Travel and Leisure

Day Tour Adventure – Island Hopping in Mactan

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. 

There’s a lot of islands where you can visit with your island hopping in Mactan adventure and here are some of the famous islands to visit; Caohagan Island, Hilutungan Island, Nalusuan Island, Olango Island, Pandanon Island and Sand Bar. And a lot more islands but these are the famous islands to visit in Mactan. 

  • 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. 

 

Things to remember during island hopping in Mactan: 

  1. Always listen to your guide or boatman, they know a lot more than you do. 
  2. Pack light things. Don’t bring all of your things.
  3. Lots of bottled water to keep you hydrated 
  4. Extra clothes 
  5. Camera/GoPro/Cellphone 
  6. Swim wear (rash guards or any swimming attire) 
  7. Life vest and snorkel set (if you don’t have, you can rent one just ask the boatmen) 
  8. Never stray away from your group 
  9. Don’t throw your trashes anywhere, please keep it to your bag or pockets and throw it once you saw a trash bin elsewhere.