Summer Chronicles 2015: Canyoneering

24 Mar

A typical summer escapade would usually be a carefree frolic in the beach. Not that I wouldn’t want that; but trying something new this summer wouldn’t hurt as well. A new adventure would be even more ideal.

Cebu is not only known for its highly urbanized community and rich history, but tourists come here for the unique mix of city and nature trips. One of the things that is fast becoming popular is the Canyoneering Adventure.

Before I start going on about how amazing this experience was, I’d like to recommend that you arrange your trip with The Joepro Adventure. More than making sure that you have the time of your life, they’ll ensure that you’ll be safe all throughout.

Our group of 9 was priced at Php 1,000 per head. It included lunch, the guides, gear rental, and motorcycle ride to the starting point.

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The Joepro Adventure

All the information that you’ll need is found in the link above.

From the city, we drove to Badian, which is approximately 98 km southwest of Cebu city. It took us about 3 to 4 hours to get there. This quiet town is more famous for the beautiful Kawasan falls.Β The myths and stories about this place have enticed both tourists and locals for years.Β 

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Drive to Badian

If you need to park your car, there’s a parking space in the church grounds, near the Joepro Adventure office. Parking fee is at Php 100.

The package we had included a “boodle” lunch. It was perfect to jumpstart our 4-hour activity.

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Boodle: A Filipino way of eating wherein you put all the food in a banana leaf spread out on the table. Everyone eats with their hands and shares one gigantic plate.

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Gearing up for the adventure!

It was a 15-minute motorcyle ride to the starting point.

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Thus, begun our adventure:

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Group shot before we begin our 4-hour river trek!

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To make sure they don’t disappoint, the very first thing they’ll ask you to do when you get to the starting point is to jump off a cliff.

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It took a while, but all of us took the first leap!

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More than the experience, it’s who you spend it with that makes it even more special.

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Elation from all the adrenaline rush.

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It takes a bit more patience, but I enjoyed the experience with these boys. πŸ™‚

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They don’t just ask you to jump, sometimes they’ll ask you to slide down the cliff.

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Canyoneering Adventure

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Aside from the cliff jumps, walking through the rocks was another challenge for us.

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A rule the group sets is to never leave the person behind you.

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Canyoneering Adventure

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Canyoneering Adventure

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A minute to just pause and take in everything around you is a must.

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Meet my new-found friend, Rei πŸ™‚

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Thank God for floaters. My ego made me refuse the life jacket, but thankfully, I allowed myself to settle for the floaters. If I let my egoistic brain take the best of me, I would’ve been dead tired from trying to stay afloat during the several times we had to swim. (FYI: It’s harder to stay afloat in freshwater than it is in seawater)

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Beautiful rock formations

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We joked around that this place looked like the gateway to paradise.

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Canyoneering Adventure

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Canyoneering Adventure

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Final swim before we reach the end of our trek.

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All smiles as we reached our last stop πŸ™‚

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Group shot as we ended our trek.

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My most favorite spot during the entire trip.

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Hello, Mother Nature. πŸ™‚

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Quick stop at Badian’s infamous Kawasan Falls. πŸ™‚

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Selfie with the majestic waterfalls.

It was tiring but an amazing experience and I would happily try it again next time.

Here are some tips that might help you on your Canyoneering adventure as well:

1. Wear aqua shoes.
2. Don’t bring your mobile phones.
3. Use an action camera (GoPro is the best choice. Use a floater.) If you don’t have one, JoePro adventure lets you rent their GoPro cams.
4. Wear something light and comfortable.
5. Do some physical exercises at least a week before you go on this activity.
6. Have Fun!

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2 Responses to “Summer Chronicles 2015: Canyoneering”

  1. Bryant Li March 24, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    hi i have a go pro silver how did you take these shots without connecting to a phone or having a gopro remote? did you just shoot a video and cut out pictures? thanks!

    • Sheryl Blossom March 25, 2016 at 5:04 am #

      Hi πŸ™‚ we used burst set to timer of 5secs interval. So we were able to take multiple shots then choose the good ones after. Make sure you have a big memory, so that you can take as many photos as you want. πŸ™‚

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