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Osmeña peak traverse kawasan falls

Being the highest peak in Cebu city, Philippines – Osmeña peak is one of the many favorite tourist destinations among Cebuanos. I have blogged about 5 reasons why you would want to go to Osmeña peak but these reasons can be endless. Aside from the view and the opportunity to camp, Osmeña peak is also a gateway for trekkers to traverse towards Kawasan Falls which is another sought after tourist destination in Cebu.

Photo was taken at Dalaguete vegetable trading center – considered as the vegetable capital of Cebu.

What to expect in Osmeña Peak:

📍The trail towards Osmeña peak is rather easy with a 20-30 minute trek from the foot to the summit.
📍You’ll get the see a 360 panoramic view highlighting the jagged hills resembling the ones surrounding the Moon hill in China.
📍If your lucky, you can capture a perfect sunset and sunrise on the peak, although it may get foggy to zero visibility during rainy season. We were welcomed by fog on our second visit unlike the sunset and sunrise magic that we had 3 years ago.📍Registration fee is only 50.00 php,you may camp overnight at the summit.
📍No tents? There’s a small shack at the foot of Osmeña peak where you can rent a tent. Temperature can dropped significantly at the peak so jackets were also available for rentals in case you forget to bring one.
📍Don’t leave your things unattended. We lost some of our canned goods and some eggs for breakfast after we left it outside our tents overnight.

We stayed overnight and it it was extremely cold to the point where I felt like I’m freezing while staying outside our tent. Haha! It was still a great experience to unplug from reality and enjoy the silence from the peak (aside from chit-chats from neighboring campers :D) We started our trek around 7:30 AM the next day.

 

What to expect while traversing to Kawasan falls:
📍You get to see A LOT of vegetable plantations strategically planted over the uneven terrain.
📍The trail is often downhill and it could be very slippery when raining. It rained thrice while we were trekking, so it was not always as good as it look on the pictures. Always bring your rain coats, you’ll never know when you need it.
📍It’s an open trail so remember to bring your sun blocks as well.
📍Most blog says estimated traverse time is around 5 hours but due to the bipolar weather and we got lost halfway to Kawasan so it was a total of around 7 hours before we finally arrived. It was another first time for me and I felt like crying after arriving at our destination. I wasn’t ready for it, but I got to finish it! Yay!
📍The best way to reward yourself after the adventure is to dip into the clear and refreshing waters of Kawasan Falls. (I don’t have enough pictures in Kawasan because I was too tired. 😂)

Itinerary:

Day 1
13:00 – ETD from Cebu South Bus Terminal, Cebu city – Dalaguete, Cebu
15:00 – ETA to Dalaguete junction
Ride a motorcycle to foot of Osmeña Peak
15:30 – Registration; Ascend to Osmeña Peak Summit

16:00 – ETA Osmeña Peak Sunmit

16:00 – 16:30 – Camp

16:30 -17:30 – Picture taking

17:30 – 18:30 – Prepare for dinner

18:30 – 19:30 -Dinner

19:30 – 22:00 – Free time

22:00 – Lights off

 

Day 2

6:00 – 6:30 – Prepare for breakfast

6:30 – 7:00 – Breakfast

7:00 – 7:30 – Break camp

7:30 – Traverse to Kawasan falls

14:00 – Arrived at Kawasan falls

14:00 – 15:00 – Late lunch

15:00 – 18:00 – Enjoy Kawasan falls

18:00 – 18:30 – Trek from Kawasan falls to highway

18:30 – ETD to Cebu city via Ceres bus liner

21:30 – ETA Cebu city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Katherine
    October 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    We went to Oslob for a day and missed doing this because we were all so tired… we were supposed to start with whale shark watching (apparently not an ethical tourism activity) and see the sunset here. Kinda regretful especially knowing that the summit isn’t too far. 🙂 Maybe we’ll give it another run, since we haven’t been to Kawasan Falls yet.

    I love you how you captured not just the summit and surroundings but also the people, and look at those vegetables!

    • Reply
      kris
      October 21, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Yeah, I’ve tried Oslob whale shark watching and decided not to blog and promote the activity. 🙁 That was 3 years ago and I promised not to ever try that again. On the lighter side of things, thanks for visiting Cebu, and I hope you can revisit. 🙂

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    October 13, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I love that the trek isn’t that long. I also love the idea that one sleeps there to appreciate nature and wake up with fog all over the place. We have been to Cebu a lot of times but mostly because of work. I hope I could also experience the kind Osmena Peak. We haven’t climbed outside the greater Metro Manila.

    • Reply
      kris
      October 14, 2017 at 11:34 am

      If it’s just until Osmeña peak, the trek is just 30 minutes but traversing to kawasan falls took us 7-8 hrs to complete the trek. 🙂

  • Reply
    Indrani
    October 12, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Easy trek and rewarding experience – I like treks like this. Photo opportunity of both sunrise and sunset is rare I think.
    I am really interested in doing this trek to Osmena Peak. Loved the pic of the curious goat 🙂 🙂 and 6 in a bike? My eyes were popping out.

    • Reply
      kris
      October 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Hahaha! I was shocked too when I saw 6 people on that motorcycle. 😂

  • Reply
    Olivia x The Indy Miss
    October 12, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Oh wow. First off, awesome photos! If you hadn’t mentioned it, I wouldn’t have known photo taking was the least of your problems during the trek. It’s good you guys didn’t get injured on the slippy trail. Did this come with like a package, or is it something you arrange yourself and just have the tents and 50-peso overnight fee if you want? Really curious how this works as I’m pretty used to having a tour guide around with us (in a packaged experience). 🙂

    • Reply
      kris
      October 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

      We did it the DIY way, however there were some tours too in Cebu that offers this package. I’m with a group who were really experienced trekkers that really knew the trail so we’re confident on not getting a guide. 🙂

  • Reply
    ROBERT LEE
    October 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Everything was great, and I allowed my imagination to run wild, except that it went too far as soon as I saw the photo of the habal-habal. LOL.

    I am also doing a little research on Cebu because we may visit during school break. Unfortunately, hiking is out of the question as of the moment because the little ones are … let’s say they are not interested.

    So, rather than going to the peak, we may end up doing a scuba dive here and there.

    • Reply
      kris
      October 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Hahaha! That habal-habal ride is something that I wouldn’t want to try too.

      You may want to go to Malapascua or Moalboal, great diving spots in Cebu. 🙂

  • Reply
    Swayam Tiwari
    September 24, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Sometimes, when you photograph ordinary looking objects like that goat, the end result is a great image. There is just that goat and you. And its wild eyes. Great captures. And I liked that picture of the ‘river of cabbages’. )))

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    Jullian Robin Sibi
    September 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Osmeña Peak but time never permits! I really need to make my girlfriend make me go with her to this place again. I always find the pictures that people took when they’re there to be awesome!

    I should also buy vegetables in Dalaguete before going home from there. Hahaha

  • Reply
    LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    September 23, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Wow, I’m truly happy that you’re now into trekking and your photos are always awesome. Anyway, I have been planning to trek from Osmena Peak to Kawasan Falls, but until now, I couldn’t find a good time due to my busy schedules. Knowing that you have shared all what we can expect if we follow the trail from Osmena to Kawasan have made me excited. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us and wish to read more of your trekking adventure soon.

    • Reply
      kris
      September 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Blame it to the husband, Lai! Haha!

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