April 2, 2013

The Adventurer's Guide to Dalaguete, Cebu

(Note: The Adventurer's Guide is a new feature in this blog. This travel guide series aims to give you quality and relevant travel information and tips regarding the featured destination.)

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.



4. Park
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.


Tips:
-- 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.

Tips:
-- 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.

Travel Tips:
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 rokx_iphe@yahoo.com.

View my previous posts of Dalaguete, Cebu:
-- Travel Photo: A Breathtaking View
-- Snapshots of Dalaguete, Cebu
-- Scaled: Osmeña Peak in Cebu

26 comments:

  1. Haven't really heard of Dalaguete except for Osmena Peak. Thanks for the guide!:)

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    1. Hello Astrid! Thank you for dropping by! Yeah, Dalaguete is not as famous as the other towns in Cebu, but this town is also beautiful and historic. Plus, O-Peak can be scaled through this town.. :)

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  2. I haven't been to Obong Spring but I have climbed Cebu's highest peak. Nice post!

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    1. Thanks Rene for dropping by! Obong Spring is one of the most visited places in Dalaguete. It's great that you have scaled Osmeña Peak too! How's the experience?

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  3. Great! Informative post love how you detailed it. Thanks for posting.=)

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  4. Thanks...
    Ask lang ako? Do you know how to reach dalaguete beach park from osmena peak?
    Thanks

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    1. Hello! From Osmena Peak, you can ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) going down to Mantalongon market and to the highway junction at Dalaguete. You can also go straight to Dalaguete Beach Park through that motorcycle. :)

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  5. where is the dalaguete proper?

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    1. The Dalaguete proper is a walking distance from the national highway. You need to tell the bus driver or his aide to drop you off at the junction near the town proper. You can then walk to see the heritage sites of Dalaguete.

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  6. Hi! I just want to ask. How much is your budget going to Dalaguete?

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    1. Hello Miri! I can't give you the exact fare this time, but I think you need at least PhP120-130 for the fare going there, one way.

      You can find more info (travel expenses) here >> http://www.selflesstravels.com/2013/02/backpacking-around-southern-cebu.html

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  7. I plan to do the Osmeña Peak Traverse Kawasan Falls in one day (September 1, 2015). I'll spend the night in Dalaguete on Aug 31 and look for a hotel in Matutinao when I arrive (hopefully before dark). Does this make sense? Has anyone tried? I'll be alone. Is there much risk of losing the trail and stuck outside overnight? Will the children "guides" be willing to do the traverse, or will they only go as far as Osmeña Peak?

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    1. I heard from other travellers that you can have your overnight at the barangay hall of Mantalongon, it is safe and is nearer to Osmena Peak. You can do the traverse to Kawasan but you need to contact or negotiate for a guide that will lead you to Kawasan. You can then have your overnight in Kawasan Falls, there are cottages there.

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  8. Hi! I want to know how would you get back to Cebu city from there?

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    1. From Dalaguete, you can just ride a bus and it will bring you directly to Cebu City! Travel time is approximately 3 hours.

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  9. Nice! Are there hotels or resorts in dalaguete for some sleepover?

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    1. I think there are some resorts there. I am just familiar of Dalaguete Beach Park.

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  10. is the fare from town proper to mantalongon market the same???

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    1. I think you just need to negotiate with the driver for your fare.

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  11. is obong spring near from osmeña peaks foot or do we have to ride habal-habal again to go there.. and please how much is the fare?. thanks

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    1. Obong Spring is far from Osmena Peak. If you're in Osmena Peak, you need to go back to Dalaguete town proper through a habal-habal.

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  12. Thanks for your very useful information👍😊

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  13. How do I get to Obong Spring from Ocean bay resort?

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  14. Nice post! But a little correction, Obong Spring is not located in Balud, but in Obong, Dalaguete, that is why it's named Obong Spring. :)

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