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South Cebu Adventure: Highest Peak in Cebu, Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete


When you heard summer capital in the Philippines, you'll always think of Baguio. But, Cebu also has its own summer capital, which is located in a town 84 KM south of Cebu. The mountain barangay Mantalongon in Dalaguete Cebu is around 700 - 800 MASL (meters above sea level), which is also popular by the names, "Little Baguio", "Vegetable Basket", and "Summer Capital of Cebu". Aside from the pleasant climate, one famous attraction here is the Osmeña Peak. Standing at 1013 MASL, it is the highest peak in the whole province of Cebu.
Mantalongon Mountain Ranges

How to get there

  • From Cebu, ride a bus in South Terminal bound to Oslob or Bato. You can also ask there which bus will pass through Dalaguete.
  • Ask the bus conductor to drop you off in Dalaguete intersection.
  • There are motorcycles that can take you to the base of the mountain or Mantalongon market.
  • Bus fare from Cebu to Dalaguete is around PhP 100.00 and travel time is approximately 2 hours.

  • Habal-habal ride
    Huge rock along the way

    Cebu's summer capital

    The average temperature in Mantalongon is around 22-degree Celsius. Not that cold as Baguio but somehow similar to Tagaytay. You can also see some pine trees around and farmers with their baskets filled with vegetables.
    Brgy. Mantalongon

    Highest peak in cebu

    We got a package tour for Canyoneering in Kawasan and Osmeña Peak for PhP 2000.00 per pax. From Badian, we rode a "habal-habal" (motorcycle) to the jump off point of the Osmeña Peak for an hour or more. We left the resort around 2:30 pm and got to the jump off point almost 4 pm. It was a long "habal-habal" ride. We rode through some uphill and downhill scenic roads and passing several villages. It started to get cold when we are near Mantalongon.
    The mountain ranges seen along the way
    Kuya is prepared, wearing a jacket

    When we reach the jump off point, we registered and paid PhP 20.00 per person for the entrance fee. Then we proceed to hike to the peak. It is just a 15-minute hike to reach the peak. At the peak, you can see a breathtaking 360-degree view. You can see the coastline of Cebu, including Moalboal, Badian island and when you look southwest, You can see the island of Negros Province and Bohol in the southeast.
    Welcome sign
    Registration area
    Path going to the peak
    Almost there
    Mantalongon ranges with some photobombers
    Badian Island and Moalboal seen from the peak
    A cousin of the chocolate hills
    Not so visible Bohol Island in the background

    The peak is a part of the Mantalungon mountain range. The mountain range is similar to the Chocolate Hills in Bohol but, the top of it is sharper and rocky. The place if perfect for watching the sunrise or sunset. It's cold on the top so you better wear some warm clothing or jackets. There is also a campsite where you can stay overnight in a tent.
    Enjoying the scene
    Waiting for sunset
    Cheers from Dalaguete!

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    19comments:

    1. Hi NICE blog!!!! I want to ask lang kung san nyu nakuha yung package for this!!! thanks:)

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      1. Hi Ecka, Thank you. We got this tour from Highlands Adventure PH. It also includes Kawasan Canyoneering. :)

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    2. Hello san po kayo nag stay prior to OsMena peak ?

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    3. Hello san po kayo nag stay prior to OsMena peak ?

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      1. Hi Ken, we stayed at a resort on Badian :)

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    4. Great experience indeed! Here is our story of this place too :) ---> http://i-am-jmhkayne.blogspot.ae/2016/01/cebu-osmena-peak-adventure.html

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    5. hi what time did u go to osmena peak?

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      1. Hi Gelo, around 2 pm, then we arrived at the registration area after an hour.

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    6. Hi there ☺ i just want to ask if how much did you paid for the fare of Habal-Habal?

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      1. Hi Ramona,

        We got it as a tour package (PhP 2000 for canyoneering + osmena peak) from Highland Adventures. But I assume it would be around PhP 500 since 1500 is for the canyoneering.

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    7. Hi there ☺ i just want to ask if how much did you paid for the fare of Habal-Habal?

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    8. Hi. Just want to ask if nag canyoneering muna po ba kayo before osmeña peak? And any idea magkano po camping? Thanks.

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    9. Hi. Just want to ask if nag canyoneering muna po ba kayo before osmeña peak? And any idea magkano po camping? Thanks.

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      1. Hi Mina, we went canyoneering first then Osmeña peak. For the camping sorry, I dont have any idea

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    11. Hi,

      Are there buses going to kawasan from Dalaguete intersection?

      Regards
      Carl

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    12. Such a nice blog! :) May I ask if passable ba ng 4 wheel vehicle (toyota innova) ung road/route papuntang osmena peak from kawasan or pang habal-habal lang po talaga? Thank you.

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