Once you’ve had some time on the beach and sipped your fill of drinks, it’s time to get to know Mactan a little better. Right off the coast await coral reefs teeming with so much colour and marine life, and if you’re lucky, you may encounter giant whale sharks, sea turtles and other fascinating marine life as you explore the waters. Various excursions can wisp you away to islands off the coast but if you only have time for one, head to Malapascua, to the north of Cebu. The pure white sands and untouched reefs here have earned it a reputation as ‘the next Boracay’. Even if you aren’t a diver, you can take lessons, snorkel, or simply explore the beautiful beaches. Dive companies are everywhere on the east coast of Mactan, so getting a selection of trips to pick from isn’t difficult.
For an easy introduction to water sports and the underwater world, try a day at Nalusuan Island Marine Park. Just off the east coast of Mactan, here you can comfortably snorkel with fish of all sizes and colours, jump on a jet ski, or kayak to your heart’s content. The semi-circular reef is part of the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, a place that is guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday.
With so much to see above and below the water’s surface, this is your chance to get up close and personal with natural beauty at its best! Book from our range of Mactan Island hotels today, along with a flight to Cebu.
Hotels in Mactan Island start at AU$42 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.