Mactan Island is a part of Cebu province and separated from the main city by the Mactan channel. This is island is the place where the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed to in 1521and met his demise after warfare with the warriors of the ruler Lapu-Lapu. A shrine for the ruler had been created in the form of a 66ft bronze statue in Punta Egano since he is considered as a hero who resisted colonisation. A shrine for Magellan for was also built in 1866. Mactan Island also has some of the most beautiful resorts and coral reefs, so scuba diving, snorkeling and even parasailing are just some of the fun activities to participate in. The Mactan Aquarium and the Mactan Art Gallery are another two places that have to be visited at least once. This is place where you can enjoy nature and beautiful beaches too. You can also pay a visit to marine sanctuaries and enjoy snorkeling there as well.
More than 2 hours. A weekend stay is recommended
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families or children
The Lapu Lapu shrine and statue, Magellan’s Shrine, Mactan Art Gallery, Mactan Island Aquarium, Mactan Scuba Dive Centre
Prayer facilities at most resorts and attractions cannot be found. However the Crimson Beach Resort and Spa is known for being very Muslim friendly. Mosques near the island include the Al-Khairiah Mosque and the Green Mosque which are situated in Cebu city.
Finding Halal restaurants near most attractions will be hard. When Muslims travel to Cebu Island, Halal food at and Muslim friendly amenities at the the Crimson Beach Resort and Spa can be found. When visiting other resort or restaurants, always ask the staff whether the food is Halal. Or order vegetarian meals or seafood item as you will find a variety of each.