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Lapu-Lapu
Travel Guide

Take a boat out for a tour and learn about two different national heroes in this historic part of the Philippines.

As the scene of one of the country’s most important battles, Lapu-Lapu has an intricate history and strong sense of community. The area is known for its fascinating shrine complex, picturesque beaches and colonial relics. Learn about the local culture in the markets and churches of this intriguing city.

Rent a boat from the Cebu Yacht Club for a trip around the islands. Enjoy views of the water at sunset and dine at a restaurant in this high-end boat club.

Find out about the Mactan Battle at Magellan’s Monument, which features a statue of the Portuguese explorer credited with bringing Christianity to the islands. See the adjacent shrine of Lapu-Lapu Monument to the indigenous leader who killed him.

Visit Our Lady of the Rule Church, which plays an important community role. Locals congregate here to socialize and worship together. See the church at night, when its crosses glow bright blue and the façade takes on tinges of yellow.

Peruse the range of shops in the Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan. Purchase mango, garlic and other tasty local products from the supermarket.

Attend a variety show at The Jungle Cultural Entertainment Center, which is renowned for its fire dancers. The complex also offers snorkeling, diving with sharks, market tours and sea walking.

Find the town on the tiny Mactan Island east of Cebu Island in the southern part of the Philippines. Arrive at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from other destinations in Asia and get around the area by jeepney or taxi.

The impressive Marcelo Fernan Bridge connects the two islands. Gaze up at its imposing columns and appreciate the sea views from the center of the bridge.

Lapu-Lapu offers a fascinating insight into local history and customs. Anticipate hot days year-round in this tropical setting.

Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
1 Airport Road, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is RM336 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mactan Marina Mall, Cebu Yacht Club and Lapu-Lapu City Hall. Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Gaisano ...

4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"Old school hotel. Great look and feel. Big and open. Easy airport access. Small casino if you like gambling. No buffet due to pandemic. Not too many people staying there so hot water was shut off. Had to request to turn on, which was fast. Smells dank"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM610 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

Offering direct access to the beach, this Punta Engaño hotel is in the historical district, 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 9 mi (15 km) of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (146 reviews)

"We are so pleased in our stay.we will definitely comeback"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM604 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,093 reviews)

"Great pool and best beach. Covid had a lot of activities limited but even so stay was great."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2021

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
CSuites at 8 Newtown Residences
CSuites at 8 Newtown Residences
3 out of 5
G/F Retail 102 A 8 Newtown Blvd., Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is RM222 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Lapu-Lapu, this beach aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mactan Marina Mall and SM City Cebu. Ayala ...

4.1/5Very Good! (128 reviews)

"Great people. Nice pool and they gave us a free beach pass while we stayed there."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

CSuites at 8 Newtown Residences
Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
3 out of 5
Arterra Residences, Punta Engano Rd, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is RM154 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Punta Engaño, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Magellan Shrine and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mactan Marina Mall and Cebu Yacht Club. Gaisano ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (86 reviews)

"A ounce in a lifetime 180* degree view of Cebu City! especially at night. Very nice balcony to stand and feel the night breeze. Limited room service food was surprisingly very tasty. Didn’t use the pool, but looks well kept. We want to bring the kids here for the experience. Oh, and great Owner/ ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
Nordtropic Resort and Residences
Nordtropic Resort and Residences
3 out of 5
Buyong, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is RM327 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Lapu-Lapu aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of SM City Cebu, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (253 reviews)

"not very good location expensive taxi we have room very bad view"…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2020

Nordtropic Resort and Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lapu-Lapu

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3/5 - Okay

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2 Feb 2020

Great place but traffic is bedlam.

3/5 - Okay

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9 Dec 2019

Busy and noisy ... but good for shopping and plenty of tourist restaurants and hotels

3/5 - Okay

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6 Dec 2019

Very crowded and dirty, very few good beaches, very few good restaurants but lots of friendly faces and shopping and nightlife if you want it.

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Nov 2019

I think it's a little difficult to describe outside the complex with one word, as requested earlier, because it's around about a 60% third world country with lots of hardship and depravation. Acceptance comes strait to mind. A true reality check.

3/5 - Okay

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24 May 2019

Traffic is bad and no good restaurants except in the 5 star hotels, which are nowhere near Bellavista.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2019

Some where to go to chill and unwind.