Welcome to Mactan Island!
Mactan Island has been one of the tourist spots of Cebu not just because it is where the duel of Lapu-Lapu and Magellan occurred but also because of the fact that it is where the airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, is located. Mactan Island is the first step of Cebu’s visitors if they are coming thru plane.
Whether you are in Cebu for a vacation or you are on a connecting flight and has ample time to check out the island. Mactan Island, though small, has a lot to offer. Check out these activities that you can do and enjoy in my hometown!
Visit Mactan Shrine
Remember how Datu Lapu-Lapu killed Ferdinand Magellan in our history subject at school? Yes, this is where it all happened. Mactan Shrine is one of the country’s most historic places. The shrine is just about 10 to 15 minutes ride from the airport. Check here to know more about Mactan Shrine.
Eat at Rico’s Lechon
Cebu is known for our famous Lechon Cebu. Many visitors look forward to trying Cebu’s Lechon. What can I say? Ours is just the best. hehe. You can eat and dine at Rico’s Lechon. There are a lot of branches of Rico’s Lechon but the nearest to the airport is the one in Mactan Promenade, just outside the airport.
Visit Guitar Factories
Aside from Cebu’s Lechon, one we take pride of is guitar making. Most guitar factories are located in Barangay Abuno, Lapu-Lapu City. Alegre and Susing’s Guitars are just a few of the local factories that exports guitars. You can just hail a tricycle to take you to Alegre or Susing’s.
If you have ample time, go island hopping with your friends to the islands of Lapu-Lapu City. You can rent a pump boat for around Php 3,200 for 15 persons, depending on the size of the boat and the number of persons. You can visit the islands of your choice that includes either Gilutungan, Olanggo, Kaohagan, Nalusuan, or Sulpa. You can even go to Pandanon Island in Bohol for an additional charge.
Visit 10,000 Roses Cafe
The 10,000 Roses Cafe is located in Cordova. Though not a part of the Mactan Island, Cordova, which is a part of Cebu City, is only a few minutes drive from the airport. 10,000 Roses Cafe is one of the newest tourists sites in Cebu. If you want to know more about 10,000 Roses Cafe, click here!
Shop at The Outlets
The Outlets at Pueblo Verde is located in Barangay Basak. They have stores that offer fresh from the factory worldwide brands like Nike, Puma, Timberland and a lot more. This is considered as the complete commercial hub of Mactan. The outlets offer everything at a discounted price. Yes, they are cheaper compared to malls. Click here to check out The Outlets!
Witness Kadaugan Sa Mactan
Kadaugan sa Mactan happens every April to commemorate the victory of Datu Lapu-Lapu against the Spanish invaders. If you are here in April, don’t miss to watch the re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan that is mostly played and portrayed by famous Filipino celebrities.
That is just a few of the things that you can do on our little island. I hope that somehow, this article will be of help to you! Come now and visit Mactan Island in Cebu! Malingaw jud ka bai! 😀