Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family

Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family was the best activity from our Cebu trip. Read our 2019 Dec Cebu Family itinerary here.

No matter which angle you look, Jumping is SCARY!

10 years old girl leaping 10m!
10 years old girl leaping 10 metres!

Water hiking (canyoneering) involves a lot of jumping and the risks are definitely higher.  We are not saying this activity is suitable for everyone.

But if you and your family is game, this is our guide to visiting Kawasan Falls. Even non-swimmers can join in the canyoneering fun!

If the kids can JUMP, it would be embarrassing if I could not follow haha. You jump, I jump!

Just count 1,2,3 JUMP. Otherwise your legs will freeze :p

Photos cannot capture our fun morning. Do checkout our Kawasan Falls Canyoneering with family video ! (4K YouTube link)

First, everyone has to report to Kawasan Canyoneering office.
Payment, briefing, and gather our safety gears and one small waterproof bag.

The life jacket has a pouch for a water bottle and your spectacles. Besides your phone (waterproof) and GoPro, everything else will be kept in locker. Do keep your towel and spare clothes in the locker too.

You do not need anything else. And you are not allowed to bring your own 5l or 10l waterproof bags.

Transport will bring you to the assembly point.
You can decide to take the zipline, or trek 45min to the trailhead.

Take the Zipline, because Fun is guaranteed!

This is not your usual zipline, you will literally experience a Flying sensation YEAH!

This hut is the “trailhead”. From here, everyone will walk 20 minutes downslope to the water.

It took us 40min as the Mrs struggled with the slope and steep steps.

You will hear water splashes and screams (thrills!) before you even spot the water.

WOW the water is really emerald blue!

Expect human jams during weekends.

Warmup jump, 4m.

This is the easiest cliff jump, subsequent leaps will be higher!
Feels like reliving our childhood dreams.

Surreal surroundings as we walk through the waterway and valleys. The cliffs and walls are spectacular. Love the sun rays filtering in through the tree foliage.

The Blue water is refreshingly cold!

8m looks tall

..but you will land within 2 seconds! It is still intimidating standing at the edge 😛

We had tons of nice family photos at Kawasan Falls too.

   

We had fun role-playing Sparta kicks too!
Our guides are good, professional and yet super caring.

They really take care of everyone, and they like to sing too 🙂

This scenic dam is famous for posing at Kawasan Falls. Funny, why others POSED so nice but me #notSexy

Unglam photo can only blame model, not props, camera or photographer :p

More family photos.

Amazing, there is a BBQ in the middle of Kawasan Falls too! Guides can pay in advance for you.

Seen this photo before? Why always the same person eating huh?

8m jump after hot dogs!

From the top, the river below seems a bit narrow. I always hesitated before leaping, but kids just JUMP! Quite the dare devils.

Jumping is optional, but NO Need to tell the kids or spouse :p

The water and surroundings are so unreal. Greens, blues and sunlight shining through.

Super Instagramable. Simply magical!

Helmets and life jackets all the way. Canyoneering is not a walk in the park, slips and falls can happen, safety first.

10m platform is the halfway point

We have to run and take off. Just keep your legs close, otherwise good luck to your groin.

Once you leapt off and see the Drop below, you will get a “WTH” moment ! Too late for regrets haha

10m platform at Kawasan Falls
10m platform at Kawasan Falls

Boon Yee (12 years old) leading the jumps. He can go to Commando course next time and enjoy all the free adrenaline.

Our family’s adventure appetite has Level Up, and I am so proud that we can enjoy adventures together as a family.

Kids jumping at Kawasan Falls
Kids jumping at Kawasan Falls

Preparation tips for your reference

If time permits, do some staircase training. Kawasan Falls canyoneering is doable for anyone with reasonable fitness. Your calf and thigh will get a lot of workouts.

Your shoes will be wet all the way. We had some experience canyoneering in Johor (Pelepah waterfall), and the kids adjusted well.

The final leapt, 15m

Others mention it is 12m. Nevermind, it feels like 20m from the top! Only No1 and No3 completed this jump, Daddy chicken out.

Crazy crowd, all waiting to do the last jump!
So proud of the kids, my bum was still sore from the 10m landing.

Walking back towards the “main” entrance. If you are only at Kawasan Falls for photos, do take note there is a small entrance fee of 40 pesos.

