High in Badian!

Badian is located at South West portion of Cebu and 97.60 kms from Cebu City proper.

WOW in Badian

Travel buddy and I were buzzin in for Canyoneering which is a popular activity in Badian. Canyoneering is an extreme sport which includes: trekking, swimming, jumping at several falls. PS: if you don’t know how to swim, no worries as your canyoneering guide will help you to conquer your fears both in water and in heights.

Prior to our trip, I searched online for the backpacker price for doing canyoneering and its inclusions. We were not disappointed by what we’ve got. Through highland adventures (insetlrt link), we’ve got the best price for the activity.

What makes it Amazing?

If jumping at several falls which varies in height/ft., , swimming while staring at the natural rock formations as if you were part of the popular Jurrasic Movie, or trekking several rocks till you hit the last pit stop- jumping 35 ft. tall waterfall does not make you feel excited, then stop reading. 🙂 if in contrary, you feel excited, thrilled and have the guts and the adrenaline rush then scroll down! 🙂

How did we get to Badian from Oslob?

From whale shark encounter and chasing waterfalls #2, you have two (2) options: a. via bus going to bato, then take another bus ride going cebu via barili and tell the driver tl drop you off at Brgy. Matutinao or b. take habal-habal / motorcycle going straight to Badian. In the interest of time, travel buddy and I took option b. We left Oslob by 10isham, just in time to reach Badian by 12ish and up for canyoneering by 1pm. PS: the local government has 2pm cut-off, beyond that time will no longer be accepted to do the activity.

There are a number of groups who do canyoneering guide as their means of living, luckily, ours is one of the pioneers who did canyoneering as a lifestyle and part of their daily lives back then.

The inclusions of your 1,500 php payment for the guide includes the ff:

  • tour guide/ canyoneeeing guide
  • under water camera
  • snack/s + drinking water
  • entrance and environmental fees
  • transportation to and from the meeting point
  • use of dry bag
  • lunch or dinner
  • life vest
The entire activity took us around 4 hours (more), due to my cause of delay tactics! I’m pretty sure once you’re there you’re feet and knees would turn into jellies! But surely, after the activity, you’ll feel like katniss who won the hunger games!
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Argao in 6 Hours

Situated in South Eastern part of Cebu, approximately 68 km from Cebu City. Approximately, one and a half to two hours travel time from the Cebu South Bus Station.

What to do in Argao?

If you’re an adventure junky just like me, there’s plenty of activities waiting for you. You can choose from spelunking to chasing waterfalls or just simply roaming around the Municipality and see the beautiful old structure that’s being well preserve by the people of Argao.

If you’re up for adventures (e.g. cave diving, and water falls chasing and some food trip), the Municipality of Argao has something to offer for your adrenaline rush cravings.

How to Get to Local Tourism Office of Argao?

From Mactan International Airport, take a cab to Cebu South Bus Station which would cost around 150. Take Ceres bus going to bato via lilo-an and tell the asst. driver (conductor) to drop you at Argao’s Town Proper / poblacion. From the bus stop you may opt to take:

  1. a tricycle ride (around 8 pesos each) going to the Tourism office or
  2. just walk.

If you opt to take the latter, from the bus stop, cross the national road, straight ahead, turn right at the first corner then turn left and straight ahead you will see the Cabecera de Argao sign warmly welcomes you to the Municipality of Argao.

It is best and highly advisable to contact the Local Tourism Office of Argao if you want to try spelunking and exploring Balay sa Agta. The reason is always due to safety precautions and the travel time from the Tourism office to the starting point is quite far.

The standard package of the local tourism office costs us 600 each with the following inclusions:

  • habal-habal(motorcycle) ride to and from the tourism office and starting point;
  • snacks (their famous delicacies- torta over a hot locally grown chocolate de baterol/ Cocoa);
  • transit and guide to Bugasok Falls;
  • Payment for two (2) tour guides;
  • equipments (rappeling ropes, saftey gears, helmets and headlights)
  1. Spelungking (Balay sa Agta)

– Situated in Barangay Conalum and is believed to be the dwelling of Argao’s mythical giant, Mangao. Large quantities of guano or bat droppings are found in this cave. Also, one of the largest caves in Cebu.

