Article and Photo Set: May Rosito
Students who study English in the Philippines do not only conquer English, they also conquer their fears. Have you ever thought of conquering your fear of heights? What do you think about extreme activities? If you’re determined to overcome your phobia of high places and you believe that you need to have more adventure in your life then maybe you need to experience canyoneering at Kawasan Falls.
Canyoneering is one of the many extreme activities you can do when you visit (or study English) in Cebu. It’s an adventurous technique of traveling down steep and narrow canyons by hiking, jumping and swimming. It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is to follow the river downstream while jumping over waterfalls. Okay, well maybe it’s not that simple. At first you may be scared to jump off waterfalls ranging from 15 to 50 feet high but once you hit that cool, clear, blue water and swim to your heart’s delight, it’s the best feeling in the world. Here are some important information about Canyoneering you need to know:
Whom to contact for Canyoneering
- There are a lot of canyoneering services that you can avail of and their prices are almost always the same. I would however recommend Kawasan Canyoneering as I have experienced their service before and students have given positive feedback about them as well. It would be wise to inform them about your plans so that they can accommodate you immediately when you get to Kawasan.Here are their details:
It’s a long ride but it’s worth it.
- If you’re coming from Blue Ocean Academy, it will take you only 4 hours to reach the town of Badian where Kawasan Falls is located. Renting a van is probably the most convenient option for transportation. You can ask your managers for van recommendations since they know the most reasonable services for such.
Keep your feet secured and gear up.
- The rate for canyoneering is the same for Filipinos and foreigners. With just 1,000 to 1,500 pesos, a life vest, helmet, water, snacks, trained guides, entrance fees, and habal-habal ride, you won’t have to worry about pulling out your wallet during the adventure. Shoes are a requirement during canyoneering. If you don’t have any shoes you can rent a pair for only 50 pesos. There will be a lot of rocks that you need to climb up and down to so a comfortable pair of rubber or hiking shoes is very much needed.
Keep your things dry and your tummy full.
- So with all this jumping from waterfalls, where would you put your things to keep them from being soaked? Well, you have two options; you can either put it in a dry bag that your guide can provide for you or you can leave it behind at headquarters. Your things will be safe with the tour guides. In case you get hungry during the trek, there’s a barbecue area half-way. They sell hotdogs, pork barbecue, and sweet bananas. The prices range from 10 to 20 pesos.
Keep your legs straight and plunge in.
- If you’re too scared to jump and you find yourself frozen while standing at the edge of the cliff, just remember that if you wait longer, the harder it would be to conquer your fear. Try not to stare down too much and take deep breaths before jumping. Also, remember that your landing ground is just water and you’re strapped to a life vest so there’s nothing to be scared of. Once you hit the water, it’s the most rewarding and glorious feeling ever.
Students at Blue Ocean Academy have not only overcome their fear in speaking English, they’ve also gotten over their fear of jumping off a cliff to icy blue-green waters.