Kawasan Falls

Badian, Cebu

Kawasan Falls
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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

I'm so back lol akala mo dekada nawala. Back here in Pinas for a short vacay with friends. My friends wanted to try something crazy adventure so I decided to bring to Kawasan Falls kasi para din simpleng makaganti at pahirapan onti hanggang sumuko pero wala mataang. Atapang na tao!

What I love about this place is it's very perfect for me na mahilig sa adventure. They also maintain the cleanliness of the place which is to me a big THUMBS UP kahit madaming tao especially summer season sa pinas.

Things to bring:
_ waterproof camera like gopro
_ drybag
_wear comfy ootd alam mo na

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4.0 Stars

It's a 3-hour ride from Cebu City when we arrived in the municipality of Badian. Then we park our car and change our clothes in preparation of 15-20 minutes trekking to reach our main target... the KAWASAN FALLS.

We pay Php10.00 Environmental Fee before we start our trekking. As we start our journey to reach the falls, some locals were asking us if we want a tour guide for Php300.00. Luckily, one of my friend been here already and told them no need.

While walking, we noticed that most of the visitors on that day were foreigners who enjoyed the adventure of Canyoneering. Few meters to reach the main falls, we can smell the fresh air, hear the humming of the birds and see the clear water flowing. It's one of the best feels while we're doing the trek.

Kawasan Falls is very lovely. The bluish water of the falls make it more prettier. We rent a raft for Php300.00 for 30 minutes and another Php300.00 for a table. The staff who assisted us provided good service while we were in the raft to reach the waterfalls. He's kind and attentive. He didn't charged us it's already included in the payment of the rented bamboo raft. That's why we gave him gratuity.

Warning: Be cautious who ever approached you. Some of the locals who offer their service were opportunist. They overpriced.

Overall, Kawasan Falls is one of the best place for Cebu if you are looking for extreme adventure. I enjoyed playing around the raft while we were in the waterfalls. If time permit, I want to go back again and try the Canyoneering.

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Shareen B.
5.0 Stars

Unbelievably breathtaking! 128166

With just Php 20 entrance fee (environmental/maintenance fee), you can enjoy a 101% beautiful waterfalls within reach!
Kawasan Falls is known for it's canyoneering adventure which costs Php 1500 (all-in) but we decided to just check out the falls since it's our first time and we're not yet ready to try canyoneering (considering peak season) 128652

From Cebu city, ride a bus from South Bus Terminal, fare is around Php 160-200 and a 4-hour ride. Choose a seat by the window on the right side because you'll definitely enjoy the scenic view on the way. Once you reach Badian, there are signs pointing to Kawasan Falls, you can just inform the bus conductor to drop you off at Kawasan falls.

You don't need a guide when going to Kawasan from the highways since it's just about 15-20mins. walk and all you ahve to do is follow the trail/people. Unless you'll go for canyoneering, you need to hire a guide.

They have a bamboo raft for rent (Php 300) where you can go under the waterfalls and take videos/photos. They also have a lifevest for rent for Php 50 and also a go pro for rent 128076🏼

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Rian K.
5.0 Stars

One of my bucketlist in Cebu city. 10084️ I still can't imagine that I've been here last July. Kawasan Falls is located at Badian, Cebu a 3hrs ride from the city town proper. A clear turquoise water that looks like a gatorade flowing in the falls. So glad to finally see this place.

- Booked a flight from MNL - CEB via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Airasia etc.
- Once you arrived at the airport get a taxi/cab to take you to South Bus Terminal. Or ride a habal habal.
- Ride a Ceres Bus Liner in the terminal to have more convenient travel to Badian. (Php 120.00)
- Tell the driver to drop you off at Kawasan Falls or Matutinao Church just beside the entrance of the kawasan.
- You don't have to hire a tour guide because you'll just gonna walk for about 20mins.

Php 50.00 - Life Vest
Php 300.00 - Bamboo Raft
Php 300.00 - Cottage
Php 100.00/person - Bamboo raft to the falls activity
Php 100.00/person - Food for lunch

Also try the famous canyoneering in cebu! You can ride a bus again or a tricycle if you booked a hotel near kawasan falls. 9786️ Much better if you do a DIY Tour to kawasan falls you can spend less instead of having a group package.

