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How to get to Osmeña Peak – Highest Peak in Cebu

Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon Dalaguete Cebu

Osmeña Peak/Pico Peak is a hill that boasts an outstanding view of the two neighboring islands of Cebu; Negros and Bohol. It also boasts a vast view of the sea and you’ll get to enjoy the remarkable hill structures which are a blend of both stone cliffs and green vegetation.

Osmeña Peak is said to be the highest point of Cebu Province with a height of 1,042 meters above sea level (MASL) and It is one of the most visited sites by tourists in Cebu. The hills look like the Chocolate Hills in Bohol because of the many mountains clustered together, it is also known to be a start point for those who want to hike traversing to Kawasan Falls in Badian.

The short hike going to the Highest Peak

To those who don’t want to hike hours to enjoy a scenic view or those who just want to enjoy a short day hike, Osmeña Peak is for you. You can reach the peak from the start point for just 15-20 mins.

At the foot of the hill, there will be a registration booth where you’ll be required to sign up and pay for an environmental fee of 30php, and if you are bringing tents you will need to pay 50php for each tent. The hiking trail to the peak is rocky and steep, I suggest that you wear a sturdy footwear for the hike.

Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon Dalaguete Cebu
Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon Dalaguete Cebu

It’s my second time to trek Osmeña Peak, and on my second visit, I had my first camping in the peak. When we reached our campsite, you’ll instantly see the various 360-degree scenic view. You’ll see the line where the sky and sea meets, the islands of Bohol and Negros, the cluster of hills, the different vegetation, all these and you’ll also enjoy the fresh breeze of air. I suggest that you visit the peak before sundown and experience the breathtaking sight of the sunset from the highest peak in Cebu.

Night at the Camping site

At night when camping in Osmeña Peak, you’ll get the sight of city lights and bright stars, although unluckily for us we were caught by heavy rain at around 9 pm and it was hard for us to sleep because of the strong winds and heavy pour of rain. Some of our colleague’s tents were soaked and trampled, and indeed it was a challenging night but it was an experience to learn from. If you’re planning to camp or enjoy your day hike, check the weather forecast first. It’s better to be overprepared than be unsafe and also bring extra tarps and tent pegs for added support to your overnight home.

Mornings at the Peak

Mornings at the peak are very foggy and cold. The temperature at this time is closely likened to being in Baguio. The sunrise view is plainly majestic with the rays of sun peeking out from the sea of clouds. I suggest you bring thick jackets when you’re planning to camp because the fogs roll in approaching the night and dissipates later in the morning.

Guadalupe Mountaineers - Cebu Hiking Team going to Osmena Peak
with the Guadalupe Mountaineers – Cebu Hiking Team

How to get to Osmeña Peak from Cebu City / Mactan International Airport

Time needed: 4 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. From the Airport

    Look for a bus/Taxi Cab going to Cebu City. ( You may take MyBus Airport – SM Cebu route, Fare is at ₱ 40 ) or You may also hire a taxi cab going directly to South Bus Terminal.

  2. From SM Cebu

    You may ride a PUV/Jeepney going to South Bus Terminal. You may check code 12I, 01K, 12F, 10H Jeepney Routes.

  3. From South Bus Terminal

    Ride a bus going to Mantalongon Dalaguete/ Mantalogong Public Market. The trip will take you around 3-4 hours to reach the destination and a fare price of ₱120.

  4. If From Mantalogon Public Market

    You may ask the local Motor Taxis to take you to the foot of Osmeña Peak. Fare is at ₱ 40 per person.

  5. If from Dalaguete Juncture /Highway

    You may also ask some ‘Habal-Habal‘ drivers to take you going to the foot of Osmeña Peak. Usually Motortaxis there is offering you a day service that will cost you ₱ 1000 taking you from Osmeña Peak and traversing to other destinations like Kawasan Falls, Badian, and Oslob for a day.

  6. Take your first step

    There will be a Tourism Office which will collect ₱ 30 for the environment fee. and Additional ₱ 50 for every tent.

  7. Here ya go!

    Hike for not more than 30 minutes going to the peak and enjoy nature’s breathtaking view.

