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Explore the islands and waterways around Mactan Island on this 6-hour island-hopping and snorkelling adventure from Mactan Island or Cebu. Hop aboard your motorized canoe and head out onto the waves with your guide. Cruise through the beautiful Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary, and admire panoramic views over the islands and beaches dotting the Philippine Sea. Visit Nalusuan Island or Pandanon Island, and watch colorful tropical fish darting through the clear waters. Savor a delicious grilled seafood lunch on the beach and enjoy free time to relax at your leisure. 

Highlights

  • Snorkeling and island-hopping tour from Mactan Island
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip over the Philippine Sea to Hilutungan Island
  • Snorkel the protected waters of the Hilutungan Marine Reserve
  • Dine on a picnic lunch on Nalusuan Island or Pandanon Island

What You Can Expect

Mactan Island-Hopping Adventure from Cebu with Snorkeling and BBQ Lunch

Island Hopping around Mactan Island from Cebu with BBQ Lunch

Your island-hopping adventure begins with pickup from your hotel and a short trip to the Mactan Island docks, just over the causeway from Cebu.

Boarding an outrigger motorized canoe called a banca, take in views of the Philippine Sea and its many islands on the 45-minute ride to Hilutungan Island. The marine sanctuary surrounding Hilutungan is home to colorful coral reefs and hundreds of varieties of fish, including damsel fish, anemone fish, parrot fish and batfish, among others.

You’ll soon see why Hilutungan is considered the Philippines’ best island for diving and snorkeling, and with the help of your guide and boat crew, you’ll have the varied marine life practically eating from your hands! Deeper reef waters surround the island if you feel like trying some snorkeling or swimming.

Leaving Hilutungan, continue cruising to Nalusuan Island or Pandanon Island for a scrumptious picnic lunch served on the beach, with grilled seafood, chicken or pork, and fresh fruits for dessert. The choice of island depends on the day, and both idyllic isles have white sandy beaches and cute beach huts.

After lunch, have free time to soak up the sun, go for a swim in the aquamarine sea, or get to know the local fishermen and boat handlers.

In the mid-afternoon, cruise back to Cebu and be returned to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Pat Yeoh Malaysia

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

We enjoyed this very much. We were surprised that we had an exclusive boat to ourselves. We were well looked after and the whole experience was very pleasant and personalized. Both pick up from hotel and back to hotel was great too.

Peter t

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2016

a very ordinary trip. the english speaking guide was good and the boat and lunch was nice. However, for the price I paid I was not expecting to squeeze in and snorkeling with 20 other tour boats. Moreover the first snorkeling site was at a spot that was outside the roped off area of the marine sanctuary. I could have done the same trip for less than half the price. I would never book through Viator again...

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