* Take note there are two entrances to the Blue waterfalls

Our package is inclusive of transfer to and fro from Kawasan Falls (from Moalboal), and a lunch.

The chicken thigh is not bad, maybe we were hungry too 🙂

From Social Media, you should know there are two ways to appreciate Kawasan Falls, Canyoneering or just waterfall photo.

We would strongly recommend trekking 3 to 4hours and do Kawasan Falls canyoneering! You will be rewarded with 7 cliff jumps!

Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family
Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family

During our research, we could easily find 50 tour agencies offering Kawasan Falls canyoneering package. But it is rare to find vendors who cater for family and kids.

Kawasan Canyoneering contact:

Website: https://www.kawasancanyoneering.com.ph
Facebook and Instagram

Zipline – 500 pesos per pax
Canyoneering – 1500 pesos per pax

Additional tips for Kawasan Falls Canyoneering:

Go for the Badian Zipline (Superman!)  The kids and spouse will thank you for it

– Jumping is optional, there are alternate paths to walk down. Do confirm with your agency beforehand.

-Safety is a top concern for us. Accidents had happened before, follow guides’ instructions and do not anyhow jump

-The trek will take 2 to 3 hours, expect longer weekend queues

– Book your Kawasan Falls slots earlier, this adventure is very popular!

-Some might bundle Kawasan Canyoneeering (Afternoon 3 hours) with Oslob whale sharks  (Morning 30 minutes) together.  This might be adrenaline overkill, we recommend covering the activities over two days

– Location is just 25km South of Moalboal. Those who visit from Cebu city would need to leave around 3 or 4am to avoid queues

 

More photos are uploaded in our Fanpage albums :
Moalboal Panagsama stay
Whale shark at Oslob
Kawasan Falls
Half Day Cebu City Tour (and nice food Sugbo Mercado)
Danasan Eco Adventure Park
-Free & Easy SM Seaside

Cebu Blog posts:
* Cebu Family Itinerary
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family
Day 4 Free & Easy
Day 5 1/2 day Cebu city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

 

Do pop by our Instagram Hashtag #SengkangbabiesCebu  and Story for our summary. The links to more photos and other blogs are at the end of page.

Moalmoal attractions

Disclaimer: We have received some discounts from “Kawasan Canyoneering”

All our Hiking trips are listed here https://sengkangbabies.com/tag/hiking

FUN Cebu Family Itinerary

This is our Fun Cebu family itinerary! We spent 8D7N snorkeling  with turtles and sardines, gawking at massive whale sharks and jumping 10m from waterfalls!

Do pop by our Instagram Hashtag #SengkangbabiesCebu  and Story for our summary. The links to more photos and other blogs are at the end of page.

Moalmoal attractions
Moalboal attractions

Cebu family itinerary breakdown by days :

Day 1 reach Moalboal
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls
Day 4 Free & Easy, Moalboal travel back to Cebu city
Day 5 1/2 day city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

Adventures overload!

After touchdown, Rain, jams and Lechon welcomed us.

Our driver brought us to House of Lechon (franchise) .

You will definitely spot Lechon (roasted pig) and Jollibee every corner in Cebu downtown.

Malls are deck out and ready for Christmas.

If you are still unsure about Philippines culture. Say HELLO to Jeepneys, trishaws and traffic jams 🙂

We book a private transfer from Airport to Moalboal, where we will stay for three nights. Refer our custom Google Map link (black markers mean  attractions which we did not visit)

Journey was a slow 3 hours, as roads are jammed and packed with slower traffic like trishaws. (Click on custom Google Map link)

3 Nights at Moalboal

Moalboal, more accurately Panagsama area is famous for snorkeling and diving.

 

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Snorkel out 50m, and you will witness a sudden dip. This is the best stretch to watch the sardine runs!

We spotted two turtles, unfortunately my Gopro 7 did not record the second clip. Turtle was just 1m away from us, grazing the sea glass!

This one below was easily 1.5m by 1.5m in dimension.

Panagsama street, filled with dive shops and F&B options. Each meal here is 250 Peso+, more expensive than Cebu City (maybe 100 to 150 peso).

The turtles and sardines are easily reachable! Snorkel rental is 100 Peso per day, excluding fins and life vests.

Our Greece-like stay at Moalboal, D’Gecko.

Have not visited Santorini yet, so this will have to do :p

Our preferred mode of transport. All  can squeeze into this trishaw! Forget about shock absorber or rain shelters :p

And there are plenty of potholes!

