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Arriving in Cebu

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second largest airport in the Philippines, is located in Cebu. It is an excellent alternative to the overcrowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the city of Manila. Although most Cebu flights are between neighboring Asian countries like China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, the airport also provides seasonal flights to the United States, Russia, and other nations. To get cheap flights to Cebu, make sure to check out fare comparison websites on the Internet. Airfare to Cebu will vary depending on your location as well as the travel class and airlines you choose.

Getting Around Cebu

The airport is located in the Island of Mactan, about 20 to 30 minutes from the actual city. Flights to Cebu can be exhausting, so make sure to have booked a room at a hotel. From the airport, you can hire a taxi straight to the hotel if the hotel does not provide a pick-up van. To get around the city, it is not necessary to hire a taxi, as this can be quite expensive. Try riding the jeepneys, the city’s most affordable way of travel. However, if you are staying for a short while and need to get the most out of the visit, you might want to hire a private van. You can get access to private van services right after arrival at the airport or ask around from locals.

Main Attractions in Cebu

The city is home to various heritage sites dating back to the Spanish colonization. These sites include Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross, the Cebu Cathedral, and other colonial ruins. There are also plentiful resorts for swimming and relaxation, including those located at the beaches on the Island of Mactan and Barili. You can also go hiking or biking at the Tops (literally the top of Mount Busay) or scuba diving at the island of Olango.

Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife in Cebu

The SM City Cebu is the biggest shopping mall in the area. It includes a huge supermarket, department store and movie theater as well as more than 200 restaurants and shops. Alternatively, you can visit the Ayala Mall and other local business establishments. As one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions, restaurants in the area provide both local and international cuisines. Some of the famous restaurants downtown include The Jungle Restaurant, Alberto’s Pizza, Casa Verde, Hola Espanol, and Giuseppe’s. For drinks, try out Crossroads, Sunflower, and Juliana’s.

Flight stats for Cebu Island - did you know?
  • Cebu Island is 12 mi from Mactan Intl Airport (Cebu Island, Philippines).
  • Mactan Intl Airport (Cebu Island, Philippines)
    • Right now, 25 airlines operate out of Mactan Intl Airport.
    • Mactan Intl Airport offers nonstop flights to 39 cities.
    • Every week, at least 742 domestic flights and 350 international flights depart from Mactan Intl Airport.

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