Mactan Island, Cebu

Mactan IslandMake a quick escape to Mactan Island to enjoy the beach, and try out water sports like jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.

The surrounding waters are also full of dive sites that range from easy to advanced, including prime underwater spots like Kontiki Reef, Tambuli Reef and the Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary.

Or you can just park yourself at a beachfront resort in pursuit of the perfect tan.Accomodations in Mactan range from affordable inns to the ultra-posh Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, hailed as one of the top resorts in Asia by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.

Don’t leave without dining at a local sutukil restaurant, where fresh seafood is cooked according to your preference — sugba (grilled), tuwa (stewed) or kilaw (raw).

If you can tear yourself away from a lounge chair, Lapu-Lapu City is home to Cebu’s guitar-making heritage. Get an inside look at the local industry with factory tours of local manufacturers like Alegre Guitars. Don’t forget to take one home; Cebu-made guitars are known for their quality, durability and affordability.

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