A Quick Visit To Canigao Island of Matalom Leyte

On an early Sunday morning, Cousins, friends and I visited the beautiful Islet of Canigao, near the municipality of Matalom Leyte. As what I heard from Bloggers and friends, Canigao won't fail your expectations as what an island should look like - and I mean, Canigao Island has white sands covering the seashore, some green trees enough to complement that powdery sands and of course, if you didn't know, during low tides, you will probably love to stay on its mini-sandbar which extends far from the seashore. 


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So, wanna know HOW TO GET TO CANIGAO ISLAND? (Base on our Experience)

FaceCebu.Net Author (LEFT) and his cousins and friends
1. If you are from Cebu, take the Shipping Service from Cebu to Hilongos ( PHP 250-350.00 , Economy of Roble Shipping )
2. From Hilongos Port, take a cycle rickshaw or trisikad going to Highway ( PHP 15-20.00 )
3. From the Highway, take a Jeep going to Matalom ( PHP 30-40.00 )
4. From Matalom Highway, walk to Matalom Port going to Canigao Island
4. From Canigao island port, list down your name and pay for pumpboat fare (back and forth) ( PHP 95.00 - 50 for fare and 45 for entrance fee which includes use of comfort room, shower room and island maintenance)

Me and Cousins at Hilongos Port

Canigao Island is being maintained and managed by Local Government Unit (LGU) of Matalom Leyte.

Here are some photos we have during our stay.

My Cousin and I in the early morning shot at Matalom Port

FaceCebu.Net Author in Matalom Port

Here are some of our group photos near the Sandbar

And of course, this summer outing won't be complete without the "Jump Shot"

Make Your Own Havaianas 2015 Celebrates Hawaiian Influences

Do you remember my article about my Trekking experience from Osmena Peak (Dalaguete Cebu) to Kawasan Falls (Badian Cebu) while using my MYOH 2014 commemorative pair? Then you should know by now how durable this flip-flop really is!! And good news, Make Your Own Havaianas is back! MYOH2015 pays tribute to its Hawaiian influences by incorporating the island’s carefree and laid-back lifestyle into a distinctly different Make Your Own Havaianas experience this year.

WHAT: Make Your Own Havaianas 2015! #MYOHCebu2015
WHERE: Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu
WHEN: May 7 (Thursday)  to May 17  (Sunday)
TIME: Mall Hours ( 10 AM to 9 PM)

And did you know that Havaianas is “Hawaiians” in Portuguese? For the flip-flops loving people of Hawaii, the footwear is not only a staple in the sandy beaches but an epitome of its multicultural history, where embracing open toes is a way of life.From  May 7 to 17, drop by the Havaianas cabana at the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu during mall hours to celebrate the unique tapestry of tropical life. Make Your Own Havaianas  infuses the Aloha spirit into everyone’s heart and sole by bringing in the island feel and ambiance indoors and putting the spotlight on the 2015 limited edition commemorative pair which features this season’s hottest floral trend. Let creativity make waves by mixing and matching this fashionable design with a vivid spectrum of slim or top straps in a variety of hues, and embellishing with fun pins that serve as totems of island life and Hawaii’s nostalgic heritage and vibrant, rich culture.

Step into the palm tree-lined shores, have paradise at your feet and say Aloha to spreading summer happiness. Whether you are going makai (towards the sea) or mauka (towards the mountain), the journey begins at Make Your Own Havaianas, where paradise is at your feet.  Share your story at #MYOHCEBU2015.

Visit Kalanggaman Island via Bogo, Cebu

Philippines is a country of islands, seas, rivers, mountains and different resources that every men can visit and experience. Last weekend, a group of travelers and Bloggers ( special mention to my friend couple of AdrenalineRomance.com ) went to this famous paradise in the Visayas which the Province of Leyte is very proud of. It is called Kalanggaman Island. Specifically located offshore of Palompon Leyte, Kalanggaman Island is the best island that the Province can offer. Originally, Kalanggaman Island has SandBars in the Left and Right side that forms a pair of wings (if you see it above or bird's eye view) , thus it is called Kalanggaman or local term of "Bird". But due to typhoon Yolanda that hit the country in November of 2013, the Left wing vanished. Anyhow, this Leyte's treasure does still exist with it's natural beauty that left all Tourists amazed.

Lookie! That Paradise!!

What a view!!!! Kalanggaman Island does not fail you!!

[TOP and BOTTOM] On our way to Paradise. Photos by AdrenalineRomance.com

Kalanggaman Island has fine sandbars which gives you a clearer and astonishing view of Sunrise. Not to mention its clear water Beach which is good for snorkeling, kayaking and other water activities, this paradise can also give you a romantic view of the Sky at night. Just a heads up, the island cannot offer you electricity but this is an advantage to every Local or Foreign Tourists since it can give way to your team or group's bonding and camaraderie. And if you go there with  your "baby love", then the tranquility at Night is a nice starter to be more affectionate to your partners! (wink)

This sandbar stretches in the left part of the island.

Here's the white sand for you to play and experience. Just chill!

