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.