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Mactan City is a popular destination due to its rich history and culture, and beautiful sandy beaches and diving spots.

Located in the province of Cebu and formerly known as Lapu Lapu City, Mactan City earned its place in history as the location where Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan battled with and was killed by Lapu Lapu – the city chief in 1521.



Mactan City is located in the province of Cebu.


Opening Days and Hours

You can visit the city any time of the day.


Entry Fee and Bookings

There is no entrance fee upon entering the city.


How to Get There

You can fly in via the Mactan Cebu International Airport, and explore the city via a car service or taxi cab.


Suggested For

  • Family adventure
  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers
  • Honeymooners
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Company outing


Time to Spend

You can spend 3 days to explore and enjoy the city.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Mactan is from the months of December of January, as you can spend a wonderful Christmas holiday at the country during this time, and also get to experience the annual cultural festival of Sinulog – held on the third Sunday of January.



  • Scuba diving
  • Freediving
  • Snorkeling
  • Ocean tour
  • Watersports
  • Island Hopping
  • Shark encounter
  • Sightseeing
  • City tour



There are plenty of food and restaurant choices in the city that serves both local and international cuisines. Meals can cost as cheap as USD 1 from a local eatery. A must-try dish is the Lechon Cebu (roasted pork), and popular restaurants you should try out include:

  • Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
  • Manna Sutukil Food House
  • Cowrie Cove


Nearby Attractions

  • Lapu Lapu Statue
  • Magellan Shrine
  • Nalusan Island Marine Sanctuary
  • Caohagan Island



Accommodations in Mactan cost for as low as USD 40 per night for two persons. Popular resorts and hotels include:

  • Crimson Resort & Spa
  • Be Resort Mactan
  • Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
  • The Bellavista Hotel
  • Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino
  • Palmbeach Resort & Spa

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