We’ve all seen the pictures and the videos. We’ve all heard about it from our “adventure addict” friends who post “wanderlust” pictures on a daily basis. If canyoneering has already caught your interest, what do you really need to know before taking on this experience? Here are five things you need to remember before canyoneering in Badian, Cebu.
1. Start early
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is starting this activity in the afternoon. There are a lot of factors that can affect your travel time including your trekking speed and how quickly you jump into the water. If you’re anything like me, it will take you some time to gather the courage to jump into the water. And if you take it as a scenic experience rather than an adventure ride, you’ll be walking/swimming at a slow pace to soak in the blue waters and the gorgeous rock formations.You really don’t want to reach the end of the trek when it’s already late in the afternoon because you’d want to see Kawasan Falls while there’s still light.
2. Canvass for the best packages
It’s not one of those things where all packages are created equal. Some might include transportation from a certain location while others might include food after the trek. Canyoneering costs anywhere between 900php to 1500php per person depending on the inclusions. What’s important is that you get good value for your money.
3. Bring your trekking shoes.
Some offers will include trekking shoes for your use and I honestly don’t advice you to buy into that for three reasons: some will most likely offer you ruined shoes left behind by someone else, some might let you use that and make you pay 50php for “rental fees”, and it’s not sanitary people. Not at all! Best to bring your own sturdy trusty trekking shoes that only you have used.
4. Pack light
The first thing you do is jump into the water. The last thing you want is to be burdened by a dry bag filled with gadgets or wallets. We brought one waterproof camera and some money (since the trek ends at Kawasan where there’s food and water) and that’s all you really need.
5. Trust your guide and be ready to jump
I know that seems like big talk for someone who took half a day to do the first jump (I’m kidding, it took me two hours to do it, no worries) but setting your expectations might actually help ease you into the first big jump that you need to do. And no matter what kind of guide you get (talkative or quiet, funny or serious), trust that they’ve done this a million times an they wouldn’t lead you astray.
If you need any contacts for canyoneering, reach out to Lemuel and Lorreigh at 0926 112 0868. Their package includes good food at the end of your trek!