Cebu is best known for its rich natural destinations, ranging from pure, sandy beaches to lush, green peaks. The island itself is home to many summits of varying difficulty levels, making it an ideal destination for nature-lovers and thrill-seekers alike. So whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking for a challenge or an adventurous couple who likes a unique date experience, here are just some of the top hiking spots of Cebu.
Osmeña Peak comes as one of the most recommended hiking spots, as it is the highest peak in the island, standing proudly at 1,013 meters above sea level. At its summit, you are treated to an unobstructed view of beautiful landscapes and jagged mountain peaks.
Climbing will be a breeze even for those new to the hobby, thanks to the crisp mountain air and well-established hiking trails. Should you need a guide to the camping grounds, the local kids would be more than happy to assist you.
Also known as Lugsanan Peak, Casino Peak is the Queen City of the South’s answer to Chocolate Hills. With verdant mounds and peaks similar to that of Bohol’s iconic tourist spot, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture and preserve the moment.
Aside from these hills, hikers are sure to enjoy the overlooking panorama of Tañon Strait and Badian. Put this on your itinerary if you’re out for breathtaking and awe-inspiring sights!
Coming up at a humble 820 meters above sea level, Mt. Hambubuyog has become a hidden gem for hikers seeking a challenging climb. Located in Ginatilan, Cebu, climbers can opt to take a longer, more relaxed route or push themselves to the next level with the “Cavalry Trail,” hitting the summit after 9 hours of hiking.
While these trails are straightforward enough to skip on a guide, it’s advisable to have one to help you climb the steeper portions along the way.
This mountain, more commonly known as Sirao Peak, has become a go-to campsite for nature-lovers and mountaineers for a number of reasons. With the summit at 750 meters above sea level, hikers are treated to a view overlooking Cebu City’s urban landscape. This proximity to the island’s bustling hub is another reason why many find themselves returning to the peak.
The peak is ideal for any climber, thanks to its two routes—a 2-hour trek from Barangay Busay, Lahug and a more challenging 4-5 hour climb from Barangay Budlaan, Talamban.
This summit is set apart from its peers due to its tragic historical significance. In 1957, a plane crashed into the mountain, claiming the lives of then-president Ramon Magsaysay Sr., along with a number of his staff and some members of the press.
Each year on March 15, a commemorative trek is organized in honor of the late president. The peak has much to offer to non-history buffs, as well—hikers can pick between two trails, “Eskina Cantipla” or “Eskina Mt. Manunggal.”
With one of the most laidback trails in Cebu, Mt. Naupa is an excellent choice for first-time hikers or adventurous families with curious little ones. Situated in Naga, Cebu, this peak can fit into even tightly-packed schedules, as the actual hike from the jump-off point takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes.
This mountain stands at 584 meters above sea level, with both newcomers and veteran hikers alike falling in love with the abundant nature backdrops and relaxed atmosphere.
Looking to cross mountaineering from your bucket list? Mt. Mago is the perfect peak to cut your teeth on. The well-established trail takes you through picturesque rolling hills, making the climb up relaxing enough that even children could make the trip with ease.
The most rewarding part of the journey, however, is witnessing the sea of clouds at the summit. While the cloud thickness may depend on the weather conditions for the day, this sight is definitely one for the books.
Some climb for the thrill of literally reaching new heights, others climb for the sceneries that no Instagram photo or blog post can quite capture. Whatever your reason is for taking up trekking, this Visayan island has much to offer. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to score cheap plane tickets and get to exploring!
Disclaimer: This particular content is contributed by Ms. Anne of PropertyAccess Philippines.