Canyoneering in South Cebu: A Mixture Of Excitement

Oct 18, 2015
Canyoneering in South Cebu
"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
You've probably heard of canyoneering, it's now gaining popularity among adrenaline junkies. Canyoneering or canyoning is traveling in canyons by trekking, scrambling, swimming, climbing, jumping and rappelling.

Last Sunday, I got the chance to experience the exhilarating downstream canyoneering in Alegria  along with eleven other members of Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS). We were invited by iCanyoneering Cebu and Kawasan Nature Park Multi-purpose Cooperative to experience a day of extreme adventure.

I was extremely tired that day, I've been awake since morning the previous day. I still managed to party (went to LIV for Otto Knows. I couldn't miss it! heeee) after spending twelve hours at work and another hour or two for an event meeting. Went home around three in the morning to wash up and change then headed directly to South Bus Terminal. I sat there like a zombie waiting for the others at gate 10 - indeed, there's no rest for the wicked.

Canyoneering in South Cebu | Cebu Blogger Society's members with Sir Isau (wearing stripe blue shirt) of Kawasan Coop and Miss Chevy of iCanyoneering Cebu (in pink leggings)
Cebu Blogger Society's members with Sir Isau (wearing stripe blue shirt) of Kawasan Coop and Miss Chevy of iCanyoneering Cebu (in pink leggings)

We left South Bus Terminal fifteen past five in the morning. I swear, I was asleep the entire trip and woke up just couple of minutes before we have to get off the bus. Man! the bus driver drove like crazy! We arrived earlier than expected and waited at our pick-up point. We were warmly welcomed by one of the operators, Sir Isau and took us to his house for breakfast and briefing. We changed our clothes shortly after breakfast and put our canyoneering gears on. 
Canyoneering in South Cebu | Lining up to register
Lining up to register
Canyoneering in South Cebu | The first jump is always the scariest. Well, every single jump was scary to me because I am acrophobic. Just a head of heights though.
The first jump is always the scariest. Well, every single jump was scary to me because I am acrophobic. Just a head of heights though.
I was very determined to jump while I was waiting for my turn, but as soon as I stood there, my knees started shaking and felt like spaghetti noodles. It took me a really long time before I finally jumped. There were lots of people from other groups waiting for their turn. I forced myself to jump since there's no other way to enter the canyon.
Canyoneering in South Cebu
Canyoneering in South Cebu | Mark's right, everyone's cool and approachable. New friends are always good and yes, it's my first time meeting all of them
Mark's right, everyone's cool and approachable. New friends are always good and yes, it's my first time meeting all of them!
Out of clumsiness, I fell down and landed on a sharp rock. I had cut on my wrist and bruises on both knees. I highly recommend to wear leggings and rash guard, wear your safety gears at all times to avoid accidents and injuries. Always listen to your guides and make sure to follow instructions.
Canyoneering in South Cebu | The second to the last jump site. Wasn't brave enough to do it, maybe next time.
The second to the last jump site. Wasn't brave enough to do it, maybe next time.
Downstream canyoneering starts in Alegria and exits in Kawasan Falls in Badian. It takes about four hours or more to finish the activity depending on how fast your group moves. Our guides were all professionals, they've been doing this job for a long time and their experience is evident. They are very familiar with the canyon and maintained a high-level of safety as our guides. 

Thank you so much iCanyoneering Cebu and Kawasan Coop for such a very challenging experience. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone considering canyoneering for the first time. 

For bookings and queries:

iCanyoneering (iCanyon Cebu Canyoneering Group)
Contact Number: +63 917 654 6065
Email: chevyvirtucio@gmail.com | icanyoncebu@gmail.com
Contact persons: Junior or Chevy
Kawasan Nature Park Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Contact Number: +63 927 582 1183

Contact person: Isauro Belarmino