Malapascua Island is just one of the incredibly blissful Islands of Cebu. Its size is about 2km by 0.2km that you can walk for about 1-2 hours. This Island has the population of about 4,000, most of whom lived through fishing, tourism, boat building or coconuts.
The Island of Malapascua has been very famous for foreign divers not only because of its abundance in marine sanctuaries, but because thresher sharks can also be seen in Monad Shoal regularly. Often, divers go diving before sunrise as they say, it is when the sharks are visible and many.
The entire Island of Malapascua infinite shorelines covered with almost powdery like white sands.
On top of that, the locals are also extremely friendly, and the food is incomparable.
HOW TO GET TO MALAPASCUA ISLAND
- Take a flight to Cebu
- From Mactan Airport, take a cab to Cebu North Bus Terminal.
From Cebu North bus Terminal
- Take a bus from North Bus Terminal to Maya Port, Daanbantayan.
- Take a boat from Maya port to Malapascua Island
Note: There are two ports in Maya, the Old Port, and the New Port.
Only Ceres bus goes directly inside the New port. Other buses directly go to Maya terminal. The old port is only a few meters walk from the Maya terminal.
If you prefer taking the boats from the new port, take a motorcycle and tell the driver to take you to the New Port.
Boats from both ports take you however to Malapascua Island around the same travel time. The first trip goes at 6:30 AM and last trips are 3:00 PM, to and from Malapascua.
The only difference is that most of the passenger boats in the Old port takes you to Barangay port in Malapascua while in the New port, passengers landed in Bounty beach. It is where you can see most of the hotels and room accommodation.
However, I’d say that regardless which port you arrived, the Island of Malapascua is not so big. You may choose to walk from the port to your hotel, or you may take a motorcycle to your hotel.
What to do in Malapascua
- Beach hopping – Suggestions: Langub Beach, Bantigue Cove, Thresher Cove.
To go around the Island, you may chatter a motorcycle 30 PHP per pax, or you may ask them to wait for you and take you to these beaches. It will cost you 150 PHP per motorcycle, per hour.
- Cliff Jumping
Where to buy food in Malapascua
There are plenty of restaurants and store to dine at in the Island, even resto bars.
Flight to Cebu – It depends. Check for promo fare.
Mactan Airport to Cebu Northbus Terminal – 150 PHP to 200 PHP
Bus to Maya Port – 200 PHP airconditioned. 180 PHP unairconditioned
Boat To and from Malapascua -It would depend on the number of passengers, minimum of 15 pax. 100 PHP at least.
Room/hotel Accommodation – 2750 PHP for 5 pax, sea view. Standard suite, 2 queen size bed, fan room with personal size refrigerator. Breakfast included.