Mactan (or Maktan) is an island of the Philippines and is the country’s most densely populated island. It is famous for being the battleground for the Battle of Mactan where the famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan met his demise at the hands of the native warriors. Despite Magellan’s downfall, Mactan was ultimately colonized by the Spanish and their Christian influence is seen throughout this island.
Being very industrial, Mactan specialises in the production of furniture and musical instruments. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport situated on the island is due to be upgraded in 2014. All this has resulted in a very high-class tourism industry in Mactan, which is famed for its water activities and its beautiful corals. Mactan Island is home to some of the most beautiful beach resorts in the Philippines and boasts a wide variety of things to do and see, ranging from historic figures to stunning corals.
In addition to breathtaking sights, Mactan also offers a few attractions for visitors such as the Mactan Art Gallery, Lapu Lapu Shrine, Mactan Island Aquarium and its famous guitar factories.
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, part of Metro Cebu. Built in 1956, the airport is the second busiest in the country and was also declared a top airport in the ASEAN region. It currently operates with over 600 weekly commercial flights and serves over 10,000 passengers a day.
Finding Halal restaurants in Mactan will prove to be somewhat difficult. However, both vegetarian cuisine and seafood will be available throughout the restaurants in the city. It is also advisable to bring with you a few light Halal food items, in the case of the unavailability of Halal food.
No known mosques are located in Mactan. However, visitors could go to a few of the mosques found in the vicinity of Cebu City, which is a short distance away. Well known mosques in Cebu include the Green Mosque and the Al-Khairiah Mosque.