Lapu-LapuLapu-Lapu is an island city of Cebu Province in the Philippines, part of Metro Cebu. .
The city has the main airport of the region, many beaches and dive sites, and quite a few resorts. It also has many condominium developments and is a popular location for retiring abroad. Both the resorts and the condos are mostly toward the higher end of the price scale.
Mactan is just off the coast from Mandaue and connected to it by two bridges; both lead into downtown Lapu-Lapu. Olango is a short ferry ride from Mactan.
Taxis, jeepneys and buses go to Lapu-Lapu from other parts of Metro Cebu. They use the two bridges that connect the city to Mandaue; see Metro Cebu#Get around for details.
address: Lapu-LapuThis is the second most important airport in the country after Manila. It is the only air gateway for Metro Cebu and the rest of Cebu Province, and the main one for the Visayas region. Wikipedia has a list of airlines and destinations. There are two terminals - Terminal 1 for domestic flights and Terminal 2 for international services.
In 2018 the airport averaged 70 international flights a day. There are good connections to most of the major air hubs in Asia and a number of non-hub cities, but not many flights beyond Asia. Most international flights are one flight daily each way per airline, some only a few times a week. There are also flights between Mactan-Cebu and Clark Airport, and Clark has flights to many international destinations, including quite a few on low-cost carriers. Davao, Iloilo and Kalibo also have both international flights and domestic flights to Cebu. Silk Air, the regional flights division of Singapore Airlines, have a Singapore-Davao-Cebu route as well as direct flights to Cebu.
There are also quite a few charter flights, often used as part of packaged holiday deals. Most come from South Korea, Japan, or China.
Cebu averaged about 200 domestic flights daily in 2018. There are direct flights to all major cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, and to popular tourist destinations such as Puerto Princesa on Palawan or Kalibo near Boracay. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia all have many flights and there are smaller players as well. Note that some domestic flights, particularly on the cheaper airlines, allow only 7 kg carry-on luggage and no checked bags.
- Air Swift: Mactan-Cebu to/from El Nido Palawan.
- Air Juan: Mactan-Cebu to/from Bantayan, Naval, Maasin, Sipalay, Tagbilaran.
Air Juan fly Cebu-Bohol but most people take a fast ferry instead; see Bohol#Get in. Similarly, although there is a direct flight on Cebu Pacific most people bound for Dumaguete will go by boat or bus; see Dumaguete#Get_in.
This is not a huge airport with extensive shopping and recreation options, but it does have a range of services: duty-free shop, souvenir shops, cafés, a business center, ATMs, stands selling Philippine SIM cards for mobile phones, car rental, hotel and resort reservations, and beauty & health services. There is a luxury hotel and casino across the road from Terminal 1 and a hotel in Terminal 2.
The food and drink places within Terminal 1 have international menus and, by Philippine standards, high prices. Many travellers will be happy with those; the prices are reasonable by international standards and quality is generally OK. For cheaper food, you can go where many airport staff eat; from the center exit on Terminal 1's departure level, walk across the street and down into the resort/casino parking garage. At the bottom of the stairs is a cafeteria-style place with plain but satisfying Filipino food.
Getting to or from the airportThe airport is on Mactan Island in Lapu-Lapu city. travellers go to the city of Cebu by bus or taxi, which takes about 40-60 min and costs , depending mainly on traffic. During the day, you can also go by bus which is much cheaper and takes about the same time, but at night taxis are the only option. Taxi to downtown Lapu-Lapu is to 150.
- Cebu MyBus air-con buses every 15 minutes from 6:AM till 10PM from the Mactan Airport to the SM Mall in Cebu City, per person.
If you are staying at one of the higher priced hotels, most can send a free van to pick you up at the airport. If you forgot to ask for this you may find that the van of your hotel is there to pick someone else up and you can hitch a ride if there is room.
There are jeepney from the Mactan-airport to Lapu-Lapu port for .
By boatLapu-Lapu is part of Metro Cebu, and so is Cebu City which has the largest and busiest port in the country. From there you can take a taxi to Lapu-Lapu for . Or take a ferry from Pier 3 to Lapu-Lapu pier which costs only . They depart every 20 minutes and the trip takes 20 minutes.
Boats to Olango Island and to Getafe (Bohol) depart from a pier we describe in the Olango Island article.
