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.

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.

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

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.


Things to do in Boracay

Boracay is one of the best beaches in the world.

The long white sand beach is divided into three stations: Station 1, Station 2, Station 3.

Station 1 – You can find high end hotels and accommodation, and those who want a quieter place.
Station 2 – It is where the most activities happen. There are shops and restaurants here, and a mall.
Station 3 – A less crowded area and cheaper resorts.

Boracay offers from five-star to budget accommodations.

The top things to do in Boracay!

1. Paraws for Parasailing

A thrilling experience when you’re up in the air.

Parasailing rates depends on the seasons.
For off peak season – Php 1,000
High season – Php 2000 – Php 2,500 (solo)

Rates vary.

2. Swim at the beach and have a sun tan

You can swim at the beach anywhere you want just because of the long white sand shoreline.

3. ATV

You can ride an hour along Boracay Tambisaan Jetty Port Rd., or do ATV at the Beach! Explore the roads criss-crossing the hills in Boracay’s north end.

4. Island Hopping around the Islands of Boracay

Hop around the islands you can explore more white sand beaches, very pristine and very clear waters. Pumpboat fees (outriggers) fee is around Php 1,500.

Puka Beach – a white sand beach island near Boracay. Famous of being one of the best beaches in the world, you can swim here with just few people. At the middle of the island, is a small hut and bar filled with souvenir items.

5. Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Boracay is fun activity where you get to see fishes underwater peeking at them and looking what they’re doing. You can bring your own snorkels or go rent for only Php 250.

6. Crystal Cove Caves

They pick you up going to an island, called Laurel Island, with two caves located at the southern end of Boracay. You can spend your time here away from the central Boracay. Entrance fee is Php 150.

7. Beach and Spa Massage

Have a relaxing massage. Pamper yourself. There are a lot of spa massage centers in Boracay. Hotels also offer spa massages. Rates vary.

A series of compilation of Aromatherapy massage, a Swedish massage, Lympathic Drainage and foot reflexology. It is a highly therapeutic treatment for your skin, body, mind and soul.

You will experience and enjoy homemade hot ginger tea, rose body scrub, facial scrub, foot spa, hair spa, essential oils, and aromatherapy.

8. Banana Boating

Best to do this during summer time from January to May, when the weather is sunny,  and not much waves. You can enjoy it with your friends, and family.

9. Helmet Diving

Designed for those who want to go underwater for a few meters deep, but can’t swim. You’ll gonna wear your helmets on and experience underwater. You will see coral reefs, series of school of fish, and marine and aquatic life.

10. Sunset Sailing

Boracay at sunset, credits to wikipedia
Boracay at sunset, credits to wikipedia

You can sail in late afternoons and enjoy the sunset. Rate starts from Php 1,200 and good for 4 people.

You can visit here for more information on Paraw sailing

11. Jet ski

Ride the way you like and experience jet ski in Boracay. Rate is Php 1,500. It is good for 2 people good for an hour ride.

12. Wind surfing

Enjoy yourself in water sport experience wind surfing in Boracay perfect for beginners. You might get lucky you can find dolphins when you’re up high above the water.

13. Making sand castles

Enjoy making sand castles of the white sand beach in Boracay. Have fun and get creative.


How to get to Boracay:

You can travel by air via Caticlan airport, Aklan, and from there ride a tricyle going to Caticlan jetty boat, then ride a pumpboat going to Boracay Island.

Or travel by air via airport in Kalibo, Aklan. Ride a bus or van-for-hire going to Caticlan Jetty port, then ride a pumpboat going to Boracay Island.

Caticlan jetty boat ride – Php 350 per head. You can save money going in groups, you may have discounts depending in your haggling experience. 😉