Mactan Island Travel Guide

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Mactan Island Things to Do

  • Magellan’s Shrine

    According to the latest discoveries, Magellan (who was lame) was not killed by Lapu Lapu, but by a group of natives, including Lapu Lapu, but not only him, after the Spaniards had been tricked.

  • Magellan's Marker

    The marker stands on the battleground in Mactan Island. Where Magellan was killed by chieftain Lapu-Lapu. on april 27 ,1521.I was there during the yearly celebration on april 27 ...

  • Island Hopping Tour

    Island hopping tours are a must if you like to snorkel/scuba dive off Mactan Island. They include snorkelling at two different islands with a scrumptuos BBQ seafood lunch on one of its islands.


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Mactan Island Restaurants

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    A unique leisure environment to unwind, get together with friends, relatives and colleagues to relax in a modern tropical garden ambience, in which you can enjoy refreshing drinks and splendid food. La Place is a popular party and event destination. The “notorious” Wet and Wild Party has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Wi-fi is also...

  • exciting times in cebu

    I love this restaurant, i love the people there, the great food, the wonderful shows,, i really like when the girls dance with the bowls on there heads,,,it is really interesting,,and always dying to get back there and get me a bloody marry and watch a exciting show. i will never forget the jungle restaurant in cebu, where the best times happen i...

  • Roast Lechon

    Roast lechon is actually roast suckling pig that is very much similar to Chinese style. The whole pig is roasted in an open fire. You can eat it by dipping in a sour sauce. We tried 1/4 kilo. for P65 at Mactan Marina Mall.


Mactan Island Transportation

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    Mactan-Cebu International Airport

    by vincentf Written Nov 10, 2003

    This airport is the international gateway for Cebu City. It offers direct flights from Hong Kong and other various Asian cities.

    Mactan-Cebu International Airport
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Mactan Island Shopping

  • Ice Cream

    There is an ice cream shop on your right hand side prior to entering the first security check towards the check-in counter at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The saleswoman claims that once packed the ice cream tub can be kept up to 24 hours without refridgeration. We paid P620 for 1 gallon of mango or ube ice cream.

  • Cebuano Guitar

    Cebu is famous for its wooden guitars. However, we only bought a small one just as a souvenir. These can be found in many areas. We bought this adjacent to Mactan Shrine.

  • Mactan Island Hotels

    2 Hotels in Mactan Island

Mactan Island Warnings and Dangers


    i live in white sands, maribago beach, for 5 days and the staff are honest and friendly. whenever you are ready to hit the road to your tourist attractions, ask the staff in your hotel before hopping into a taxi. ask the staff how long and what's approximate meter cost of taking a taxi. i trust my hotel staff more than anyone else in the area.


    i was wandering at mactan shrine and a guy who appeared to be very nice and friendly and followed/guided me to the lapu lapu statue and etc where i can go there myself because there are all right in front of me. when i asked him was he giving a free tour and he said it was totally up to me. after the 10 mins tour and i hopped in a taxi which is...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Mactan Island Tourist Traps


    At almost every beach resort they allow tourists inside resort to use the beach and facilities for around 300 - 600 pesos. Included in the entry fee is a lunch or dinner buffet and 1 complimentry drink. When you give your food and beverage ticket to the waiter they will inform you that your ticket only entitles you to 100 peso credit on buffet....

  • ONLY and ONLY look/request for metered...

    once the taxi driver starts asking for a fixed price instead of using the meter, get off the taxi right away! those drivers always always overcharge tourists who believe in them. and when they offer anything like island hopping and being over-friendly, get off the taxi.

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Mactan Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Lapu lapu Shrine

    by mikoykoy Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Shrine of the first hero of the Philippines. He was famously known for killing Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Magellan's Shrine is also located on the same park.

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Mactan Island Favorites

  • Exchanging Currency

    Normally it is safe to exchange currency at an international airport. However, at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, it does not offer the best rate. I actually had to *bargain* the exchange rate for Hong Kong dollars between two foreign exchange dealers whom were placed beside each other. The counters are located on the right after passing through...

  • Customs

    Avoid wearing sandals when attending special occasions in the local community - wearing shoes is a sign that the event is important to you. Do invite people at least three times. Local residents are taught that it is proper to refuse the first time or two. To them, insistence is a clear sign that the offer or invitations is genuine. Do give the...

  • Jeepneys

    Jeepney-(fixed routes) rub elbows with the locals on the famous Filipino commuter vehicle; for city trips. tartanilla-(horse-drawn cart) clippety-clop, clippety-clop; get a feel of how Cebuanos got around in times past.


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