2019 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE + TOURIST SPOTS

MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE + TOURIST SPOTS

Malapascua Island

 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE + TOURIST SPOTS

Malapascua Island is a tiny place situated 6.8km from the offshore the northern coast of Cebu Island. It is best known for its world-famous diving sites, and the beautiful white sand beach. It is unspoiled and the people are very friendly. You will fall in love with this island the moment you’ll set foot on it.

HOW TO GET TO MALAPASCUA ISLAND

The way to Tthe island is by a public boat from Maya port. There is a public boat that cost 50P that leaves every time it’s getting full. A private boat can cost between 1000-1500P, so if you’re offered a higher price negotiate. In low tide when you take the public boat, there is a guy in small paddle boats that will take you the short distance to the ferry, and they charge 20P, non-negotiable. The last boat leaves around 6 pm, so if the touts tell you otherwise and try persuading you to take a private boat, ignore and tell them you’ll take your chances.

The way to Maya port from Cebu City is via the northern bus terminal, just take a taxi from the airport or a trike from the pier or anywhere close enough in the city itself. The bus to Maya costs 120-200P, more expensive for air-con buses, and travel time is 4-5 hours. You can also take a taxi and that will save you time (travel time is 2-3 hours) but it’s far more expensive (5,000P), but you can negotiate the price down.

2018 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Credits: Devocean Divers Malapascua

THINGS TO DO IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND

The island is perfect for a beach vacation. Bounty Beach is among the finest in the country but there are more secluded beaches waiting for you to explore them. The water is perfect for snorkeling and swimming, and you can rent a snorkeling mask or bring your own.

BOUNTY BEACH
Has a long stretch of white sand beach, with bars and restaurants scattered around. It is the main beach of the island, and there is no entrance fee. It is ideal for chilling around, having a meal or a snack, and going for a leisurely swim. There are even hammocks hanging around that you can lie in them and relax for free.

LIGHTHOUSE BEACH

The site is perfect for snorkeling, as there is a Japanese wreck in the shallows. The skeleton of the ship is what remains, and became an artificial reef. Lighthouse beach is accessible by foot or a short habal-habal ride from anywhere on the island.

GUIMBITAYAN BEACH

Is very close to the lighthouse and is remarkable for relaxation. It is a two-faced beach hidden behind the many fishermen houses on the way.

KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

A day trip from Malapascua. The boat ride is 1.5-2 hours, and you will reach Kalanggaman.  This island has a very long sandbar and a beautiful patch of coconut trees. It is considered by some as the
most beautiful island in the Philippines. The trip for a shared boat costs 800-1,000P plus an entrance fee of 500P.

Mus Read: Kalanggaman Island

LAPUS LAPUS ISLAND AND CLIFF

Located in the northwest part of Malapascua. You will need a boat to visit the island, and then you can explore it. Lapus Lapus is all cliffs and there is a 15-meter cliff jump for the brave.

LANGOB BEACH

A very quiet beach in the north point of the island, and there you are sure to avoid the crowds. You will have almost the entire beach for yourself if that’s your thing.

DIVING

If you go there for diving, it is almost guaranteed (there is no 100% when it comes to nature) that you will spot thresher sharks. Other than that there are many dives sites plentiful with corals and fish. The site is also very well known for macro diving (small critters, yes it very confusing), and you will see seahorses, shrimps, crabs and sea slugs in most of the dive sites.

Monad Shoal is the 1# dive site in Malapascua, where thresher sharks (not dangerous) come very early in the morning to bathe in the depth of 30-40m. Many divers we met said they saw as many as 10 sharks in their dive. The dive instructor told us that during the BER months divers can usually spot manta rays here too.

Gato Island is known for the white tip sharks dwelling here. There is an amazing tunnel dive here that ends with a small cave, and lots of marine life. There are plenty more dive sites around the site, and even in Kalanggaman and Kemod shoal closer to Leyte, where you can see many interesting things.

