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Nalusuan Island: A Marine Sanctuary in Cebu

After snorkeling at Hilutungan Island, we were off to our next destination.

I was pretty excited because I heard that’s where we were going to have our lunch. Haha The snorkeling can be very exhausting, so I look forward to the next island which is called Nalusuan.

It was our second day in Cebu with some international travel bloggers as part of the TBEX post tour. I was one of the Filipino bloggers invited by our Tourism Promotions Board. We woke up  early that morning for the island hopping in Mactan. When I hear about islands in Cebu, the first thing that usually comes to mind are Bantayan and Malapascua etc. Well, those islands are actually very far from the city and that would take hours of travel time.It’s about time for you to know that there are beautiful islands near Mactan Cebu that are equally stunning and most of them are Marine Sanctuaries.

After a few more minutes of travel time, we arrived at Nalusuan Island.

The long pathway made of wood going to the island itself has already created an impression. The water was crystal clear and there are a lot of fishes to see while walking.

Nalusuan Island Hopping Mactan Cebu Philippines
Missing these lovely people, Ajay, Victoria and Ruchika

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The way

Nalusuan is actually a man-made island resort operated and owned by Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary. This used to be just a sandbar but later reclaimed and developed into a resort. A part of the Olango Group of islands (Olango Reef) and located between the province of Bohol and Mactan, Cebu. Technically, Nalusuan is under the jurisdiction of Cordova, Cebu.

Nalusuan Island Hopping Mactan Cebu Philippines
Credit: Trip the islands

Once we arrived at the resort, the first thing I noticed was the restaurant. Haha not because I was starving but it was really the first structure to welcome you to the island. Maria, our tour guide, said that while our lunch was being prepared we can explore the island.

Which we all did.

My fellow bloggers were busy taking photos and doing some photo shoots, while me I went to the center of the island. Nalusuan is actually a full blown resorts with all the rooms, restaurant and amenities. It would be fun to experience the island in two days and then waking up in this beauty. But it was just a day tour, so I had to take the opportunity to explore the place.

On the other side of the island is the famous Nalusuan sandbar, Maria told us about the sandbar. But unfortunately, we were kinda’ late so the sandbar was already with water. But it was still beautiful and I was able to take some photos. The sightseeing was fun.

Nalusuan Island Hopping Mactan Cebu Philippines

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Korean invasion at Nalusuan Island

But eating seafood on this island was even more fun. It was just a matter of minutes when we all got the sign that our food was ready.

More than anything else, Nalusuan Island is a marine sanctuary. So there were a lot of fishes everywhere. Since the restaurant was like an elevated structure from the sea, we enjoyed looking at those fishes in different colors and sizes while eating our sumptuous lunch.

If we had more time on the island, it would be fun to do some snorkeling. The resort also offers snorkeling and diving to guests, so don’t forget to check that out once you go to Nalusuan island.

Nalusuan Island Hopping Mactan Cebu Philippines

Honestly, I’ve never heard of Nalusuan before until I got invited for the fam tour. I am just in awe of the beauty of Cebu that aside from the famous islands in Cebu like Malapascu and Bantayan, there is a group of islands off the coast of Mactan that will surely satisfy your need for “Vitamin Sea”. Aside from Hilutungan and Nalusuan there are more islands to explore at Olonga Group of islands like Sulpa,Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi.

If you plan to go to Cebu. Explore the islands near Mactan. That’s the same island and beach bumming experience but definitely near the city.

Nalusuan Island Hopping Mactan Cebu Philippines
Nalusuan Island’s Aerial View. Photo by Nalusuan Resort

How to get to Nalusuan Island?

As for us, a chartered boat fetched us from the shores of Shangrila Mactan Cebu where we stayed.

For DIY travel, from Mactan Airport, take a taxi tell him to take you to Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Resort. The port where you can find the boats for hire can be found beside the resort. If you are coming from the Cebu port. Just ask around and there are boats there available for rent. Haggle with the price as well as be clear with the number of islands that you want to explore. Just be sure sure to include Nalusuan Island. Okay?

For price, rates and booking for Nalusuan Island Resort, Click Here.

Nalusuan Island Map

Disclosure: This travel to Nalusuan Island, Cebu was part of the TBEX fam tour sponsored by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines. Thank you for this opportunity. Rest assured that Jon to the World will be your partner in promoting the beauty of the Philippines.

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  1. Iba talaga pag anak ng diyos eh! Hahahaha….

    Kidding aside, I am really quite envious of you and Cai and Potpot for being selected for this TBEX trip but then again I am not as sociable as you guys so I don’t think I would be a very effective representative as you guys. So yeah I decided to just be happy for you hahaha…

    Anyway, I didn’t know about Nalusuan until this post. Another majestic place I should check out soon. I love that wooden bridge, very instagrammable!

  2. I chanced upon a foreign couple, friends of friends who decided to extend their stay in Cebu to relax in Nalusuan Island. I remember asking, “what? where?” It’s great to see and learn where they went.

    1. Jon Espina Author

      Me too. I’ve never heard of Nalusuan before until I had the opportunity to travel there. It’s a nice place and lots of fishes. At least now, we all know where Nalusuan is. Haha! Thanks Arni for dropping by!


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