Kawasan Canyoneering at Badian, Cebu With Cyan Adventures

Cyan Adventures was founded in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines by Wolfgang Dafert, also known as the founder of Freediving-Philippines. His passion in freediving expanded to include other land based adventures which are often found in the nearby municipalities of Badian and Malabuyoc, some are even found in the mountains near the vicinity of highly urbanized Cebu City. Subsequently due to his influence in promoting the exploration of the wonderful canyons here and there, the term “canyoning” or “canyoneering” have become common for adventurers both local and international, albeit with the same kind of appreciation for safety he had in his exploits with Freediving-Philippines.

As a contributing writer for the Wonderful Cebu Blog, I was recently given the chance to experience one of their key adventures, the Kawasan Canyoning and it was a blast. Here’s how it went:

Their main office is located at Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines where many of the beautiful diving spots are located. Transportation to the various adventure spots are also covered. This is where we start to prepare for the journey. They also have another office closer to the beaches where you can take advantage of special privileges in the coffee shop next door.

Here is information on Cyan Adventures' offices and contact information:

Cyan Adventures-Moalboal
Panagsama Beach (Basdiot), Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines 6032
(Beside "The French Coffee Shop")
Telephone number: +63 32 474 3400
Mobile number: +63 927 426 6886 (Globe)
E-mail address: info@cyan-adventures.com (German, English, Filipino, Korean)

Cyan Adventures-Cebu City
Paseo Rodulfo 888, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Mobile number: +63 917 326 1654
E-mail address: cebu@cyan-adventures.com

Business hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Website: Cyan Adventures
Facebook Page: Cyan Adventures

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
With the Cyan Adventures staff





Preparing well for an adventure is one of the trademarks of Cyan Adventures. Wolfgang Dafert trained his staff personally to make sure his clients were well briefed on the different safety procedures before heading out.

Upon arriving at the drop off point we are greeted by reminders and other do’s and don’ts to insure safety. We were also introduced to various souvenir shops. A registration area allows tracking of all visitors per day. For that day we were among the 200 other visitors. During peak season, the number of visitors range from 800 to 1000 visitors.

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
With my Kawasan canyoning buddies

Safety instructions and other procedures were discussed before the start of the trek led by certified canyoneering experts and safety instructors such as our adventure guide, Elmer.

It takes around 30 minutes of hiking to reach the Canlaob river from the drop-off point. The local government unit of the municipality of Badian have started concreting portions of the path for travelers. Plans for a zipline are also in the works according to some of the adventure guides. 


Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
30 minute hike from drop-off point to Canlaob River





Small shops are situated by the pathways for trekkers to buy refreshments and snacks. Those who want to try the local food though can rejoice, because Cyan Adventures provides favorite local snacks such as the budbud.


Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Makeshift sari-sari store along the hike trail

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Trekkers enjoying budbud

Upon reaching the Canlaob river you’ll be treated to an amazing view. At this point, it will take at least 3 to 4 hours trek through the canyon and forests to reach the last stop of Kawasan Falls. Along the way there will be various jump off points and safety checkpoints.

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Canlaob River spans the towns of Alegria, Moalboal, and Badian in southwestern Cebu, Philippines



The first jump off point at 5-meters. The adventure guides facilitate and always encourage the others to take the leap of faith. Though you don’t necessarily have to if you really won’t… but why not right?

Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Kawasan canyoning first jump off point is at a height of 5 meters
You will notice some pictures have the Cyan logo in them. That’s one great thing about this group is that they also have your photo needs covered. The guides also introduce you to the most memorable locations that are best caught on camera. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about not being able to take your own pictures!


Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Cyan Adventures trek group enjoying their company


Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Playing in the water at Canlaob River


Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
Trek group resting at the Canlaub River


At the end of a long journey, you are then treated to a scrumptious meal by the seaside… where the green of the forests and canyons meet the beautiful blue of the sea!


Kawasan Canyoneering or Canyoning  in Badian Cebu Philippines
A well deserved meal after a long trek





Note: This article was written by contributing writer Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, who represented the Wonderful Cebu Blog during Cyan Adventure's Kawasan Canyoning familiarization tour last 10 June 2017. Some of the photos are courtesy of Cyan Adventures while some are Paulo's own shots.

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