There’s something inexplicably magical and a bit romantic about watching the night sky with fast falling dazzling lights. Get your friends together or even just you and your special someone, drive away from the bright city light and experience an enchanting night under the stars. Stargazers are in for a treat this week as the Orionid Meteor Shower will be active from October 17-25 with “peak nights” on Oct. 21 and 22. The best time of catching this bright and quick phenomenon is after midnight and before dawn. Due to the passing of Earth trough the debris left by Halley’s Comet, the Orionid meteor shower will have abundant meteors , making it a spectacular sight to behold.
An unobstructed view of the sky is essential if you want to witness the full glory of a meteor shower. Look for a place without many trees for a prime viewing location. It’s best to head on a lonely country road or a field with a wide open area. For the optimum viewing experience, stay away from artificial lights. This goes without saying, avoid city lights. A very dark sky, free of moonlight or light pollution is ideal location for this kind of event. Be well-prepared, don’t forget to consider your comfort when viewing meteor showers. Dress warmly, make sure to have something good to lie on, and a few snacks or warm drinks will help heighten the experience.
With that being said, here are some places in Cebu where you can have the prefect star gazing experience.
High up on the mountains, with vast open space far from light pollution and offering a little sense of adventure makes Osmena peak a suitable place to watch the stars fall brightly. Situated in the municipality of Dalaguete is the hiking valleys of the Osmena peak. This location is popular for hikers and local tourists. Getting there is not as difficult as it seems. After a little trek, you will be rewarded by a handsome view of the Badian and its pristine ocean. When prepping for star gazing, be sure to get there before sun down to witness a beautiful sunset and to unpack the things before the absence of light. Always double check your list of things to bring. Make sure you have enough water and food for a late night munch. Lastly, do not leave your trash anywhere.
Malubog Lake Toledo
Not your typical mainstream destination for a stargazing. A hidden gem of Toledo, the copper capital of Cebu. Located in the mountains of Barangay General Climaco, is the Malubog lake, an artificial lake created by damming Malubog creek in the 1970s to provide fresh water source for the mining operations at Altas Mining. Imagine spending the night in peace away from the bustling chaos of the metropolis where only close friends, starry sky, glistening lake and the pristine nature in its simplest form as your only companion. Sounds good doesn’t it? However, always keep in mind to pay respect to the nature because according to folklore, there is a “Mantalaga” leaving here. An octopus-like creature residing at the bottom of the lake and would drag down anyone speaking ill or making fun of the place. If you have seen the famous Japanese animation “Kimi No Nawa” you might see that the Malubog lake looks somewhat like a mini version of the lake in the movie.
Busay is known to be an ideal destination for viewing the whole city. Also popping in the mountains of Busay are several dining and tourist destinations such as Temple of Leah, Mountainview, Tops, Lantaw, Sirao, and many other. However, if you know where to go, you can find a couple of not so secret areas where you can have a night camp to look at the meteor shower. Ready your tents and some thick blankets for the cold nights.
Roughly 3 hours ride away from the City is the town of Moalboal. Known for its world class diving resorts and beaches, this part of Cebu province is another spot for an excellent night with the stars. Spend your night lying in the cool sand on the beach with the sound of water splashing on the shore. And since it’s a tourist destination, you might also get a chance to meet new friends here. If you are camping around a bonfire, go a little farther away from the light to have a clearer sight of the stars.
Just like all the places on this list, be sure to be responsible of your own trash, never throw it anywhere else so as to preserve the beauty of our own nature.