Bus stop at Mantalongon Public Market Cebu
Stop at Mantalongon Public Market ( Starting Trail )

Our Osmeña Peak Itinerary

Day 1 – South Bus Terminal going to Mantalongon Dalaguete

  • 10:30 AM – Assembly at South Bus Terminal
  • 11:00 AM – Departure: bound to Mantalogong Dalaguete
  • 03:00 PM – Arrival at Mantalongon Dalaguete.
  • 04:00 PM – Ride a Motor Taxi going to Mountain Foot.
  • 04:15 PM – Arrived at the jump-off Tourism Office for Registration.
  • 04:30 PM – Start trekking going to the top.
  • 04:45 PM – Arrival at the campsite to put up the tents,
  • 05:00 PM – Prepare for dinner
  • 07:00 PM – Dinner time.
  • 07:30 PM – Happy time
  • 11:30 PM – Strict lights off. preparing ourselves for a long hike going to Kawasan falls.

Day 2 – Traverse from Osmeña Peak to Kawasan Falls

  • 05:00 AM – Wake up Call and Prepare group breakfast.
  • 06:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 06:45 AM – Keeping put up tents and prepare for descent.
  • 07:00 AM – Traverse going to Kawasan Falls.
Panoramic view of Osmena Peak in Dalaguete Cebu
Panoramic view of the Peak during day time

Our Trip Budget

BUDGET BREAKDOWN FROM OUR TRIP IS AT ₱ 734.00 ( $ USD 14.57)

  • Contribution for Food Expense per person
    • ₱ 250 (including Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch)
    • 15 people joining the trip.
  • Registration Fee ( To be paid in the tourism office )
    • Environmental Fee – ₱ 30
    • Optional: Tent Fee – ₱ 50
  • Fares :
    • Terminal to Mantalungon Dalaguete – ₱ 180
    • Mantalungon Market to Mountain Foot – ₱ 40
    • Optional : (For non-hikers) – Motortaxis – ₱ 1,000 good for 2 person ** Day Travel Services
    • Kawasan Falls to Cebu City – ₱ 184

Important things to bring :

  • Jacket
  • Water
  • Medicine
  • Tents
  • Headlamps / Flashlights
  • Spoon or Fork and Plate
  • Food & Coffee
  • Toiletries
  • Optional: Communication Radios

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to climb Osmeña peak?

If from Dalaguete Juncture / Highway, 45 mins to 1-hour travel going to Osmeña Peak Jump-off point.
from Mantalongon Public Market, this will be around 15 to 20 minutes travel to the jump-off point.
If Hiking, it takes about 3 to 4-hours hike going to Osmeña Peak Jump-off point.

What is the height of the Osmeña peak?

Osmeña peak is 1,042 MASL (meters above sea level) and considered the highest peak of the Province of Cebu

Where is Osmena Peak located?

Osmena Peak is located at Barangay Mantalongon. Municipality of Dalaguete Cebu in the Philippines 6022

How long does it take to climb Osmeña peak from Jump-off point?

This will only take you about 20 to 30 minutes hike from Jump-off point to the highest peak of Osmeña peak.

How far is Osmeña peak from Cebu City?

Cebu City ( Cebu South Bus Terminal )to Osmeña peak/Dalaguete ( Dalaguete Juncture ) is about 3 hours travel. and it’s about 85 Kilometers away.

Why is it called Osmeña peak?

Osmeña peak is named in honor of Cebu’s Osmeña Clan and tagged from the 4th President of the Philippines – Sergio Osmeña Sr.

What is the best time going to Osmeña Peak?

To ensure that you will witness clear skies at the peak and enjoy the 360 view of Cebu. the best time for you to go is around 12 PM – 4 PM.

How long does it take you going to Kawasan Falls from Osmeña Peak?

Traversing to Kawasan Fall in Badian from Osmena Peak in Dalaguete will take you around 5-6 hour hike.

Cold Morning at Mantalongon Cebu

As we get to enjoy nature’s abundant beauty, we make up for it by making sure to clean up after ourselves and help preserve its natural view.

Camping in Cebu

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