Panagsama front and white beach is famous with visitors.  And of course turtles and Sardines too!

Just look at Instagram Hashtag #PanagsamaBeach . These magnificent sights are just 50m away from coast!

Do catch the mesmerising sunsets too.

If you can free dive, go disturb the millions of Sardines like @evelynnnn_1021  wow!

 

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Day 2 Whale sharks at Oslob!

After seeing the video below, most would be in awe. I mean, this gentle Whale Sharks are easily 10 m long with a HUGE mouth!

 

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Front and behind, we spotted 4 of the majestic creatures. Kids were initially apprehensive, but quickly snorkel out to get a close up view.

We must try our best to avoid touching the whale sharks. I heard human touch could damage whale shark’s surface membrane, exposing them to infections.

15 min away from the Whale Sharks venue, everyone hitch a Motorcycle to Tumalog Falls. Whee! quite dangerous but thrilling

Tumalog Falls has only a sprinkle of water, perhaps this is the dry season.

Day 3 Kawasan Falls is epic!

From the trail head, one can walk 45min (1.5km) to the first waterfall.
We would recommend the Badian Zipline! (500 Peso per pax).

“Superman” took 1 min to zip down. Say YES to adrenaline!

 

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Everyone can play “This-is-Sparta KICK” at the falls! Beside the water thrills, the emerald water was a sight to behold.

.. But safety first. Everyone must suit up with Life jacket and helmet. Just bring your Gopro or waterproof phone, NOTHING else.

There are 7 to 8 jumps to conquer, from 4m to 15m!

You can see the JUMPs in our IG story (link).

Yee 10m jump Kawasan Falls
Yee 10m jump Kawasan Falls

Video of Yee 10m Jump!

 

recommend family friendly activities Cebu
Recommend family friendly activities Cebu

Besides taking care of our safety, the crew/guides are excellent photographers too!

The Unsung Hero award goes to Mummy Mengchoo. Although she hates stunts and hikes, she was GAME to join for the sake of family 🙂

Kawasan Falls is the No1 Cebu Family Itinerary for us 🙂

 

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Day 5 Half Day City Tour

Philippines is a Catholic country. There are many Cathedrals and churches on every island. Our guide shared how the first Spanish settlers converted locals to Christians.

 

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We started with the iconic Cebu Taoist Temple. The location itself is in Beverly Hills. Yes, the same as the one in California.

The richest folks will live on this hill overlooking the city.

Magellan’s Cross is revered by Catholics.

Fort San Pedro

Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park

If you are seeking more adrenaline, you will not go wrong with Danasan Eco Adventure Park.

 

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We did ATV, GoKart (improvised) and even cycled in the sky.

The rain did not stop our FUN!

Sugbo Mercado (Cebu night market)

Surprisingly, there are no night markets (food and souvenirs) like those in Taiwan or Thailand. If you are looking for nice food, try Sugbo Mercado.

And it is located right in the heart of Cebu IT Park (Call Centers heaven)!

We would like to thank Klook and Kawasan Canyoneering for  sponsorship and discounts for enriching our Cebu Family Itinerary.

Oslob Whale Sharks
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/3643-snorkel-whale-sharks-oslob-cebu

Half Day Cebu Private Tour
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/8013-private-rediscovery-tour-cebu

Danasan Eco Adventure Park
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/17962-danasan-adventure-park-pass-cebu

Cebu Moalboal transfers
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/12419-private-city-transfers-between-moalboal-mactan-cebu

Wifi router
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/16561-4g-wifi-philippines

Badian Zip line and Kawasan Falls canyoneering!
https://www.facebook.com/kawasncanyoneering

We are still working on the rest of the blog posts, meanwhile do drop your queries to andy@sengkangbabies.com

More photos are uploaded in our Fanpage albums :
Moalboal Panagsama stay
Whale shark at Oslob
Kawasan Falls
Half Day Cebu City Tour (and nice food Sugbo Mercado)
Danasan Eco Adventure Park
-Free & Easy SM Seaside

Cebu Blog posts:
* Cebu Family Itinerary
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family
Day 4 Free & Easy
Day 5 1/2 day Cebu city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

 

Really happy that the whole family is game and adventurous, we tried many activities beyond our comfort zone 🙂

Oslob Whale sharks. Wow!

Kawasan Falls canyoneering, JUMP JUMP!