Things to do in Mactan, Cebu

Mactan is located east of Cebu offers a wide variety of beach resorts and fine beaches.

1. Island hopping

Olanggo Island –  It is located east Cordova of Mactan. It is known for having migrating birds settle here at Olango Island during winter season. It has herons, egrets, waterfowls, and many birds from Siberia, Northern China, and Japan. Olango Island  is a sanctuary for birds, and marine life. It is rich in mangrove trees, coral reefs, sandy beach, and rocky shorelines. It has six islets namely Sulpa, Gilutongan (also spelled Hilutungan), Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. The famous one is Hilutungan and Nalusuan.

Nalusuan –  It is a marine sanctuary and has a famous beach resort – Nalusuan Resort, which covers the whole island. It has white sand beach. You can do recreational activities in Nalusuan like:

  • Pingpong
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Jetski
  • Banana Boat
  • Kayak
  • Paddle Boat
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling

Hilutungan Island is also a marine sanctuary. It is the best place for beginners in diving and snorkeling.

Getting here:

Take a pumpboat or banka (outrigger boats). You can find them at resorts like Maribago, Shangri-la Resort, and one beside in Movenpick Resort. Travel time in going to Olanggo, Nalusuan, or Hilutungan is mostly an hour each. You can travel in groups, or going solo.

2. Swimming at beaches

Maribago Bluewaters – It is a three star hotel and resort in Lapu-lapu, Mactan. It has fancy restaurant and the food offers native and foreign dishes. It has a shuttle service, dry cleaning, fitness center, game room, gift shop, jacuzzi, and spa.

Movenpick hotel and Resort – It is five star hotel that caters condominiums, hotel, and resort. It offers spa and massages, swimming pool, parasailing activities, jetski, and white sand beach.

Imperial Palace Water Park

Imperial Palace Water Park or Jpark Island
Imperial Palace Water Park or Jpark Island

Imperial Palace Water park offers longest swimming pool in Cebu. A water park for children and adults, restaurants, accommodations, and white sand beach.

Be Resort offers accommodations, white sand beach, Jacuzzi, an infinity pool, and restaurant.

Shangri-La Mactan is a luxury hotel that is no other. It offers hotel accommodations, swimming pool, restaurant, and white sand beach. They also cater events, activities, spa treatments, sports and recreation. The ambiance is perfect and relaxing. Everything is pleasant in Shangri-La Mactan.

Plantation Bay Resort And Spa It has numerous pools that form like lagoons, and cottages. It is located in Marigondon, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu. It offers spa and massages, swimming in pools, and lagoons. They offer the best pools, biking, tennis court, beach, and sports facilities. A nice getaway for family and kids. They also have a restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Getting here:

It is just near Mactan airport in Cebu, so no worries. You can take a cab, or van-for-hire and they will take you there.

Zubuchon

The famous Zubuchon in Cebu.  Zubuchon’s Lechon is the main crunchy delicacy in Cebu, Philippines. It is a roasted pig blended with ingredients of spices and other herbs. It’s a native Filipino food popular in Cebu City. They offer spicy lechon, and other flavours. Founded by Market Manila, a well-traveled management consultant who loves buying, cooking and eating good food. Zubuchon also offers Filipino foods and native dishes.

You can find Zubuchon branches at SM Seaside, Mactan, Lapu-lapu, IT Park, and Capitol Site in Cebu City.

Things to do in Bantayan Island

1. Have fun swimming at the beach in Anika beach resort Resort in Bantayan Island

One of the finest beach resort in Bantayan – is Anika beach Resort. Enjoy pristine white sand beaches here at Anika beach Resort.

2. Snorkeling

Bantayan is an outstanding place for snorkeling. The water is clear and the corals very abundant. The fishes very diverse, and corals, too. Bantayan Island is famous beach in the Philippines next to Palawan. You can see fish swimming even as you stand with your head above the water. Truly a white sand beach and pristine.

3. Beach Hopping

Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
A beach in Bantayan
A beach in Bantayan

You can find some fine beaches:

Anika Beach Resort
Amihan Beach Cabanas

Beach Placid
Coral Blue Oriental beach Resort
Hagnaya Beach Resort
Sta. Fe beach Resort
Tristan’s Resort & Restaurant
Sugar Beach
Every beach is worth it. You don’t wanna miss the inviting sand and water.

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Ogtong Cave

4. Explore Ogtong Cave Resort

Enjoy crystal clear cool waters at Ogtong cave. Take a dip for hours, available at 6AM – 4PM daily. The resort also has a swimming pool available for kids and adults.

5. Go diving at Malapascua Island

6. Island Hopping: Malapascua Island, and Virgin Island

Famous in Bantayan Island, perfect to enjoy it with friends and family. Famous for being a fantastic beach paradise. You can enjoy the picturesque and scenic beauty of the Islands.

Virgin Island, Bantayan
Virgin Island, Bantayan

7. Witness a sand bar at Kota beach Resort

Sand bars are famous nowadays. We also have it in Bantayan, Cebu. It is fun and interesting beach.

Sand bar in Bantayan
Sand bar in Bantayan

 

8. Visit Madridejos

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Madridejos, Photo credit by Leckre

Take a peek at the stunning Madridejos. Amazingly beautiful.

How to get to Bantayan Island:

When you’re in Cebu, take a bus ride going to Bantayan at North bus Terminal in Mandaue near SM City, Cebu. It’s  2 hours and 30 minute ride. When you reach Hagnaya port, take the boat and you pay for a fare of Php 170.