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Pam L.
5.0 Stars

I can finally cross this off my bucket list! Hehe. The local government opened the canyoneering site again to the public last September, if I remember correctly. Better go on a weekday during off peak season (NOT summer hehe) and really early (they open at 7AM) if you want to avoid the crowds. We did that and practically had the river to ourselves.

It's a very beautiful place and photos don't do it justice. We joined the Kawasan Canyoneering Tours, which is headquartered in Matutinao Beach Resort in Badian. It costs P1500 per person, which includes a lifejacket, helmet, bottled water, fees, a meal after the activity, the habal-habal (motorcycle) ride to the jump-off point, and a guide. Our guide Lito was super friendly and nice. He was the one holding the GoPro to take photos and videos. He knows all the photo spots and told us how to pose (i.e., hug the rock) LOL. It was pretty funny.

The activity took us 4 hours, including the snack break and photo ops. It was super fun! To those who want to try it, expect more walking/trekking than swimming/jumping. Anyone can do it but those with sedentary lifestyles will surely get tired. Hehe.

I researched what footwear to use prior to the trip and many recommended to wear aqua shoes (which you can also borrow from the tour operator!) but I chose to buy my own because I have small feet. If I were to do it again though, I'd just wear crosstrainers/trekking shoes. Parts of the trail were slippery and aqua shoes offered very little traction. I would also wear leggings instead of shorts because the lifejacket they provided has a leg harness so that the jacket will stay put even when you jump, but that caused chaffing on my leg.

I also read you're not allowed to wear sunblock so it's better to start the activity early in the morning when the sun isn't as hot. Also, it's better to call and reserve a slot ahead of your trip.

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Bernadette T.
5.0 Stars

With just one day for leisure, we get to schedule our awesome canyoneering experience in Badian Cebu. It's our first time to do this, the hiking and jumping off the cliff. What an awesome experience, though our fear is getting in the way. LOL. This is one of a kind experience for us, thank you also to our tour guide for helping us out and for encouraging us to face our fears! Because in the end, it will all be worth it.

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Nicko R.
3.0 Stars

Nature has given us a beautiful waterfall to experience and enjoy. Unfortunately, it is being abused at an alarming rate. If you are looking for a pure nature tripping trek, this is not for you. The site is littered with trash. Some trash have found their way to the river. No one cares to clean then up. Everybody is so busy making money out of the tourists that nobody cares about the garbage filling out of the the bind and plastic bottles strewn along the path.

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5.0 Stars

KawaSAN na you? Dito na me! 128517

Finally got to try the famed Canyoneering adventure at Badian, Cebu. A good 3 hours away from the city center, an adventure like no other awaits you. Be ready to let go and just jump, literally.

The whole experience was just epic. Luckily I was able to drag 3 of my friends to join me in this #BuwisBuhay adventure. We got island trek tours and they were very prompt and accommodating. They endorsed us to Roger and Budoy, our local tour guides who were really hands on and very fun to be with.

The whole trail (around 7-8 jumps) + the Kawasan Falls at the end (an additional 1 jump that's not required) will take you around 3-5 hours, depending on how "brave" you are and how many people doing the trail are. Luckily our bunch was adventurous so the tour guide would let us go on the long jumps to beat the lines (there are shorter jumps but everyone lines up there).

If you're scared of heights, this is one way to curb it. Hahaha. The jumps would range from 20 to 60ft (the last one at Kawasan). But you have options to skip some of the jumps (traverse down na Lang) but sayang! The only required jump is the first one. That for me was the scariest (and the last sa kawasan mismo). After that, sugod na!

It seems scary but just follow all the instructions of the guides and just stay calm and you'll survive!

