Before you start reading, why not get a general idea of what to expect?
Canyoning is above all a sport in the great outdoors. It consists of following a precise route as if we were hiking. But in canyoning, you progress in the creek bed and in the direction of the water flow. We are more in an aquatic hike, then in the swimming in white water. Climbing, mountaineering … everything is there! So you have to be very well equipped and well guided because there is no shortage of accidents. So it’s an adventure sport!
In this article, I tell you about my Canyoning experience in the Kawasan waterfalls in the Philippines. We will briefly see how to get there, what are the necessary equipment for the practice of this sport and how much will it cost?
How to visit Kawasan Falls in the Philippines
KAWASAN FALLS is a waterfall located in Badian, Cebu. It has three levels. Kawasan Falls are famous for their bluish waters. Visitors can either climb directly to the waterfall or book a canyoning tour for adventure exploration.
How to get there ?
Usually you can get there from Cebu Island, Oslob or Moalboal. Flights can be booked from other major cities, either from the Philippines or from Southeast Asia.
The waterfall is 3 hours from Cebu City. There are direct buses that depart from the bus station in South Cebu, Oslob and Moalboal. Once you get off the bus, walk about 1 km to the entrance to the falls. There will also be locals who will offer you a tour of Kawasan Falls. Don’t hold back their offers because the walk is not too difficult.
Once there, you will find many travel agencies. If you decide to take the tour, the guides will help you carry your bags, guide you, and help you with the rock jumps. If you find yourself unable to rock the leaps, don’t worry, there is always an alternate shortcut. Some travel agencies can pick you up from the city in which you are staying … Personally, I prefer to go there and take the time to choose my travel agency. On the one hand, I have more choice, and on the other hand, it will cost less. The tour starts from a small village called Alegria. You can take the “zipline” zip line to land directly at the start of the descent into the canyon.
The Kawasan Falls zipline
The Kawasan Falls Zipline is Asia’s second longest two-cable zipline. You can ride the Zip alone or as part of your canyoning adventure. After registering for canyoning, you can ride the zipline.
What to consider when canyoning
The necessary equipment for the practice of this sport must include a life jacket and a helmet. You must pay the entrance fee to the waterfall and be accompanied by a licensed guide.
Life jackets contain a small pocket. Don’t bring much with you. If you have a large phone, or a large camera, store them securely in waterproof pockets and let the guide take care of them.
The tour will last 2-5 hours, depending on the speed of your group.
Water shoes or closed-toe shoes are highly recommended for grip. Sandals or flip flops are too slippery and can fall out too easily. Remember that the water is living, it is a current of water. If you don’t have good shoes and waterproof bags, you can rent them on site. Ask your guide!
What it will cost
The canyoning tour costs around $ 30. However, this price varies depending on how many people are in your party and where you are picked up and dropped off. At the end, a pleasant dinner is offered to you!
If you don’t consider playing this sport, go straight to the waterfall. Admission costs around $ 1. Once you are at the falls, you can also take a raft ride under the falls for around $ 6. If you want to spend a night at the falls, cabins and rooms are available for $ 20 to $ 50 per night.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Kawasan Falls has three levels, even 3 waterfalls:
The first waterfall is well recognized, in part thanks to social networks! The turquoise water is spectacular and it’s easy to see why people come to visit it. But the crowds can be overwhelming (depending on what time of day you visit) though. Be there early in the morning. Take to the road at dawn!
To the left of the waterfall you will notice a staircase. If you continue this path will take you to the second waterfall which is much more peaceful. The walk takes about 10 minutes. On your way, you will pass by small waterfalls. The path is fairly straightforward, but if you’re not a comfortable explorer, maybe opt for a guide. Look, I found a snake!
The third and last waterfall is a 20 minute walk from the second. I must have thought I got lost there but it was so worth it. It’s a wonderful ride. The third waterfall is very peaceful. Some even ignore that there are 3 waterfalls. In this last waterfall begins the canyoning. You will find a nice place to rest with benches and a rope for swinging. Keep in mind that the return is long, so enjoy the area before heading back down to the entrance.
Where to Head After Kawasan Falls
If you are visiting Kawasan Falls early in the morning and feeling exhausted. Rest nearby to leisurely explore the area. The next day if you feel up to it, you can visit other great Cebu waterfalls including Dao and Aguinid Falls.
But if you want to soak up the sun, I suggest you go to the beach and swim with the thousands of Moalboal sardines. It’s a great experience!
As for me, at the end of the evening. After a tiring day of canyoning, I ran into a biker on the road, a local. I paid him to drop me off at Oslob. That same night, I was already at an inn near Oslob. At the hostel, I bought the Whale Shark Swim Tour. In the morning at 5 am, they come to pick me up in a pick-up to rush into the oceans in search of whale sharks. Read the article on swimming with whale sharks. Click here !