2017 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

 2017 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

2017 MALAPASCUA ISLAND  TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Malapascua is a tiny island situated 6.8km from the offshore the northern coast of Cebu Island. It is a 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 Malapascua 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.

2017 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Credits: Devocean Divers Malapascua

THINGS TO DO IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND

Malapascua 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
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
Is 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.

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
Is a very quiet beach in the north point of Malapascua, 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 to Malapascua 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. Malapascua 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 every 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 Malapascua, and even in Kalanggaman and Kemod shoal closer to Leyte, where you can see many interesting things.

2017 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, Malapascua
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, Malapascua
T: +639178146861
Email: fkdmalapascua@gmail.com
Website: www.malapascua-plongee.com

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

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

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

2017 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Credits: Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resorts

WHERE TO STAY IN MALAPASCUA ISLAND

TEPANEE BEACH RESORT
T: +63 917 3022495 Email: info@tepanee.com
Website: www.tepanee.com

MALAPASCUA GARDEN RESORT
Address: Daan Bantayan, Logon, Malapascua Island
T: +639778561569
Email: info@malapascua-garden-resort.com

OCEAN VIDA BEACH AND DIVE RESORT
Address: Bounty Beach
T: +639175707249
Email: reservation@ocean-vida.com
Website: www.ocean-vida.com

BLUE CORALS BEACH RESORT
Address: Bounty Beach
T: +639178612819
E-mail: booking@bluecoralsbeachresort.com
Website: www.bluecoralsbeachresort.com

MALAPASCUA BUDGET INN
Address: Tawigan Logon, Malapascua Island
T: +63977820311
E-mail: malapascuabudgetinn@gmail.com
Website: www.exploremalapascua.com.ph

Take note that this website is not the official website of the resorts and dive clubs mentioned above. You can’t book here, but you can either book on the establishments’ official website or refer to  www.philippinestravelpackage.com for complete tour packages.

2017 MALAPASCUA ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND THINGS TO DO

Marine Life in Malapascua, 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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Gato Islet in Malapascua

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11 Comments:

  1. 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.
    Do drop by my blog as well : http://styleovercoffee.com 🙂

  2. Looks like a great vacation! Now I’m intrigued! Your pictures look great!

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

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