Sunset sky over Mactan Island

Mactan Island

About Mactan Island

Located in the east of Cebu Island lies the Mactan Island. This Island is divided into the municipality of Cordova and the city of Lapu-Lapu. Additionally, Mactan Island is adjacent to Carmotes Sea and Cebu Strait.

Mactan is known as Coral Island and thus, one of the major tourist destinations of Cebu. Mactan offers a variety of underwater and cultural activities that you will surely enjoy!

Activities in Mactan Cebu

One of the things that makes the trip worthwhile is to experience the culture of the place and the activities that they offer. Here are some of the activities to make the most out of your Mactan Cebu escapade:

  • Join Kadaugan Festival

    Become part of the historical-culture celebration of Mactan Cebu. Kadaugan Festival is held annually in the last week of April. Enjoy and experience street dancing and mouth-watering foods of the locals while immersing yourself in Cebuano’s historical culture.

  • Explore Marine Life

    Mactan Cebu is known as a rich island thus, if you’re planning to visit Mactan you must never miss out to explore and experience the beauty of marine life.

  • Unravel Mactan’s Cultural Heritage

    I’m sure you’ve read all sorts of history about Mactan Cebu but it surely is not as fun as witnessing the historical places by yourself. Get to know the cultural and historical contexts of Mactan by visiting historical sites and learning all about it through the rich stories of the locals!

Best Spots to Visit in Mactan Cebu

The spots in Mactan Cebu are not only aesthetically pleasing but also offer fun activities that will make you want to include them in your itinerary. Here are some of the travelers' favorite places to visit:

  • Caohagan Island

    If you enjoy underwater activities, Caohagan Island is a must-have on your to-visit list. Caohagan island is known to be an exotic island because of its beautiful corals. Here on this beautiful island lies the abundance of Boracay white pebbles. The Island is known for underwater activities such as diving and snorkeling.

  • Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary

    Hilutungan Island is indeed travelers’ favorite spot on Mactan Island. This Marine is perfect for all kinds of divers because of its accessibility for snorkeling activities.

    If you’re into underwater photography, you will surely enjoy this spot because of the vibrant underwater life.

  • Lapu-Lapu Statue

    The 20-meter Lapu-Lapu Shrine will take you to witness the historical context of Mactan Cebu. The Shrine is located inside the Magellan Shrine Park to commemorate the events of the Battle in Mactan.

  • Virgen dela Regla National Shrine

    The Virgen dela Regla is a place where testament of miracles were witnessed. You surely don’t want to miss out to visit this shrine to come and pray for the desire of your heart.

Best time to visit Mactan Island

It’s best to plan your trip to Mactan Cebu during the dry and summer seasons (December to May) since there are also a lot of events you can witness during these times. Also, there is less humidity so you get to make the most out of your trip through outdoor activities!

Mactan Island 3 Days Weather Forecast

Planning to visit Mactan Island in the next coming days? Checkout the weather in Mactan Island.

Jul 14, 2024
27.3 °C
Moderate rain
Moderate rain
Jul 15, 2024
26.6 °C
Moderate rain
Moderate rain
Jul 16, 2024
26.2 °C
Heavy rain
Heavy rain
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How to get to Mactan Island?

Travel to Mactan Cebu

If you’re planning to visit Mactan Cebu, here are some tips and travel guidelines that will help you in the new normal traveling requirements.

Mactan Cebu allows domestic travelers to enter the City of Lapu-Lapu and Municipality of Cordova. You are not required to present travel documents and RT-PCR tests. As long as you are able to pass the entry points and don’t exhibit symptoms, you’re good to go!


If you opt to travel by ferry, there are ferry operators you can choose from to book your travel to Mactan Cebu. You can book your ferry travel to 2Go, Oceanjet, and Weesam Express. However, none of these vessels will take you directly to Mactan.

So if you’re going to travel by ferry, you will be dropped off at Cebu and you will need to travel inland to Mactan.


The most convenient way to travel to Mactan Cebu is by plane since it is connected to 27 domestic flights. Another good thing about traveling by plane is that Airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia offer flights to the islands from the major cities in Luzon and Mindanao.



MyBus Cebu is public transportation that regularly offers travel from Talisay City to Mactan Airport. MyBus trips start at 6 AM until 1:20 PM, every 20 minutes.


If you’re looking for more convenient private transportation, you might want to book a car rental especially if you’re traveling in a group and want to travel places at your own pace. Cebu Van Rental offers to pick you up from Cebu Airport and take you to your Mactan destination.

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