Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves the Cebu island province in the Philippines, an area that includes Cebu City - the capital and oldest city - amongst others on the main island and neighbouring smaller islands. The second busiest airport in the country (as of January 2015), Mactan-Cebu International is located on Mactan island in Lapu-Lapu City. Operational from the mid 1960s, Mactan-Cebu is considered one of ASEAN’s best airports due to its geographic proximity to many major cities in the Asia Pacific.
The facility handles a few million passengers annually.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located only about 20 kilometres from Cebu City, to which it is connected via the Mactan-Mandaue and Marcelo Fernan bridges. Travellers may rent a car from rental agencies in the airport, or take a taxi directly to their destination. Do note that airport taxis operate on a pre-paid basis, so be sure to head to the travel counter at the Arrivals area to buy a taxi coupon before boarding.
What to see and do
Known for fine, white sands and warm sea waters, Cebu offers tourists beautiful beaches all along its coastline, with its northern tip and southwest coastline harbouring some of the more popular ones. Do note that some beaches may be private and exclusive to guests of the beach resort occupying the area, though, so check for signs around your chosen spot before laying your towel down.
Diving is a must-try activity in Cebu. With scores of dive centres and shops located all over the island, it’s easy and cheap to pick up a quick beginner course in diving, or –for the more experienced –rent fins and equipment at affordable prices so you don’t have to drag your own set over from home. Once you’re suited up and ready to go, boats can take you out to the waters just off the coast for a clear and unobstructed view of the colorful flora and fauna hiding just beneath the surface, waiting to be discovered.
If you’ve had enough of the sun and sea, grab a cab or rent a car for a short drive over to MacTan Island to see The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Covering a massive area of over 1000 hectares, the Sanctuary is a stopover for thousands of birds of different species on their migratory route to Australia. The route is known as the East Asian Flyway, and the months between September to March are the best time to see the migratory birds stop over in transit. Even on off-season timings, though, there will always be birds at the Sanctuary due to the abundance of food and nesting areas there.
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