It has been a year since I experienced the spine-chilling canyoneering adventure from Kanlaob River in Alegria to Kawasan Falls in Badian. However, early June last year, the Cebu City government suspended the canyoneering operations in both towns to conduct a safety assessment. After three months of closure, the suspension was lifted, however, a lot of changes had been implemented.
There are now appropriate guidelines, rules and regulations, and a standard rate. The canyoneering activity is also divided into the two towns due to the land dispute between Alegria and Badian. To be honest, I personally approve this move because now, the tour operators can guarantee the safety of the tourists visiting these towns.
Anyway, I happened to talk to our guide, Mr. Raymund Sande of Raymund Sande Cebu Adventures. He was our guide and contact person the last time I went there, and he told me about the changes.
For those who are going to choose canyoneering in Alegria, tourists will still start at Kanlaob River, and will end at the area where barbecues are sold. Anyone who starts in Alegria can no longer enter the Badian area for canyoneering.
For those who will opt for Badian, the canyoneering entry would start at this spot where there are huge stalactites and stalagmites. It will end at Kawasan Falls.
Regulated and Standard rate for Kawasan Canyoneering package:
•Entrance, Users and Govt fees
•Transpo(Habal Habal/Van) from Meet up place to jump-off area & vv.
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How to Get There:
Take a bus bound for Bato via Barili at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Do not take the bus Bato via Oslob as this will not pass by Badian. One way fare is around PHP 120-130. Contact Mr. Sande prior to the trip so he can inform you the meet-up point.
Things To Remember:
- Wearing of trekking shoes or strapped trekking sandals is important. Although, decaying algae is barely present on the rocks due to constant water movement, it is best to wear shoes or sandals with a tight grip to avoid slipping. If you don’t have shoes, you can rent one in Mr. Sande’s house which cost Php 50 a pair.
- Mr. Sande would advice not to bring your phones during canyoneering. If you do, bring your phone at your own risk. I left mine at the guide’s house since I only had a plastic waterproof case for my phone. I don’t have those fancy iPhone waterproof casing, so to be safe, I would suggest not to bring your phone with you while canyoneering. Bring a waterproof action camera instead.
- The earliest time you can start the activity would be at 6AM. The latest is at 3PM. You cannot start canyoneering outside those times.
- Observe the basic Leave No Trace principle. Do not leave your trash and dispose it properly.
Read my experience last year: Downstream Canyoneering Adventure in Alegria to Kawasan Falls