What to Expect from Canyoning in Moalboal Cebu

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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 are 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’s countless of 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.

(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) Expect some barbecue along the way. At almost half of your journey, there are barbecue stalls, stores, and vendors. They sell from chips, cold drinks, coffee, and of course different kinds of barbecue. The smell can be recognized before arriving 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.

(5) 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.

(6) Expect to be dehydrated, to avoid, do not be too lazy to bring 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, majority of the life jackets have a pocket to put your water.

(7) 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. Person’s 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.

(8) Expect that the color of the water, the changing situation of nature and the place is different every season.

(9) Expect that you should be aware of to whom you are working with, or who your operator are or your tour guide, I was able to do this with both from Vertica and Cyan, which I both highly recommend. NEVER underestimate the knowledge of the canyoning tour guides, they know better than us, even me 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.

(10) Expect that you will take a motorbike from the highway to the starting point (if your operator doesn’t provide Multicab) on a slope area, if you are afraid to ride a motorbike, 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. (This is of course in exception to those who have their own cars).

Last but not the least, Expect that wearing helmet and life jacket is uncomfortable to swim but it’s the safest way to keep you sane. :)
These expectations were not what I expected on my first time to do this adventure, although, the high spirit of mine and positive mindset help me to go with the flow, but it is also a good information on what to expect.

Have you done canyoning in the South of Cebu? How about in other islands or perhaps other Countries? Would you mind sharing what to expect too?

Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at everywherewithferna@gmail.com,

28 thoughts on “What to Expect from Canyoning in Moalboal Cebu

  1. Yes i did canyoning in south cebu already last january after sinulog and it was hella fun!! Shouldn’t be MISS when visiting cebu.

  2. I’m always afraid of doing canyoning! I wish I’m brave like you and your colleagues there. But nice post, great things to expect. :)

  3. Heard it was temporarily suspended due to the rains, I feel like it’s such a good idea but I’m too scared to do so!

  4. Wow that’s a lot of times, and I haven’t even tried it once. Haha! Nice of you to share these expectations. I’m sure I’ll find them helpful when I finally do it one of these days. :)

  5. I’ve been in and out of Cebu but apparently, I never been into Moalboal and get to experience that canyoning. Urrggg, I feel so late. But nonetheless, Cebu is just a ride away from home so no worries. Sure that Moalboal will always be open people who would like to experience this activity there. 😀

  6. I did plan to go here when I was in the South but didn’t have time. The cave looks gorgeous and I was delighted to see there’s a great deal of things to do in Moalboal! Are you around at all? Come see me in Manila! Xx

  7. It’s my first time to hear/read about canyoneering. I feel like I’m missing out haha but thank you so much for sharing. Bookmarking for future reference 😀

  8. I have read a lot about Moalboal and I can’t wait to go there by October! :) Although far from the “public eye,” I have read (and heard) that Moalboal is now one of the most sought after tourist destinations outside Cebu City! Thanks for this post, ate Ferna! Will bookmark this! <3

  9. Just added this to my “Places to go” list because the place looks gorgeous. And the water’s color is <3. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Oh my! I would love to try this when I visit pinas next year. And the best part is there ‘s a barbeque station…how cool is that!.

    Thanks for inside scoop!

  11. I’m still not sure if I can do this. I’m not confident in my swimming skills and my fear of heights hahaha. But yeah they provide life vests. Thank God. Is it true that Canyoning activities will be suspended?

  12. It seems like everyone has gone canyoning in Cebu but me! But to be fair it has become famous only recently. My friends have gone there already, and now you, I really want to go there and experience it for myself. I think it would be a little bit scary but I’m sure I will love it.

  13. Nice! I have a trip to Cebu in August with my friends, will suggest this activity especially that canyoneering is already banned now. Perfect timing! Thank you so much :)


  14. Hey! I’m going to Cebu sometime in 2016 or 17! Do you think this was the highlight of your trip in Cebu?! Thank you!

  15. It’s my first time hearing about canyoning as an activity, although I have heard about the activities it consists. The introvert in me always wanted to go out there and be adventurous, and this is one of the things I would definitely want to try. Maybe I would even fall in love with the adrenaline. Thank you for such an informational post! :)

  16. Love the photos!! I have always wanted to try. I have done canyoneering before, but it’s dry and there’s no water at all. This should be interesting!!

  17. I went canyoning in Moalboal 8 years ago now when i took my girlfriend for first time adventure, Must be good she is now my wife. I have a lot of experience with canyoning in Blue Mountains Australia. Good thing the water is a lot warmer in Cebu and even better is the warm natural spa at the end. The canyon is quite beautiful and also quite different to the ones we have in Australia but the adventure is still the same and i will go again in Cebu.

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