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 Cebu

Cebu is rich in century old churches, history, and landscapes. Find some of the interesting places you want to travel in Cebu, Philippines.

  1. Fort San Pedro

    It was built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor General of the Spaniards who came to the Philippines. The original fort was made of wood and built, and later developed. If you have  a boring day, you can spend time here, watching people hang out, and visit this historical venue.

    Fort San_Pedro
    Credits to Wikipedia for the picture : Fort San Pedro
  2. Say a prayer at Basilica del Santo Nino

    To keep you in touch with God, you can visit the Basilica. Make offerings, candle lighting and pray that God will grant your requests and prayers. It really works.

  3. Magellan Shrine

    Magellans Cross

    The shrine is about the first cross that was built standing tall during the Spanish regime, eh 1521!

  4. Visit Kawasan Falls

    The kawasan waterfall is a well-known waterfall from tourists and foreigners, and for those who want to take a dip, especially on the hot season. Save your trip on this one. Canyoonering on the top is one of the activities in Kawasan.

    Kawasan Falls – Photo by Leckre
  5. Taoist Temple

    It is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Lahug, Cebu City. It is a solemn temple by the Chinese community who also prays there and ask for guidance. Experience the feel in the temple. The buildings were also beautifully designed and well-decorated.

  6. Mountain View Nature’s Park

    It is an overlooking view, that you must visit this, too. You’ll see an amazing view of Mandaue city at night and enjoy the citylights.

  7. Visit the fine beach resorts in Mactan

    Most fine beaches in Cebu are located in Mactan Island. You can visit Maribago Bluewaters, Movenpick hotel, Portofino, and a lot more.

  8. Visit Museo de Sugbu

    It is the Cebu Provincial Museum, this used to be a prison on the 19th century. The vast collections of gallery of Pre-Colonial times gallery, The Spanish Colonial,  The Katipunan Revolution and the American Colonial times, The War Memorial, Gregorio and Jovito Abellana Special Exhibition. It also presents exhibits of The National Museum Gallery and Cebu Journalism and Journalist Gallery.

  9. Visit fine beaches in Bantayan

    Although, it’s far from the Cebu City, you can find white sand beaches here. For all ye lovers of sand and crystal waters, this is the best place for you.

  10. Canyooneering at Badian

    Experience the excitement and thrills of this unique activity. Embrace the outdoors adventure of canyooneering, a popular outdoor trek that involves traveling down creeks or streams within a canyon through variety of means including walking, jumping, swimming, climbing. Canyoneering starts at Canlaob river downstream going to Kawasan falls.

    Whale Sharks in Oslob. Credits to Wikipedia
  11. Whale shark watching in Tan-awan, Oslob

    Interact with the whales sharks, also called “butanding” in Visayan term. They are harmless, very kind natured, and remarkable. They are huge and have white spots around their skins. They are fed with tiny shrimps, called “uyap”. You can feed, dive and snorkel with them in the mornings.

  12. Osmena peak

    Try to trail at Osmena peak, located at Badian, Cebu. Explore the little clusters of green jagged hills in Badian. You travel from Mantalongon and it ends in Kawasan ang Liong.

  13. Shopping at Ayala Center

    You can find lots of various shopping stores in Ayala Center. Also, you can have fun dining, take a walk and hangout in the Terraces. It’s nice to spend some time with your friends and family, and have a good time.

    Ayala, Photo credit to Leckre.
  14. Take a prayer at Simala

    Say a prayer in Simala and experience be closer to God. Enrich your soul and spirit in this very nice, solemn, and religious place.

  15. Beach at Sumilon

    Located just South of Cebu, locals recommend this island of Sumilon as a tourist destination of white sand beach, along with a luxurious hotel, and crystal clear waters.

  16. Temple of Leah

    A temple made for his undying love for his sweetheart. This newly built temple is located in Busay, Lahug, Cebu City. It has a Romanian architecture with a good view of the city. You can find lion statues, a waterfall, and a library.

