The first travel destinations that will be featured are the towns in Southern Cebu. It's because just recently I backpacked around Southern Cebu in 2 days- the cheapest way possible. I also calculated all travel expenses while exploring the southern part of Cebu.
The Destination: Dalaguete, Cebu
Dalaguete is a municipality in the southeastern part of the province of Cebu. It is about 86 kilometers away from Cebu City. Because of its cooler climate especially in their highlands and its bounteous harvest of fresh vegetables, Dalaguete is also known as the "Summer Capital of Cebu" and the "Vegetable Basket of Cebu." Dalaguete got its name from the massive dalakit tree which is still present today in Obong Spring.
Cebu City to Dalaguete - PhP 90-100 (ordinary bus, approximately 2.5 hours travel time)
Places to Explore
1. Municipio (Municipal Hall)
A historic structure itself, this is the best place to start your tour around Dalaguete. Built around 1832, the Municipio was the center of government during the Spanish times up to the present.
2. Museo sa Dalaguete
The Municipio also hosts this museum on the second floor of the building. In here, you will find and discover the rich heritage of Dalaguete. Admission is free.
3. Baluarte (Watchtower)
Strategically located near the sea, this watchtower was used as a defense system against Moro raids in the past. A cañon stands in front of the baluarte today. Near the watchtower is their gorgeous sea wall.
Take time to relax and play at their park. Located in front of the church, this is a favorite place for the little children to play and enjoy.
5. Heritage structures
Dalaguete also hosts many heritage houses, some of them can be seen along the national highway. The heritage well is also a prominent landmark near the park.
6. Obong Spring
This is a freshwater spring that is near the beach. Locals say that during high tide, the salty water from the sea floods to the spring. Obong Spring is located in Balud, Dalaguete.
-- Dalaguete town proper to Obong Spring - PhP8 (tricycle)
-- Obong Spring entrance fee - PhP5
7. Obong Watchtower
Situated along the beach and near Obong Spring, this watchtower is picturesque.
8. Osmeña Peak
If you're an adventure-seeker, you can climb Osmeña Peak, Cebu's highest point. This peak is named in honor of the famous Osmeña family of Cebu.
|The majestic view at the highest point of Cebu.|
-- Dalaguete town proper to Mantalongon market - PhP50 (Habal-habal)
-- Mantalongon market to the foot of the peak - PhP25 (Habal-habal)
-- Peak entrance fee - PhP20
-- The trek is easy. You can scale it for 20 to 30 minutes.
9. You can also explore these places: Mantalongon Highlands, Ocean Bay Resort, Dakong Bato Beach Resort, Rockwalled Adventure Resort, Just Inn.
For Your Taste-buds
Dalaguete also has a version of torta.
1. Take the early morning bus from Cebu City's South Bus Terminal to avoid traffic. You can choose between aircon and ordinary buses.
2. Dalaguete's Municipio is just located along the highway. So, you can tell the driver's aide (konduktor) to drop you near the municipal hall.
3. Try to do the walking tour around the town proper.
Where is Dalaguete, Cebu on the map?
|Map by: Wikipedia|
I hope this Adventurer's Guide is helpful to you.
If you have questions and inquiries, comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View my previous posts of Dalaguete, Cebu:
-- Travel Photo: A Breathtaking View
-- Snapshots of Dalaguete, Cebu
-- Scaled: Osmeña Peak in Cebu