Cebu is a province in Visayas that is famous for its beaches, food, history, and culture. Many local and foreign tourists make their way to this part of the Philippines to swim, sunbathe, island hop, eat and immerse in all things Cebuano.
Cebu has a developed tourism infrastructure that makes it an easy and accessible destination from Manila and nearby provinces. There are regular flights and boats that allow you to reach its beautiful beaches and islands. After you have seen the coast and explored its stunning underwater ecosystems, you can start exploring its fetching landscapes. One such place to consider including in your itinerary is Osmena Peak.
Osmena Peak is one of the highest peaks in the province. It is located in Mantalongon, Dalaguete and has an elevation of 1013 MASL (meters above sea level). The stunning landscape is characterized by craggy cliffs and undulating rock formations with the blue sky and sea as its backdrop. The trail leading up to the viewpoint is accessible and easy, regardless of your experience in hiking or physical fitness. The trail takes approximately 20 minutes or so (or less) to finish.
The ride to Osmena Peak from Cebu City is scenic you will drive through the countryside passing fields and quaint towns along the way. You will then reach the Mantalongan market, which is the most likely jump-off point for the treks to the viewpoint. Here you will find a bustling vegetable market and a glimpse of local life. Visitors can also hire a motorcycle taxi (locally known as habal-habal) from here to the base.
Once you reach the start of the trail, you can walk on your own to the peak or get a guide. The trip is easy and pleasant with spectacular views. Take as many photos as you want and enjoy the breeze blowing at the top. One of the best times to visit is during sunrise.