Malapascua is an island located in North Cebu, Philippines that has attracted foreign tourists especially divers because of its rich marine sanctuary. It is best known for Monad Shoal where thresher sharks can be seen regularly before sunrise. But diving is not the only activity you can do in this island, it is also an idyllic destination for a laid-back holiday.
How to Get to Malapascua from Cebu City
You can either take a van for Php 150 or Ceres bus bound for Maya for Php 190 air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned Php 150 from North Bus Terminal in Cebu City. The trip takes roughly 4 hours. I suggest leaving in the morning to make sure you arrive at Maya port before 3 pm.
Malapascua Island Transort/ Transfer
Ferry/ Boat From Maya to Malapascua
At Maya port take a local boat for Php 80 to take you to Malapascua Island. The first trip is at 6:30 a.m. and last trip is at 3:00 PM. It will only take 30 minutes to reach the island. If you miss the last trip you can also charter a boat but will cost around Php800-Php2,000. Alternatively, you can stay in Maya, I rented a room for Php 400 at a homestay located approximately 100 meters from Maya port.
Malapascua Island Activities
Malapascua although flanked by hotels, restaurants and bars has surprisingly retained its serenity. Lounge on the beach shores like most foreigners do. There are some secluded coves in the island that are ideal for swimming since they aren’t crowded by tourists.
Snorkeling and Island Hopping
Boat rental starts at Php 500 but some may charge Php 400 per person.
During your island hopping tour, ask the boatman to take you to the 50 foot cliff usually used by adrenaline junkies for cliff diving.
Malapascua Island Diving
Diving shops are scattered around the island. You may check out :
Thresher Cove Resort
Logon Malapascua Island
Ocean Vida Dive Resort
Bounty Beach Logon, Daanbantayan,Malapascua
Little Mermaid Dive Resort
Malapscua Island, Malapascua
Habal-Habal (Motorcycle) Ride
There are motorcycles that can take you to the lighthouse and Los Bamboos Island. Don’t miss the latter, the view is amazing!
There are bikes for rent around the island. Ask your hostel if they have one.
Sunset and Sunrise Watching
Before sunset, some bars and restaurants usually offer Happy Hour
Happy Hour from 4PM – 6PM
Where to Stay in Malapascua
Thresher Cove Resort
Malapascua Starlight Resort
Brgy.Logon, Daanbantayan, Malapascua
Slam’s Garden Resort
Brgy.Logon, Daanbanatayan, Malapascua
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Hippocampus Beach Resort
Bounty Beach, Logon
Buenavida Resort and Spa
Logon, Malapascua Island
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Where to Eat
Food in Malapascua are quite expensive as most restaurants cater to foreign tourists, but you can still ask the locals for the nearest eateries.
- Ging Ging’s Restaurant– the cheapest restaurant we found in the island. This is where we usually eat but there’s nothing special about their food. Main Dishes starts at Php60.
- Ocean Vida Restaurant – opens at 7:30 am – 10 pm offers Asian and European food. home made bread and ice cream, sashimi and kinilaw and pizza. Happy Hour at 4Pm-6PM.
- La Isla Bonita Restaurant – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM , 6:00 PM -11:30PM
- Magellan’s Bar and Restaurant – offers daily barbecue and seafood. Main dishes starts at Php 295.
Malapascua Island Travel Tips:
If you miss the last boat to Malapascua there is a homestay 100 meters from Maya port. Room starts at Php 400.
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*First Published : April 2 27, 2012
Updated: February 10, 2016
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