Ahhhh….the Philippines! I had heard sooo many people saying sooo many things about how amazingly beautiful the Philippines are that I could not wait to get there and revel in the many magnitudes of naturally beautiful awesomeness that the Philippines had to offer!
After about a week of hanging out in the hot, dirty city of Cebu I decided it was time to get a taste of this natural beauty I had been hearing about! After a decent search on the internet for something fun and exciting to do, I settled on a Canyoneering trip down to Kawasan Falls in Moalboal, Cebu, PI.
Canyoneering is a blend of hiking, cliff jumping, climbing and swimming that, while being a decently physical way to spend the day, also offers exciting experiences (cliff-jumping and natural water-slides) as well as beautiful views of sapphire blue canyon streams and beautiful natural features such as stalactite riddled caverns and gentle, flowing waterfalls. Sounds perfect right! Yeah, I was pretty stoked that it turned out to be just about as much fun as I had expected!
I chose an outfit called “Planet Action Adventure Philippines” based, pretty much just on the fact that I found them on the internet. It turns out there are a bunch of companies running tours there.
The day started out with a four hour drive to Moalboal from Cebu city, then a twenty minute motorcycle ride to the top of the canyon. We suited up with life-jackets and helmets and got started by jumping off of an 8 meter cliff into a pool of brilliantly blue water.
As we traveled downstream through the canyon the jumps just kept getting higher and higher. Where we had started of on an 8 meter cliff jump, we then went on to do a 10 meter jump, a couple twelve meter jumps and finished off at the actual falls with a 15 meter jump!
I have to say, my legs and back were killing me from the beating I took the night before at Deftac-Cebu, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the trek down through the canyon! Cliff jumping is something I had been wanting to do while in the Philippines but couldn’t seem to make it happen.
I guess 15 meters isn’t all that high in cliff-jumping terms but it was a great intro into the activity. Fifteen meters definitely looks a lot higher from the top than from the bottom.
Other than the ton of photos I took, here is a little video of the 15 meter jump at the end of the trek! The water is just unbelievable here!
Sadly, I got a really bad sinus infection that required a trip to the emergency room in Puerto Princessa, Palawan Island and really played havoc with the SCUBA excursion we took a few days later.
But, I knew my Jiu-Jitsu days in the Philippines were over because of all the plans we had for the rest of our stay (6 day scuba trip, three day kayaking trip), so at least I didn’t miss out on any planned classes. One of the trade-offs of going off grid to search out some adventure is taking some days off from the mats 😦 But, you know what they say: “You can’t play closed guard and spider guard at the same time”…(ok, maybe no one has ever said that, but it’s true)
To sum it up: I would definitely recommend taking the Canyoneering trip if you are on Cebu island at any point. While it is a little expensive (around $175 U.S. – includes a good lunch afterwards!), you can make up for it with the usual traveler’s tricks like cheap lodging and cheap eats for a few days 🙂
Until next time: Good training…and good cliff jumping 🙂 Oss!