Kandungaw Peak: An Exciting Trek to the top of Dalaguete

Dare to push yourself to your limits by scaling the steep slopes of Kandungaw Peak.

Photo by ANin Bacalso

The neck-breaking steepness of Kandungaw Peak is definitely a sight to behold. One of its sides which feature a completely vertical wall imposes its grand height on all the people looking up to it. It doesn’t need mentioning but this peak is definitely not for the faint of heart.

It possesses extreme heights without the safety of railings or any form of obstruction. The peak is just purely a slope where climbers climb on one side and an unobstructed drop that puts fear of heights to the next level.

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Photo by Ram Mancelita

Looking beyond the sharp drop and the effort of climbing its steep slopes, Kandungaw Peak actually boasts of a majestic beauty with the grand natural formation at the center of it all.

Unadulterated plants and various flora wildly growing at the foot and at the top of the mountain filling its surroundings with a copious amount of green. It’s the picture perfect scenery that nature lovers will very much appreciate.

“Dungaw”, where the name of the peak was derived, actually means “to look down” which refers to the panoramic view at the top that could clearly see everything below it. The peak was crucial to occupants of the mountain during the Japanese regime as it provided a vantage point for them to spot if the Japanese were making a move below.

At the base of the mountain is also a secret cave where they would cook their food once a day to avoid getting spotted by the colonizers. The cave and the peak served as key factors to their survival during the colonization period. Now, the cave and peak are open to the public for a first-hand experience of the views that the Filipinos of the time saw.

A little bit of adrenaline and a little bit of history lesson is surely a great way to spend the weekend away from the city.

Photo by Ram Mancelita
Photo by Princess Sarah
Photo by Princess Sarah
Photo by Princess Sarah
Photo by Princess Sarah



  • Entrance/Environmental fee: P50 per person
  • Guide fee: P100-200 per group (Optional but recommended)


Exact location: Brgy. Maloray, Dalaguete, Southern Cebu — 3-4 hours away from Cebu City.

BY BUS: Catch the local bus to Mantalongon, Dalaguete from Cebu City which takes about 3 hours of travel. Alight at Mantalongon Market and look for a habal-habal that can take you to Maloray. Upon arrival to Brgy. Maloray, ask around for directions going to the peak.

BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps, and search for “Kandungaw Peak” in Dalaguete. Limited parking space is available.

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