Trekking Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete Cebu
Discover one of the highest mountains in Cebu; the majestic Osmeña Peak. Standing tall at 1,013 meters above sea level (masl), the peak is a terrific experience for mountain trekkers and hikers. The mountain could be found in the municipality of Dalaguete, southwest of Cebu City.
The stunning peak offers an awesome view of the sea (Tanon Strait) from a distance. The jagged cliffs that dominate the peak are likened to Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.
However, Osmeña Peak’s hills have sharp protruding summits instead of rolling curved piles.
Osmeña Peak is one of the most visited mountains in Cebu with about 100 to 1,000 trekkers on any given day. This is probably because the trails going to the peak are easier to hike.
One of the easiest trails going to the peak is the 700-meter climb from the entrance in Brgy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete.
At the peak, the climate is colder, like the highlands of Baguio, with gusting winds that blew from time to time. The peak also provides you with a 360-degree panorama of Cebu island and other breathtaking views.
Most trekkers that have been to Osmeña Peak had exclaimed the peak offers the best viewpoint on Cebu’s magnificent landscapes.
Trekkers can camp at the peak but remember to bring a jacket or sweater to keep you warm. The average time to hike Osmeña Peak on fine weather is from one to two hours from the foot of the mountain.
Another entry points to Osmeña Peak is via Badian where some travelers and trekkers decide to visit Kawasan Falls (Badian) and other attractions near the peak. There is a camping ground at Osmeña Peak if you plan to stay overnight. The camping fee is P50 but you have to bring your own tent and food.
What to bring/wear
Travel light when going to the peak. The trek to Osmeña Peak is a minor hike, so you can wear any type of outdoor clothes or those that are comfortable for you. However, some hikers recommend wearing shorts or pants. Closed shoes or sandals are better off going to the peak. Some trails could be muddy or slippery so slippers are a big no-no.
You can also bring your smart-phone or a camera for Instagrammable shots, drinking water, sunscreen, shades, money, snacks or cooked food (especially when you will stay overnight), and a headgear.
Where to stay when visiting Osmeña Peak
When visiting Osmeña Peak and other attractions near the mountain, the best place to stay is at the town of Moalboal. This municipality is well-positioned in the heart of Cebu where backpackers can easily reach all the major attractions in the center and south of the province. Moalboal is lively, has some fine restaurants, and several budget-friendly accommodations around town.
Osmeña Peak Location: Brgy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu. The mountain is about 85km southwest of Cebu City. Travel time from Cebu City to Dalaguete takes about 2.5 to 3 hours by bus.
How to get there
From Cebu City, go to the South Bus Terminal and ride a bus going to Oslob or Bato. Tell the bus driver to drop you off at the Dalaguete Junction. The usual fare is P170 per head (one way).
From the junction, you can hire a habal-habal going to the wet market in Mantalongon. From the market, you can start your hike going to Osmeña Peak.