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Osmeña Peak: The Highest Elevation in Cebu

Osmena Peak is the highest point on Cebu Island that stands at approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. The summit offers a panoramic view of the island’s glorious southwestern coastline, and a glimpse of Negros Oriental, Cebu’s neighboring island.

The peak, named after the famous Osmeña clan, belongs to the stretch of the jagged Mantalongon range. Geographically, Osmena Peak is situated within the borders of Badian but is considered a part of Mantalongon in Dalaguete as it is more accessible to reach the said protruding hills from the Mantalongon route.

February 24, 2017 — From South Cebu Bus Terminal, it was a 3-hour travel to Dalaguete junction where the adventure began. We alighted from the bus and wandered around what seemed like Dalaguete’s town proper where a group of habal-habal drivers offered tours to Osmeña Peak. We were very untrusting at first, knowing that they know we are tourists from Manila. However, the habal-habal terminal had standard regulations on tours, including a 2-3 passengers only policy and a regular passenger fee of ₱100/person. (This was a relief.)

The motorcycle ride from Dalaguete junction to Osmena Peak trailhead took about 40 minutes. We passed by a couple of barangays before we finally arrived at Mantalongon.

Upon arrival at the trailhead, we were welcomed by locals offering boots-for-rent. Although hesitant to rent the boots, it was a good decision to wear those pink shoes after all. Apparently, it was raining the past few days and the trail heading up the peak has gotten unmanageable during this season.

 

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

 

Before trekking uphill, we wrote our details on the operators’ log book and paid ₱30 for the entrance fee. This was the only expense we made for the trekking adventure aside from the hundred peso fare from Dalaguete market to Osmena Peak. Be informed that getting a tour guide to the peak is not necessary. We simply followed the trail.  The soil was muddy at first, then it got rocky as the trail progressed. On our way up, we also noticed there were plots for vegetable farms in the area. This reminded me so much of Benguet, not only because of their farms but also of the unexpected cool breeze. The foggy cold temperature greeted us as we approached further height.

 

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

 

At 12:40 nn, there was already a handful of people trekking alongside us. Not surprisingly, most of them were Cebuanos. When I noticed that most of them were wearing clothes made of thick materials, I suspected that it would get cold at the top.

It was hard not to compare the Mantalongon hills to Bohol’s very own Chocolate Hills. The difference was merely the sharp edgy surfaces that Osmena Peak is known for.

 

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu

 

It was a 15-minute trek to the peak.  The sun hid behind the clouds that day and we found this favorable as we didn’t get dehydrated at all. The view from where I stood was simply amazing. I was able to spot Moalboal shorelines from the peak. Should tourists want to witness sunrise or sunset here, people may pitch tents on durable surface areas such as established campsites, dry grasses, and rocks.

 

 

Guide to Osmena Peak, Dalaguete

    • Alight at the Dalaguete Junction.  From South Cebu Terminal, ride the Ceres bus bound to Oslob and tell the bus conductor to drop you off Dalaguete. Mention that you intend to go to Osmeña Peak.
    • Gather your contacts. Get the contact number of your habal-habal driver so you can also ask him to take you around Southern Cebu for an additional fee.
    • Pack light. Make sure to bring one (1) bag that you can carry around wherever you go. Zip it all up in just one bag.
    • Leave no trace. Take photos and your trash with you.

 

Things to Bring

  • Sunblock lotion
  • Cap or scarf

 

Itinerary and Budget

Note: This is an itinerary fit for 2 persons during a 2017 trip. Be informed that this itinerary covers the whole Dalaguete-Badian-Bantayan Island Adventure.

February 24 (Day 1) 5:45 AM ETD from Manila ₱1,400/head (roundtrip airfare from seatsale)
7:00 AM ETA to Mactan Airport
7:30 AM ETD to Cebu South Terminal ₱300/ride (GrabCar to Cebu South Terminal)
8:05 AM ETA in Cebu South Terminal / eat breakfast
8:45 AM ETD from South terminal to Dalaguete ₱160/head (Bus fare to Dalaguete)
11:25 AM ETA in Dalaguete / ride habal habal ₱100/head (motorcycle ride to jumpoff)
12:40 PM ETA in Osmena Peak jumpoff/start trek ₱30/head (entrance fee)
1:05 PM Reach the peak / take photos
2:00 PM Back to registration area / ride habal-habal
2:20 PM Eat lunch at market
2:45 PM ETD from Market to Cambais Falls ₱30/head (entrance fee)
3:15 PM ETA in Cambais Falls / Start Trek
3:30 PM Swim / Take photos
4:30 PM Trek back
4:50 PM ETD to Cancalanog Falls
5:10 PM ETA in Chapel near Cancalanog / trek
5:20 PM Arrival at Cancalanog / take photos ₱30/head (entrance fee)
5:35 PM Back to chapel
5:45 PM ETD to Badian ₱600/head (from Dalaguete to Badian tour from Kuya Jun)
6:20 PM ETA to JoePro Hostel / check-in ₱300/head (lodging fee)
7:20 PM Dinner near chapel of Kawasan / wash
8:00 PM Socials
10:00 PM Sleep
February 25 (Day 2) 6:45 AM Wake up / prep
7:30 AM Breakfast / wear gears ₱1,500/head (canyoneering package)
8:20 AM Habal habal to canyoneering jumpoff
8:45 AM Registration / start trek
9:20 AM Canyoneering
12:40 PM End of activity / Reach Kawasan falls / lunch
1:20 PM Walk back to Joepro from Kawasan Falls
1:40 PM Reach Joepro / rest a while / wash / pack up
3:45 PM ETD to Cebu City ₱160/head (aircon bus from Badian to Cebu City)
7:45 PM ETA to South Cebu Terminal
8:00 PM Eat / roam around EMall
8:45 PM Check in at TMS Lodge / wash ₱550/room 12hrs (2pax)
9:30 PM Sleep
February 26 (Day 3) 5:30 AM Wake up / prep
6:10 AM Ride 01k jeepney to north bus terminal ₱8/head (jeepney fare)
6:30 AM ETA Cebu North Terminal /breakfast
7:00 AM ETD to Hagnaya Port ₱160/head (Ceres Aircon bus to Hagnaya Port)
10:45 AM ETA Hagnaya Port, Pay for Ferry / eat lunch ₱170/head (ferry); ₱10/head (terminal fee)
11:15 AM Boarding ferry to Bantayan Islands
11:35 AM Departure from Hagnaya Port
12:45 PM ETA Sta. Fe Port
12:53 PM Ride tricycle to Kota Beach Resort ₱20/head (tricycle to Kota Beach)
1:05 PM ETA Kota Beach Resort / Check in ₱900/room (non-aircon for 2pax)
2:00 PM Settle / rest / Rent Scooter ₱350/rental (scooter 24hours use)
3:00 PM ETD to Ogtong Cave
3:15 PM ETA Ogtong Cave / Swim ₱100/head (entrance fee)
4:30 PM ETD to Sto Nino Church
4:40 PM Eat ihaw / drive back
5:20 PM Back at Kota Beach / take photos / swim
7:30 PM Dinner at Kota / socials
9:45 PM Sleep
February 28 (Day 5) 6:00 AM Check out / ETD to Airport ₱100/ride (Uber to airport)
6:30 AM Check in at airport
9:00 AM Departure to Manila
10:10 AM ETA Manila
ESTIMATED EXPENSES ₱ 5,420 / head (not including food, airfare and other optional fees)

 

 

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