It is a standard Procedure to have 2 guides one in the front and one at the back, it was risky to assist a team of 2 or more individuals upon approaching the starting point of the cave.

The entire spelunking took us around 3 hours, (1.5 hours) each way, with fruit bats, various rock formation welcomes you and as if waving their best spot for your camera to capture.

The highlight of the exploration was the image of a giant seems staring at you from above (we were requested by our tour guides to switch off our headlights to see the image). Honestly, it was really creepy as if someone really  staring at you having his cigar on his mouth. We tried to take a photo of the giant but we were failed, as if he’s not social creature. 🙂

  1. Bugasok Falls

As part of the package set by the local tourism office, my travel buddy and I took our liberty to capture the beauty of the falls.

After a creepy encounter with the giant, you will be amazed by the eye candid view of Bugasok Falls from the top. As one of our guides find us (me and my travel buddy) a bit adventurous, our guide opt to take us to a nice view spot of the Bugasok Falls.

Before, some professional mountaineers used to rappel from the top and have a nice dip on the falls. unfortunately, when we visited the place, it was no longer allowed. I am not sure for the reason.

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3.Torta & Tablea

Argao is known for its delicacies such as torta and tablea/cocoa. Torta is their version of “mamon” made out of flour, tuba (coconut wine), margarine, yard, sugar on top and milk. We tried Jessie’s homemade torta over a cup of hot cocoa/tablea. The torta has its soft, yet a bit dry in texture (perhaps due to the wine) and the sweetness hot cocoa (due to its freshly harvest/freshly brewed) compliments the torta which made it irresistible and you would ask for more.

  1. Riverstone Castle

Are you familiar with the Medieval Structures and castles back then in your history class? How about pictures of cavaliers and other Medieval aged personalities settled in one place? That is how Riverstone Castle was made of.

It is actually an inn for those tourist who want to indulged themselves in different time and ambiance. The cost per night is 1,000 pesos without breakfast though.

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  1. San Miguel Church

-Every backpacker has their adrenaline for old churches (which Cebu has a lot to offer). A rococo-baroque church built in 1734 but finished in 1788.

(Sample Itenerary for Argao)

Breakdown of Costs:

TIME ACTIVITY COST
5:00 am – 7: 07 am  MLA- CEBU 2,321.92 (Seat sale for 2)
7:20 am – 8: 20 am Airport to Cebu South Bus Station 257.00 (Cab)

 

8:36 am – 10:30 am Depart Cebu South Bus Station to

Municipality  of Argao (via Ceres Bus)

2  hours travel time

 

 89.00/pax
11:20 am- 12:45 pm *LUNCH

**Waiting time at the Tourism Office

Pay Local Tourism Office of Argao for the

activity

 

 

104 for 2 pax

600.00/pax

included in the package

–       Spelungking

(Balay sa Agta)

–       Bugasok Falls

–       Snack (Jessie’s Torta)

 

12:46 pm-1:20 pm Transit to Brgy. Conalum via habal-habal
1:21 pm-5:30 pm Start of Activity

 

5:30 pm-6:00 pm Eat Snack at Jessie’s Torta

Back to Local Tourism office

 

6:05 pm – 9:00 pm – Transit to Oslob for whale Watching  73.00/pax

 

*You can have your Lunch at Carmen’s Eatery the food is nice and it’s budget friendly, it’s a walking distance from the Bus stop so no need to ride a tricycle; There’s plenty of Carinderia along the Highway so you don’t have to worry about starving.

** If you don’t have reservations you have to wait for at least an hour for your tourguides who’s coming from Conalum. So it’s better to have your reservations ahead of time to avoid waiting.

Source:

Local Tourism Office- Municipality of Argao T: 485-8063

Office of the Mayor: T: 367-7542