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Cordova

Explore a mangrove swamp, go snorkeling in crystal-clear water and unwind in the comfort of beachfront hotels at this town on Mactan Island.

Cordova is a small tourist destination blessed with incredible natural beauty and exciting watersports. The town sits on the southeast coast of Mactan Island surrounded by beautiful beaches, mangrove forests and wetlands. Cordova is also just a short drive from the historic and entertainment attractions of Cebu City.

When visiting this paradise getaway, stay at one of the many family-friendly and waterfront beach resorts. Enjoy the comforts of upscale hotels with amenities such as bars, restaurants, spas and seawater pools. Arrange island-hopping, scuba-diving and snorkeling excursions to pristine Filipino islands, including Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island.

Dedicate some time to appreciate the 247 acres (100 hectares) of untouched mangrove forest that drapes over much of the town. The Day-as Boardwalk and Marine Park is a great place to get up-close views of this. Watch fishermen bring in their catch on traditional outrigger boats at Cordova Pier.

Cordova also incorporates the Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary and Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary, both situated on Olonga Reef. Marvel at perfectly preserved coral reef and spot multicolored marine life while snorkeling in the sanctuaries’ tranquil waters.

Another interesting place to visit is the Gaisano Grand Mall of Mactan, which has a variety of retail outlets and fast-food restaurants. Dine on plates of fresh seafood at a floating restaurant and browse the food stalls at Takan Public Market Park. Go to Magellan’s Marker and Lapu-Lapu Monument in nearby Lapu-Lapu City. These landmarks commemorate Lapu-Lapu, the 16th-century ruler of Mactan Island, and the death of Portuguese explore Ferdinand Magellan.

Cordova is about 8 miles (13 kilometers) south from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the main transport hub for Cebu Island. Public buses travel between the town and airport and most resorts provide a shuttle service.

Extend your Cordova vacation and visit Cebu City, the capital of Cebu Island. Here you can learn about the island’s Spanish colonial history at the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (Basilica Minore del Santo Niño) and Fort San Pedro. Enjoy sweeping views at Tops Lookout and a thrilling roller coaster and sky walk at the Sky Experience Adventure.

Top hotels in Cordova

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Solea Mactan Resort
Solea Mactan Resort
3.5 out of 5
Alegria Barangay Road, Mactan Island, Cordova, Cebu

Located in Cordova, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, Mactan Doctors' Hospital and The Outlets ...

3.8/5Good! (165 reviews)

"Hello I recently stayed 5 nights at you resort in Mactan Cebu and was pleasantly surprised with the facilities. It has a good atmosphere, clean, well organized and the pools were clean. I can't say enough about how friendly and accommodating your staff members were, they went well and above beyond ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Solea Mactan Resort
Cordova Reef Village Resort
Cordova Reef Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
Sitio Bantayan, Barangay Poblacion, Cordova, Cebu
The price is RM604 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Cordova hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, Mactan Doctors' Hospital and Our Lady of the Rule ...

3.6/5Good! (412 reviews)

"rooms were very nice and staff was more than freindly. was a beautiful experience."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Cordova Reef Village Resort
ALTA Cebu Resort
ALTA Cebu Resort
3.5 out of 5
Tugbungan, Pilipog, Cordova, Cebu

This family-friendly Cordova resort is located near the airport, 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Our Lady of the Rule Church, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Gaisano Grand ...

3.7/5Good! (293 reviews)

"Very nice hotel; a little remote though. It takes some time to get to Cebu city. There is plenty to do at the hotel; it has a nice restaurant and bar, the grounds are lush and beautiful. Front desk staff was outstanding, Housekeeping staff was great I would stay at the Cebu Resort again, but would ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

ALTA Cebu Resort

Popular places to visit in Cordova

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Go to the cinema, peruse upmarket boutiques and wander along the paths of the landscaped gardens in this modern shopping compound.

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(15 reviews)

The first Catholic Filipinos were baptized on the site of this historic chapel, believed to contain the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Cebu Yacht Club
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Cebu Yacht Club

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy the view of the Cebu skyline and watch ships light up the water at night from this sailing club.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Learn the intriguing history and admire the whitewashed façade of this cathedral that is the heart of Catholic pride in Cebu.

J Centre Mall
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J Centre Mall

5/5(6 reviews)

Enjoy a shopping trip, watch a movie, see a fashion show and sample a range of international cuisines at this exciting retail destination in Cebu.

Philippines Taoist Temple
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Philippines Taoist Temple

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Marvel at the intricate dragons and oriental décor and learn about Taoist rituals in this Chinese temple with a panoramic vista.

Top things to do in Cordova

Bohol Day Tour from Cebu
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Bohol Day Tour from Cebu

90% of travellers recommend
RM322
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch
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Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
RM269
Per adult
Cebu City and Mactan Tour - Seat in Coach
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Cebu City and Mactan Tour - Seat in Coach

80% of travellers recommend
RM155
Per adult
Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour
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Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour

80% of travellers recommend
RM1,168
Per adult
Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour
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Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM1,788
Per adult
Cebu Instagrammable & Food Journeys
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Cebu Instagrammable & Food Journeys

RM783
Per adult
Lapu Lapu featuring religious aspects and heritage architecture

Lapu-Lapu