Mactan Island’s sun, sand and sea make it the ultimate action-packed getaway for sport enthusiasts and nature lovers.
With almost every water sport imaginable, it would be easy to fill a day jetskiing, parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding or waterskiing, spreading your time between the azure waters and pristine private beach.
A tranquil island retreat framed by lush palm trees, flawless ivory beaches and postcard-worthy waters, Cebu’s Mactan Island provides a serene destination to get away from it all. But for those who wish to do more than bask in the sun, there’s an exciting array of activities to engage the athletically inclined. Located on the northern east coast, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is an idyllic base for outdoor pursuits.
The calm surrounding waters are ideal for catamaran day trips, private boat charters and deep-sea fishing excursions, while more than 20 dive sites are a mere half hour boat ride from the resort. One of the more unique offerings is the Sea Trek diving system, which allows guests to walk on the ocean’s floor for 15 minutes, an oversized, full-face helmet providing an unparalleled view of the colourful fish. Best of all, there’s no need for certification – or even to get your hair wet.
Scotty’s Dive Center caters to both beginners and experienced divers, offering courses in PADI-certification. Approximately 50 metres from the shop lies the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary, home to more than 160 species of marine life, including barracuda, parrotfish, lionfish, and schools of jacks and silver batfish and abundance of rainbow-hued coral, sponges and fans.
More than a magnificent beachfront sanctuary, the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary plays an integral part of the resort’s corporate social responsibility mission. Established in 2007, resort employees transferred giant clams that the government had removed from poachers in Palawan to the safety of the marine sanctuary. The site continues to be a wildlife retreat today and hawksbill turtles and tropical fish handed over to the government were recently released there.
As part of the Reef Care Project, the five-hectare marine sanctuary not only conserves biodiversity, but also serves as an eco-lab to foster environmental awareness. The first resort in the Philippines to achieve the ISO 14001 recognition, the recognised standard for environmental business management, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu regularly engages guests in activities such as coral and giant clam propagation, reef checks and beach and dive clean-ups in its commitment to marine preservation.
The stunning underwater kingdom teeming with marine life can be easily explored closer to shore, with snorkelling safaris offered daily. With almost every water sport imaginable, it would be easy to fill a day jetskiing, parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding or waterskiing, spreading your time between the azure waters and pristine private beach.
On land, practise your swing at the six-hole golf park or challenge the whole family to themed mini-golf next door. From the well-equipped gym to covered areas for table tennis and boxing dotted around the property, there’s no need to retreat inside even in bad weather. However, classic rainy day activities such as video games, karaoke, air hockey and pool are available for lazy afternoons.
Treat yourself after an active day with a session at CHI, The Spa, where a highlight is the Philippines Hilot massage using warm coconut oil and banana leaves. Finally, take advantage of the lush ambience with an al fresco feast at beachside Cowrie Cove. If weather permits, there’s nothing more idyllic than dining in the private, open-air Observatory pavilion, perched on a lone jetty at the water’s edge. Take your time over a sumptuous fresh seafood platter and tropical cocktails as the waves lap over boulders and stars take their places in the dusky sky.
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I like the dried mango snacks from Cebu & chili sweet squid flakes-my favorite!! The Dangits of Cebu is also nice :) my boyfriend got Cebu blood.. I can speak Visayan: "Maayo man gid ang Cebu. Daghan man and gwapo at gwapa diha sa Cebu."
Cebu is nice :D