While many people love to just lie down and relax at the beach the whole day, Mactan Island has a lot more to visitors who may want to spend their weekend here. Here are five activities you can do in your next visit to Mactan Island in Cebu.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Mactan Island is home to a number of beaches where local and foreign tourists flock to every year. These beaches are not only good for simply lazing around the whole day, but you can also try snorkeling close to these beaches. These beaches have a good amount of shallow water marine life. You can also hire a boat to take you to some of the islets surrounding Mactan Island for a better snorkeling experience.
If you are a more adventurous type of person, you can take this experience a notch higher and try scuba diving. There are numerous scuba diving shops offering courses for beginners and experienced divers. In fact, some shops even offer courses for kids 10 years and older. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you sign up with reputable dive shops with licensed scuba diving instructors.
Island hopping is a very popular recreational activity in Mactan. This is one of the things that should be in the bucket list of anyone visiting the island. Aside from visiting different islets around Cebu, you also have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in some of these islets.
In fact, it has become popular among foreigners, who include it in their itinerary whenever they visit Cebu. There are a number of companies offering island-hopping services in Mactan, including Island Banca Cruises and Cebu Tours. Tour packages are typically determined by the number of people joining the activity as well as the inclusions. These packages normally include lunch and island entrance fees.
Visiting the Alegre Guitar Factory
Aside from the magnificent beaches, Mactan Island also has a number of interesting places you can visit. If you are a music-lover, the Alegre Guitar factory is one place you should not miss. The Alegre Guitar is considered as one of the most durable guitars in the market. The factory is located in Albuno, Lapu-Lapu City. You can see how this high-quality musical instrument is made. The company makes use of first-class, pure sustained wood in producing their guitars.
Aside from the production process, the facility also has a showroom displaying guitars of different colors and sizes. Pictures of celebrities and famous musicians who visited the facility are also displayed on the showroom. A visit to the Alegre Guitar factory is not only a visual treat since you can also buy this top-quality musical instrument at reasonable prices.
A Day at the Cebu Happy World Museum
The Cebu Happy World Museum is another place to visit while in Mactan. Well, technically, the museum is located in Cordova Island, but it is in the vicinity of Mactan Island. The Cebu Happy World Museum is unlike any museum you can find in mainland Cebu. Instead of cultural and historical treasures, this museum displays works of art that appear to jump out of the frame.
The artworks are optical illusions that visitors can enjoy and interact with. Seventy interactive three-dimensional paintings are on display at the museum, including a painting of Aphrodite appearing to quench the thirst of visitors and a Great White Shark that appears to fly out of the painting.
The museum is divided into six sections - World Famous Art, Ocean, Religious Beliefs, Philippine Pride, Jurassic Animals, and Ending Sections – with each section offering different experiences for visitors. The best way to enjoy the museum is to bring a camera with a tripod to allow you to take high-quality pictures. The museum is open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Parasailing is a recreational water sport activity where an individual wears a specially-designed canopy wing while being towed by a boat. The activity is gradually becoming popular among tourists staying in different resorts in Mactan Island.
There are numerous parasailing packages offered by these resorts, depending on how high you want to go up in the air. You can also opt to have a dry or a wet landing. The latter means you are going to take a dip in the water once you come back down. It can be done individually or with a buddy, in fact, the whole family can take part in this activity.
These are just five activities you can do to make your weekend in Mactan Island more exciting and one for the books. Do you have any other things in mind you can do while in Mactan Island? Tell us about it through the comments section below.
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