After visiting the Whale Sharks and enjoying the waves of Oslob, we, headed to Osmena Peak, which is located in Dalaguete, Cebu. The town is also known for Mantalongon Public Market, as the town provides vegetables, corn, woven basket, and other products all around Cebu.
From MB Sunrise Resort in Oslob, we rode a bus going to Cebu City at around 2 in the afternoon. You may ask the driver to drop you off at Dalaguete or the nearest drop off point to Osmena Peak. Travel time usually takes around 1 hour from Oslob and more or less 2 hours from Cebu City.
By 3 in the afternoon, we arrived in Dalaguete. Habal-habal drivers are all around the place. You can hire them to take you to Osmena Peak. I’m not really sure about the price, but for us, they charged PHP 300 each passenger since they waited for a long time. We didn’t complain, though, cause we were so tired from all the activities that day.
Arriving at the foot of the mountain, you need to register your name. You may or may not ask for a guide as the trail is fairly easy, but in our case, we decided to hire one since we started our ascend late in the afternoon already.
Dalaguete is also called as “Little Baguio“. By the time we descend the mountain (around 6pm), I was already shivering . I was only wearing sleveless shirt, leggings and slippers. Go figure.
We arrive at Dalaguete town proper by 7 in the evening. The habal-habal drivers offered to take us to Badian, which is our next destination, for PHP 1,500! It was insanely expensive, so we decided to refuse the offer. Instead, we ask the locals around how to commute to Badian.
From Dalaguete, ride a bus bound to Cebu City. Ask the driver to drop you off at Carcar. In Carcar, ride another bus that’s bound to Badian via Bato Barili, and ask again the conductor to drop you off to where Kawasan Falls is.
By 11:40pm, we arrived at Carcar. We tried to wait for a bus bound to Badian, when suddenly few men were already approaching us, asking where we were heading, and keep talking and asking questions. Not to be judgmental, but my friends felt like there’s something wrong (stalkers alert!) and it was already late, so we decided to stay at Carcar Travellers Inn, and wait for a bus bound to Badian tomorrow.
It was a crazy experience, but on a lighter note, we were so glad to visit many places that day.
- Dalaguete is pronounced as “da-la-get”
- For students, you can bring your school ID and present it to the conductor so they can give you a student discount for your bus fare.
- Habal-habal are crazy expensive. You can always ride the bus going from one town to another.
- Tour guides in Osmena Peak are mostly children. Rate depends on how much you’ll give them.
- Asking for directions are okay, but take caution. Some people will do their best to take advantage of travellers. Trval wisely!
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