Under the Big Sky

Mt. Kan-Irag (Photo: Lister Yatan)


by Myril Eloise Enolpe

With all the hustle and bustle in the city, you deserve relaxation. Whether with family, barkada, or alone, camping is definitely one of the best breathers that can take away the stresses of a fast-paced city life. 

            Blessed with fascinating white sand beaches and mountains, Cebu has the best campsites for those who want to get away from the traffic and noise of the city. If you are a beach lover, trekker, city lights admirer, or a stargazer and whether you want to be a few hours away or stay in the city, there are lots of options for you.

            Here are seven famous tent campsites in Cebu:


Osmeña Peak (Photos: Ana Marie Suarez)

            Boasting a beautiful landscape on top, Osmeña Peak is known as the highest peak in Cebu which makes it one of the best places to camp. Despite its height, the hike towards the top isn’t as hard as people would expect. So, if you’re not into challenging hikes and still want to enjoy highland camping, this campsite is for you! You will certainly be surprised by the exquisite rock formations Osmeña Peak has to show. 

Location: Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu

How to get there: From the South Bus Terminal, take the bus bound for Oslob or Santander. Get off at the Dalaguete junction. From there, you can ride a habal-habal or rent a car if you’re with your friends and family.

Entrance fee: P30 (as of 2019)

Camping fee: P50 


Mt. Naupa (Photos: Ivy Donque)

Just around an hour or two away from Cebu City stands one of the most well-known mountains by hikers and campers. If you want to shake off the city stress without going too far away, Mt. Naupa is for you. With a breathtaking view of the clouds, mountains, and the starry sky at night, you will surely be immersed in the beauty of nature.

Location: Cogon, Naga City, Cebu

How to get there: Catch a South-bound bus or jeep and tell the driver to drop you off at Tungkop, Minglanilla. Then, ride a habal-habal going to Brgy. Cogon.

Entrance fee: P20 

Camping fee: P20 


Lambug Beach (Photos: Juan Travelpages)
Lambug Beach (Photo: Rizza Marie Reyes)

If you’re up for some beachfront camping, you might consider Lambug Beach. With its crystal-clear waters and gorgeous white sand, Lambug Beach will satisfy the thalassophile in you during the daytime and camp-lover spirit under the blanket of the starry sky at night.

Location: Badian, Cebu

How to get there: From the South Bus Terminal, take the bus bound for Badian. Get off at the town center and ride a habal-habal. Ask the driver to take you to Lambug Beach.

Entrance Fee: P45 

Camping Fee: P100 (as of 2019)


Camp Marina (Photo: Marie Aiza Pancho)

            Known as the training campsite for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Camp Marina is the best place to experience nature camp within Cebu City. 

Location: Capitol Hills, Cebu City

How to get there: From Colon, ride a jeep with the code 15. Drop off at Capitol Site and ride a habal-habal. Tell the driver that you are going to Camp Marina.

Entrance Fee: P10 (as of 2019)

Note: Needs a special permit 


Mt. Kan-Irag (Photos: Lister Yatan)

After a challenging hike, the astonishing city view and the fresh air of Sirao Peak will make all the effort worth it. Mt. Kan-irag is famous among hikers who want to stay for an overnight camping trip. Its view of the city lights will make you want to come back. 

Location: Sirao, Cebu City 

How to get there: Via Budlaan trail, ride a jeepney to Gaisano Grand Mall or the entrance of Sunny Hills at Talamban. Behind the mall, you can ride a habal-habal towards Budlaan. If you don’t want to go camping all sweaty from the arduous hike, you may ride a jeepney going to JY Mall in Lahug, Cebu City. Then, ride a habal-habal going to the foot of Kang-irag Peak (this trail is much easier than the former).

Entrance Fee: P30 


Chalet Hills (Photo: Kris Jencel Abellar)

If you’re in for another mountain camping, Chalet Hills is a good choice. Chill on top of Chalet Hills and enjoy the panoramic view of the city lights. You will not only wake up to a morning view of the city, but also to the sight of the coastline of Eastern Cebu. And since it is not too far away from downtown, campers can experience the beauty of Cebu City from a highland perspective.

Location: Busay, Cebu City

How to get there: Ride a jeep towards JY Square Mall in Lahug. Hail a habal-habal and ask the driver to drop you off at the foot of Chalet Hills. 

Entrance Fee: none

Camping Fee: none

Note: This is a privately-owned lot


Mt. Mago (Photos: Anastouries)

            Mt. Mago is a recommended hiking and camping destination for beginners. It is where the towns of Carmen, Danao, and Tuburan meet. Not only will you enjoy the camp, but the picturesque scenery on your way will make you want to pause for pictures. Although a little far from Cebu City, it is truly exciting to end up at the 3-town boundary mountain and enjoy the sea of clouds!

Location: Carmen, Cebu

How to get there: From the North Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Carmen and ask the driver to drop you off at the town market of Carmen. Then, ride a habal-habal going to Brgy. Santican.

Entrance fee: none

Camping fee: none

Guide Fee: P300-P500


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