Considered one of the top spots for divers in Southeast Asia, the tiny coral island of Mactan Island Philippines is located just off the coast of Cebu Island. The island is part of Cebu Province where the Spanish first arrived and colonized the Philippines in the 16th century. In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived on Mactan and was killed in a tribal battle with the warriors of Datu Lapu-Lapu, one of the chieftains of the island. Today, tourists can visit the shrines of both Magellan and Lapu-Lapu while on the island. Unfortunately, my three days visiting Mactan last year were a total washout thanks to a major storm that made travel around the island nearly impossible but I hope to return to the Philippines sometime soon to try again!