Chasin' Waterfalls - Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls, Philippines
What Is Cayoneering & Kawasan Falls?
One of the best things to do when you visit El Nido is take a day trip to Kawasan Falls. Located a few hours South, you’ll have to wake up early to get to this waterfall paradise. After a long bumpy and windy road, you will get to this gorgeous picturesque hot spot full of natural swimming pools and the bluest lagoons ever.
It’s likely that you will be visiting the falls at the same time as many other tour groups - this is inevitable. At times, I wish it was a more exclusive experience but the beauty of this place deserves to be seen by all. If you want to be somewhat alone, you should head to the falls in the early morning of a weekday. If you travel here without a tour company you can hire a tour guide at the falls.
Cayoneering at Kawasn Falls is loved by tourists and locals, alike. Some of the local friends I made told me that they really enjoy visiting too. While the place has become more ‘touristy’ over the years, I still had a great time. Cayoneering essentially means ‘cliff jumping’. There are plenty of cliffs to jump from and they range from lil’ baby jumps to up to 14 meter (45 Feet) jumps.
There are also natural slides which was one of my favorite parts about visiting the falls. You can even slide backwards down these naturally-formed rock slides. After all that cliff jumping, I was hungry (or just greedy) and luckily midway through the falls there are local vendors with a stand selling meat skewers, sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves and other tasty Filipino foods. I was hella thankful for this.
I’m really not sure when I became such a daredevil but with little hesitation I was jumping off cliffs left and right. My highest jump was 12 meters ( 39 feet) high.
How To Get To Kawasan Falls
Booking a canyonneering tour to Kawasan Falls can easily be done through your accommodation or a local tour company. If you read my guide to El Nido, you’ll know that many companies across the island offer the same exact tour for the same price, too. Kawasan (just outside of Cebu) is no different so I will not recommend a particular company to go with because I booked through my hostel and it’s easiest if you do the same.
The drive is about 3 hours away from Cebu and is likely to be done in a private van. Make sure that your tour includes snacks or breakfast because you will likely leave by 6 or 7 AM to reach the falls at an ideal time.
The photo opportunities at Kawasan Falls are endless. If you have a GoPro, I definitely recommend bringing it because there’s so much adventure to capture here. I regret not buying a GoPro or waterfall camera before this trip but I did scoop a cheap cell phone waterproof case while I was in Cebu and it got the job done.
Don’t be afraid to ask your tour guides to take photos of you - it’s apart of the job. Be sure to set up the shot for them and tell them exactly how you want it. My tour guide took two really great photos of me that I wouldn’t have captured otherwise. Hopefully you will be on tour with other millennials (like I was) who can snap good pictures for you.
My most popular Instagram photo ever was taken by a woman I met on my trip. Then I turned around and took BOMB pictures of her - it’s a win-win.
All in all, you shouldn’t skip out on a visit to Kawasan Falls when visiting Cebu!