The 10 Best Things to Do in Cordova, Philippines

October 15, 2017 Malia Yoakum

Discover the best top things to do in Cordova, Philippines including Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary, Cebu Happy World Museum, Lapu Lapu Statue, Gilutongan Island, Magellan Shrine, Diventure Philippines, Sea Voyage - One day diving, Caohagan Island, San Vicente Marine Sanctuary, Marina Mall.
Restaurants in Cordova

1. Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary

Cordova Reef, Cordova 6000, Philippines +63 920 283 8646
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 125 reviews

Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary

Reviewed By littleexplorer2017 - London, United Kingdom

We came here for snorkeling, as part of visiting two other Islands near Mactan. The reef is beautiful with rich sea life visible from the surface and below. It was very busy with tourists and boats docking around the pier. Some of the tourists were stepping on corals which is pretty bad. There are areas of the reef with limited access which is good. At least the locals are trying to preserve it to a degree and get the economic benefits of having tourists as well. It is very near to Cebu, where we were staying. The public beach where we boarded out boat was extremely crowded and filthy.

2. Cebu Happy World Museum

Lot 2-A-3 Bgy. Gabi, Cordova 6017, Philippines 032-520-1695-6
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Cebu Happy World Museum

Reviewed By Robert Paul C

Went with our neice and nephew and they both had a blast! Staff were courteous and more than willing to help. Place was clean and the art pieces were unique. Some of them are common though but good enough if you havent seen them in other "trick museums". The final piece was great, set in a huge room where your photos will look awesome when taken at the right angles! I wont spoil the surprise! Better head there to experience them!

3. Lapu Lapu Statue

Barangay Mactan, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
25%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 794 reviews

Lapu Lapu Statue

Reviewed By ingmar b - Davao City, Philippines

the park is nice and clean. i miss some information about lapu lapu and what he did. for a major tourist attraction this could be better

4. Gilutongan Island

Cordova, Philippines
Excellent
64%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Gilutongan Island

Reviewed By mountain927 - Alaminos, Philippines

My wife and I enjoyed the snorkeling very much. The water was clear, and there was a decent variety of coral and fish. Our experience though is snorkeling is better in Palawan, Bohol and Bantayan. A warning: we took a jeepney to Cordova Church, then tryke to the boats. Upon arrival at the first place the tryke driver took us, they wanted to charge us 2600 pesos for a two hour snorkeling trip. The tryke driver told us we could get a boat for 1200 at another place, took us there, and we were told the cheapest boat would be 1600 pesos. It's a scam rip-off for foreign tourists. Later, friends told us there is a ferry that will take you to the island for under 100 pesos. No one at either pier would lead us to where we could board the ferry.

5. Magellan Shrine

Punta Engano, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
21%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 187 reviews

Magellan Shrine

Reviewed By mojorayjones - Northern California

Well, know your history. You should have some idea of who Magellan was when visiting the Philippines and Mactan. It's quite a story about his fate came to be, so worth Reading up on. The park and shrine are well done. I suggest going in the evening as a evening stroll and get some breeze off the water while reflecting on the the events told. Also the surviving Spaniards left a few days after Megellan's death and continued to sail back to Spain, thus circumnavigating the world for the first known time ever and proving the Earth is round.

6. Diventure Philippines

Martin Francisco Street, Cordova 6017, Philippines
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Diventure Philippines

Diventure Philippines provides Scuba Diving Services around Cebu and Mactan Islands. We can help you create your own Dive Safari from the various world class dive sites of Cebu. Scuba gear, guide, transportation, and accommodation are all covered. PADI courses are offered for those looking to get certified. For non divers, we offer island tours, jet ski, para-sailing, and banana boat rides.

