Best Islands Near Mactan For Island Hopping


Summer is here!
And of course, one of the best summer destinations in the Philippines is the Queen City of the South!
I know we are facing a big challenge in our planet right now but I’m hopeful that we can win this over in no time.

I know some of you beach lovers have prepared the best beach attire already for this year’s summer.
Though we’re on quarantine right now, try to see the silver lining in this situation.
Use your time to plan the best vacay after this storm!

Here’s a number of islands near Mactan Island that you can take for a respite after being isolated for weeks.

Pandanon Island

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Pandanon Island lies in between Cebu and Bohol but it is officially part of the latter.
It is one of the many Visayas islands that are known for sandbars, white-sand beaches, and crystal clear waters and a very popular Cebu day trip package destination because of its close proximity to the Queen City of the South.
From Mactan Island, it is only about an hour or so.

Olango Island

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Olango Island is known mainly for its wildlife sanctuary.
You can explore the island by renting a bike to get around and visit the bird sanctuary famous for sighting migrating birds.
You can also do all sorts of activities including mangrove planting, canoeing/kayaking, fish feeding and more. 

Nalusuan Island

Nalusuan is a man-made private island resort and marine sanctuary in the Cebu Strait.
It is a perfect place for snorkeling since it has a well-preserved marine sanctuary.
Kids may also do fish feeding as a fun activity or enjoy swimming in the pristine waters and see diverse marine life and spot fish like the vibrant purple queen or the clownfish.

Hilutungan Island

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Famous for its dive spots and great snorkeling spots, Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary is the best place for beginners in diving and snorkeling.
Swim right next to a lot of tropical fish species and get amazed by its different colors.
Hilutungan is also known for its abundant corals.
It lies less than 30 minutes from Mactan Island by bangka boat.

Caohagan Island

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Caohagan Island is one of the islands of the Olango group of islands.
It is a marine sanctuary with a nice marine reservation area stretching approximately 3 kilometers along the coastline of its barangay.
This island is only about 1 hour 15 minutes by boat from Mactan.

Sulpa Island

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Sulpa Island is one of the six satellite islands of Olango Island Group.
This small island is privately-owned but uninhabited by people.
It offers aquamarine waters perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
There are also cottages on the island if you want to dock and eat lunch.
Camping is also allowed.

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