Last Saturday, my friends and I had this crazy idea of going on an adventure to climb the highest peak in Cebu– Osmeña Peak. It rises 1,013 meters above sea level and is nestled between the southern towns of Dalaguete and Badian. Locally known as O’Peak, it offers a breathtaking view of the white coastline hugging the coral blue sea, jagged hills, and most of all the beautiful sunset and even sunrise if you opt to go camping overnight. It is a well-known trekking destination for locals. Even trekking enthusiasts from other provinces visit Cebu to experience the picturesque view of the countryside.
It took us about two hours from Cebu City to get to Dalaguete, which is known as the vegetable basket and summer capital of Cebu with its cool air and elevation. To get there, we took the bus at the South Bus Terminal from the main city. You can ask anyone from the terminal staff on what bus you should get on and never hesitate to approach the bus driver and tell him to drop you off at the Dalaguete junction.
Just like most trekkers, we took the route from the town’s junction. We rented a “habal-habal” (motorcycle for rent) to get to the foot of the mountain for Php200 per person. The whole trip took about 30 to 45 minutes so get ready for a butt-hurting habal-habal ride, but once you’re on the road, the scenic view of Mother Nature and the gush of fresh cool air would help keep your mind off the long trip. However, if you want to experience more adrenaline and adventure, you can get to the peak by hiking through the valleys and farmlands.
Upon reaching our destination, local children happily approached us and offered to be our tour guide on our way to peak. They work part time as tour guides after school for only Php50 to Php100.
We got there around 3:30PM and the weather was cool, foggy and windy. We were scared because we thought it was going to rain hard, but we’re glad it didn’t, which was also a good thing because it saved us from the scorching heat. The only problem was, the trail was muddy, slippery, and one can easily trip off if you’re not wearing the right shoes. It was just a short trek, more or less 30 minutes.
Upon reaching the top, I can say that it was all worth the hassle. We were rewarded with a cool breeze and the sight of unique rock formations. We decided to stay for a few minutes to enjoy the awesome view and of course, take photos.
Indeed, it was a great once in a lifetime experience. I’d be willing to go back to give it a second try but by that time, I’ll try to take the longer trek. So looking for a weekend getaway far from the hustle and bustle of the city? Or ever wanted to include trekking in your bucket list? Don’t forget to think of Osmeña Peak!
A big shout-out to Neil, Ron, Jochris, and Gian for being such kick-ass adventurers and for letting me join their trip. Thanks guys!