Canyoneering: What Is It and Why You’ll Love It

A quick run through of some things to remember about canyoneering and the thrill it offers.

By Mathew S. Chan
March 17, 2017

What is Canyoneering?

canyoneering in cool waters

Canyoneering or canyoning, according to Wikipedia, is exploring canyons through various physical activities from the conventional ones like walking, climbing, and swimming to the more advanced like rappelling and scrambling. It is slowly gaining popularity in the Philippines especially among those who wish to see the beautiful Kawasan Falls in Cebu—perhaps the most popular spot in the country for this thrilling activity. Canyoneering appears to be the next travel trend and we see no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try. If you’re interested, read on for some things to remember and why this activity is a certified must-try in the Philippines.

Cliff diving while canyoneering

Canyoneering is cheaper in groups.

Lots of local tour companies offer packages for canyoneering, which usually start at two persons. This means that the more people in your group, the cheaper the packages get. From what could be PHP 5000.00 per person, it can trickle down to PHP 2,500 if you are a bigger group. Remember that the maximum number for most packages is 10 persons. Make sure to coordinate well with tour companies when choosing the package that is best for your group.

The majestic Kawasan Falls in Cebu, Philippines

Canyoneering is several sports and or activities all in one.

Canyoneering is basically exploring canyons that involves several activities along the way. There will be a lot of trekking depending on your starting and ending points. You can also expect a bit of rappelling as you traverse through steep cliffs and passages. More importantly, there will be a lot of swimming especially if you are canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. It’s a great activity where you can experience a whole lot of new physical challenges and experiences with just one tour.

Canyoneering near waterfalls

Canyoneering requires exercise.

While you don’t have to be the pillar of physical fitness to be able to enjoy canyoneering, remember that it usually lasts a whole day, which requires participants to have enough stamina to succeed. If you don’t exercise regularly, better start conditioning yourself with some physical activities months before your scheduled trip so you don’t get left behind. It can be dangerous if you’re not prepared as there are some risks in the paths you take. Jogging, aerobics, swimming, and other cardio activities are some of the things you can do to improve your stamina.

Canyoneering in comfortable clothes

Canyoneering doesn’t require fancy equipment.

It is advisable that you wear shorts and a shirt and bring additional clothes on your trip because you will get drenched during canyoneering no matter what. Comfortable clothing in which you can move your body freely is the best to wear. You can also choose sensible footwear like trekking shoes or a pair of sturdy sandals. It’s all about mobility and flexibility when canyoneering so it’s best to dress up properly for the activity. All other equipment needed for rappelling as well as the life jackets will be included in the tour package.

Canyoneering alone is dangerous

Lasty, don’t go canyoneering alone.

Because of several accidents that may occur during canyoneering, it’s still a very risky activity that requires professionals and guides. It’s best to always hire a local guide or avail of a tour package to ensure your safety. They have your best interest in hand and you are assured to the best of their power that they will safely guide you and make the trip enjoyable. The risks of doing it by yourself or yourselves without a guide are immense: from getting lost or injured and on some rare occasions, dead and never found.

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