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Lapu-Lapu
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Lapu-Lapu

Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is AU$158 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Punta Engaño hotel is in the historical district, 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 9 mi (15 km) of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"We are so pleased in our stay.we will definitely comeback"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2020

Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Buyong, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
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Nestled on the beach, this Lapu-Lapu resort is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Magellan Shrine and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan. Mactan Doctors' Hospital ...

4/5Very Good! (650 reviews)

"Kudos! For keeping the facility clean! It was a wonderful family overnight staycation!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2020

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
5 out of 5
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is AU$154 per night from 3 Mar. to 4 Mar.

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,223 reviews)

"My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the kids pool and playground. It was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2020

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Lapu-Lapu

House With Nice Garden And Big Private Pool For Rent
House With Nice Garden And Big Private Pool For Rent
Kim Beatriz Compound,, Sitio Poblacation,brgy.Suba Basbas,, Cebu, Cebu

Nestled on the beach, this Suba Basbas villa is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Mactan Doctors' Hospital. Lapu-Lapu City ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
with friends

"Clean House"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

House With Nice Garden And Big Private Pool For Rent
Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
3 out of 5
Arterra Residences, Punta Engano Rd, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is AU$53 per night from 3 Mar. to 4 Mar.

Located in Punta Engaño, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Magellan Shrine and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mactan Marina Mall and Cebu Yacht Club. Gaisano ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (86 reviews)

"A ounce in a lifetime 180* degree view of Cebu City! especially at night. Very nice balcony to stand and feel the night breeze. Limited room service food was surprisingly very tasty. Didn’t use the pool, but looks well kept. We want to bring the kids here for the experience. Oh, and great Owner/ ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2021

Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
Nordtropic Resort and Residences
Nordtropic Resort and Residences
3 out of 5
Buyong, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is AU$130 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Nestled on the beach, this Lapu-Lapu aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of SM City Cebu, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (253 reviews)

"not very good location expensive taxi we have room very bad view"…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2020

Nordtropic Resort and Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lapu-Lapu

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4/5 - Good

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23 Feb. 2020

I try to stay away from central Cebu . love Lapu - Lapu

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

Walkways has drainage below covered with hollow blocks, It was Soo.. smelly.. Not good for your health

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Nice part of the world - beautiful people - friendly, courteous and happy

3/5 - Okay

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2 Jan. 2020

Lapu lapu still needs more development. The roads are fairly rough and most places not accessible by foot. A disappointing contrast to some of the luxury resorts on offer, not a great welcome for tourists.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Dec. 2019

Hard to get taxis. Roads are terrible

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Oct. 2019

I wish I got to see more of it

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