So you’re chillin out in Cebu (or more likely Moalboal or Panagsama Beach) and trying to organise a canyoning trip to nearby Kawasan Falls. You don’t really want to pay the ₱1900+ (US$40) the local companies charge, nor do you really want to pay ₱1500 to that dodgy looking guy in the street who keeps pestering you every time you walk past!
The best (and cheapest) option is to hire a scooter for ₱250 (US$5) and make the 20km drive south from Moalboal directly to Kawasan Falls. The ride will take about 30-45 minutes – the road is good and clearly sign posted, there is little traffic and great ocean views! Alternatively, a bus from Moalboal to Kawasan Falls should only cost about ₱20 (US$0.40). You can flag down any of these yellow long-distance Ceres buses (the sign will read Bato) heading south along the main road. Tricycle drivers will charge ₱350+ for the round-trip.
At the entrance to the falls where you park your scooter or where the bus drops you off, you will find numerous vendors hanging around trying to make a dollar. If you haven’t been approached at this stage about canyoning, simply ask one of the vendors and they’ll point you in the right direction. In October 2015, we paid ₱1000 (US$21) each, without negotiating. The experience took 3 hours; we were given life vests, helmets, waterproof bags for our belongings and a private guide.
We were then taken by motorbike to the top of the mountain where we proceeded to jump, swim, float and hike down drop offs and waterfalls of varying height – the largest being 15 meters (optional). As first time canyoners, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our adrenal glands got a good workout and the scenery is definitely instagram worthy!
Some may suggest you need wetsuits to stay warm, although in our view these were not necessary and would have been uncomfortable during the brief hiking sections. There are a couple of restaurants next to the final (and main) waterfall where you can rest and enjoy some ice cold San Miguel beers with some of that money you saved!
Where we stayed?
During our time in the south of Cebu, we based ourselves in Moalboal which provided easy access to the falls, nearby Panagsama Beach, and wasn’t too far from the Whale Sharks at Oslob.
We checked out a whole bunch of hotels/guesthouses in Moalboal before choosing Marcosas Cottages Resort. We chose them because they were reasonably priced, had a great location, beautiful clean rooms and a large swimming pool with slide and grotto!
That said, Moalboal has a stack of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets which you can browse here.
Have you been to Kawasan Falls? Please share your opinion in the comments section below!