Some tips:
- no need to put on sunblock (they discourage it actually) as it will affect the water daw
- go early! It gets busy before lunch
- wear long shorts or leggings if possible
- wear rubber shoes or a good pair of aqua shoes
- bring some extra money for the Bbq before the last jump (TRUST ME, best Bbq of your life since you're so tired haha)
- you can bring small snacks but be mindful of your trash
- be sure to bring a floater for your GoPro, maraming nawalan na
- WAG MAGALANGAN! Especially for the running jump (those who stopped abruptly were the ones who got injured before)
- just ENJOY! 128588🏼

Sorry for those who want to try it this summer, they're temporarily closed from June 1 to up to 2-3 months as they're making sure everything is in order and they accident-proof everything again (this summer 3 people got injured daw).

But definitely the experience was worth it! Don't mind going back again again! 128077🏼

Follow my Cebu adventure at www.instagram.com/ChubbyPeroHappy


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Kat Kat Y.
5.0 Stars

This is about a recent trip we made to Cebu last month. We did not want the usual "city tour" and so we opted to go to the more adventurous side of South Cebu. It was on our second day that we did the canyoneering. We were staying in Oslob and it took us two hours and two buses to Badian where the activities took place.

Our canyoneering activity started with a quick talk about the Kawasan Falls, which is the end goal of canyoneering, and a little do's and dont's during the activity. We were also required to log our names to have our arms stamped because according to the Kawasan personnel--"no stamp, no canyoneering" (hahaha!)

Right after that briefing was when the real adventure began. We hopped into our habal-habal (of course, with our Kuya Driver) which took us a bit closer to the jump-off point. The ride was about 10 minutes, a mixture of smooth and bumpy road. I suggest that you take that time to just relax and enjoy the ride because the next thing you know, you are already jumping from a 16ft high cliff 128522

After the motocross-like ride, we walked for about five minutes towards the first cliff. I tell you, it was nerve-wracking!! It was a torture for me to watch the people ahead of me jumping about 16ft into the water. But whatever, I had to jump--there was a line of people waiting for their turn and how could I reach my Kawasan-Falls-goal if I'd chicken out? And so, I took all the courage that I could, closed my eyes, and jumped. The next thing I felt was the ice-cold water as my body submerged into the clear river. But...it was one of the best feelings I've had so far. As I surfaced, I was shouting and laughing so hard because I could not believe that I was able to do it.

The whole canyoneering took us four hours and ended with a very rewarding swim at the beautiful Kawasan Falls for all the jumps, slides, swims, and treks through the canyons. All the views were stunning, the river was clean with blue waters, and Mother Nature was at her finest that day. Everything was perfect. The canyoneering activity and the Kawasan Falls were indeed South Cebu's gems.

- Make sure to have your breakfast before doing the activity. You will need lots of energy.
- The package usually includes the vest, helmet, and the shoes. I don't recommend using aqua shoes as the activity is more of trekking than swimming. Plus, you might want to wear something with a tighter grip in the wet rocks.
- Bring an action cam! 128513
- Use of sunblock is prohibited.


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Mei O.
5.0 Stars

Canyoneering at Badian is probably one of the most memorable adventures I've had. Why? It's when you experience all emotions and feelings - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance and this is how this review will proceed.

Denial. Once you reach the jump off point, you'll see people lined up to start the adventure of a lifetime. You'll see people jumping, laughing, having fun, and of course there are those scared frozen at the top. They'll block the whole line and will feel no peer pressure. Good luck if that's your friend. Hypothermia is not fun when you've all waited 30mins for your friend to do the mandatory jump.

Anger. You continue with your trek. It's around 7.5km mixed with jumps, a little spelunking, river trekking, swimming, and barbecue stops in the middle. You'll feel mad that your legs are giving up on you, why you signed up on jumping off a 30-foot rock to splash on freezing water. You'll feel pissed off that you're still going to trek 3km when you're already catching your breath. You'll be slightly annoyed at your friend who doesn't want to jump. But you know you'll get over it soon.

Bargaining. When you're at the top part, you'll start thinking, I should've opted not to jump. I should've said I'll just trek around the rocks and risk my back from slipping instead of me jumping off this cliff. Now everyone's egging you to jump. They're cheering you on. And you have nothing but pride left in your body but it's okay. It'll be okay, because you have your friends meeting you down there and you don't really have a choice actually. Hahaha.

