Top 10 Things to do in Mactan Island, Philippines

July 25, 2017 Ying Subia

Discover the best top things to do in Mactan Island, Philippines including Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary, Lapu Lapu Statue, Magellan Shrine, Caohagan Island, San Vicente Marine Sanctuary, Cebu Happy World Museum, Marina Mall, Gilutongan Island, Gaisano Mactan, Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan.
Restaurants in Mactan Island

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. 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

3. 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.

4. 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...

5. 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!

6. 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!

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Gaisano Mactan

Pajo St,, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
8%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
51%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 56 reviews

Gaisano Mactan

Reviewed By Durand S - Hutto, Texas

My fiance and I visited this mall to do some shopping and grab some lunch. It is a smaller and older mall, but we were able to find some good values on items we were looking to find there.

10. Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan

Basak, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
Excellent
9%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
42%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 215 reviews

Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan

Reviewed By dalekditto

One of the oldest malls surely old and decrepit not much in the way of shops or restaurants there is a little italian coffee shop does great coffee and ice cream but thats about it the escalator is almost always broke and the car park always flooded so nothing to see here folks

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