Lapu-Lapu City is a seaside gem boasting some of the best dive sites in the country, conveniently situated on Mactan Island. This highly urbanised region boasts popular resorts, tropical wonders and religious sites, making it a sought-after tourist destination.
Things to do
Take a stroll along the long expanses of white sandy beaches of Plantation Bay. If you want some undersea adventure, Lapu-Lapu is home to some of the best dive sites in the country. There are plenty of opportunities to get your PADI diving certification, so you can explore the colourful coral reefs and exotic shipwrecks located around the island.
Looking for some intimacy? The exquisite Caohagan Island is a short boat ride away, boasting picturesque palm trees that set the scene for romantic sunset viewing, and is home to some of the best snorkelling in the area.
For a true taste of the city’s heritage, be sure to pay homage to the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, standing in honour of the native leader who defeated the Spanish military in the battle of Mactan. Other cultural attractions nearby include the Muelle Osmeña and the Virgen de la Regla Church.
Looking for some of the best shopping malls? Marina Mall and Gaisano Grand Mall are ideal places to hunt down some bargain buys. When you’ve worked up an appetite, book a table at The Jungle Restaurant and Entertainment, an iconic tourist destination.
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the arrival point for most visitors entering the island, located about six kilometres from Lapu-Lapu City. The easiest way to get around is to catch a tricycle or multi-cab, although there are some taxi services for those seeking air conditioned comfort. Hiring a jeepney is the most exhilarating way to see the sights.