Osmeña Peak is one of the highest mountains on the island of Cebu in the Philippines.
Located around 40km away from Moalboal, and around 100km south of Cebu City it is considered to be the most famous viewpoint on Cebu, not to mention one of the most beautiful too.
From the top of the peak, you can get a picturesque view of Cebu island – which totally makes the hike worth it, believe me!
Located approximately 1,013m above sea level and covered with grass and bush vegetation, and it can be climbed all year round making it the perfect place to check out when visiting Cebu.
The Best Time To Visit Osmeña Peak
Although you can hike the mountain all year round, there are some better times to visit the peak. During the warm summer months of April and May, climbing the peak at sunrise is ideal.
In the months of December and January, it is best to avoid going at sunrise and instead to visit just before the sunset as the air is cooler.
It can also be foggy in the morning during certain times of the year – be sure to check the weather before planning your trip to try and available hiking in the fog.
While you can visit the Osmeña peak during the day I advise against it due to the heat and humidity. Instead, you’ll find the best and most popular time to complete this hike is just before sunrise or sunset.
How to visit Osmeña Peak from Moalboal
There are three options to visit the peak from Moalboal.
The first route is taking a tricycle from Moalboal to Kawasan Falls, and from then on you can hike up the peak. It roughly takes about five hours each way and it is advised not to attempt this hike on your own.
The second route is catching the public bus from Moalboal and getting off in Dalaguete. Habal-habal drivers should then take you to Mantalongon, and then it is an hour hike from the Mantalongon marketplace up the peak.
Finally, if you’re a confident scooter driver then you could hire a scooter in Moalboal and drive it to Osmeña Peak. Scooters can be hired from multiple locations in Moalboal for around 350 pesos a day.
However, the drive to the starting point of the hike contains a steep incline so be sure that you’re familiar with driving in the Philippines and up steep inclines before setting out on your journey.
Hiking Osmeña Peak
Once you arrive at the car park, follow the stone path up to the registration office, where the entrance fee to hike the peak is 30 pesos.
The hike is very short and well-marked, and it is easy to navigate your way.
There is a campsite just a few metres down from the peak which has a toilet available to the public for a small fee.
A guide is not necessary, however, if you want a full experience then you have the option to hire a guide to give you more information.
The price is usually up to you to decide on, but it does not hurt to pay and tip the community. Some of the guides will offer photography and based on experience should be able to take pretty great shots.
The actual hike of the peak is only around 20 minutes along a narrow and rocky path.
However, the hike isn’t that intense. Anyone who is able to walk for 20 minutes unaided should be able to complete the hike and it’s only the final fifty metres or so where the incline significantly increases.
There are plenty of stops you can make on your hike along Osmeña Peak including at one of the makeshift huts which sell souvenirs as well as an array of cold drinks, fresh fruit and snacks.
Waterfalls near Osmeña Peak
If you’re looking for something to do after visiting Osmeña Peak then why not check out one of the incredible waterfalls in the area.
Kawasan Falls is one of the waterfalls near Osmeña Peak, and it is possible to hike from there to the peak however it takes around five hours each way.
Kawasan Falls is one of the top attractions in the Philippines with the majority of tourists who visit the Moalboal / Alegria area coming here to experience canyoneering here.
It costs 45 pesos for tourists to enter the waterfalls, although you can book a full tour either online in advance or in-person in Moalboal or Alegria.
Cambais Falls is in the hills of Alegria, Cebu. Much like Kawasan Falls, the hike here from Osmeña Peak will take around four hours, meanwhile, the drive will take around forty minutes.
The falls consist of two levels, where the first level involves a solid cliff jump into the water below.
The second and much quieter level involves clambering up a small cascade with a rope and then through the water until you reach a bamboo ladder up to the second level.