Quick Day Tour of Mactan Island

Mactan Island is known for its beaches. But there is actually more to that in this island in Cebu. Here is a suggested itinerary for a quick day tour of Mactan Island.





Mactan Ferry 

If coming from Cebu City, we suggest that you take the Mactan Ferry at Pier 3. It is a convenient way to get to Mactan Island and avoid the dreaded traffic situation in Mandaue City and Lapulapu City. It's also a cheap way to get started with the tour. Besides, who doesn't want the fresh sea breeze of the morning?

Muelle Osmeña Wharf and Lighthouse

The Mactan ferry docks at the Muelle Osmeña Wharf. On site is a lighthouse that is more than 100 years old. Snap a photo with that lighthouse.

Birhen sa Regla Church 

Across the exit of the Muelle Osmeña Wharf is the Birhen sa Regla Church. The main church in Lapulapu City, many devotees come here to ask for favors. Common among these favors is the prayer to conceive.

Saint Alphonsus Catholic School 

Also in the area is Saint Alphonsus Catholic School. SACS was established in 1916. It is more than a hundred years old.

Senyang's 

For breakfast, we suggest a local Mactan Island fare. Head to Senyang's for their famous lumpia. Senyang's is walking distance from St. Alphonsus Catholic School.

Lapulapu Central Elementary School 

For the serious history buffs, visit the Gabaldon building at the Lapulapu City Elementary School.

Lapulapu City Hall

Visit the Lapulapu monument at city hall and learn about its history. It used to hold a bow and arrow. But after a succession of 3 mayors died of heart attack, they changed the weapon.


Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a public park under the Mactan Island side of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge. Walk with caution in this park as there have been numerous reports of crime. Or better yet, snap photos from the vehicle you are riding in.

Ukehub Kafe

Admire the world-class ukulele products from Susing's Guitar at the Ukehub Kafe. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch a learn-to-play session for the ukulele. Or you can schedule one before you embark on your tour.

Ukuleles on display at the Ukehub Kafe on Mactan Island
Ukuleles on display at the Ukehub Kafe


Mactan Shrine

One of the most visited sites in Mactan Island is the Mactan Shrine. It is believed to be the site of the Battle of Mactan. Ferdinand Magellan died in that battle. That battle also enshrined Datu Lapulapu as the first Filipino to triumph against the Spanish conquistadores.

Sutukil

Right beside the Mactan Shrine are restaurants that offer sutukil, a Cebuano palate feast consisting of sugba (roast), tuwa (soup), and kilawin (fish ceviche). If you are big on seafood dishes, you will lobe this place.

Mactan Newtown

The Mactan Newtown is the newest commercial park in Mactan Island.  Head to the Mactan Alfresco to sample some of the restaurants. Restaurants in the area are Muvanz, Choobi Choobi, Meximama, Orange Karenderia, Mama Linda Inato, and Oyster Bay Express. Or just simply marvel at the modern structures within the area.


Hadsan Cove

When you have time, you can try the submarine tour, helmet diving, or the hot air balloon at Hadsan Cove.

Dinner

Choose between MB's Tavern and the kandingan places for dinner. MB's tavern is a German-owned cafe. They serve pizza, breads, and some Filipino dishes. Choose MB's tavern if you want to play it safe. For the more adventurous, try goat meat dishes in one of the kandingan places in barangay Basak.

Pueblo Verde 

Pueblo is a modern shopping complex right outside the Mactan Export Processing Zone II in barangay Basak.

D'Jungle Dinner and Cultural Show

If you do not have a flight to catch, cap the night off with dinner at D'Jungle Restaurant. An after-dinner cultural show starts around 7:00 p.m. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to that.

Buy Packed Lechon at the Airport

If you have a late night flight to catch, be sure to bring in some lechon from Cebu. Ayer's and Zubuchon have stalls at the Mactan Cebu International Airport where you can get some.

Do you know of other interesting places to visit in Mactan Island? Let us know in the comments section below.

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