Osmena Peak: Every Traveler’s Guide to Exploring Cebu’s Highest Peak

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Cebu is known for so many things—pristine beaches, a breathtaking waterfall, jaw-dropping underwater world, electrifying festivals, and so much more. But what travelers usually miss when going to Cebu is seeing its picturesque mountains like the Osmena Peak.

Situated in Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Osmena Peak is Cebu’s highest peak standing at 1,013 meters above sea level. It is also known as the “Vegetable Basket” of Cebu or “Little Baguio” because of the vast vegetable farms in the area. 

About Osmena Peak

Osmeña Peak is considered the highest peak in Cebu standing at 1,013 meters above sea level. It’s a popular destination for hikers because of the breathtaking views it offers and the picturesque rugged hills almost similar to Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

What’s inside this blog?

In this Osmeña Peak guide, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about exploring this beautiful mountain including how to get there, how much to prepare for Osmena Peak budget, what to bring, and more.

Hiking Osmena Peak

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Hiking Osmena Peak Cebu is not as hard as you think. Whether you’re an advanced hiker or just a beginner, an Osmena Peak hike won’t tire you out. Usually, it takes only about 20 to 25 minutes to hike so you can dedicate half of your day here. The trail is marked very well so it’s very easy to remember. You can even go here without a guide, but of course, it’s better to have one for your safety and for interesting information the guide will share with you.

In fact, you can make a trip to two destinations in one day. You can travel from Osmena Peak to Kawasan Falls in two hours by habal-habal. The fare is around PHP1,000 per way.

Best Time to Visit Osmena Peak

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If you want to see the best of what Osmena Peak Cebu has to offer, make sure to plan your visit well. The best time to visit Osmena Peak Cebu is during the dry season, around March to May so you can enjoy a 360 degree fog-less view of Cebu from Osmena Peak height. 

What to Bring to Cebu Osmena Peak

While it’s an easy hike to Osmena Peak address, it’s not a good reason to bring a heavy bag. Trust us, you’ll enjoy it more when you travel light. So, here are the things you must bring when hiking Osmena Peak Cebu:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Folding umbrella
  3. Hat
  4. Plenty of water
  5. Snacks 
  6. Swimsuit (if you’re planning to travel from Osmena Peak to Kawasan Falls)
  7. Tent (if you’re planning to have an Osmena Peak camping)

Osmeña Peak Location

Osmeña Peak is located in Barangay Mantalongon, in the Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu. check out this Osmena Peak map to be guided.

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How to Get There

From Cebu City to Osmena Peak, take a bus bound for Oslob or Santander/Li-loan at South Bus Terminal. The travel time is approximately 3 hours. Just tell the conductor or driver that you will get off at Dalaguete junction for Osmeña Peak.

Once you reach the Dalaguete junction, you can reach Osmeña Peak in three ways by: renting a scooter, renting private cars, or riding a habal-habal (motorbike with a driver).

The most usual and most affordable way to go there is through habal-habal. The fare is around PHP200 per way. The motorbike can accommodate up to two passengers so if you’re alone, you still have to pay for the whole trip.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting

Osmena Peak entrance fee: PHP30/person

Tour guide fee: It depends on you.

Difficulty level: 3/9

Tourist Spots Nearby

  • Kawasan Falls
  • Lambug Beach
  • Kabukalan Spring
  • Badian Bay
  • Magic Beach Resort

Frequently Asked Questions About Osmena Peak

Q: How long does it take to hike Osmeña Peak?

A: The Osmeña Peak hike takes only 20 to 25 minutes. The trail is marked well and easy to follow. While there will be some instances when you would need to climb over some rocks, there is nothing too intense. It’s an easy hike that any people at any fitness level can do.

Q: How do I get to Osmeña Peak?

A: From Cebu City to Osmena Peak address, take a bus bound for Oslob or Santander/Li-loan at South Bus Terminal. The travel time is approximately 3 hours. Just tell the conductor or driver that you will get off at Dalaguete junction for Osmeña Peak.

Q: Is Osmeña Peak open?

A: Yes, Osmeña Peak Dalaguete Cebu has been open for travelers since August 16, 2020.

Source: Cebu Daily News Inquirer

Q: How high is Osmeña Peak?

A: Osmeña Peak location is at Dalaguete, Cebu. It stands at 1,013 meters above sea level making it the highest point in Cebu.

Q: Is Cebu open for tourists?

A: Yes, Cebu is already open for tourists but those who want to visit the tourist destinations in the province should register through the centralized online portal being created by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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