Cheap Flights to Mactan-Cebu International
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB)
Mactan (Cebu) International Airport is the primary aviation hub for this part of the Philippines. The facilities are pretty good in this airport, with restaurants, beauty bars, currency exchange, cash machines, gift shops, and payphones.
For Cebu City, a taxi fare can cost about 500PHP ($17) to travel the 15km, or to drive the 14km to Lapu Lapu City, the fare should be around about 400PHP (14).
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, and ANA are all airlines that service flights to Mactan and Cebu from Australia.
Why visit Mactan and Cebu?
Cebu City, on the isle of Cebu is a dynamic and vibrant city that presents a little like Manila’s little brother. Packed with colourful, busy streets, market stalls, shouting hawkers and honking jeepneys, Cebu City is a fun and lively place, and the perfect gateway stop for those wanting to explore the nearby island of Mactan. Mactan stands in stark contrast to Cebu City, with its glamorous resort reputation, you can find glittering 5 star hotels, or no-frill beach bungalows a mere stone’s throw away from gorgeous beaches, lapped by translucent, sparkling waters.
Things to do in Mactan and Cebu
In Cebu City, you will find several important historical sites, such as the chapel which shelters the famed Magellan’s Cross, that the Portuguese and Spanish planted on arrival. There is also the striking 16th century Fort San Pedro, which you can tour, and learn about the trials and tribulations of the conquering colonists. Of course, many who spend time in Cebu City want to take advantage of its excellent shopping opportunities, found in SM City Cebu and the Ayala Center. These complexes that not only boast a whole host of shops, but also have bars, restaurants and outdoor areas that are ideal spaces for a day or a night out.
However, Mactan is the star of the show, with a landscape that would not be out of place on a postcard. Added to the island’s natural beauties, Mactan is not short of cultural attractions either. See the renowned Magellan Marker, a spot where the legendary explorer was cut down by the mighty chieftain of Lapu-Lapu. Then visit his shrine, where it is said his body was laid to rest.
As for those renowned beaches of Mactan, there are resorts that cluster along the coastline offering space on those beautiful powder-white stretches of sand, where you can sit back and relax in a true island paradise.
If sunbathing isn’t your thing, there are many who fly to Mactan to discover the amazing underwater life and landscapes just off-shore. Go on an island hopping tour that incorporates Olango Island and the Reef Flat that has become famous among divers.
Best time to visit Mactan and Cebu
· For beach weather, March through to May is the best time to visit these islands, when the days are warm, dry and at 22-31°C.
· The wettest months run from July to August, and this time of year is not ideal to book a trip to this area of the Philippines, unless you love the rain.
Arriving in Mactan and Cebu by plane
·; Be aware that travelling to the Philippines from Australia usually involves a short stopover in Hong Kong (HKG).
· Philippine Peso (PHP).
· Australians may enter the Philippines for 30 days or less without a visa, but these rules are subject to last minute changes at the discretion of the government. To be sure of the requirements before you fly, please check with the smart traveller website operated by the Australian Foreign Affairs department.
Please note that information is correct as of June 2016
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