Osmeña Peak is most famous for being the highest point on Cebu island and it’s one of the best adventures to be had in the South Cebu region in the Philippines!
Due to Osmeña Peak being one of the most popular Cebu tourist spots, the best time to visit is early in the morning for sunrise and this way you will beat the crowds.
I had all intentions of making it to Osmena Peak Cebu for a sunrise hike but due to poor weather conditions, I ended up arriving at the viewpoint just before noon and there were quite a few tourists around. Although I had to wait my turn to get photos, this didn’t take away from the beauty that surrounds Osmena Peak.
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WHERE IS OSMEÑA PEAK
Osmena Peak is located in the Dalaguete mountain region in South Cebu, Philippines.
Dalaguete is 100km south of Cebu City and public buses run every hour on a daily basis from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Moalboal, Oslob and Dalaguete. The cost of the bus is around 150 pesos.
Casino Peak is best visited from the nearby beach towns of Moalboal or Oslob, which is between 50km – 60km away and approximately one-hour and thirty-minutes drive.
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HOW TO GET TO OSMENA PEAK CEBU
The best way to reach Osmena Peak Cebu is to rent a scooter in Moalboal or Oslob and make your own way up to the hillside village of Mantalongon in the Dalaguete region.
There are many scooter rental stores located in Moalboal and Oslob where you can get your hands on some wheels for around 400 pesos per day.
The majority of the roads in this region are tar-sealed though I came across many washouts and potholes along the way which I had to slow right down for. These mountainous roads are also very windy with a lot of blind corners so be sure to take extreme care when riding.
Note: I recommend loading the pin location of Osmena Peak on Google Maps before you make tracks out here as the phone network coverage up in the mountains is very weak and you may lose signal. ‘Maps Me’ is a great offline map application that you may want to consider downloading from the app store which would work best in scenarios like this.
Another option is to take the public bus from Cebu City to Mantalongon, a small city located on the top of the mountain and the journey time is around three to four hours depending on traffic.
From the bus station in Mantalongon, you can hail down a habal-habal (motorbike taxi) and kindly ask the driver to take you to Osmena Peak which is a short 5km up the road. The cost of a habal-habal is around 100 pesos.
Alternatively, you can rent a car for the time you plan to spend in Cebu and travel around the island at your own pace.
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On the way to Osmena Peak
BOOK A TOUR TO OSMENA PEAK
If you would prefer to book a tour to Osmena Peak there is one that I can highly recommend which also includes the famous Kawasan Falls.
It’s a full-day tour that starts in Cebu City with a hotel pick up, a guided tour to Osmena Peak plus Kawasan Falls and then returning back to Cebu City. All this for less than $30!
ARRIVING AT OSMEÑA PEAK IN CEBU
There is an allocated parking lot located near the entrance to Osmena Peak where you can park your scooter or car and the parking fee is by donation.
From the carpark, follow the stone path up to the registration office to get your entrance ticket. The Osmena Peak entrance fee is 30 pesos which includes a guide if you would like one but it’s not necessary as the trail is clearly marked and can be easily navigated on your own.
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OSMENA PEAK DAY HIKE
The hike to Osmena Peak is a short fifteen to twenty minutes along a narrow, rocky path passing by thinly forested areas and farmer’s crops. I recommend wearing closed in shoes for the Osmeña Peak day hike, though flip flips would suffice.
There are two make-shift huts halfway along the trail selling Osmena Peak souvenirs such as fridge magnets, t-shirts and other things of the like. They also have eskies full of cold drinks, fresh fruits and other light snacks.
Osmena Peak summit is only a further five minutes from this point, though the trail gets much steeper for the last fifty meters of the hike and it can be a bit of a scramble to the reach top.
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Make-shift snack stores at Osmeña Peak Cebu
Scramble to the summit of Osmeña Peak
WHAT TO EXPECT AT OSMEÑA PEAK CEBU
What can you expect at Osmeña Peak? The most famous and best viewpoint in Cebu… that’s what!!
At 1,013 meters above sea level, Osmena Peak boasts panoramic views of the coastlines on both sides of Cebu island and of course, the most fascinating hill formations that you will have likely never seen before.
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These interesting rocks, hills, peaks, whatever you want to call them are other-worldly and it boggles me as to how they came to be…
From the summit of Osmeña Peak, these dominant peaks are seemingly endless as they stretch across the land like the spine of a Stegasaurus dinosaur.
Some say these rolling hills are reminiscent of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol as the landscape is quite similar. Though each of these spots is unique to its location.
In the deep valleys below Osmena Peak in Cebu, you can see vividly green fields of farmer’s crops and on a clear day, you can spot the neighboring islands of Negros and Bohol.
Selfie at the summit of Osmena Cebu
Rocky outcrops at Osmeñ Peak in Cebu
IS OSMEÑA PEAK WORTH IT?
Hell yeah, it’s worth it!
No matter how many pictures you’ve seen on social media, Osmeña Peak still lives up to its name of being the best viewpoint in Cebu.
It’s an absolute must-visit destination to add to your South Cebu itinerary and I guarantee it’s even better seeing this epic viewpoint through your own eyes.
Another option is to camp at the top of Osmena Peak for only 50 pesos, though you’re going to need your own tent and camping gear. This is definitely something I will consider doing if I visit Osmeña Peak again one day.
BEST TIME TO VISIT OSMEÑA PEAK IN CEBU
The best time to visit Osmena Peak weatherwise is in the summer months between March and May. There is little to no rainfall during this time and you’ll most likely have a better chance of catching a banger sunrise or sunset at Osmena Peak.
I visited Osmena Peak in the month of August and the weather was pretty shit and unpredictable. Though this is also considered low season and there were noticeably fewer tourists around.
Also, try time your Osmena Peak day hike for a weekday as opposed to a weekend. Saturdays and Sundays are when most Filipinos have time off work and they flock to these Cebu tourist spots in the hundreds.
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OTHER ATTRACTIONS NEAR OSMENA PEAK
There are many other Cebu tourist spots relatively close to Osmeña Peak which are definitely worth checking out on the same day.
See below for my suggested one day South Cebu itinerary:
• Early morning Kawasan Falls canyoneering adventure
• Followed by the Casino Peak hike
• Then sunset at Osmena Peak
• Sunrise hike to Osmena Peak
• Followed by the Casino Peak hike
• Then the Kawasan Falls canyoneering adventure
The view at Dalaguete Osmena Peak
View of Moalboal & Negros Island – Osmena Peak
OSMENA PEAK MAP
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WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL
Moalboal has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Moalboal to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Dolphin House Resort Moalboal
Dolphin House is the best luxury accommodation in Moalboal. A stone’s throw away from the ocean, this accommodation offers a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, free wifi and ocean views. There are double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms and bungalows available at Dolphin House Resort. Snorkeling, diving, activities and bike rental can also be organised at reception. Best place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Pescadores Seaview Suites
One of the most recommended places to stay in Moalboal. For less than $40 a night, Pescadores Suites offers double rooms, twin rooms and a garden villa. There is an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, restaurant, mini-market, table tennis, billiards, board games, karaoke room and wellness spa. Great place to stay for friends and couples.
Budget: Chief Mau Hostel
The best budget accommodation in Moalboal! Centrally located just minutes from the beach, Chief Mau hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms for as little as $8. There owner Trish is super lovely and goes out of her way to make all of her guests feel welcome and comfortable. There is a shared lounge with hammocks, billiards table and an in-house restaurant and bar serving up the best western food in Moalboal. There is free wifi throughout the property. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
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Another option for accommodation in Cebu is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Cebu.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Osmeña Peak in Cebu, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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