Lapu-Lapu

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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.

Top hotels in Lapu-Lapu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
RM794
per night
Mar 25 - Mar 26

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,692 reviews)

"Beautiful location, great amenities, great food. The marine sanctuary made for an amazing snorkeling experience. The staff are wonderful and attentive. The rooms are nice and spacious. However, I wish they had renovated the bathrooms. It looked exactly the same from 20 years ago."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
RM510
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

This Lapu-Lapu resort is on the beach, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club and Mactan Marina Mall. Mactan Doctors' ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,639 reviews)

"We enjoyed our 2 bedroom family room with ocean view. The room and amenities were very nice. The room service food was tasty as well."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
5 out of 5
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
RM686
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,490 reviews)

"Very nice place. Staff was great and food was good."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Popular things to do in Lapu-Lapu

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.

Magellan Shrine
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Magellan Shrine

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Visit this outdoor complex of statues to learn about the battle between two heroes of the Philippines with contrasting backgrounds.

Our Lady of the Rule Church
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Our Lady of the Rule Church

Learn about the cultural and religious significance of this intriguing church that overlooks a spacious plaza and a public market.

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.

Cebu IT Park
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Cebu IT Park

4/5(14 reviews)

Sip coffee among the green patches of this business hub, learn about the technology bubble and visit a leisure center.

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.

Top activities in Lapu-Lapu

Plaza Premium Lounge at Mactan-Cebu International Airport
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Mactan-Cebu International Airport

RM115
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM264
Per adult
Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour
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Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour

RM167
Per adult
Private Twin City Discovery Tour
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Private Twin City Discovery Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM225
Per adult
Private Whale Shark Watching Adventure in Oslob
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Private Whale Shark Watching Adventure in Oslob

RM660
Per adult
Oslob Whalesharks and Kawasan Falls with Sumilon Sandbar
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Oslob Whalesharks and Kawasan Falls with Sumilon Sandbar

RM772
Per adult

Reviews of Lapu-Lapu

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

Great place but traffic is bedlam.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 9, 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 6, 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

Verified traveller

Nov 23, 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

Verified traveller

May 24, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2019

Some where to go to chill and unwind.