It’s been 3 YEARS since everything in this post happened. I couldn’t even locate the photos of this trip in my hard drive. 😅 Thank goodness there’s Google Photos. I was able to retrieve all the photos I took using my Nexus 5 smartphone.
|Hello Cebu! 😀|
From Mactan airport, we had to travel by land for more than 5 hours to go to Tipolo Resort which was in Moalboal.
During our stay, there were actually more foreigners than local visitors there. Hey fellow Pinoys! Where are you at?
Wale sharks in Oslob
Of course we can’t go to Cebu without visiting the gentle whale sharks of Oslob, right? This is a very popular tourist attraction in Cebu. I’ve never seen one in real life so this was my chance.
Because I still don’t know how to swim during this time (fast forward to now – I can now tread in water and actually enjoy cliff diving! Hah!), I couldn’t get close to the whales. I just stayed floating beside the boat, holding for dear life to one of the bamboo sides because the current was strong. I actually only saw glimpses of the sharks underwater. 🦈
We also did some bit of snorkeling in some parts of the ocean. I was really so not used to the water that even though I was wearing a life vest, I panicked because I coudn’t reach anything below with my feet.
This was the best part of our trip. All of us signed up for the canyoneering adventure, wherein the route ends at the infamous Kawasan Falls. This activity involved hiking on rocks and jumping off to the running waters of lagoons below. Before the trip, we were actually already watching videos online about this activity, and we were worried the most on how we would jump to the waters because there were rocks beside the water. Well we learned it ourselves during the actual canyoneering activity, and fortunately no one got injured! The activity was a success!
I have no footages of our adventure (because I don’t have an action camera, or a waterproof one) but I remember everything like it was yesterday. The start of our trail was a jump off from a ~10ft rock cliff, and once we started, there was no turning back. Until now, this experience proved to be one of the best outdoor activities I’ve done in my life so far. I didn’t know how to swim back then but I was surprised myself that I wasn’t really afraid to jump. I get nervous when walking near the cliff but the technique, as I have learned during a recent cliff diving activity I did, was to not stay too long at the edge of the cliff contemplating about the jump. Just walk there, look at the waters below, plan how you’d jump and estimate where you’ll land, and just take the leap of faith and JUMP! I found out that the longer you stay at the edge, the more paranoid you’ll be, and the scarier it would feel.
Every jump I made gave me a wild rush of adrenaline. I super loved it! The water was really cool and refreshing and it washed away the tiredness that we were feeling after a few minutes of hiking.
Here’s a footage of our trip (made by my colleagues) with shots mostly from the canyoneering part.
(📹: Ino S. & Erik R.)