Mactan Island

Mactan Island

Just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Cebu City, Mactan Island is known for its great diving spots and fantastic resorts.

The five-star Shangri-La Resort and Spa was named as one of the best resorts in Asia by the Condé Nast Traveler. Dubbed as “an escape for the spirit and a sanctuary for the soul,” rooms here run anywhere from P12,700 (US$480) for a seaview room to P30,000 (US$700) for a suite.

The resort features its own marine sanctuary, where guests can encounter all kinds of marine life like yellow tail barracudas, puffer fish and lionfish. The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is seen as one of the best diving spots in Mactan.

If you find Shangri-La’s rates to be a little bit on the pricey side, check out Be Resorts Mactan. A modern-inspired hotel, Be Resorts has its own white sand beach, spa and three swimming pools. Rooms here run as low as P6,000 (US$130).

For those who are hoping to get some scuba diving training done while on vacation, they can check out Kontiki Reef, which is situated in the middle of Mactan. Tambuli, another diving spot, is not too far from here and allows visitors to explore the wreckage of a small sunken plane.

Another diving spot to visit is the Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary. One of the oldest sanctuaries in the area, Hilutungan is home to thousands of species of fish as well as colorful coral.

Mactan is also known for its food. Abaca Restaurant, which is just past Shangri-La, is one of the more popular restaurants in the area. The place serves California-Mediterranean cuisine and is famous for its homemade pizzas and pastas.

Another restaurant to check out is the Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant, just off the coast of Cordova Wharf. The restaurant offers great views of Mactan and the rest of Cebu, thanks to its strategic location of being in the ocean. While Lantaw serves great Filipino food in general, the seafood obviously reigns supreme.

Top Rated Restaurants in Mactan Island

  1. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    34 Reviews View
  2. Tides
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    26 Reviews View
  3. Acqua
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    14 Reviews View
  4. Leona Bakeshop
    5.0 Stars
    Bakery
    7 Reviews View
  5. Feria
    4.5 Stars
    International
    19 Reviews View
  6. Zubuchon
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    45 Reviews View
  7. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    10 Reviews View
  8. Tea of Spring
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    11 Reviews View
  9. Cebu's Original Lechon Belly
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    12 Reviews View
  10. Abaca Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    International
    10 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Mactan Island

  1. Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    52 Reviews View
  2. Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    47 Reviews View
  3. Crimson Resort and Spa
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    33 Reviews View
  4. JPark Island Resort and Waterpark
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  5. Radisson Blu Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    32 Reviews View
  6. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    30 Reviews View
  7. Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  8. Abaca Boutique Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  9. Cebu White Sands
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  10. BE Resorts Mactan
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Mactan Island

  1. Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    52 Reviews View
  2. Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    47 Reviews View
  3. Ibiza Beach Club
    4.5 Stars
    Bar
    16 Reviews View
  4. Crimson Resort and Spa
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    33 Reviews View
  5. JPark Island Resort and Waterpark
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  6. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    34 Reviews View
  7. Tides
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    26 Reviews View
  8. Radisson Blu Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    32 Reviews View
  9. Acqua
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    14 Reviews View
  10. Leona Bakeshop
    5.0 Stars
    Bakery
    7 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Mactan Island

  1. Marina Mall

    Marina Mall

    8 Places
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