It was the day after our visit at Lambug Beach. We woke up at Matutinao Beach Resort and got ready for our Canyoneering Activity. I think I got a little bit excited as I woke up around 6:00 AM when we are scheduled to start the Canyoneering Activity at around 9:00 AM. Luckily, I was not the only excited guy around as Lisa (Pinay Travelista) and Marky (Nomadic Experiences) were awake also.
We first went to the canteen near the Catholic Church of Matutinao. Then we bought some trail food and energy drinks from Kawasan Cooperative. We also bought some loperamides just in case a digestive emergency happens along the activity.
If you’re curious where we availed of our Cebu Canyoneering, we availed the activity with Kawasan Canyoneering. I would highly recommend them as they did a really good job in guiding us throughout the activity. They’re a local business that hires and trains guides from within the Badian and Alegria area. Since they are from the area they know much better than anyone else whether the activity is safe or not based on the local weather and other factors.
9:20 AM Our guides approached us and started to fit us in our life vests and helmets. Kuya Dane (my brother) was not able to bring footwear for the hiking activitiy so he rented a pair for 50 Pesos.
We then signed the registration and the waiver.
9:41 AM We walked out of Matutinao Beach Resort and rode a habal-habal to the start of the Canyoneering.
9:45 AM We arrived at Alegria Tourism Office to register. After that we rode the habal-habal again continuing our journey to the start of the Canyoneering.
This was where we found out that the start of the Canyoneering is only allowed from 6:00 AM up to 3:00 PM. After 3:00 PM visitors will no longer be allowed to start the Canyoneering Activity.
Then we rode the habal-habal again this time through some concrete and rough slippery roads to the jumpoff.
Most of the habal-habal ride were uphill since we needed to go to a higher point since we were doing the downstream canyoning.
9:50 AM Arrived at the start of the Canyoneering. Registered again. Then proceeded to walk down a path until we reached Kanlaob River.
10:07 AM We reached Kanlaob River where there were a lot of other adventurers waiting to jump off the first cliff. Before the first the jump our guides, Kuya Jonjon and Kuya Boni, briefed us first on what to expect and what we should do.
Then it was a wait for the first group to finish. Some of them were seriously taking a long time to jump. (Note, we also took a long time to jump.)
10:29 AM It was finally our groups turn to jump. The order of our jump was Kuya Dane, Marky, Lai and then me.
10:34 AM It was my turn to do the first jump! I was really scared looking down over a 18-20 feet cliff. All I have to do is jump and jump is what I did after about a minute of standing at the top.
Our guides told us to take a photo since it was a big milestone to do the first jump.
Next was a crawl going down.
Then at the end we would slide down for a drop of about 4 feet.
Then we float with out feet on the wall while the current pushes us.
Then a lot happened which I will just show you by pictures. Most of it was rock scrambling.
Note to self: Invest in good board shorts to reduce showing leg skin.
11:48 AM There were so many challenging obstacles that we were going through that I really enjoyed myself. I was surprised when our guides told us that we were going to take a break for us to eat the snacks that we brought.
I checked the battery of my GoPro camera and realized that it only had one bar left. I decided to change the battery there since I do not want to be bothered by it when we continue on with our adventure.
11:57 AM We decided that rest was over and it was time to move.
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