Osmeña Peak is the highest peak in whole Cebu. It’s the highest (1,072 masl), but is the easiest to climb. It’s ironic, isn’t it? It will just take about 15-20 minutes from the jump off to the top, well shorter if you are an experienced climber or if there are no photo ops along the way.
Opeak, as it is popularly known, is located in Barangay Mantalungon, Dalaguete, the vegetable capital in Cebu.
How to get there?
There are two ways on how to get there:
Via South Bus Terminal – you should take the Oslob via Bato bus and stop at Dalaguete proper, you can see the junction going to Mantalungon there. It’s across Maria’s Batchoy. There are lots of habal2x in the area, which you can hire going to the jump start of Opeak then getting back to Poblacion or in our case to Obong Spring, which is I think the second barangay from the Poblacion (it’s roughly about 10-minute ride from Poblacion).
Via Carbon Public Market – There are buses here that will stop at Mantalungon market. It’s hard to catch the bus since they are on schedule and accordingly, there were only 2 or 3 that are in operation. Most of the commuters of this bus are vegetable vendors. Ask for the mini buses stationed at Caltex in Carbon Market area.
We chose the first option, which is via South Bus terminal. It took us about 3-4 hours to get to the Dalaguete junction. Since it’s past 12nn, we decided to eat at Maria’s Batchoy. The batchoy is really delicious, better try it. So after eating, we hired a habal2x to fetch and wait for us while we ascend the mountain. We settled at 500 pesos for two, going to Opeak then to Obong. The driver waited for us while we spent an hour for the video and photo ops. We were joining a contest (hosted by Deuter) by the way and Opeak is one of our chosen location (the other one is at Mantayupan Falls in Barili).
Before you reach the jump off point of Opeak, you can already feel the coldness of the area due to the increase of altitude. By the way, the motorcycle ride from the Poblacion, Dalaguete to the jump start took about 45-minutes to one hour.
Once you reach the top, you can enjoy lots of beautiful rock formations of Osmeña Peak. I can actually say that it’s like a rocky-ish version of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.
You can actually see the neighboring provinces of Negros and Bohol should you reach the peak. There’s also the Badian Island. However, you may fail to see these beauty if the weather is not accommodating. Because of its altitude, there will be lesser visibility, which then creates fogs.
To wear our fatigue off, we took a dip at Obong Spring. It’s really cold and there were some pretty cool rocks there. When we get there, there were some locals enjoying the place too.