Canyoneering and Kawasan Falls | Badian, Cebu, Philippines

What is canyoneering or canyoning?

Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming.
Canyoneering with highland -  jumping off the cliffs and spectacular waterfalls
Canyoneering with highland – jumping off the cliffs and spectacular waterfalls

Canyoning (Canyoneering) and Climbing the Osmena Peak are two of the most memorable and adventurous adrenaline-pumping activities Cebu has to offer. Canyoning particularly in Kanlaob River of Alegria to Kawasan Falls of Badian has become popular among adventure-seekers wanting to experience a new adventure after it was featured in a travel TV show “Biyahe ni Drew” hosted by actor Drew Arellano.

This activity involves climbing uphill slopes, river trekking, jumping off the waterfalls, swimming the natural fresh water pools, and sometimes requires rappelling.
Photo by Michael Muñoz
 The downstream canyoneering activity will start from Kanlaob River and ends at Kawasan Falls in Badian. From Highland Adventures station, we’ll ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) to reach the starting point.  Canyoneering takes 3 to 5 hours depending on your speed and number of people in a group. A larger group would need more time.
Photo: Carlton Hoyer & Michael Munoz

What do you wear?

Clothes with quick dry material are recommended, as you’ll be sweating and may get wet. Shorts or leggings, wet suits or rash guards, trekking sandals (aqua shoes with thin soles are not recommended), dive shoes/booties and runner shoes are fine. Bring some extra clothes and towel to change. We’ll provide the safety gears: Helmet, Life Vest, knee pads/caps & Waterproof bag (if needed).

Photo: Nicole Varquez & Friends


How to get here?

If you’re from Cebu South Bus terminal – ride a bus going to Bato via Barili and tell the conductor to drop you at Barangay Malabago, Badian. Make sure you ride a “Bato via Barili” route otherwise, it won’t pass Barangay Malabago. Buses are leaving every 45 minutes (ordinary buses) and every 1 hour (aircon buses). It takes approximately 3 hours to get here.


If you’re from Dumaguete – it is a 20-minute fast craft ride from Sibulan to Lilo-an, Santander or Tampi to Bato, Samboan. From Lilo-an, Santander or Bato, Samboan, you can reach Brgy. Malabago in an hour by taking the Ceres Bus going to “Cebu City via Barili”.


If you’re from Mindanao – port of Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.  Take a barge/ferry boat going to Bato, Samboan then ride a Ceres Bus bound to “Cebu via Barili” and tell the conductor to drop you at Barangay Malabago, Badian.

BEWARE OF CERES BUS conductors, inspectors and/or drivers offering cheap canyoneering package – they might send you to unauthorized and untrained guides.

Meeting Place:

Highland Adventures station located in Barangay Malabago, Badian, Cebu


Who we are:

Highland Adventures is a proud member of Association of Kawasan Canyoneering in Badian (AKCOB). We are group of local tour guides in Badian who spent most of our time playing, swimming, cayoneering, climbing, and other activities in Kawasan Falls since we were kids so we know the trail very well! We will brief you about where and how to jump off the waterfalls. We strive to make your canyoneering experience exciting, safe, and memorable.

Training and Seminars attended:
• Single Rope Technique (SRT) Training for abseiling/rappelling conducted by Vertical Difficult Access System
• 9 days training conducted by PDRRMO


Canyoneering Package:

Price: Php 1,500 per pax (government-mandated price)
Minimum: 5 pax (2 guides)
Duration: 3-5 hours depending on speed
Start time: anytime from 6:00 am & 2:00 pm
Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate (there are ways to skip the jumps)

Private Trip (no joiner) Price:
Solo   – 2,500
2 pax – 2,000 each
3 pax – 1,800 each
4 pax – 1,600 each

✓ Transfer from Highland Adventures Station to the canyoneering site and back to Highland Adventures Station (Badian)
✓ Entrance/government fees
✓ Snacks & Drinking water
✓ Life Vest & Helmet
✓ Trained Tour guide(s) with Dry Bag
✓ Free bamboo rafting in Kawasan Falls for water massage (if 8 pax or more)
✓ Free use of trekking shoes if size is available – please reserve the size(s)
✓ Free Lunch or Dinner after canyoneering

***Rates and inclusions subject to change without prior notice.

For Booking and inquiries:
Phone: +63 917 950 8750

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