A colonial history stretching back over 4 centuries has left behind distinctive landmarks and buildings in the city. The most notable are Fort Sant Pedro, The Santo Nino Basilica and Magellan's cross.All of them are within the city limits and can be easily visited in one day.
Northeast of the city center is the colorfully decorated Taoist Temple. During Wednesdays and Sundays, devotees perform the ritual rite of climbing the 81 steps to the top of the temple.Visiting the temple can be easily combined with a couple of hours shopping in the Ayala center, located within a kilometer to the east.
If you are looking for something to spice up your day - Xtreme Rides on top of the Crown Regency Hotel has created a number of exhilarating attractions, that will give you a birds eyes view of the city and will pump up your adrenaline levels.
Mactan Island is famous for its handcrafted guitars and ukeleles. Production is mostly concentrated in the villages of Maribago and Abuno and visitors can watch craftsmen at work in the Alegre Guitar Factory. Good dive spots nearby Mactan are located in the marine parks around the islands of Nalusuan and Hilutungan, which have created a sanctuary for sea life and protected the reefs from damage.
Bird enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Olango Island, a wildlife sanctuary several kilometers east of Mactan Island. Almost 16000 native birds inhabit the island and about 80 species of birds refuel and rest here from September to November, before continuing their southern migration.