Depression. This is the part when you realize the trek is about to end. You'll feel sad that the wonderful time you had trekking, swimming, sliding, swallowing water, jumping, and cursing is about to end. You'll look back at how beautiful Kawasan Falls is and know that after that, you're coming back to your hotel and drop dead from exhaustion.

Acceptance. And now you'll know how beautiful the Philippines is. You'll see that you made the right decision jumping off to start the trip. You'll realize that even if the adventure has ended, you'll be thankful that it happened. You'll look back and tell everyone you meet that you just had the time of your life in Cebu.

I just did! Now it's your turn to experience it and share how canyoneering is something everyone should try. 128526

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5.0 Stars

...decided to celebrate my birthday by doing the canyoneering adventure here at kawasan and all i can say is this is the prolly the best bday experience without alcohol and being sober! Hahaha!

... Only downside some areas are littered with rubbish and the main falls itself is too commecialized.

... The canyoneering itself and the cliff jumps was definitely a great experience.

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Jaevonne P.
5.0 Stars

Let me take you down south to stir your adrenaline through an activity called Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu. It's treking, sliding, swimming, climbing and cliff jumping all wrapped into this 3-4 hour extreme experience! Trust me, this is something worth 'falling' for! It's an exciting process of letting your inhibitions go under the might of their towering marbles mystified by a lush of tropical vegetation. Each jump, be it 5 or 50 ft, is like crashing through a flowing glass that gives you that pride as crisp as how it sounds. You will feel it's a better 'you' rising through the waters after the final jump and no matter how scared you are throughout the process, YOU DID IT! And yes, it was a 'fall', but it was a 'fall' for the right reasons and perhaps the best 'fall' anyone can witness128521

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

Part of the dumaguete trip was a quick visit to cebu to have a canyoneering adventure. I've been to Kawasan Falls before but all we did was relax on the falls. This time we learned that there's a thrilling adventure that you can do. Canyoneering from the peak of Kawasan falls. It was one hell of an adventure. Each jump was so heartstopping while getting treated by the wonderful turquoise clear water. It was an adventure that I would like to keep on doing because of the nature beauty of the place. The adrenaline rush will just keep pushing you forward and no turning back! As I say it Philippines is so beautiful just waiting to be uncover. 128526128077

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Gene G.
5.0 Stars

FINALLY!!! I'm back in making reviews for looloo 10084

Last weekend, I had the chance to attend Sinulog Festival. Since we were in Cebu already, it was a good chance for us to explore the Queen City of the South. What better way to explore is through going out of the city! So after the party, Paintensity, we went back to the apartment first to get our things and off we went to Kawasan Falls!

Kawasan Falls is located in Badian, Cebu and you can see the works of Mother Nature - clear blue waters and pristine waterfalls.The blue water really looks like the drink, gatorade! We were not able to cliffdive because the locals watching over Kawasan Falls didn't allow anymore due to an incident before. In order to cliffdive, you have to do canyoneering. (Canyoneering will be checked off my bucketlist next year!) We were only allowed to swim and go to the falls. You can rent a lifejacket and/or rent a raft. The nice thing about renting a raft is that the guide can bring you to the falls and let you experience how strong the current of the falls is.

Here are the ff. prices needed to pay when in Kawasan Falls:

300 - rent a table
300 - rent a raft
300 - for the guide (we were able to get this for 200 since we had a local with us and got a bit discount)
50 - lifevest

From the city proper, it will take you 3hrs to reach Kawasan Falls. From the entrance, you have to walk uphill to reach the 1st waterfall. You don't have to worry since it is just an easy walk towards the 1st falls.

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Mishua M.
5.0 Stars

If you're a travel junkie, don't forget to write this in your list.

My friends and I don't plan everything when travelling. We just make sure to buy food and bring enough cash before heading to our trip destination.

