Hello! I am back from the Queen City of the South. Saying I fell in-love with the city is an understatement. I honestly considered relocating to Cebu because of all the amazing places I wanted to visit and the over-the-top friendliness of the people. We’ve been planning for this trip since January and counting down wasn’t that easy! I hope this will be an annual trip with the happy bunch. Our first activity for the trip was canyoneering in Badian. I’ve been seeing travel videos about canyoneering and it literally makes my heart skip a beat! (Yes, up until to this very date!)
We arrived at South Bus Terminal around 3am, hoping to leave the city before 4am. It was almost a 3-hour bus ride (Bato via Barili) from the city. I fell asleep during the first part, but then I woke up just in time to appreciate the coastline view. We arrived at Sto. Tomas church at around 7am with all our things where we met Kuya Mike (of Highlands Adventure Cebu). Upon alighting the bus, tour guides/habal-habal riders will come to you offering services. It’s a good thing if you don’t have a package yet, just make sure you get the best deal.
Initially we were laughing and sharing jokes about backing out. I did, for a split second, thought about it too. I was scared of heights, and I’m scared that I might not be able to finish it. But then, I realized, why the hell not? Might as well do this and check it off my bucket-list. It was past 9 when we started the adventure. We had to ride a habal-habal from Sto. Tomas Church to the starting point, with a quick stop to register. The lady manning the registration office told us that there would be 7 jumps (yes! 7! imagine my face when she told us that!!)
The guide told us, “Kapag mas matagal ka bago tumalon, mas matatakot ka.” I kept that in mind, and tried calm myself for a moment and find that brave soul somewhere. After the minute, I did it!!!!! I was screaming during the jump, releasing the fear. I was screaming after the jump, releasing the awesome feeling of just jumping! Achievement Level 01: Unlocked!
The almost 5-hour trip involved different kinds of jumping, jumping/walking/going over rocks, sliding, swimming and walking. I was surprised that I was able to conquer this one. I want to do it again! And again! During the entire time, I was thanking the Man up above for creating this amazing place. Every turn was like a door to another magical place where I can only wish to witness everyday.
Even though I was busy doing some crazy things I wouldn’t thought I’d be able to do, I was preoccupied admiring nature. It was insanely beautiful! The crystal blue water, the charm of the rocks, the (mini) waterfalls, the sounds of chirping birds… everything! I was thankful that we did during the rainy season. I wonder how would it look during summer.
The last jump was 25 feet. I challenged myself to just jump, to complete the experience. One by one, my friends started to jump. I was third to the last to jump. I was calming myself the entire time. That wasn’t easy — I was seeing the current and how high I was. The tour guide, once again, told me, “Habang tumatagal ka, mas lalo kang matatakot.” I was ready to jump, I swear I was. I just needed that courage to just do it. Then, I closed my eyes, told myself that I could do it. Then I jumped! I screamed, during the jump releasing the tension. I screamed after the jump because I did it! I almost conquered my fear! After this jump, the rest was history. We trekked for more than an hour to reach Kawasan Falls. Playing happily as we survived canyoneering. Achievement Level 02: Unlocked! This is definitely a #WhenInCebu bucketlist!
For Canyoneering Packages:
Michael Munoz (Kuya Mike)
Highlands Adventure PH