Cebu is blessed with numerous natural tourist spots that have attracted local and foreign tourists. While some of these tourist spots have become too commercialized, there are still a number that have remained relatively undeveloped. One of these places is the Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary.
The Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary is the oldest protected area for marine life in the province of Cebu. The marine sanctuary was established in 1999 with the purpose of protecting the marine resources of the town of Cordova. The community also helps in monitoring the marine sanctuary, which saw an increase in the number of fish in the area. Due to this, it has become one of the more popular dive spots in the area.
You can hire a pump boat to bring you to the Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary. You can get one offering guided tours or, if you are staying in one of the resorts in Mactan, you can request the resort to arrange a boat for you. When you visit the Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary, you will have to shell out PHP100 for each person even if you have no plans of getting into the water. But, if you are planning to go scuba diving, be prepared to pay a fee of PHP300 per person. The boat trip from the mainland to the Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary takes around 30 to 45 minutes depending on sea conditions.