What to do in Malapascua? Jump off a Cliff!
I had one of those great thrills that I could ever imagine when I went to Malapascua, Cebu to unwind. I was able to jump off a cliff, a high one too. I’m afraid of heights but being an adventurous person, I like trying out extreme stuff. This one didn’t really cost an arm or a leg which is good for what it’s worth.
It was beautiful a Sunday afternoon, the weather was perfect and we initially just snorkelled. I didn’t get enough sleep that’s why I lacked energy then. Only when our guide told us that we could jump off a cliff did my eyes light up. We proceeded to a part of the island and trekked to the cliff in Malapascua.
We were simply enjoying the view on top of the island. We didn’t think that it was high until we were on the actual location itself. Seeing the water was really frightening in a sense that you don’t know what’s down below. We were convincing ourselves that it was going to be fine but it didn't work. We became more hesitant when we had a small conversation with our guide.
Us: “Sir, are there rocks nearby and is it deep?”
Guide: “No rocks and a lot have already jumped off from where you’re standing so it’s safe.”
Us: “Have you tried jumping?”
Yeah, what a way to market cliff jumping. Our guide sure knew how to keep our hopes high. He didn’t even want to join us because he too, was scared.
It’s good that my companions already jumped ahead; scary since they didn’t know what was about to hit them. At least the rocks had been scratched off from my head, it was only a matter of telling myself that I could do it.
I mustered all the courage in the hope of facing my fears and feeling the adrenaline rush through my body. But then I was too much of a coward to take that leap. I had to count many times to psyche myself up that it was alright since others have already gone past me.
I could’ve shit my shorts because of mixed emotions running in my head. It was embarrassing because I was the last one to try it and yet I was the first one who got all excited.
finally, the jump!
When I finally jumped, it reminded me of those dreams that we all have of falling from a high spot; only this time it hurt when I touched the surface.
It took some time before I hit the water; maybe because I was thinking too much and I forgot to straighten my legs. I even forgot to breathe that when I finally reached the bottom, I had to take a few moments underwater until I figured that my eyes were still open and I was still alive.
Well it’s another fear conquered; I didn’t bother going for a second round because of too much emotional investment. haha. It was the highlight of the whole trip. I was so excited that I even had to blog about it first. So guys, if ever you want to try hurting your balls or ass, try cliff jumping. This is the preparation for my bungee jumping plans next year, if all goes well.
Malapascua is 4 hours travel by bus North of Cebu.
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