Recently I saw this article that mentioned that Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu will be suspended soon because of the recent accidents that have happened to tourists. For those unfamiliar with canyoneering, it’s an adrenaline-pumping activity for daredevils that involves walking, climbing, jumping (LOTS of it), more walking, swimming and slipping. And for Badian, you have to traverse the trail starting with a 20-foot waterfall jump and ending it with a 35-ft one.
WHOOOOOEEEYYYY WHOOAHH OMG.
I can be a daredevil sometimes because I love crazy rollercoasters and I have climbed grade 3 mountains before but I am really not keen on activities that have a high percentage of risk (on my life). I need to know if I am safe at all times when doing the activity. Just like a rollercoaster, I tend to ask questions such as what is the safety history of this rollercoaster? Are safety equipment in place when performing the activity? What precautions should I consider?
Yes I am a worry wart but a responsible one I’d like to think so.
This is the reason why I never tried Canyoneering. I went to Cebu last year with my friends and when even my friend who was a resident of Cebu discouraged us from participating in the activity, I knew that something was up. Disregard the fact that it was raining during our trip to the Badian Falls, he was still hesitant for us to go through the activity because there was no standard rules and regulations for the activities. True enough, the governor of Cebu reported that they are not ready this kind of high-risk tourism. The groups handling the activities are probably not licensed to tour the groups because there is no license yet for such extreme activities. Some do not have the proper equipment or do not tell its customers on what the proper dress code is.
It would have been beautiful though. Look at these shots! This is why a lot of people still go through it because it’s amazing to see nature in its unspoiled form. It’s also quite remote and the colors of the
wind nature is pretty beautiful and you get to be in the middle of it all!
Photo from my friend Michelle
Look at them go!
Do you dare jump? I think I’d be stuck for 30 mins xD
Guess what I’m trying to say is I’m all for extreme sports but everyone should know what they’re getting into. Canyoneering in Badian is not as safe as it should be in my eyes so it’d be good for the tourism board to check on how they can regulate and standardize the activity. I’m all for safe and fun activities.
I confess that I am no daredevil, but are you? What are your thoughts on extreme activities? Would you try out this canyoneering activity?