Experience Revealed: Highest Peak in Cebu, O’Peak Adventure
I long to experience hiking in the highest peak Of Cebu. It would surely be a challenge and at the same time a great adventure. I wanted to be a solo backpacker be like but it turns out that my friend would like to be a solo backpacker as well. So we went together. Our 2 day fun travel was priceless especially the first day itinerary: ENCOUNTER WITH THE GENTLE GIANT WHALE IN OSLOB
These are some of the FACTS why I consider O’Peak as one of my bucket list.
- Osmeña Peak, the highest mountain in Cebu that is a favorite among hikers for its picturesque view of the countryside. Osmena Peak rises 1,013 meters above sea level and is nestled between the southern towns of Dalaguete and Badian. (of course, I just researched about this 🙂 )
- Most known as O’ Peak, it offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset. You would surely be amazed as you witness the 360 degree view of nature, including the glimpse of the island of Negros and Bohol. — I will show you some pic as we go along.
- Known as the vegetable basket and summer capital of Cebu with its cool air and elevation. — (I have a video on this where the fogs is so clear on view but too bad can’t post a video here as of the moment. However you can check the video on my FB pg: )
So let’s start trekking…
Picture taking is part of our adventure… yeah, really!
The heat of the sun surely made us tired… but that was what we had plan and we’re there anyway! ( HAHAHAH)
And at last…
As we were there, a group of visitors were doing their pre-nap. They also stayed there for overnight.
And here are some of our sunset captured moments…
OUR OVERNIGHT STAY — The scary Part!
At around 7pm, the wind was really strong that it made our tent dance with style but we were not afraid because this was what we wanted in the first place– A real adventure (let see where this adventure fun lead us). Before we slept we laughed out loud watching those epic fail photos and videos we had from OSLOB. Nobody knows how our laugh echoed every angle of that place. I woke at around 12 in the midnight. The wind was howling outside and the wind almost (yeah almost!) destroyed our tent. It froze us to death outside.
It was then my fear started. As I sneak out my head from our tent… It scared me more because I didn’t see anything! As in Zero visibility!!!! I wonder if those other campers who were a little bit far from us were scared too. We only have each other in our tent… Hu! That for sure trembled us!
3 AM – it came what we did not expect! At first it drizzled then it rained and we were like 😳😫😳😫😳MAMA MIA! ( naglain na among huna huna; hahaha tagam and it caused us to pray in silent). We let ourselves felt at ease. We Just then decided to eat at the middle of the night for all those food we bought with us and we boil for hot water since we have Milo’s! (I could still remember the struggle as we find a way not to burn the tent since we brought the portable stove with us- AHHAHAH). The rain stopped and we continued our conversation as our laugh echoed again.
We woke at 5:30 and fogs were everywhere and campers were all around witnessing the grandeur view around while I let myself felt refreshed with the scent of the fresh mist of the morning dew. What a beautiful morning. We hike at the peak and felt the breeze of the fresh air together with the other campers. We tried to check the other part of the areas and took pictures. Then we decided to eat for breakfast.
OUR EARLY MORNING CAPTURE
The views are covered with fogs and it really froze us.
8 am — we decided to head back to the entrance station. Our guide came and help us brought our baggage. We charged our phone as we reached the entrance station. We met a new set of hikers as we are heading down too. As from the people there, everyday there are visitors and hikers keep coming. And as for us, surely our O’peak experience is Fun and amazing! Truly an adventure it was!
HOW TO GET THERE: FROM SOUTH BUS TERMINAL
1. From the Cebu South Bus terminal, take the bus going to Bato/Oslob (you may inquire which bus passes by to Dalaguete) and ask to be dropped off at the intersection of the main highway and the road going to Mantalongon. (range from 115-130 for air-conditioned buses, PHP 100-110 for non-aircon.)
- The moment you step off the bus, you will be greeted by those energetic motorcycle drivers asking if you’re going to OPeak. Any one of them can take you to the base of the mountain/entrance station for P80-P100.
— Before trekking to the foot of the mountain, you need to log your name An entrance of P30 each. You can ask for a guide or may not.
Before local children work part-time as tour guides and can lead you to the peak for P50 to P100 but kids are NO LONGER ALLOWED NOW! They provide credited and trained guide. They stop having those children to be a tour guide because mostly of the kids stop their studies for they enjoy and relying on having their own income rather than be in school, local officials said. Going down, one can take an alternative route to Badian town where Kawasan Falls is located.
PART OF 2 days ADVENTURE: FROM OSLOB TO O’PEAK
From our great encounter with the gentle giant whale/butanding in Oslob, we headed to O’PEAK.
HOW WE GET THERE:
- We rode a bus and dropped off at the intersection of the main highway and the road going to Mantalongon..(P48) 1hr and 30 mins.
- this is surely a great sacrifice having those staff we brought! Hu!
- From Dalaguete junction we rode a habal habal going to the base/entrance (PHP100 each) ( 25 minutes)
- This is it! From the entrance station trekking to the foot of the mountain will at least 15-25 minutes hike. Hu!
That was intense. For those who didn’t bring water and food, a store sells refreshments at the entrance/registration station.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Sunblock, sunglasses or any skin protection
- FOR OVERNIGHT STAY : Tent
- cellular/smart phone
- extra shirt
P30 for entrance
P50 additional for overnight stay
P 300+ for tent rental if you did not bring any.