8 Tips to make your Badian Canyoneering adventure hassle-free!
- Book your trip ahead of time with a qualified guide.
With the hordes of adventurers coming to the canyons, the quantity of gear can easily run out. Those without the proper gear are not allowed to go through the course for safety reasons. It can become so frustrating to travel all the way to the start off point only to have it cancelled because you did not reserve any gear ahead of time.
- Dress Appropriately.
The water can get quite chilly so it is better to wear rash guards or any water sports wear for lower and upper body to stave off the cold and makes you dry quickly.
FOOTWEAR is essential since it is a 4 hour trek off the beaten path.
Water shoes are your best bet to make sure your feet are protected from the sharp rocks and protruding tree branches and make sure they have a good grip because the water makes the rocks slippery protecting you from unnecessary accidents.
Sandals with straps are a great alternative too. Remember you will be jumping in and out of the water so wearing rubber shoes will result in squishy heavy water logged footwear- Not so great for a 4 hour trek.
- Pack light.
You can leave your bags at the small hut near the start off point. Just bring the essentials such as money, gadgets with you. Usually the guide has a dry bag where you can leave your valuables and he will bring it during your trip to keep everything water-free.
Just to make sure that nothing will get lost, do not bring any expensive stuff with you. So leave your jewelry and millions back home.
At the end of the trek your bags will be waiting for you.
4. Eat ahead of time.
You will need plenty of energy for the journey ahead. There are grilled foods being sold at the start off point like barbecue, hotdog, boiled egg and puso. There is also a carinderia “eatery” where you can eat well for cheap. If you want to eat there, You have to drop off at Sangi proper just couple meters after the “Canyoneering Stop” at Sangi. The motorcycle fee to start off point cost the same from “Canyoneering Stop” at Sangi which is P50.00
5.Bring small amount of food or “baon”
Since it is a three to four hour trek, make sure that your energy is sustained by bringing light snacks such as fruit or bread. Along the trail, you can stop and enjoy your food ala picnic style. just make sure not to leave any trash behind and bring any plastic back with you.
Ideal time to leave from the city proper is 5-8am since best jump off time is from 9-12pm. For late starters, you may not enjoy the adventure fully because of time constraints since it will be dangerous to traverse the path in the dark. Some groups take longer than others causing heavy traffic along the canyons. So it is better to give a time allowance for your trip. For safety purposes, everyone should be finished before dark since there are no artificial light along the way
7. Get flotation device for your action cameras.
From our photos above our ninja weapon of choice are the GoPole Evo and GoPro Hero 4 Silver.
Protect your cameras by investing in flotation devices to make sure they do not sink to the bottom of the canyons. Due to the force exerted during the jumping and plus the sheer height of the falls, cameras can get dislodged from their poles. Bye bye GoPro :(.
You want to leave the canyons with a smile on your face and not bawling out your eyes crying because you just lost your expensive camera!
Since we are following the natural flow of the water, this activity is dependent on the weather. The canyons may be closed at short notice for safety reasons due to high water levels and strong currents. It is worthwhile to mention that someone who forced their way into the activity despite the warnings perished at the beginning of the course because of the strong “whirlpools” that occurred because of the strong current. The body was found at the end of the stream days after.
Watch our video! 🙂