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Mactan Island Cebu Philippines
Your Destination Travel Guide to Mactan Island Cebu Philippine
Lapu-Lapu Monument Mactan Shrine Cebu Philippines Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cebu Philippines Marcelo B. Fernan New Mactan Bridge in Cebu Philippines
Lapu-Lapu Monument Mactan Shrine Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge

Mactan Island lies a few kilometers southeast of the Cebu mainland and is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the Municipality of Cordova. Mactan Island is connected to Cebu Island by two bridges, the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge. Lapu-Lapu City, one of the chartered cities in Cebu Province, is located on the western coast of Mactan Island and lies about 5 kilometers across Cebu Harbor. The city, which was formerly called Opon, was named after the famous Chief of Lapu-Lapu, who killed Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan in he Battle of Mactan in 1521.


Mactan Island White Sand Beach

The Municipality of Cordova, meanwhile is located in the southern part of Mactan Island. Its boundaries are Lapu-Lapu City in the north, northeast and northwest side, Camotes Sea in the far east, Bohol Strait in the south, Cebu City in the west, and the Hilutungan Channel in the southeast.

Mactan Island is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the country not only because it is accessible through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second busiest airport in the country, but also for its beautiful beaches and dive sites. Dubbed as the "Diving Mecca of the South," Mactan Island has more than a dozen beach resorts with complete diving facilities. The dive sites in the island are ideal for beginners, as well as advanced divers. First class hotels and resorts such as the Shangri-La's Mactan Island Resort & Spa and the Waterfront Mactan Airport Hotel and Casino also offers local and foreign tourists world class services.


Lapu-Lapu Monument - Mactan Shrine Barangay Mactan
Dedicated to Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino Hero which stands inside the Mactan Shrine facing Magellan Bay. Lapu-Lapu is considered one of the greatest figures in Philippine history because he was among those who rejected foreign power. Lapu-Lapu, who was the chieftain of the area, defeated Ferdinand Magellan, the leader of the Spanish fleet, in the famous Battle of Mactan.

Magellan's Marker - Mactan Shrine Barangay Mactan
Erected in 1866, the marker marks the spot where Ferdinand Magellan died. Before he reached the shores of Mactan, he was killed by the chieftain of the island, Lapu-Lapu and his men during the battle for the supremacy and freedom on April 27, 1521.


Local Fresh Seafood Restaurants - Mactan Shrine Vicinity Barangay Mactan
These restaurants are located in the vicinity across the monument of Lapu-Lapu and the Magellan Shrine which offer fresh prawns, crabs, squids cooked the way you want them and cooked right before your eyes. A must is the experience of sutukil - a term derived from three Cebuano words: Sugba, Tuwa, Kilaw - which are ways to prepare food, particularly seafood. Sugba menas to broil such as broiling fish over hot charcoal; tuwa means boiling fish in water mixed with spices and seasonings; and kilaw is mixing raw fish with vinegar, onions, garlic and pepper.

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Barangay San Vicente in the Southernmost part of Olango Island in Lapu-Lapu City, this 920-hectare sanctuary is home to the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the country. These winged creatures travel between summer breeding grounds in Siberia, China and Japan and warmer climates of Australia and New Zealand, making a stop at Olango Island to refuel between long flights.

Shangri-La Mactan Island Hotel
Resort and SPA


Maribago Guitar Factories - Barangay Maribago District
Mactan is also known for world-class acoustic guitars, bandurrias (Filipino mandolins), banjos and ukeleles. Barangay Maribago in Lapu-Lapu City is considered as the center of the guitar-making industry. The guitar makers here put so much effort into a single guitar that they are considered to be among the world's finest craftsmen. Only one craftsman is responsible for the entire production of a single guitar. This way the quality of the guitar is guaranteed.

Getting There in Mactan Island Cebu Philippines

Mactan Island is accessible through direct flights to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from the cities in the Philippines such as Manila, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Zamboanga, and Tagbilaran. There are also direct flights to the island from Hongkong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Doha in Qatar, Narita, Japan and Incheon, Korea. Tourists can go around the island by jeepney or taxi, multicabs or tricycles. Most of the hotels and resorts in the island also provide shuttle buses for their guests.

Click here for the Historical Background of Cebu Philippines

See also the Flight Schedules of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines from Cebu to Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and Davao and vice versa.


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