Samboan is a sleepy little town located in the southern part of Cebu. Despite its unassuming nature, the town is home to a number of natural attractions that have piqued the interest of nature lovers in and around the country. These natural attractions include the Aguinid and Balay’g Sawa waterfalls, the Colase Marine Sanctuary, and the Ponong Hidden Lake. Aside from these natural wonders, the town also hosts a number of historically-significant structures, including the St. Michael the Archangel Church, St. Jacob’s Ladder, and a Spanish-era watchtower, among others.
Mount Bartolina is the highest peak in the southern part of Cebu. It is located in Barangay Monteverde in Samboan. Perching on the peak, you can see the Tañon Strait to the west and the Bohol Strait. On a clear day, you can see Negros Island, Siquijor, and Bohol from the peak. You may even get a glimpse of the island of Mindanao from the top of the mountain. The peak is also a good place to watch the sun rise in the morning and see it set at the end of the day.
Your journey to the summit of Mount Bartolina starts at the Cebu South Bus Terminal where you should get on a bus headed for the town. Once you reach the town proper, you can ride on a motorcycle for hire to bring you to the jump-off point of the mountain.
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