Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves Cebu City, Philippines, and is the second busiest airport in the country. In 2011, the airport also ranked as one of the top 20 airports in the ASEAN region. Mactan-Cebu International Airport lies on an area of 797 hectares in Lapu-Lapu-City on Mactan Island in the Philippine's Central Visayas region. Formerly known as Mactan Air Base, the airport's 3,300-metre runway was built by the U.S. in 1956 to serve as an emergency airport for Strategic Air Command bombers. Today, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is managed by the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority.
What to see & do
Sinulog - Sinulog is a colourful annual festival held every third Sunday of January in Cebu City. The festival is of cultural and religious relevance, as it commemorates the acceptance of Roman Catholicism of the Filipino locals. It involves a grand street parade that lasts for 9 to 12 hours, the Santo Niño celebration, and competitions that are divided into three categories: Street Dancing, Free Interpretation, and Sinulog-based.
Magellan's Cross - Housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street by the city centre of Cebu City is Magellan's Cross. The large cross was planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers, as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan, upon arriving in Cebu, in 21 April 1521.
Tanawan, Oslob - Oslob is a municipality in Cebu that is famous for whale sharks. Between 7AM to 1PM, visitors can have the chance to watch or even snorkel with the majestic creatures for a fee. In order to protect the animals, there are some prohibitions; approaching the whale shark nearer than 5 metres, cameras with flash, feeding, and application of body lotion is not allowed.
Scuba Diving - There are plenty of diving sites in Cebu that visitors can access (with rented equipment) for a cheap price. Scuba diving lessons are available for first-timers. Cebu is also one of the cheapest places in South East Asia where one can acquire an Open Water Diver certification.
How to get around
Taxis are abundant and fares are relatively cheap. They can be hailed off the street or waited for at a taxi stand. Note that the vehicles used for 'private taxis' tend to be much more comfortable and in much better shape, but the fare is also reasonably higher compared to regular taxis. Regardless of what the drivers say (normally they give excuses such as traffic or the destination is too far), passengers are legally not required to pay more than the amount the meter reflects.
The most common means of public transportation in the country is the colourful jeepney, which display their routes on the front and the side of the vehicles. Jeepneys are very cheap but can also be very crowded and stuffy. Ask the driver to drop you off at your destination (if he will pass by it). If you already know where you're getting off, just say 'Para!' loudly a couple of metres before your destination.
How to get there
Mactan–Cebu International Airport is served by the following airlines: AirAsia, AirAsia Zest, Air Busan, Air Niugini, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Far Eastern Air Transport, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Orenair, Philippine Airlines, Philippine AirAsia, SilkAir, Tigerair, and Tigerair Philippines. There are flights to Cebu from cities of nearby countries such as Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, HongKong, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.
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