Make a quick escape to Mactan Island to enjoy the beach, and try out water sports like jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.
The surrounding waters are also full of dive sites that range from easy to advanced, including prime underwater spot.
Or you can just park yourself at a beach in pursuit of the perfect tan!
Mactan or Maktan is a densely populated island located a few kilometres from Cebu Island in the Philippines. The island is part of Cebu Province and it is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova. The island is separated from Cebu by the Mactan Channel which is crossed by two bridges: the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge.
The island was already a thriving settlement before it was colonized by Spain in the 16th century. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived on the island in 1521 and became involved in warfare among the tribal groups, only to be killed in battle by the warriors of Datu Lapu-Lapu, the sovereign in the island.
By 1730, the Catholic Augustinian friars established the town of Opon, that was later renamed as the city of Lapu-Lapu by means of the Republic Act 3134, signed by Pres. Carlos P. Garcia on June 17, 1961. Congressman Manuel A. Zosa, the representative of the Sixth District of Cebu, sponsored the Bill converting the former municipality of Opon into the present day City of Lapu-Lapu.
The island covers some 65 km2 (25 sq mi) and is home to some 430,000 people,making it the nation’s most densely populated island. Along with Olango Island Group, the isles are administered as two cities covering 75.25 km2 (29.05 sq mi).
Currently, it has an estimated population of 430000 (as of 2013). Aside from tourism, major sources of living are fishing and selling accessories from shells along the beach.
Being a coral island, Mactan offers some of the best diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet ski, sailing and cultural activities of any island in the Philippines.
Fun & Sun House Reef
This site is composed of a gentle slope with some boulders and corals formations followed by a small drop off. Juvenile Puffer fish and Porcupine fish like this quiet spot. Seahorses, Blue Ribbon Eels, Pegasus and Mantis Shrimp have been spotted there as well. At night, several kinds of Crabs and shrimp come up. Ideal for divers who like to search for crawling critters.
A dive recommended for macro lovers as the visibility there is limited. Frog fish, Octopus, Stone fish, Scorpion fish, Flounder, Ghost Pipefish and several kinds of Nudibranches can be spotted there. Good for macro photography and it is a different dive ambiance with an usually greenish visibility.
Tambuli Site has a small plane wreck that divers enjoy going to (18-22 meters). The current makes you drift along a slope where you will see schools of Damsel fish, Sergeant Major fish, Catfish and Butterfly fish among others.
A night dive favorite as its wall is abundant with marine life. The amount of Crabs, Shrimps, Octopus, and many more critters will surprise you. During the day, the school of Sardines and Mackerel are common spectacles.
Besides being abundant with tropical fish, the wall is host to different species of sponges, and other types of coral. Clown Fish and Anemone Fish are frequentky spotted here. You never know what may show up. It has been known to have manta rays and even whale shark cruising along the wall from time to time.
This site is recommended for experienced divers as the cave entrance is 30 meters deep. Flashlights are required after 5 meters into the cave. This cave is known for its Flashlight fish that glow when you turn your lamps off. Lion fish and often school of Big Mouth Mackerel usually loiter at the front of the cave entrance. At the cave exit located near Plantation Bay Resort, you will find a lush garden of corals.