A Short Guide For Mactan Island Vacation. – Mactan is an enchanting island with interesting history and lots of fabulous tourist attractions.
The island’s history is closely related to Ferdinand Magellan, the famous Portuguese explorer who led the Spanish expedition to the East Indies. On the way to the Moluccus Islands, Magellan ordered the ships to anchor on the Homonhon Island, where he then guided to Cebu. He then procclaimed Cebu as Spanish territory, but Lapu-Lapu the chief of the Mactan kingdom refused to pay tributes to the Spanish King. Surprisingly Lapu-Lapu won the battle against the Spanish troops and killed Magellan. Today you can see a monument standing on the place where Magellan was killed in the battle.
There are various tourist attractions that you can find in this island, most of these Mactan attractions are located around the shores or relating to natural beauty of the island. However, there are also other attractions that relate to the history and culture of the island. Below are some of the most notable attractions of Mactan Island.
Lapu-Lapu is considered as one of the first Philippines’ national heroes, and this shrine was built as a tribute to his heroic efforts in getting rid of foreign oppression. That’s why this shrine is often called the Liberty Shrine. Lapu-Lapu Shrine is one of the main tourist attractions in Mactan that can be viewed for free.
This marker is located near the Lapu-Lapu Shrine that can also be viewed free of charge. This is believed to be the exact spot where Ferdinand Magellan was killed. The complex of Lapu-Lapu Shrine and Magellan’s Marker is also known as the Lapu-Lapu Monument. The landmark itself was built in 1866 in order to commemorate the Portuguese explorer and the heroic chief of the Mactan Island.
Philippine Culture Shows
These entertaining shows are regularly performed in many resorts around the island. Usually they perform tribal dancing or reenactments of important events in the history of the island. There are many places where you can get information and schedules of these culture shows, so you can always find them easily.
Diving and Sorkeling
Mactan Island has a lot of ocean sanctuaries with huge reef walls and a lot of beautiful sea creatures. Most resorts and hotels in Mactan provide diving and snorkeling facilities. While some luxurious Mactan hotels also provide other activities including kayaking, kite boarding, windsurfing, jet skiing, and many others.
When it comes to nightlife entertainment, most visitors will head to Cebu City. But actually there is also a lot of exciting nightlife entertainment spots available on the island. Most of these Mactan nightlife establishments are located between Mactan Bridge and Lapu-Lapu City.
Food and Beverage
Actually there are many good restaurants on the island that serve local and international cuisine, but they are all located inside the resorts. Fortunately you can still go to Cebu City located just a short drive away across the bridge from the island, there you can find more options for restaurants and bars.