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Cordova

Explore a mangrove swamp, go snorkeling in crystal-clear water and unwind in the comfort of beachfront hotels at this town on Mactan Island.

Cordova is a small tourist destination blessed with incredible natural beauty and exciting watersports. The town sits on the southeast coast of Mactan Island surrounded by beautiful beaches, mangrove forests and wetlands. Cordova is also just a short drive from the historic and entertainment attractions of Cebu City.

When visiting this paradise getaway, stay at one of the many family-friendly and waterfront beach resorts. Enjoy the comforts of upscale hotels with amenities such as bars, restaurants, spas and seawater pools. Arrange island-hopping, scuba-diving and snorkeling excursions to pristine Filipino islands, including Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island.

Dedicate some time to appreciate the 247 acres (100 hectares) of untouched mangrove forest that drapes over much of the town. The Day-as Boardwalk and Marine Park is a great place to get up-close views of this. Watch fishermen bring in their catch on traditional outrigger boats at Cordova Pier.

Cordova also incorporates the Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary and Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary, both situated on Olonga Reef. Marvel at perfectly preserved coral reef and spot multicolored marine life while snorkeling in the sanctuaries’ tranquil waters.

Another interesting place to visit is the Gaisano Grand Mall of Mactan, which has a variety of retail outlets and fast-food restaurants. Dine on plates of fresh seafood at a floating restaurant and browse the food stalls at Takan Public Market Park. Go to Magellan’s Marker and Lapu-Lapu Monument in nearby Lapu-Lapu City. These landmarks commemorate Lapu-Lapu, the 16th-century ruler of Mactan Island, and the death of Portuguese explore Ferdinand Magellan.

Cordova is about 8 miles (13 kilometers) south from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the main transport hub for Cebu Island. Public buses travel between the town and airport and most resorts provide a shuttle service.

Extend your Cordova vacation and visit Cebu City, the capital of Cebu Island. Here you can learn about the island’s Spanish colonial history at the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (Basilica Minore del Santo Niño) and Fort San Pedro. Enjoy sweeping views at Tops Lookout and a thrilling roller coaster and sky walk at the Sky Experience Adventure.

Top hotels in Cordova

Solea Mactan Resort
Solea Mactan Resort
3.5 out of 5
Alegria Barangay Road, Mactan Island, Cordova, Cebu
The price is £62 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in Cordova, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, Mactan Doctors' Hospital and The Outlets ...

3.8/5Good! (165 reviews)

"Hello I recently stayed 5 nights at you resort in Mactan Cebu and was pleasantly surprised with the facilities. It has a good atmosphere, clean, well organized and the pools were clean. I can't say enough about how friendly and accommodating your staff members were, they went well and above beyond ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Solea Mactan Resort
ALTA Cebu Resort
ALTA Cebu Resort
3.5 out of 5
Tugbungan, Pilipog, Cordova, Cebu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £48 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located near the airport, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Our Lady of the Rule Church, Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan and Magellan Shrine.

3.7/5Good! (294 reviews)
Great hotel in a convenient location.

"Good location, great staff and comfortable rooms. The grounds are very nice and there are two pools."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

ALTA Cebu Resort
Solea Seaview Resort
Solea Seaview Resort
3 out of 5
Victor Wahing Street, Barangay Alegria, Cordova, Cebu
The price is £52 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Cordova, this family-friendly resort is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde and Gaisano ...

3.8/5Good! (111 reviews)

"Lousy check in system at front office, Waited for 1&1/2 hours to check in. Amenities great for the family w very comfortable rooms. Breakfast is okay. No directional signs for exit to main road, need to pass very small roads."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Solea Seaview Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Cordova

Promotional Offer! Entire House $75 CAD per Night
Promotional Offer! Entire House $75 CAD per Night

Situated in Cordova, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, Mactan Doctors' Hospital and Our Lady of the Rule Church. The Outlets ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Wonderful house

"We had a wonderful stay at this location. The house was big and roomy. It was a little hard to find as the locals did not know where it was."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Promotional Offer! Entire House $75 CAD per Night
Fully Furnished Condo Near Shangrilla Mactan & Airport
Fully Furnished Condo Near Shangrilla Mactan & Airport

Situated on the beach, this condo is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan, Mactan Doctors' Hospital and Our Lady of the Rule Church. The Outlets ...

Fully Furnished Condo Near Shangrilla Mactan & Airport
Studio Guestrooms in San Marino Residences
Studio Guestrooms in San Marino Residences
2.5 out of 5
San Marino Residences, J. De Veyra St., North Reclamation Area, Cebu, Cebu
The price is £56 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Located in North Reclamation Area, this condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Robinsons Galleria Cebu, SM City Cebu and Cebu Business Park. Ayala Center and Fuente ...

3.8/5Good! (9 reviews)

"It was a good stay."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2018

Studio Guestrooms in San Marino Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Cordova

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Go to the cinema, peruse upmarket boutiques and wander along the paths of the landscaped gardens in this modern shopping compound.

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(15 reviews)

The first Catholic Filipinos were baptized on the site of this historic chapel, believed to contain the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Cebu Yacht Club
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Cebu Yacht Club

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy the view of the Cebu skyline and watch ships light up the water at night from this sailing club.

J Centre Mall
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J Centre Mall

5/5(6 reviews)

Enjoy a shopping trip, watch a movie, see a fashion show and sample a range of international cuisines at this exciting retail destination in Cebu.

Philippines Taoist Temple
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Philippines Taoist Temple

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Marvel at the intricate dragons and oriental décor and learn about Taoist rituals in this Chinese temple with a panoramic vista.

Fort San Pedro
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Fort San Pedro

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Enter the eerie triangular fortress that overlooks Cebu city’s marina, hear about its fascinating story, tour its garden and stay for sunset views.

Top things to do in Cordova

Bohol Day Tour from Cebu
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Bohol Day Tour from Cebu

£59
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour
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Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour

£315
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour
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Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour

£206
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private Panoramic Cebu City Tour with Dinner
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Private Panoramic Cebu City Tour with Dinner

£138
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark Encounter & Kawasan Falls
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter & Kawasan Falls

£198
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass
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Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass

£51
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

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