Mactan Island

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

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 covers some 65 km2 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 adm ...

inistered as two cities covering 75.25 km2.

Being one of the major tourist Islands of Cebu, Mactan Island boasts of a diverse collection of tourist spots and attractions. 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. The only aquarium attraction in the Visayas is also located on the island.  Wiki

Mactan Island News

  • 25 Exciting Island Hopping Adventures To Do This Summer

    Summer is around the corner! Is there a better way to enjoy the season than frolicking in a beautiful beach? Yes, and it is called island hopping—a must-do activity during these sunny months. You won't just visit beaches but also secret lagoons, coves, inlets, marine sanctuaries, and more! We gathered 25 of our best island hopping sojourns, and we highly encourage you to visit these paradises.

    For our foreign readers who don't know what this adventure is, island hopping refers to a recreational activity of cruising from one island to another. It traces its activity back to World War 2 whe ...

  • Divers Clean Up Mactan Waters

    Yesterday, 125 scuba divers, free divers and mermaids (in costume) collected a total of 103.5 kilograms of garbage and 43 crown of thorns, under the waters of Mactan during the fourth Dive Against Debris (DAD) at the Crimson Resort and Spa.

    Diver Jai Genilza said that harvesting the crown of thorns is important because it kills corals.

    "They are uncontrollable and they are considered pests," said Genilza.

    Meanwhile, an organizer of DAD noted fewer garbage collected by divers this year.

    Lapu-Lapu acting Vice Mayor Harry Don Radaza said they credit the improvement to the constant ...

  • Lawyer Swims 10K For Cleanup

    Lawyer and Pinoy Aquaman Ingemar Macarine completed another long-distance swim recently to promote a clean ocean and the preservation of marine life and environment for the national cleanup month, which is held every September.

    Macarine, 40, also an ambassador of Let's Do It Philippines Movement, swam 10 kilometers from Mactan to Olango Island last Sept. 17, hoping to inspire fellow Filipinos to care more for the marine environment.

    "I dedicate this to all our brave ocean warriors who did the cleanup," he said.

    That was his 23rd open water swim, including his three swims in the US.


  • Green Fins Reaching Out To New Diving Cultures In Mactan Philippines

    Tourism trends change over time, and from generation to generation. This is something that is now been felt by popular diving destinations in countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The Reef-World Foundation, as international coordinators of the Green Fins initiative, have been keeping up to date on the latest trends. Recently a rising number of tourists from countries such as China, Korea and Japan are identifying South East Asia as their main touristic destination. Proximity, unique marine biodiversity and reasonable prices are just some of the reasons behind thei ...

  • Lapu Lapu The Place That Put The Philippines On The World Map

    In the past, the city of Lapu-Lapu is known as the place where local chieftain—the city's namesake, Lapu-Lapu—defeated and killed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, putting on hold Spain's ambition to colonize the Philippine islands for another 40 or so years.

    Today, the city is known for quite different reasons. Although much of the natural beauty of Mactan Island, where Lapu-Lapu City is located, has been retained over the centuries, it looks that the place is looking very optimistically into the future.

    Lamudi Philippines has put together five reasons why Lapu-Lapu City is th ...

  • 10 Most Beautiful Beaches In The Philippines

    I've always known that my country, the Philippines, is a piece of paradise on earth. But it was only a few years ago when I started working and earning my own money that I realized that my home country is truly unlike any other place. The more I traveled, the more I discovered the beauty of the Philippines.

    The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands (only 2000 are inhabited), each one offering a rich biodiversity ranging from tropical rain forests, mangroves, and coral reefs to mountain ranges, world-class beaches, beautiful islands and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Conservation Inte ...