trained local adventure tour operator.
What do you need to wear and gadget/items to bring
Wear comfortable if not drifit clothing. For males, a friend said it was a good move that he wore cycling shorts beneath his shorts as well. For females, you can choose to either wear active leggings, shorts, or both. There’s a lot of climbing, and jumping involve, make sure clothing wont rip off easily.
For footwear, you need to wear, laced outdoor shoes that wont get heavy when you trudge it in water, and won’t slip on wet surfaces such as boulder, rocks, and wet soil. You can also use outdoors trekking sandals. Don’t bring your mobile phones with you, it will save you the worry of getting it wet even if you have those fancy waterproof case with you. The same goes with cameras, the only cameras I can suggest is those action cameras with floating pole/accessory, or secure hand or wrist ties. Not only is it waterproof, it will also withstand the impact when you jump from cliffs and into the water.
How do you get to Badian, Cebu from Cebu City?
Depending on what canyoneering tour operator you sign on to, or whether they pick you up on from your resort or hotel. The usual start-off or meeting place for Kawasan Canyoneering at the Kawasan Falls entrance by the highway or infront of the Matutinanao Beach Resort at Badian, Cebu. So you need to travel to Badian, Cebu which is 3 hours away from Cebu City. If you’re going to take Kawasan Cebu Canyoneering adventure tour operator, you can immediately go to the Matutinanao Beach Resort because it is also their HQ (headquarters). Like us, you can also stay there for the night before, and/or the night after the activity. They give priority, and discounted rates for their staying guests who signed-up with Kawasan Cebu Canyoneering adventure tour operator.
Cebu City- Badian, Cebu
***The map below shows the exact location of the start-off or meeting place.
What are the other activities or places of interest?
You’ll be planing to make the best out of your South Cebu Adventure, here are some helpful posts that you might like to read more South Cebu Adventure 2015 posts:
- Where to Stay in Cebu City
- Cebu’s Lechon at Carcar City
- White Beach, Moalboal, Cebu
- Where to Stay in Moalboal
- Kawasan Canyoneering Guide
- Deep Blue Waters of Kawasan Falls
- Staying at Matutinanao Beach Resort at Badian, Cebu
- Lambug Beach, Badian, Cebu
- Conquering Osmeña Peak, Dalaguete Cebu
- Tumalog Falls, Oslob Cebu
- Terrible Whale Shark Watching Experience
- Cheap Accommodation at Oslob Cebu