Reviewed By ProperZ - Bangkok, Thailand

Let me tell you, I lived in the Philippines for 3 years. I went diving with a lot of different instructors. Here's the difference between these guys and everyone else:
- Safety first: Murphy & TJ are great. They will go over the dive plan with you ahead of time, teach you the signals and what to expect, then do a practice dive in shallow water just to increase your comfort before you go on the dive.
I've been to several other dive shops that just care about numbers and aren't by your side when you need them.
I trust my life in their hands.
Another point, if you want to go on a vacation and dive around the best spots in the Philippines, they can coordinate the whole thing and take you so you don't have to worry about how to get there, where to stay.
The whole team is filled with professionals with 10+ years of experience each. They are diving almost every day.
Not only did they provide a great diving experience, they also helped me get some great deals on dive equipment.
I've had the pleasure of going diving with them all around the Philippines.
What can you do for them after they give you the most amazing experience? Buy them a beer and write a review.
Thank you Murphy, TJ, PJ, Robby, and the rest of your team.

7. Sea Voyage - One day diving

Wahing St. Baranggay | Best Western Sand Bar Resort, Cordova 6017, Philippines
Excellent
0%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
100%
Overall Ratings

1 based on 1 reviews

Sea Voyage - One day diving

Reviewed By daipresents - Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

てるみくらぶさんの特典でファンダイビング2本が無料でついてきたのですが、そのさいのダイビングショップがSEA VOYAGEさんでした。
1本目のダイビングで残圧100ぐらいになりガイドに共有。その後、急に息が吸いにくくなったので残圧を見るとほぼゼロに。あわててガイドをつかまえ、レギュレーター交換となりました。ガイドにはオクトパスがついておらず、一緒に潜っていた友人や別のゲストのオクトパスを借りて浮上。
水面で「どうして残圧が少ないと報告しなかった」と言われ、「急に残圧が下がったのだからどうしようもなかった」と伝えると納得がいかない模様。
ボートで機材をチェックしたところ、残圧が80ぐらいにもどっており、レギュレーターかタンクが怪しいということになりました。ガイドは状況を認め、疑ってしまったことに対しての謝罪がありましたが、あきらかに急に異常が起きてしまったのと、緊急時に冷静に浮上させてくれたガイドには感謝しているので、「気にしていない」と伝えました。
しかし、後日、今回の事故防止の対策についてちゃんと結論が出たか気になったので、ツアー会社に確認したところ、ガイドからトラブルの報告が上がっていないことが判明し、すぐに調査と対策を考えると連絡がありました。
しばらくして、ショップによる調査報告が届きました。どうやらタンクに問題があり、タンク業者に確認したところ、似たような現象が過去にあったそうです。ショップとしてはタンク会社を変更し、機材点検も念入りに行なっていくとのことでした。
先にも書きましたが、今回のトラブルははじめ機材が正常に動いているように見えたので、見つけるのが難しいトラブルだったのかもしれません。しかし、問題の報告がなかったり、(タンク外者にとって)既知の問題だったとすれば、申し訳ないですがガイドやショップの安全に対する考え方を疑ってしまいます。
非常に残念なできごとでした。

8. Caohagan Island

Olango Atoll, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
43%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Caohagan Island

Reviewed By พัลลภ ส

If you are heading to Olango, you can visit Caohagan island as well, this is one of the best place for island hopping in Cebu island most tourist came for a day to snorkel and swimming , hire a pumpboat and make the most of it in this island. Recommend not go inside the island please swim around there when the boat stop...

9. San Vicente Marine Sanctuary

San Vicente, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
34%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

San Vicente Marine Sanctuary

Reviewed By tazman1099 - Anchorage, Alaska

Not the best snorkeling site, but if you are staying on Mactan Island or in Cebu City and don't have time to go to the great dive spots, this is close and cheap.
Ferry ride was 12 pesos each way. Tricycle ride to the sanctuary was 60 pesos each way (though tourists usually have to pay 150). To go on the boardwalk was 25 pesos, 75 pesos to swim/snorkel.
Water is only waist deep, but there is a lot of fish, starfish, and coral to see.
Definitely worth the trip while in Cebu City. However, do not get suckered into the island hopping trips that cost several thousand pesos per person!

10. Marina Mall

Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
16%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
42%
Poor
10%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 73 reviews

Marina Mall

Reviewed By LeisureTraveler8888 - Cebu City, Philippines

Last visited 2017. Been here many times. A small mall. The main attraction for me is the supermarket. If I arrive early to pick up somebody I normally kill time there. There are cell phone shops, DVD shops, two drugstores, travel agencies and many restaurants.
The supermarket is complete. Many Koreans frequent the place.

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