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.
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.
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.
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.
It 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.
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.
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.
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.
Credits: Thresher Shark Divers
A LIST OF DIVE CLUBS IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND
DEVOCEAN DIVERS MALAPASCUA
Address: Bounty Beach
EVOLUTION DIVING AND BEACH RESORT
Address: Bounty Beach, Malapascua
FRENCH KISS DIVERS
Address: Barrio Beach
THRESHER SHARK DIVERS
Address: Bounty Beach
Address: Bounty Beach
THRESHER COVE RESORT & DIVE CENTER
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.
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
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
The Sharks Tail Dive Resort
Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013
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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