  17. Shopping at SM Seaside City

    Spending time shopping and enjoy skating, cinema, and bowling is all you can find at SM Seaside City. With various major shops and fun games, it is surely a place to be.

  18. Island Hopping

    Where the place to be: Malapascua, Bantayan, Olango Island, Sumilon Island, Camotes Islands, Mactan Island, and a lot more.
    Malapascua Island – It is located just north of Bantayan Island. It is a good diving site for foreigners. It is a paradise island. It has a charm on its own. You can have an encounter of big fishes, sharks, sea turtles, corals, and a lot more for your diving adventure. Best time to visit is from May to December.
    Bantayan Island – It is the northeastern part of Cebu Province. You can find lots of beach resorts here.
    Olango Group of Islands – Located just east of Mactan, Cebu. It comprises Olango island and 6 satellite islets namely: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. It is known for its wildlife sanctuary of migrating birds. It is also a diving site of sharks, barracudas, fishes, tuna, and many others.
    Sumilon Island – It is located east of Oslob, Cebu. It is a private beach resort island. A good spot for swimming and roam the whole island for just a few hours. To get here, you have to travel by a pumpboat that costs Php 1,500. The shoreline is purely white sand, with shallow sandbar in it.
    Camotes Islands – Camotes Islands compose of San Francisco (Pacijan), Poro Island, and Pilar. San Francisco has most of the white sand beaches. You can also visit the caves and waterfalls. Truly a paradise to see.
    Mactan Island – It is famous for having a lot of beach resorts, with white sand beaches. You can visit the Imperial Water Park, Movenpick Hotel and Resorts, Portofino, Maribago Bluewaters, Shangri-La Mactan just to name a few.

  19. Zipline in Balamban and Lahug

    Experience the adventure and the wind in your face while doing zipline in Cebu. Doce Pares Mountain Training Park is located in Barangay Malubog, Busay. The entrance fee is only Php 25. The course is a 100meter zip.  You can find another zipline adventure in K33 Green Adventure. It is located in Balamban with 300meter zip. For another zipline, you can also find Adventure Cafe, the first resto adventure in the Philippines for zipline experience.

  20. Have photographic moments at Sirao Park

    Sirao Park, Cebu, Philippines
    Sirao Park, Cebu, Philippines; Credits to Feano

    Fun field to take pictures in Sirao Park, Ayala Heights Lahug, Cebu City with vibrant colors of red and yellow. Also known as “Little Amsterdam in Cebu”. The park opens as early as 8am and closes at 5:3opm.
    How to get here: Travel by motorbike, via Salinas Drive, Lahug for Php 45 – Php 150 depending on driver.


I T I N E R A R Y – C E B U


Day 1.  The South | under $150
7AM – Osmeña Peak 
9AM – Simala Shrine
11AM – Boljoon Church
1PM – Oslob Cuartel Heritage Park
2PM – Pasalubong Shopping at Oslob
3PM – Overnight at Oslob

Day 2 | Oslob and the South | under $250
8AM – Oslob Swim with the Whaleshark
10AM – Tumalog Falls
12PM – Sumilon Island
1PM – Aguinid Falls
2PM – Binalayan Falls
4PM – Overnight Moalboal

Day 3 | Moalboal Island Hopping
8AM – Pescador Island
9AM – Moalboal Beaches
1PM – Kawasan falls

2PM – Water rafting
4PM – Back to Cebu City
5PM – Overnight at Cebu

Day 4 | Busay & Lahug, Downtown Area, Cordova
8AM – Sirao Flower Farm in Lahug
9AM – Temple of Leah in Lahug
10AM – Taoist Temple in Lahug
1PM – Fort San Pedro in Cebu City
2PM – Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño in Cebu City
3PM – Magellan’s Cross, Cebu City
4PM – Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
5PM – Heritage of Cebu Monument
6PM – 10,000 Roses in Cordova, Mactan
7PM – Dinner at Lantaw