The simplest way to get around is by hopping on a tricycle or multicab (small jeepney). Taxi is also available for a comfortable trip. Always ask for taxi meter if you are paying by meter. The flagdown rate is and per succeeding 200 m and per waiting time of two minutes. Drivers however may bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip may double in price. However, you have the option not to agree and may report such to local authorities. If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, this is still the fastest way to get to your destination.
If you want more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Ask around for which route to take. They are available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the island. This is the cheapest option for getting around for as low as .
Lapu-Lapu Monumentaddress: Lapu-Lapu, Mactan IslandLapu-Lapu was a local hero whose forces killed Ferdinand Magellan during the Battle of Mactan in 1521. A small marker to Magellan is nearby.
Sergio Osmeña Bridgelong truss bridge across the Mactan Channel
Marcelo Fernan Bridgelong Cable-stayed bridge across Mactan Channel
Beach bumming in white sand beaches like Shangrila, Plantation Bay, Blue Waters, White Sands, Tambuli Beach Club
There are also several large new malls:
Gaisano Grand Mall of Mactanaddress: Basak-Marigondon Rd
phone: +63 32 340 5889address: M L Quezon Hwy
Mactan Marina Mallphone: +63 999 449 5382
The Gaisano Grand Mall downtown has two buildings; the larger one (which has most of the shopping) has many chain restaurants, mostly fast food, and a bakery while the smaller one has a cluster of somewhat better-class restaurants, mostly serving Filipino food but also with places for sushi or pizza.
phone: +63 32 238 8641address: Bagumbayan, MaribagoFilipino and international food with a cultural show involving dances from the Philippines and other countries. The best involves the Fire Dancers.
phone: +63 995 618 9363address: Mactan Promenade, Lapu-Lapu Airport Rd
Aerotel CebuHourly rates available for those who just need a shower and/or a nap between flights.
phone: +63 32-495-4388address: Gy dela serna StA/C single/double rooms with own hot water bathroom and cable TV. clean. No elevator. The lower-priced rooms are often sold out; if you do not book well ahead, expect for a double.
The Stopover Backpackers Hostel Mactan Airportphone: +63 9778531781address: Seawage Street Mustang Road, Brgy PusokA motorbike ride from Mactan Airport.
phone: +63 32 340-7821address: M.L Quezon National Highway, PusokSituated in Mactan Island, midtown Lapu-Lapu City, 0.8 km from the Mactan Export Processing Zone and approximately 1 km from the Mactan International Airport.
phone: +63 323402939At the Mactan Export Processing Zone. They're close to shopping malls and restaurants, and a comfortable 500 m from Mactan International Airport. It's 6 km away from the University of San Carlos Museum, and 4 km away from the Mactan Shrine. All of their cottage-style studios, suites, and villas are furnished with a deck or balcony, mini-bar, microwave oven, writing desk and chair, refrigerator, and private bathroom.
phone: +63 32 236 9339address: Brgy. PusokProvides suites fully furnished with a private kitchen and personalized service most suitable for long-staying business travelers.
phone: +63 32 238-3929address: Mactan IslandAll apartments have kitchen and cooking facilities. Smallest rooms are 36.5 m², two bedroom loft apartments 65.74 m². Free Internet, cable TV, DVD player, large refrigerator with freezer.
phone: +63 32 231-4244address: Buyong, Mactan Island
phone: +63 32-341-4586address: Maximo Patalinhug Jr. AveA/C suites with kitchen, in-room broadband internet access, and television with cable.
phone: +63 32 232-3111address: Pajac-Maribago Rd, MaribagoEGI Club Cebu is a three-star beach resort on Mactan Island. It is close to Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Lapu-Lapu Monument, Magellan's Cross, and Taoist Temple.It offers 120 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have an Internet access, double bed, IDD phone, mini-bar, and refrigerator. Their facilities includes swimming pool, fitness center, and function/meeting rooms.
phone: +63 32 492-7777address: Punta Engana Road
address: Punta Engaño RoadA tourist spot in its own right. The compound is a large park where visitors (even if they don't stay in the hotel) can roam the huge reception and its environs. Check out the beach, the chapel, the spa and the various restaurants.
phone: +6332 340-4888address: 1 Airport RoadA luxury hotel with a casino, nowhere near any waterfront.
For foreign government consulates, see the list in the Metro Cebu article.
- Cebu City is only a ferry, bus, jeepney or taxi ride away (about 30 minutes by ferry or one hour by jeepney). Mandaue is in between.
- Olango Island is just off the coast of Lapu-Lapu; it has good diving and a wildlife sanctuary with many birds.