Mactan Island is a very well-known place to visit both locals and foreign. Since the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located within Mactan, a lot of foreigners who are traveling to Cebu City will most likely to stay in Mactan since Mactan has so many beautiful beaches and islands to visit. Mactan has a lot of high-end establishments ranging from hotels, restaurants to beaches and resorts.
Islands you could visit:
There’s a lot of islands you could possibly visit for your Island hopping in Mactan adventure but if you are doing the said activity for just a day, the islands you could possibly visit is limited to 3 or 4 islands.
- Caohagan Island – An island covered with trees and a sand beach in the southwest. Good for diving and snorkeling.
- Hilutungan Island – 20 to 30 minutes away from Mactan Island, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving since it has a lot of corals and fishes.
- Nalusuan Island – Nalusuan Island Marine Reserve is surrounded by coral reefs and has many fish. It is ideal for snorkeling and diving.
- Olango Island – It has a white sand on the southern part of the island and a lot of coral reefs. There’s a Bird Sanctuary, Mangrove Jungle and a Floating Restaurant in the area.
- Pandanon Island – It has a white sand and good place to swim with a visible sand bar. Not a good place to snorkel and dive.
- Sand Bar – Not suitable for diving, good for swimming and snorkeling.
NOTE: Usually, the islands you could possibly visit during your island hopping in Mactan adventure will mostly consist of 3 islands only. If you want to experience every island, invest a lot more time so you could possibly visit every island.
Reminders for DIYers:
If you visit marine sanctuaries like the Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary, be prepared to pay a fee even though you have no intention of wading ashore. The collected fees are used to pay the Bantay Dagat personnel who constantly guide the area and for reef maintenance.