We arrived at Badian around 3 in the afternoon twas a 4hr bus ride from the city. We did not actually know where to stay for the night 128514 So we ask from locals and they told us to go to Lambug. What I like in Lambug is the long beach shoreline but not really the sea coz it's kinda "lumuton" HAHA! But the room where we stayed was nice. We paid 1500 for a two-bed room with a fan + comfy bed with sheets and blankets *better than the one we had in Alcoy.

Since we just have a two day off from work, we need to maximize our stay. We enjoyed the beach and the sunset right after we have settled our things.
Kawasan falls is just within the area so around 8am the next day we already left Lambug to go to Kawasan bringing only chips, cash and of course 128247 to keep memories. It was the best decision to go early because we get to take great pictures of the area heading to the falls and of course, the falls itself128516 without having "photobombers" HAHAHA!
I suggest, walk going to the falls than riding "habal2" because you would enjoy the clear to bluish waters you pass by + you'll save 50php just by walking 128514128514
The water looks like a pool because of the color and it's very cold 128513 128016
Nothing beats what nature can offer128521

We enjoyed the Kawasan best during this first trip of 2016 with the gang.

There is a resort right across the entrance to Kawasan.*if only we knew HAHAHA!

*That's me photobombing the natures beauty.

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Raia D.
5.0 Stars

Trying something outside the box calls for something like the Kawasan Canyoning/Canyoneering Adventure.
Located at the south of Cebu, town of Badian is a 3-4 hour drive from Cebu City (depending on traffic status) and in case so, just give an allowance.

In planning to go there, make sure you have a sure contact - a guide. Well, we are blessed to have an awesome trail guide, Ragazzo Nuotatore.

So he made all the arrangements covering from the place where we could leave our important stuff, safety gears, the motor ride, the food plus an added bonus of great pictures.

The place were we left our stuff was clean and our stuff were all secured and intact. Well, you don't wanna lose something. Also, you would wanna have a good bath after some tiring moments - the CR is indeed clean. 128513

The adventure is indeed worth it. Not only because you got to face the fear of jumping but you got to see how magnificent the place is - the rock formations and the cold crystal clear water.

Jumping off, walking, swimming, splitting every inch of you is what you will be doing there. So try to set your mind about it. It is not the scary adventure, but then, your courage and endurance is needed. As for me, its something i don't usually do but i enjoyed and went home without regrets, i felt renewed. Haha.

I left all my aches in the Kawasan Falls, just exchanged it with muscle aches.

The moment you try to connect with nature by starting with this adventure, the moment you wanna go and see more of it.

And bow i realized that doing something outside the box sometimes ease the stress away.

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Raia D.
5.0 Stars

Canyoning in Cebu. 128513

What made you jump that 50 feet?

Well, obviously, its what you came for. And yes, you wanna jump. But it isn't easy as saying so. 9996🏼️

Our minds have the capacity to over think - what if i would hit my lower back and break my coccyx, what if i can't stick my legs the whole time during the jump, what if i can bend my knees and extend my hands and hit my thigh and other parts of my body, what if i can drink lots of water and it will go directly to my lungs, and most of all, what if my body would hit a stone?

Then, when you are on the edge of jumping, your heart beats fast and you tremble. "Kulba lagi, ngano ni?" Hahaha
I guess you exactly realized at this point that you are a human being for having all those body reactions.

All you know is when you took that one step, you are really going down now. And unless you tried it, that is when you realized that the fear is only created by our stubborn mind.

Nothing as planned goes exactly the way you wanted it - everything changes the moment you jump in. You just have to make your body flexible enough to take the impact of the water - the tendency is you have the highest chances of hitting your buttocks directly on water instead of your feet and it would hurt a lot. Ouch!

But then again, jumping off it is worth it. Its like jumping all your stress away and when you are able to rise up above the water, you feel renewed. 128513

That is LIFE, unless we take the risk of doing something, we will never know what lies ahead. Expectations will always be there - but we have to accept the fact that there are far better outcomes in life than what we are expecting. It our flexibility matters.

Canyoning once is enough - im good to have whole body muscle pains one time only. Hahaha

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Jon-erik P.
5.0 Stars

Are you the adventurous type?
Thrill seeker outdoor person?
Or into extreme sports?
Canyoneering might ring a bell to you.

