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.

Where to stay in Lapu-Lapu

Punta Engaño
Arterra Hotel Spa Resort. 
Welcome to heaven 😍
So peaceful place 🏝
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Punta Engaño

4/5(27 reviews)

When in Punta Engaño, you can plan a visit to Magellan Shrine and Cebu Yacht Club, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Basak
Tasty pizza and cheap beers was the perfect way to end our day.
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Basak

3.5/5(28 reviews)

While visiting Basak, you might make a stop by sights like Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan and The Outlets at Pueblo Verde.

Suba Basbas
Take me back to paradise!
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Suba Basbas

2.5/5(2 reviews)

While Suba Basbas might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan and SM City Cebu.

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
¥20,521
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

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! (1,636 reviews)

"Everything was simply perfect. From the room, the location, the activities, the food, the service and the staff. I rarely see this combination of perfection. We spent 5 nights there and we will come back for sure. Thank you Shangri-La !"…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

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
¥12,655
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10

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' ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,500 reviews)

"Clean and tidy, cleanliness was always maintained by staff on duty."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

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
¥18,649
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3

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! (2,403 reviews)

"Everything is perfect and very good area to relax and enjoy."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Popular things to do in Lapu-Lapu

Cebu Yacht Club
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Cebu Yacht Club

4/5(19 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(47 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(419 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

4.5/5(166 reviews)

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

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

4/5(82 reviews)

Pick out the portrayals of your favorite city sights and historical moments in this mesmerizing mixed-metal public artwork.

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

¥2,928

Conveniently located in the restricted area on the Arrival Level in Terminal 2. In addition to comfortable seating, wide selection of food and beverage, complimentary Wi-Fi and recharging stations, this lounge is also equipped with shower facilities for travellers to refresh before their flights.

Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

¥5,977

The tour will take you on the south countryside of Cebu for an ultimate adventure with the whale sharks. The town of Oslob is a 3 hr drive from the city, upon arrival native snacks of sticky rice, sweet mangoes and hot chocolate will be served while waiting for your turn to board the banca - local paddle boat.

Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour
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Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour

¥4,488

Unlock the secrets of Cebu City—the Philippines' oldest city—and discover a trove of historical landmarks and fascinating museums. Embark on a private tour that leads you into the heart of the region, indulging in a full-day adventure that includes streamlined transportation and a mouthwatering meal.

Private Twin City Discovery Tour
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Private Twin City Discovery Tour

¥6,025

Get immersed in the culture of Cebu as you discover the art and history of the island. Listen as a friendly and knowledgeable guide brings you to some of the most prominent landmarks around, providing unique insight into their importance.

Private Whale Shark Watching Adventure in Oslob
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Private Whale Shark Watching Adventure in Oslob

¥17,692

Discover a gigantic wonder of the aquatic world as you embark on a whale shark spotting adventure. Drive to Oslob, keeping your eyes peeled for the sharks, before you don snorkel equipment and capture the elusive whale shark selfie with help from friendly and knowledgeable guides.

CEBU SIMALA SHRINE AND CITY TOUR
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CEBU SIMALA SHRINE AND CITY TOUR

¥6,865

06:00 am - Pick up to your Hotel 08:00 am - Simala Shrine 11:00 am - Magellans Cross 11:20 am -Basilica de Sto Nino 11:45 am - Metropolitan Cathedral 01:20 pm - Lunch with drinks 02:00 pm -Taoist Temple 02:50 pm - Temple of Leah 03:30 pm - Sirao Garden 07:00 pm - Drop Off to your Hotel Discover Simala Church, the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as Simala Shrine or Simala Church located at Sibonga,Cebu, it is a castle-like church inspired by European Churches and Temples.

Reviews of Lapu-Lapu

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
71
5 - Excellent 23.588039867109636%
4 - Good
140
4 - Good 46.51162790697674%
3 - Okay
69
3 - Okay 22.92358803986711%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 3.9867109634551494%
1 - Terrible
9
1 - Terrible 2.990033222591362%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

I would recommend this place to people wants to visit Cebu. All the staff are very helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Wonderful place, Beautiful people here! A traveler from U.S I felt safe and welcomed and had a blessed time and currently planning my return trip.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 6, 2019

The traffic is terrible

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

We stayed at the resort and enjoyed all it had to offer; we loved the waterside sports---the staff kept us safe and had us enjoy our stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Beautiful mountains that literally brought a tears to my eyes. The Sirao is heavenly. The views are amazing. The hills of Cebu are alive and I am yearning to come back for more.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 22, 2019

the housekeeper she did a great job, and friendly...all the staff are all friendly. ..we eat at sails, forum and ibiza restaurant...the waiter and witress..they are so nice and the service is awesome .the food its excellent...