2018 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Credits : Thresher Shark Divers

A LIST OF DIVE CLUBS IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND

DEVOCEAN DIVERS MALAPASCUA
Address: Bounty Beach
T: +639173225161
Email: malapascua@devoceandivers.com
Website: www.devoceandivers.com

EVOLUTION DIVING AND BEACH RESORT
Address: Bounty Beach, Malapascua
T: +639176312179
Email: info@evolution.com.ph
Website: www.evolution.com.ph

FRENCH KISS DIVERS
Address: Barrio Beach
T: +639178146861
Email: fkdmalapascua@gmail.com
Website: www.malapascua-plongee.com

THRESHER SHARK DIVERS
Address: Bounty Beach
T: +639177959433
Email: dive@thresherdivers.com
Website: www.malapascua-diving.com

SEA EXPLORERS
Address: Bounty Beach
Website: www.sea-explorers.com/malapascua

THRESHER COVE RESORT & DIVE CENTER
T: +639081397609
Email: booking@threhercove.com
Website: www.threshercove.com

2018 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Credits: Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resorts

WHERE TO STAY IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND

Book your resort/hotel room in Malapascua Island by clicking on the link below.

BOOK YOUR DISCOUNTED RESORT ROOM IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND HERE

Celtis Resort
Malapascua Island, Barangay Logon

Hippocampus Beach Resort 
Bounty Beach Logon, Malapascua Island Cebu, Philippines, 6013

Guanna’s Place Room and Resto Bar
Native and Concrete House, Sitio Tawigan,  Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013

Mar and Ems Bamboo Cottages
Near Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu Philippines

Moonlight Resort
Malapascua Island, Logon, Daan Bantayan

Malapascua Thresher Cove Dive Resort 
Malapascua, Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013

Malapascua Budget Inn
Tawigan, Barangay Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu

Montenova Hillside Resort
Montenova Hills Logon

Mangrove Oriental Bed & Breakfast Resort
Logon, Malapascua Island

Mr. Kwiiz Resort
Pacil,   Daanbantayan

The Sharks Tail Dive Resort
Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013

 

Marine Life

Marine Life in Malapascua Island, Credits: Evolution Diving and Beach Resort

TRAVEL TIPS WHEN TRAVELING TO MALAPASCUA ISLAND

· There is no ATM on the island so remember to bring enough cash with you.
· Malapascua is good to visit all year round but summer is the best time to do so.
· Bring your own medication as there is no pharmacy there.
· Bring enough clothes as there aren’t any reasonable laundry services.
· Cell phone connection can be sporadic so if it’s better to email the resorts than calling them.

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14 Comments

  1. thank you for writing such an inspiring post on Malapascua! I’m planning a trip to the Philippines for 2019 and I’m still doing a lot of research to see what I can do during my 3 weeks there! I want to do some diving, I’ve heard the Dona Marilyn (https://dive.site/explore/site/dona-marilyn-vZR0) is a fantastic wreck to explore, but I really want to see all the best that this part of the world has to offer, not only underwater.

  2. Robert Francis

    I guess this is a great vacation im excited..

  3. Ma Isabel Lizares

    What a wonderful write up
    Thanks gid

  4. Haven’t ever experienced under sea life. Would love to visit this pace some day. Beautifully written with a lot of lovely photographs! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Looks like a great vacation! Now I’m intrigued! Your pictures look great!

  6. Thanks for sharing. I think that will be my next trip.

  7. Love snorkeling !!! Look like Malapascua Island has plenty to offer.

  8. I’ve always wanted to go to Malapascua! Awesome post. We’ll check it out on our next beach trip. 🙂

  9. This looks like such a lovely place to visit. You took some great photos.

  10. This looks like a lot of fun and it is all so beautiful. i love learning about new places and would love to go snorkeling there.

  11. I’ve never even heard of thisI Island and now I find myself wondering where my suitcase is! The private wide open beaches are my favorites. I think they bring back memories of my favorite beach on Cape Cod here in the U.S. Thanks for such a detailed view of the island and all there is to offer.

  12. This looks like a fabulous place to vacation. Snorkeling and scuba diving are on my bucket list and going to Lighthouse Beach and exploring the wreck of the Japanese ship would be awesome!

  13. this all sounds like so much fun with so much beauty to see. What a trip that would be

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