Adventure Canyoning or canyoneering in Madeira can be a combined Water and Rock activity. Canyoning in Madeira Island can represent a spectrum of activities some of which are mostly rock activities and some of which are mostly water activities. Canyoning or canyoneering, as it is better known in the USA, is one of the best high adrenaline activities you can do in Madeira. If you are going to try it then use a professional company. Scrambles (can be wet or dry or alternating the two, involving the ascent or descent of a water course); adventure walks or scrambles (covers a multitude of variations); canyoning or canyoneering, (usually wet. It traditionally involves the descent of a steep water course and is a high adrenalin activity for adults); adventure swimming (another name for coasteering or a non-technical variation of canyoning); river running (deliberately swimming down white water rapids). What does Canyoning entail/What will I be doing? The best way of describing our canyoning activity is white water rafting but without the raft. With our guides, you will descend a stunning steep sided gorge by various ways and means. This can involve sliding down rapids, swimming down rapids, floating down fast flowing chutes and waves, walking behind some breathtaking waterfalls and of course jumping off those jaw dropping waterfalls. Who can do Canyoning? Canyoning in Madeira does require a degree of physical fitness. It can be demanding as it involves a lot of adrenaline, swimming and walking. However it is suitable even if you can’t swim as we provide you with buoyancy aids. It is normal to have people within a group who can’t swim. We would usually recommend that nobody under the age of 16 years of age attempts the full canyonning gorge. For younger less physically able customers we offer alternative combined rock and water activities such as gorge walking. Duration/length of the Canyoning session? This is variable depending on the size and nature of the group and the prevailing weather conditions on the day. With a guide, the session would normally last around 3 – 5 hours. When can I do it? Canyoning sessions in Madeira are all year. What will I have to wear for my Canyoning session? For your canyoning session we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking. For guidance, we will provide you with a wet suit, buoyancy aid and helmet. A great combination of activities, canyoning is a full day activity due to the length of the session and it s physical demands. Therefore it is only suitable for combination with other activities for weekend or longer duration visits. It can be combined with any of the range of activities available whether it be caving, climbing or quads.