Osmena Peak is known to be the highest point in Cebu Island, standing at 1,013 meters above sea level. This astonishing site offers a Chocolate Hill – like view with a 360 degree panorama of South Cebu towns and beaches. You will never regret adding this to your itinerary list, even non-mountaineers will surely enjoy!
If you are coming from Cebu
Get on a bus bound for Oslob or Bato from the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. Alight at Dalaguete junction. Fare will cost you PHP 110 for a one-way trip.
If you are coming from Badian/Moalboal
Option A: Board a bus bound to Cebu and tell the driver to drop you off at Barili intersection in Carcar, from there wait for buses going to Bato via Oslob. Alight at Dalaguete junction. Cheaper fare than renting habal-habal but longer travel time.
Option B: Look for habal-habal that will directly drive you to Mantalongon, this will only take 1 hour ride. Fare will cost you 300 – 500 PHP, depending on your haggling skills.
From Dalaguete Junction
There was a queue for habal-habal that can take you to the base of the mountain at Mantalongon and back to the junction for 200 PHP. For dayhike you can ask the driver to wait for you/be your guide/arrange for pickup. If you plan for overnight, make sure to have the driver’s contact number handy to pick you up as no commuter vehicles were present in the area.
The ride will take you 30 minutes from the junction to the base of mountain. There were lots of good view along the way which will keep you occupied and astounded.
Farmers carrying large baskets of freshly harvested vegetables were a “norm” in this area, you can also buy the inexpensive quality veggies at Mantalongon Market.
Write your names in the log book and pay your environmental fee which costs 20 PHP per hiker. There was actually no need for a guide as the trail looks relatively easy. But since we were new to the place, we hired Ate V as our guide (no required fee).
Since we opted the easy trail from Dalaguete, this will only take you 20 – 30 to reach the summit. The Dalaguete trail showcases grasslands and small hills with moderate inclines. You will pass through small farms and locals carrying big baskets of cabbages and local crops.
If you plan on buying some foods, there were limited peddlers in the area. The only one that we passed through was a water vendor which was 15 minutes away from the summit.
Stunning and Beautiful, those two words popped up in our minds after reaching summit. True to its hearsay, there are no obstructions on the 360 degree view of South Cebu, perfect for your next profile picture/cover photo/insta shot. You got it all in Osmena Peak!
If you want to stay overnight, you can pitch tents on the open area for 150 PHP fee. Since there are no trees in the area, hammocks are not advisable. You can also try the harder traverse trail by starting at Badian area.
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