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.
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. 😂)
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
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