It was my first time backpaking South Cebu. I heard of waterfalls, whalesharks, historic churches, beautiful beaches, etc. But this one caught my attention and excites me the most is canyoning or canyoneering in Badian. This extreme activity or sport includes walking or trekking, climbing, scrambling, rapelling, jumping and swimming into the canyons.

Upon arrival at our meeting place near a chapel in Badian, Kuya Mike our guide and contact person from highlandadventuresph, briefly introduced to us the basics of canyoneering. He provided us with complete safety gears like life vests and helmets. They also provide shoes but it is better if you have your own since the sizes might not fit you. You don't want to compromise your comfort. "Safety First" is always observed.

Downstream canyoneering starts from the town of Alegria and ends in Kawasan Falls in Badian. Usually it takes you 3-4 hours or more depends on your pace in doing this activity. Be sure to start early. You don't want to be in the canyons at dark. Best time to start it around 8am or 9am just in time for lunch when you finish it.

THE FIRST JUMP. By the time we are at the jump off point, my nerves are slowly killing me. I don't know how high it is. Honestly, I don't know how to swim. The fear of drowning keeps rolling in my mind. The first minutes, I just stood there. I can't move my legs. It took me around 5 minutes to jump from the first waterfall. All i can remember was hitting the water, drank some of it and everything went blurred until i resurfaced. I'm alive!!128514. Thanks to the life vest provided haha. All my worries are gone. I love its clear turqouise waters, naturally carved canyons, and the lush vegetations.

The trek to the canyons is very tiring. Just be careful on every step you take since some rocks are slippery. Just enjoy every jump and every slide. Be sure to bring your action cameras so you document this one of a kind experience. The final part of the canyoneering is jumping into Kawasan Falls that is 3 storeys or more. I tell you, once you're up there, everything changes. This is not for the faint hearted.

After canyoneering, we are rewarded with a nice set of lunch (sinigang, fried chicken, rice and fruits). All of this for the price of Php 1,500 each since we're only 2. The price is ok for me. The more you are in a group, the lower the price.

I highly recommend this when travelling to Cebu. You might want to get the services of our guides from highlandadventuresph. Big thanks to them for keeping us safe all the time. It was superb.

Truly an unforgettable experience. One of the best action packed, most exciting and intense, and adrenaline pumping adventures in the Philippines. Will definitely be going back again here soon.

How about upstream canyoneering?

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Antin J.
5.0 Stars

A must go to place for all the adventurers out there. Canyoneering at Badian, Cebu is truly a great experience and not for the faint hearted. Hehe :) the guides were very friendly and accommodating considering it was only my boyfriend and I, we had no plans to go there in the 1st place. so being the adventurers that we were, we decided to give it a try. My boyfriend and I joined a group from lapu lapu, who were also 1st timers. It was fun and we ended up making new friends. We jumped, we swam, we trekked and we climbed. :) and at last we reached the last part of the jumps. The guide told us this was the last jump since the rest was just going to be walking and swimming. And to my surprise, the picture i posted is where my boyfriend (now, my fiancé. Hehe :-p) proposed before i jumped. Yep,even the proposal was an adventure. :) so i guess Badian will always be a memorable place for us. I encourage everyone to try out the perfect blue waters or Kawasan falls. ;)

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Desiree P.
5.0 Stars

Canyoneering at Badian, Cebu and Kawasan Falls
A must try adventure if you're planning to travel to South of Cebu and seeking for some adrenaline rush. It was featured in Drew Arellano's Byahe Tayo and since then tourists (foreign and locals) boasted in this side of Cebu. Canyoneering will starts at Alegria traverse to Badian. I was thrilled and nervous at the same time, thinking I will be jumping off 20-30ft cliffs at most into a turquoise, clear, pool-like water. It took us almost 4 hrs of jumping, swimming, screaming (for joy) and calling all the saints I know (when I was about to jump the 20ft high cliff) That feeling of being close to nature, while conquering my fears,'t'was truly amazing!

Photo Credits to Marie Bulario

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