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 firstname.lastname@example.org,