Cebu-Mactan Island Hopping
Hilutungan, Nalusuan and Pandanon Islands.
Full day, all-inclusive island hopping around three of Cebu-Mactan’s most beautiful islets
Unlimited drinks onboard the boat plus hearty lunch with a view
Snorkeling and swimming at pristine, protected marine sanctuaries brimming with coral and fish
Sunset cruise to cap off your full day of sun, sand and sea
- Trip Duration: 9hs
- Available Languages: English, Japanese
- Pickup & drop off to your hotel
- Instant Confirmation
- Food and/or beverages
- Certified tour guide / instructor
Start your day fresh with an 8.30am pick-up after breakfast at your hotel (if you can wake up for that…!). Remember, the sun rises (and sets) early in these parts: make the most of your daylight.
After being shuttled via private van to the boat terminal, you’ll board a traditional bangka (outrigger pumpboat) to the Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary. It will take around 35-45 minutes to get there. If you want to take the meaning of ‘day drinking’ literally, why not start here? Drinks (water, juice, coke, beer) are unlimited on the boat, as long as supplies last.
If you’re not quite ready to get on the alcohol yet, sit back and enjoy the breeze. This might be a better idea if you’re to last the whole day shuttling around on a wooden boat. Soak in the saltiness, and peer at the islets you pass. In case you were wondering, the Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands during high tide. (7,641 if you want to be nitpicky, according to the latest from UNCLOS).
You might be casually starving after getting your fill of the colourful underwater creatures at Hilutungan (giant clams! Multicolored starfish!). Good thing you’ve got lunch at Nalusuan next. Expect standard Filipino dishes to be served (think: sinigang, liempo, grilled fish… you get the picture). Full disclosure: one round of drinks is free at Nalusuan; however, as per island rules, anything you order in excess will be charged. You can then choose to either relax and digest all that food, or snorkel some more. Who knows what different corals and fish species you might find in this part of the water?
Finally, you will reach your furthest destination of the day: Pandanon Island, closer to Bohol on the east than Cebu’s main island. If it’s your lucky day, a pod of dolphins might decide to swim and jump alongside your boat on the hour-long journey there. At Pandanon, the white sand bar is the main attraction. However, if you’re in a rush (or would rather focus on the first two sanctuaries), you may choose to skip this option as the first two islands make up the true appeal of the tour.
- Hotel Pick up from hotel in Mactan / Cebu City
- Boat Terminal
- Snorkel at Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary
- Lunch at Nalusuan Island – relax and snorkel
- Pandanon Island sandbar
- Sunset cruise – sail back to Mactan
- Drop off at hotel
The beautiful islands here never cease to amaze me. Island paradise doesn't even begin to describe the place. I really appreciate how clear the waters were, making it perfect for snorkeling.