OSMENA PEAK – THE BEST VIEWPOINT IN CEBU!
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 have put together this complete guide of Osmena Peak including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect when you’re there.
Also, at the bottom of this Osmena Peak post, I have included some useful information on where to stay near Osmena Peak, recommended Cebu tours and other points of interest in the area.
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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 up to Osmena Peak 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 car park, 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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Snack stores at Osmeña Peak Cebu
Scramble to the summit of Osmena 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 at Osmena Peak 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.
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 the beauty that surrounds Osmena Peak.
The summit of Osmena Peak
Rocky outcrops at Osmeña Peak in Cebu
IS OSMENA PEAK WORTH IT?
Hell yeah, it’s worth it!
No matter how many pictures you’ve seen on social media, Osmena 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.
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 NEAR OSMENA PEAK
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, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
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 and one hours drive to Osmena Peak, 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 on Cebu is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR CEBU
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF OSMENA PEAK
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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