FaceCebu.Net Author with his #SignaturePose
Team Charm, FaceCebu.Net new found friends....
[TOP] Check our "Cow-boy style" of dinner. [BOTTOM] The required groufie at the Kalanggaman statue. Photos by AdrenalineRomance.com

How to Get there? Normally, if you come from Cebu, you just need to take the SuperCat or Weesam Express from Cebu's Pier going to ormoc Port. The Ferry ride takes 2 hours, then you can take a van going to Palompon or ask details from Tourism office via Contacts below.

But since this article is specially made to visit Kalanggaman Island via Bogo, Cebu, Here's how to do it!
1. From North Bus Terminal, ride a Bus going to Bogo, Cebu (2-3 Hours of ride, PHP 120 fare)
2. From Bogo Terminal, ride a tricycle going to Siocon Elementary School ( 15 minutes ride with PHP 15.00 fare)
3. From SES, talk to Toni Cataques on how to go to Kalanggaman Island ( or better yet, contact him first before travelling to Bogo Cebu)
4. From Bogo-SES, you'll take their pumpboat going to Kalanggaman Island ( due to waves, ride will take 2-3 hours )

grabbed from Mikelaagan.com

On our way back home. Photo by AdrenalineRomance.com


ECO-TOURISM Office : Engr. Cleofe P. Rivera via    0917-303-7267/ cleo_ricera@yahoo.com
Bantay Dagat Bogo Cebu: Toni Cataques via 0907-388-3283

And when your enjoying your stay at Kalanggaman Island, you won't stop in taking photos of you!!!

Do you like this article? Share it to your Social Media accounts and enjoy Kalanggaman Island with friends and loveones!!!

What is Canyoneering or Canyoning? Experience it in Badian Cebu!

Per Wikipedia, "Canyoning is the sport of exploring a canyon by engaging in such activities as rappelling, rafting, and waterfall jumping." It is famously known as Canyoneering in the US. And if you don't know yet, it is also famous here in Cebu, especially in Badian. This celebrated municipality in the province of Southern Cebu owns the water treasures we call Kawasan Falls and Matutinao River. Specifically located at Barangay Matutinao, we started the downstream canyoneering at the Matutinao River. But first, we suited up - for safety, we wore helmet, life vest and trekking/Aqua shoes!

This clear water of Matutinao River does not fail your expectation

Of course, we all look good during the Downstream Canyoneering!!!!

This kind of extreme water adventure in Badian Cebu does not just create money for the locals but it promotes Tourism. There are two kinds of Canyoneering, we can do it downstream or upstream. Upstream Canyoneering starts at Kawasan Falls in which your Guide will bring ropes and other gadgets in order to climb up to the waterfalls and this upstream activity will end at some part of Matutinao River. On the other hand, during last weekend's activity we tried the downstream version. We started with a jump at Matutinao River. Good thing about Canyoneering is that your guide will advice where and how to jump off the falls. Basically, they will perform it first before the adventurers. Even if this is one of the most nerve-wracking activities we had so far, we still managed to conquer our fear of heights. Once you are done with the first jump, there's no way you'll be turning back as the adventure and excitement will level up!

You're wondering how does the current look like? Check this out!

And here we are, starting the river trekking!

Canyoneering won't be complete without swimming and enjoying this clear water of Matutinao River

And yeah, we conquered that dangerous big rocks while on our way to our next jump off waterfalls

Here are some tips we can give:
1. Always follow what your Guides say and advice. (At all times)
2. Do not complain, Safety First! Wear your helmet, life vest/life jacket and trekking shoes properly.
3. Drink a lot of water, 30 minutes before the main event. You won't be minding or thinking of thirst in the midst of this activity. Trust me!
4. Slippery when wet is true! Indeed, always be careful on your footing.
5. We recommend to start early as 8 or 9 am, so that you'll happily end the adventure before or during lunch.
6. Put your trash inside your dry bag. We advise to bring dry bag for your phones, gadgets and other stuff.
7. Wear comfortable clothes. ( Nobody wants a trekking with coat and tie or a gown/dress on! Wear shorts and tees instead )

Lookie! Nature at its best!!

This adventure won't be an adventure if we don't play with currents!

Canyoneering Contact Details:

Look for Albert via mobile - 09359254769
** Sir Albet’s canyoneering package includes aqua shoes, life vest, snacks, entrance fees, transportation to and from the site (Habal-habal).

Check his Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/albert.aspacio

You can try Freelance Guides:

Choy Daruca at 0910-2359786
Halourd at 0933-6292925

And of course, here are some FaceCebu.Net Blogger's Solo pics!

So how to get to Badian Cebu? If you're coming from outside Cebu, see below steps:
1. From Mactan International Airport, take a cab going to South Bus Terminal
2. Take a bus with label "Bato via Barili" - Aircon or Non-Aircon - This Bus will leave every hour starting at 4 am until 12 midnight. Travel from Cebu City to Badian will take 2-3 hours.
3. Tell the Driver for your drop off, Brgy. Matutinao, Badian
4. Then contact your Canyoneering Guide.

Now, check this Compilation Video during last weekend's Canyoneering Downstream in Badian Cebu!

#Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu!!!Visit us at www.FaceCebu.Net for details #Canyoning #FaceCebuTravel #CebuCheck our video here
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