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Marcelo Fernan Bridge
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Marcelo Fernan Bridge featuring a sunset and a bridge

Marvel at the spectacular views from the pedestrian lanes of one of the widest and longest bridges in the Philippines.

The Marcelo Fernan Bridge is a marvel of engineering that stretches across the busy Mactan Channel separating large Cebu Island from its smaller neighbor of Mactan Island. It is a cable-stayed bridge with a total length of 3,900 feet (1,200 meters). Gaze up at the pairs of imposing columns that sprout from the bottom of this impressive architectural feat.

The structure has four lanes for vehicles and two for pedestrians on the flanks. Walk along the bridge to reach its midpoint and admire the panoramic views.

Capture photos of the water and pick out your favorite attractions on the two islands. The vista incorporates local fishermen at work and an assortment of large and small boats. Gaze southwest to the parallel Osmeña Bridge. Stay for the sunset, when romantic shades of red darken the sky and the water. Appreciate the view of the lights of the islands’ sights and the boats crossing the channel at night.

Expect heavy traffic at peak hours on this busy bridge. Rent a boat from the Cebu Yacht Club or elsewhere to pass beneath the bridge and catch a glimpse of its underside. Small concrete piers where you can sit jut out from the flanks of the island beneath the structure.

Let the kids play in the Millennium Park on the Mactan Island side of the bridge. Inspect the Filipino Seafarers Memorial at the northern end of the park.

The structure dates back to 1999, when it was constructed to relieve heavy congestion between the two islands. The Japanese government played a role in the construction of the bridge, which takes its name from Marcelo Fernan of Cebu City, once the Senate President.

The Marcelo Fernan Bridge connects the southern part of Cebu Island to the northern coast of Mactan Island in the Metro Cebu region of the Philippines. Visit nearby sites on Mactan Island, such as the Cebu Yacht Club, the Mactan Island Golf Club and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rule. The Mactan-Cebu Airport is just beyond the bridge.

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Islands Stays Hotels- Mactan
Islands Stays Hotels- Mactan
2.5 out of 5
Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $24 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mactan Marina Mall and Cebu Yacht Club. Lapu-Lapu City Hall is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.
3.2/5 (139 reviews)
Very disappointing.
"It was a terrible stay. No complimentary water, no water glasses, the other bed seems to fall and there are cockroaches on the floor."

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

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Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
1 Airport Road, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $55 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mactan Marina Mall, Cebu Yacht Club, and Lapu-Lapu City Hall. Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Gaisano ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Old school hotel. Great look and feel. Big and open. Easy airport access. Small casino if you like gambling. No buffet due to pandemic. Not too many people staying there so hot water was shut off. Had to request to turn on, which was fast. Smells dank"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

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Goldberry Suites and Hotel
Goldberry Suites and Hotel
3 out of 5
ML Quezon National Highway Pusok, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lapu-Lapu City Hall and Mactan Marina Mall. Cebu Yacht Club and Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan ...
4.2/5Very Good! (684 reviews)
"Stayed for 1 night and it was comfortable, clean, updated, and I felt safe. Very warm and friendly Staff. I have nothing to complain about during my stay."

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Goldberry Suites and Hotel
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Islands Stays Hotels- Mactan
Islands Stays Hotels- Mactan
2.5 out of 5
Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $24 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
1 Airport Road, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $55 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Goldberry Suites and Hotel
Goldberry Suites and Hotel
3 out of 5
ML Quezon National Highway Pusok, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
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The Bellavista Hotel
The Bellavista Hotel
3 out of 5
ML Quezon Highway, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
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Toyoko Inn Cebu
Toyoko Inn Cebu
3 out of 5
165 A. S. Fortuna Street, Jcentre Mall, Bakilid, Mandaue, Cebu
The price is $35 per night from May 5 to May 6
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OYO 140 Jcad Hotel
OYO 140 Jcad Hotel
2 out of 5
M.L Quezon Highway, Pusok, Lapu- Lapu City, Lapu-Lapu
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amaris bed & breakfast
amaris bed & breakfast
3 out of 5
M.L. Quezon National Highway, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $59 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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RedDoorz near Marcelo Fernan Bridge Lapu-Lapu
RedDoorz near Marcelo Fernan Bridge Lapu-Lapu
M.L Quezon National Highway Pusok, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Central Visayas
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B Hive Dormitory - Hostel
B Hive Dormitory - Hostel
1 out of 5
M.L. Quezon National Highway, Lapu-Lapu
The price is $10 per night from May 20 to May 21
B Hive Dormitory - Hostel
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