Mactan, Cebu Island Hopping (4 islands: Caohagan Island, nalusuan island, pandanon island, hilutungan island)

Mactan Island Hoppin - Nalusuan Island

Mactan Island in Cebu is definitely a top destination. Locals and foreigners alike are flocking to this area simply because of its beauty and rich natural resources especially whitesand beaches. However, it is not only the city that is worth visiting. There are even unique islands you can land and swim your heart away.

If you are looking for amazing islands around Mactan, may we suggest these four top destinations? These islands are Caohagan Island, Nalusuan Island, Pandanon Island and Hilutungan Island. Island Hopping to those islands could offer you white sand beaches, clear bluish waters and snorkeling with hundreds if not thousands of fishes of different colors and species.

Mactan Island Hoppin - Caohagan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin – Caohagan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin - Caohagan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin – Caohagan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin - Caohagan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin – Caohagan Island

 

Caohagan Island

Caohagan Island Marine Sanctuary is definitely a nice marine reservation area. It stretches approximately three kilometers along the coastline of its barangay. The water of the island is clear and crystal. As a matter of fact, you can see everything underneath it. This is definitely a good venue for swimming and snorkelling.

Getting there is relatively easy. You can hire a boat from any tourism provider especially those located at Maribago, Mactan Island. Caohagan is just across the place.

There are definitely a lot of activities that you can do while in the island. Caohagan Island is best for swimming. Even during high tide, the water is quite shallow and close to the island too. Locals are very friendly and nature preserving as they are letting the natural beauty grow in the island.

If you grow tired of swimming, you can go snorkelling. A simple snorkel mask and also flippers can truly alleviate your swimming experience while in the island. Plus, you can even take photos and videos while enjoying its natural marine world of Coahagan Island marine sanctuary. If you want other active avenues, you can play all sorts of games there such as volleyball, basketball, badminton and even board games. Most definitely, do not forget to enjoy the view, the breeze and the sea.

Mactan Island Hoppin - Nalusuan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin – Nalusuan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin - Nalusuan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin – Nalusuan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin - Nalusuan Island

Mactan Island Hoppin – Nalusuan Island

 

Nalusuan Island

Looking for the nearest place to experience the sea without the need to travel far? Perhaps Nalusuan Island would be best. Even more, this ranks at the top.

Nalusuan Island is between the province of Bohol and Mactan Island. This was once a sandbar that was reclaimed in order to create the resort. To date, the resort occupies the entire island. This is part of the group that forms the Olango Island Group. This has over six satellite islets namely Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an and Camungi. Hence, you can go island hopping and explore two or three of the islands.

Nalusuan Island is accessible via Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Resort. You just go beside the resort where the ports for hire are situated.

There are varied activities you can do while in the island. For one, you can swim and do varied sea activities. Of course, you can’t forget checking its rich marine resources. If ever you would want to spend more time in the island, you can do so since there are amenities that can cater just that. It is also has a restaurant to satisfy your tummy cravings and more.

Mactan Island Hopping - Pandanon Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Pandanon Island

Mactan Island Hopping - Pandanon Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Pandanon Island

Mactan Island Hopping - Pandanon Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Pandanon Island

 

Pandanon Island

If ever you are in Nalusuan, might as well visit another island of equal beauty which is the Pandanon Island. This is the perfect island where you can stop and take a break. You will surely be greeted by its white sand and turquoise water. Its beach is perfect for all kinds of water and beach activities. You can then cap your day with a great food by the beach.

Going there is very similar to going to Nalusuan. You will simply need to tell your boat driver to lead you to Pandanon Island after the marine sanctuary trip in Nalusuan. They would surely love to take you there.

 

Mactan Island Hopping - Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping - Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping - Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping - Gilutungan Island

Mactan Island Hopping – Gilutungan Island

 

Gilutungan Island

If you are a beginner in terms of diving and snorkelling, the Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary is the perfect place for you. This island is rich with aquatic resources and it is also a protected area. From there you can see and experience the best collection of marine life in the province. You will find numerous dive shops for you to explore the life under the sea.

To get you started going there, it would be ideal that you are in the Maribago area on Mactan Island. There are boats or Bangka that can take you to this island for around 35 to 45 minutes.

There are many fun activities to do there. Of course you can go snorkelling and scuba diving. After all this are indeed the heart activities of the island. You may also opt to stay on the boat just to enjoy the sea. You will surely enjoy watching all sorts of marine animals. Should you want to swim, you will be provided with a life vest. You may also just hold the boat’s extensions.

This only shows that there are indeed many islands that you can duly enjoy while in Cebu. You would surely appreciate the water and its rich marine resources. Even more, you need not travel far in order to reach those islands. You would surely love the fact that you are exploring an island or two. And the day would surely be short to fully enjoy it.


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