One of the famous outdoor activities in Cebu island is Canyoning – an activity that involves rappelling, trekking, swimming, rafting, and waterfall jumping. Building my own strength, I believe this fits right for me. Although enjoyable and worth challenging, Canyoning is unfortunately not for everyone, especially for those who have fainted heart. I’m not saying this is for advanced level who are only psychologically and physically healthy, yet, averaged level is actually welcome and so with zero physical hygiene, the most important thing is before one dive into this kind of motion, one should be able to know and understand its predicament before indulging the reality.
There are countless things to expect from Canyoning in Moalboal, which I will be sharing some of those that bound in my memories. I’m sharing this based on my personal experience from the different season of the year, I have done this more than 5 times already from wet season to dry season.
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 Expect the impressively-dramatic views from the starting point of jumping into the water which will surely give you an awe-inspiring thought that there’s absolutely wonderful to see on earth. I’m not exaggerating here, as the color of the water is truly magnificent and different from the usual falls we all seen in the Philippines. In which I am hoping the photos could provide justice to the actual scene, but, unfortunately, it couldn’t.
 Expect a jam-packed place during weekends, as most of the interested Filipinos will do Canyoning over the weekend, I highly suggest doing this on a Tuesday or Thursday or during weekdays. When I say overcrowded, I mean to say like the queue from one point of the place moving to the next level which will take time as there is a need to wait for each group’s turn. The supposed 3-hour activity will turn into 5 hours during peak season. Hence, if the weekend is the only time you can do this, an early call time is advisable like a 6 AM start to avoid the crowd. Unfortunately, most of the affordable tour packages from reliable tour agencies start at 9 AM so better search more companies who can do an early time of this activity.
 Another thing to expect is the adrenaline you will have during your first jump.
Do not be afraid to take the plunge, I highly suggest that when it’s your turn, don’t hesitate to jump right away after the count of three, taking it a while will make your stomach build more bubbles and led you to NOT jump at all, in which case, you won’t be able to do the adventure and its fun.
 Expect some barbecue along the way.
At almost half of your journey, there are barbecue stalls, stores, and vendors. They sell stuff from chips, cold drinks, coffee, and of course different kinds of barbecue. The smell can be recognized before arriving at this site. However, this is just a way of preparing yourself to jump another more than 7 meters high falls and the 12 meters high after the succeeding huge splash of water.
 Although clear water with turquoise color, be mindful of the massive different sizes of stones.
One should be aware of how to prevent from being trapped on these. Tour guides usually give instructions on how to prevent yourself from injury of these stones but if in case your guide never mentioned it, please ask. Especially during the wet season, these rocks and pebbles are uneasy to manage as it somehow is slippery like some slimy growth are topped on some of them. Please be cautious during this time.
Expect to be dehydrated.
To avoid, do not be too lazy to bring a bottle of water even 350ml or 500ml is ok to bring after all most of the guides bring one huge dry bag where you can request to put it there if not, the majority of the life jackets have a pocket to put your water. Cyan Canyoneering company are doing this for their guests, I had a first-hand experience with them.
 Expect that light outfit is easy to work on your body for the movement of the water and loosen up your breath when jumping into the falls.
If possible wear those which are dry fit. Those who easily get cold should expect a much colder water along the way, one should wear rash guard or wetsuit or if none, then, light leggings or jeggings and light cotton shirts. Please also do not hesitate to wear good aqua shoes, this is very important as there are a lot of paths that are uneasy to walk on.
 Expect that the color of the water, the changing situation of nature and the place is different every season. The turquoise color of the water can change into brownish muddy color on a rainy season.
 Expect that you should be aware of to whom you are working with.
Be fully aware on who your operators are or your tour guide, I was able to do this with both from Vertica and Cyan companies, which I both highly recommend. NEVER underestimate the knowledge of the canyoning tour guides, they know better than us, even I work as a local tour guide, I always see to it that I am in the position to respect these guides as this activity is not an easy one. ALWAYS listen and be attentive to your guide.
 Expect that you will take a motorbike from the highway to the starting point
If your operator doesn’t provide a Multicab on a slope area. If riding the motorbike frightened you, there is an option of walking from the highway to the starting point of more than 3kms or hire a multicab to take you to the place to save time, you have the option. This is, of course, an exception to those who have their own cars.
 Last but not the least, Expect that wearing a helmet and life jacket is uncomfortable to swim but it’s the safest way to keep you sane.
To add, it is not in Moalboal town where this canyoning takes place, the adventure will be in the neighboring towns which are Badian and Alegria. But, it is easier to book and get more choices of guides and adventure companies in Moalboal than the other two towns.
These expectations were not what I expected on my first time doing this adventure. Although my high spirit and positive mindset help me to go with the flow, it is also a good information on what to expect.
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Companies I joined and trusted for Canyoning/Canyoneering in Moalboal, Cebu is:
 Cyan Adventures
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Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a spontaneous traveler from the Philippines who had a great experience traveling her own country first before she embarked to other countries. She thrives to be more independent in her own skin. Connect with her at email@example.com