Dalaguete Photo: Mea W.

Dalaguete

Not too far from Metro Cebu is the small town of Dalaguete. Unknown to many and priceless to few, this hidden gem in Cebu is begging to be added to your bucket list. From rock formations to springs and to peaks, this first class municipality will leave you breathless. Just when you thought you’ve seen enough of Cebu, this quaint little town will surprise you.

Dalaguete is the location of three known peaks, the Mercado Peak, Bandera Peak, and the highest peak in the entire province of Cebu, the Osmeña Peak. Mountaineers take on this challenge every chance they get. It stands at approximately 1000 meters above sea level, so the view from the top is great. And the views from the other two peaks aren’t bad either, in fact, they’re all absolutely stunning.

The peaks are unspoiled as well, leaving plants and flowers to grow and flourish. Adventure-seekers who have experienced climbing up mountains will have no problem trekking to Dalaguete’s peaks. As a bonus, they get to breathe in the fresh mountain air and witness the wonders of nature. Other attractions include several caves in the vicinity. Two of these caves are the Kampakas Cave and the Kulabyaw Cave.

Before reaching Osmeña Peak, trekkers often make a stop at the Kulabyaw Cave. The cave is famous for its bats that fly in and out by the hundreds, stunning visitors. The bats are almost harmless so you really don’t have to worry.

If you’re really up for an adventure, you should visit Lagnason Creek. Teeming with biodiversity and packed with challenging obstacles, the Extreme Adventure River Trek in Lagnason will surely raise your heart rate. The guided trek involves climbing huge black boulders, avoiding thorny bushes, and weathering the raging rapids, plus you also get to catch a glimpse of the birds, flying foxes, and bats that live here.

The Creek is home to four flying fox species, two of which the largest in the world: the Large Flying Fox, Golden-crowned Flying Fox, Little Golden-crowned Flying Fox, and the Island Flying Fox. Flying along these mammals are huge fruit bats that gather by the hundreds. There’s no other place in Cebu where you can witness this much wilderness and nature. It’s a sight to see, for sure.

Lastly, Dalaguete is home to cold springs where locals and visitors alike enjoy its cool waters. These flowing streams spill into a natural swimming hole, which is protected and cared for by the locals. Although there are several new additions to the vicinity like cottages and lifeguard chairs, the pools are still noticeably unspoiled.

The two known springs in the town are the Obong Spring and the Gakub Spring where you can enjoy the cold water for a minimum fee or even for free. All you have to pay for is the cottage rental, which fortunately isn’t expensive.

Dalaguete is definitely a secret haven which backpackers should definitely discover for themselves!

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