Lapu-Lapu City is located in Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, so the fastest way to get to Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines is by air. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located in Lapu-Lapu City where foreign visitors, local visitors and residents may fly direct to Cebu from Doha, Hong Kong, Busan, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia thru this airport. International flight from budget carrier is also flying direct to this airport from Singapore and Hong Kong.Facilities and amenities include a shopping center, duty-free shop, souvenir shops, cafés, business centers, food shops, communication facilities, banking facilities, car rentals, hotel and resort reservations, beauty & health services.
Cathay Pacific Airways, Philippine Airlines (the Philippine's flag carrier) and Cebu Pacific, a new budget carrier, fly between Hong Kong and Cebu daily while Silkair and Cebu pacific fly between Cebu and Singapore daily. Philippine Airlines service between Cebu-Tokyo daily except Mondays and Cebu-Seoul, four times a week, Cebu-Kuala Lumpur twice a week, and Cebu-Kota Kinabalu 2x a week. Malaysian Airlines fly from Kuala Lumpur via Kota Kinabalu to Cebu twice a week, and twice Cebu-Kuala Lumpur direct as well. Qatar Airways meanwhile fly from Doha to Cebu three times weekly. Visitors may also pass through via Seoul-Incheon as Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines have a 4x a week flight to Cebu each, Korean Air has a 3x a week flight. Taipei is another point of entry as China Airlines / Mandarin Airlines have a 2x weekly flight.
Lapu-Lapu City is also the domestic air hub of the Philippines with close to 60 flights daily on average to and from popular destinations and key cities all over the archipelago such as Manila, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Clark, Siargao (Surigao), Zamboanga, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, General Santos, and Leyte.
Visitors from North America, Europe, Middle East, and the rest of the world may fly first to Singapore or Hong Kong or Seoul or Kuala Lumpur to catch a flight to Lapu-Lapu City. There are also flights to Lapu-Lapu City from Clark International airport, from which there are further flights on discount airlines to Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and other points.
Charter flights are also available in some select destinations especially China, Russia and the USA.
As part of Cebu Province, going to Lapu-Lapu City is thru Cebu City's domestic port which is the biggest and busiest in the island. Then you can take taxi to Lapu-Lapu City that cost less than PhP200.00 or take ferry boat from Pier 3 to Muelle Osmena that cost only PhP13.00
Large passenger ferries with a capacity of 2,000 to 4,000 passengers ply the more distant routes such as Manila, Davao, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. Medium-sized vessels such as the roll-on/roll-off (roro) types ply nearer destinations while fast ferries transport passengers to and from neighboring islands in two hours or less depending on the destination.
The simplest way to get around is by hopping on a tricycle or multicab (small jeepney). Taxi is also available for a comfortable trip. Note: Always ask for taxi meter if you opt to pay by meter. Currently, flagdown rate is at PhP40.00 and PhP3.50 per succeeding 200 meters and PhP3.50 per waiting time of two minutes. Drivers however may bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip may double in price. However, you have the option not to agree and may report such to local authorities. If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, this is still the fastest way to get to your destination.
If you opt for more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Simply ask around for which route to take. They are available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city. This is the cheapest option for getting around for as low as PhP7.00.
Scuba diving in Mactan, Cebu is by far one of the best in the Philippines. It's a great place to learn to dive and to get your PADI Open Water diver certification. There are several dive operators that can serve your needs. You may do shore entry in a few areas but most dive sites can be reached by boat. You can go to Talima(sanctuary), Kontiki, Tambuli, Tinggo, Gilutongan (sanctuary), Nalusuan (sanctuary), Shangri-la, Cordova and more. From Mactan, you can also hire an outrigger (boat) to take you to Cabilao or Balicasag, Bohol. Other famous dive sites is in north of Cebu Province: Malapascua (for tresher shark), and down south of Cebu Province is Moalboal.
Travelers can find budget rooms and apartments in Lapu-Lapu City for adventure visit and budget trip. There are places to stay as low as US$100 for one week.