Osmeña peak is the highest mountain in Cebu. It’s situated between the southern towns of Dalaguete and Badian, nearly three hours road trip from Cebu City via public bus. The peak is named after the Osmeña family, an influential political clan in the province.
It’s favorite among hikers for its breathtaking view of the countryside. You can see the coastline meets the coral blue sea and hills. ooOh, those hills are like deformed chocolate hills. It offers a 360 degree view of nature, including the islands of Bohol and Negros. It’s unspoiled nature, so let’s keep it that way for future hikers.
There are different routes, long routes which most professional mountaineers take and short route for fun hiking. It’s a rough road going up to the foot of the peak. It’s like sitting in a massage chair. But, isn’t it a good thing? A free body massage on your way to the foot — heheheh!
We left Cebu City at 4:30am, so we can catch the sunrise on top of the peak. Unfortunately, the sun rose too early while we’re still on the road. Once you reached the starting point, you can see a small store where you can buy some snacks and drinks and use the toilet. At the same time, register your name and pay the entrance. There are guides too that can help you on your way up and it’s not free. If you plan an early hike make sure to bring something to protect you from cold and wind.
We took the short way, just about 30 minutes hike to the peak in a normal pace. It’s a bit easy for me as I already hiked few mountains in Malaysia. But, this is the most breathtaking view I have seen. By the time we reached the top, it was foggy everywhere yet still beautiful. We waited for few minutes until the sun is fully up and it cleared the sky. Thanks to the wind and my meditation (refer below) for blowing away the fog so fast. We are in awe, another nganga (jaw-dropping) moment. Super amazing God’s creation.
It’s also nice to chill for a while and bring some food for picnic, just make sure you don’t leave your garbage. Whatever you brought up, you have to bring down, especially your companions. 😀
I can say that Osmeña Peak is worth it. The short route is recommended for beginners. And how to get there is easy, from Cebu City south terminal take the bus bound to Oslob. Ask the driver to drop you off at Dalaguete junction. Then, hire a motorcycle at the crossing (normal charge is 250 to 300 per head) that would bring you to the foot. Alternatively, contact Easy Wander Travel & Tours for hassle free package.
KC Concepcion was spotted at the peak for Trip Magazine, April-May issue. Few of her photos below credit from her Instagram account.
“kids should experience adventure as early as they can with the parents.
It will served as their adventure OJT,
before they reached the point in their lives when
they wanna do it with friends. Oooh NOoo!” 😉
TOOK A PHOTO OF THE SUNRISE ON OUR WAY TO THE PEAK
AT THE STARTING POINT OF THE PEAK, VERY FOGGY
VIEW ON OUR WAY UP
I HAD TO DO THIS TO CLEAR THE FOG, IT KINDA WORKED — HAHAH!
I’M NOT PREGGY — hahah!
I didn’t expect that it’s cold, good thing I had extra clothes with me. I wore three layers of tops.