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Lapu-LapuPhilippines

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

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

Basak

4/5Very Good!(51 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Basak, Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan and The Outlets at Pueblo Verde are top sights worth seeing.

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

Punta Engaño

4/5Very Good!(46 area reviews)

While Punta Engaño isn't home to many top sights, Magellan Shrine and Cebu Yacht Club are some notable places to visit nearby.

Punta Engaño
Take me back to paradise!

Suba Basbas

2/5(3 area 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.

Suba Basbas

Top Hotels in Lapu-Lapu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
5 out of 5
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
¥16,529
per night
May 6 - May 7

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! (2,529 reviews)

"The search is over! Of the 3 reputable resorts on the East shore of Mactan island, Crimson is the perfect blend of boutique hotel with resort-scaled amenities run by a devoted staff, kind, competent and available. The breakfast buffet is amazing. The quality of lodging is precious and exclusive inside ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
¥16,485
per night
May 6 - May 7

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! (1,693 reviews)

"Enjoyed our stay, the staff were excellent and friendly. Housekeeping kept our room clean and tidy and what I enjoyed was that whenever we passed the housekeeping team on the floor, they smiled, created and were very polite. The restaurant staff in Sails fantastic and Peachy at reception was wonderful. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
¥25,838
per night
Apr 8 - Apr 9

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! (1,735 reviews)

"The property location was really impeccable. The staff was very hospitable and food was good to the palate. The unavailability of other facilities and also some technical issues."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Lapu-Lapu

Cebu Yacht Club
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Cebu Yacht Club

4/5(20 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(54 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(477 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(196 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(281 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

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
¥7,124
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark & Canyoneering Adventure
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Oslob Whale Shark & Canyoneering Adventure

100% of travellers recommend
¥11,657
Per adult
Cebu Day Tour Rental
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Cebu Day Tour Rental

¥8,061
Per adult
Cebu Twin CIty Tour - Car for Hire
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Cebu Twin CIty Tour - Car for Hire

¥8,061
Per adult
Cebu City Tour Rent A Car
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Cebu City Tour Rent A Car

¥8,061
Per adult
Cebu Tour Car Rental
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Cebu Tour Car Rental

¥8,061
Per adult

Reviews of Lapu-Lapu

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
94
5 - Excellent 24.22680412371134%
4 - Good
182
4 - Good 46.90721649484536%
3 - Okay
87
3 - Okay 22.422680412371133%
2 - Disappointing
16
2 - Disappointing 4.123711340206185%
1 - Terrible
9
1 - Terrible 2.3195876288659796%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Needs better infrastructure to handle the traffic. Needs more ecofriendly forms of transportation...E-jeepneys are great step in this direction!

3/5 - Okay

Jerome.S

Mar 8, 2020

New Mactan is growing but a lot remains to be done

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Traffic is crazy busy if you have to cross either of the bridges.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 1, 2020

Convenient

3/5 - Okay

Bugsy

Feb 1, 2020

Same as everywhere else overcrowded.

2/5 - Disappointing

Bugsy

Jan 30, 2020

Over crowded and too much traffic. Very unclean and streets are a mess