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Cebu City Mountain Tour (A DIY Guide with sample budget)

Cebu does not only boast of its white beaches and rich heritage sites, it also reaches out to travellers with passion for a mountain adventure. Just a few minutes away from downtown are tourist attractions at the mountains of Cebu City, below are the most popular of them.

If you are reading this while on the last stop of the Heritage walk post and is still up for another travel, hop on a jeepney with a Mabolo sign outside Museo Sugbo. Pay for P8 and tell the driver to drop you off at Mabolo Elementary school, in front of Mabolo church. Cross the street and ride 04L to head off to JY Square mall. The ride will take for about 20 minutes, depending on the traffic situation.

The popular option for travellers in getting around the four (4) spots is by a motorcycle-for-hire which alights at the JY Square Mall located at Gorordo Street, Lahug, Cebu City. The mall can be reached via 04L jeepney for P8.00.

The motorcycle drivers can arrange a half or full day tour covering the 4 spots for P750. Negotiate and agree with them before hopping on for the tour.

Another option is the shuttle service offered by GoToTops for a round trip price:

Temple P150. Tops P300 w/ free entrance. Temple and Tops P400. Sirao P350.

Schedule:
10:30AM, 2:00PM 3:20PM, 4:40PM, 6:00PM, 7:20PM

Pickup Point: Jollibee beside JY Square Mall
Contact: +63 942 518 0870 | FB Page: www.facebook.com/gototops

The attractions are laid out based on its location from JY Square Mall. The Taoist temple is the nearest while Sirao Flower farm is the farthest of the four.

Taoist Temple

  • Description: The temple which towers for about 300 meters above sea level was built in 1972 by a Chinese community and have been open to worshipers and non-worshipers alike. The entrance to the temple displays a representation of the Great Wall of China (bottom right in the picture) while the exit hills down an 84-step staircase (so better prepare those legs!). Few of the notable things in the temple are a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well. It also has a balcony which offers a scenic view of the city’s downtown area.
  • Few things to bear in mind upon visiting the place:
    1. Taking of photos inside the shrine is prohibited.
    2. Don’t wear shorts or sleeveless if you wish to enter the temple’s altar.
    3. You are entering a place for prayer and meditation, observe silence and solemnity. Look after your kids if you bring them.
  • Operating Hours: Everyday, 6:00AM-6:00PM
  • Entrance Fee: none
  • Location: Canyon Road, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Lahug, Cebu City
  • To get there: Charter a motorcycle-for-hire for P20 to the gate of Beverly hills subdivision where the temple is situated and walk to the temple which will take for about 10 minutes. It’s pretty safe and you’ll pass through tree-lined streets, a good way to share a moment with nature.
  • Rating: 2.5/5

Temple of Leah

  • Description: Built in honor of a man’s undying love to his late wife Leah. Temple of Leah, which is still undergoing construction, has drawn thousands of visitors due to its renaissance inspired temple with 24 chambers, museum, gallery and library that keep all of Leah’s favorite collection. If the ongoing construction is not a bothersome, check out the place preferably during late afternoon or sunset. For more information visit their site: http://templeofleah.com/
  • Operating Hours: Everyday, 6:00AM-11:00PM
  • Entrance Fee: P50 (Parking fee: P100)
  • Location: Roosevelt St., Brgy. Busay, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City
  • To get there: Option 1: From JY Square Mall, approach a motorcycle-for-hire to take you to the temple. (Note: Some drivers may take advantage, make sure to agree on the price before hopping on which usually cost from P100-150 per person.) Option 2: Take the Temple of Leah shuttle which parks next to Dessert Factory at SSY center, across Watsons area of JY Square mall. Fare is P120.
  • Rating: 2.5/5

Tops

  • Description: Tops has three attractions: Tops Skyline Garden, a skyline garden, as it goes by its name, which offers a scenic view of the city’s skyline; Top of Cebu, a restaurant which opened last August 2017; and Tops Lookout, an observation deck which is notable for its viewing area, a big old bell, and a circular corridor. The best time to visit the place is during late afternoon. For more inquiries, contact them at this number: +63 909 890-5357. (Drawback: Price in the restaurant can be costly. If you may, bring your own food. Tops Lookout has a dining area and offers no corkage for visitors. It also has a store that sells drinks and snacks.)
  • Operating Hours: Everyday, 9:00AM-11:00PM
  • Entrance Fee: P100 (for Tops Lookout only, the other 2 attractions do not require an entrance fee)
  • Location: Brgy. Busay, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City
  • To get there: The place is a 30-minute drive from the city. From JY Square Mall, ride a motorycycle-for-hire for P150-200 (depending on your bargain skill). Follow the hi-way, you will pass by the corner to Temple of Leah. Next to that is the corner to Tops.
  • Rating: 2.5/5

Sirao Flower Farms

  • Description: There are two flower farms. The one dubbed as “Little Amsterdam” and the original is the second farm (top right in the picture). Sirao flower farms have gained prominence for growing Celosia flowers (bottom left in the picture) which come in yellow, orange and fuchsia colors. The place is ideal for intimate moment and is best visited in the morning to avoid the crowd. (Drawback: Although there are flowers all year round, it can become scarce after harvest. Better plan your trip in October where all areas are covered with flowers.)
  • Operating Hours: Everyday, 6:00AM-10:00PM
  • Entrance Fee: P50 for each farm
  • Location: Brgy. Busay, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City
  • To get there: Charter a motorcycle-for-hire. The place is at a hinterland of Cebu (near Ayala heights) and vehicles may not be available on your way back, so agree with the driver for a two-way trip which would usually cost at around P500.
  • Rating: 2.5/5

My actual expenses:

Activity Price
Tour Php750.00
Entrance Fee Php250.00
Food Php200.00
Total expenses Php1,200.00

Tips for Travellers:

1. If possible, avoid chartering a taxi. Some drivers may charge for an extra cost.
2. The road can be challenging. Get there in your most comfortable vehicle.
3. Put on your sunscreen if you plan to travel around daylight.
4. Take nothing but pictures! Leave nothing but footsteps! 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. ninjaDentist ninjaDentist

    Hello! Is the Habal Habal motorcycle 750pesos tour good for only one pax?? And till what time can i catch them on the JY Mall? Thank you!

    • thefunsizedtraveller thefunsizedtraveller

      Hi NinjaDentist, thanks for visiting my site. The P750 pesos is a full day tour good for 2 persons. There will be a number of drivers even at night time near the taxi stand of the mall, and they will be available as early as 7AM.

      • ninjaDentist ninjaDentist

        Hello sir. Nagmahal na ata sila. 🙁 i saw some post 750 per head na. 🙁 do you have any contact po?

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