Malapascua Island Travel Guide

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


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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


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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


Beach Bumming


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


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Boat rental starts at Php 500 but some may charge Php 400 per person.

Cliff Jumping

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 

Happy Hour


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Before sunset, some bars and restaurants usually offer Happy Hour


Ocean Vida

Happy Hour from 4PM – 6PM


Where to Stay in Malapascua



Thresher Cove Resort

Logon, Malapascua


Malapascua Starlight Resort

Brgy.Logon, Daanbantayan, Malapascua


Slam’s Garden Resort

Brgy.Logon, Daanbanatayan, Malapascua


Hippocampus Beach Resort

Bounty Beach, Logon


Buenavida Resort and Spa

Logon, Malapascua Island


Click photo below to find more resorts in Malapascua



Where to Eat

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Malapascua Restaurants:

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:


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Stock up cash before you leave for the island because there are no ATM  and banks.  I traveled about 1 hour (one way)  from Maya town to the nearest ATM at Bogo town to withdraw.

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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  1. this is by far the most comprehensive presentation of Malapascua. Never been here but this post Gael will surely be my guide.

    Didn’t I told u you had a great photo here? they are inspiring and the narratives, best!

  2. What a comprehensive guide! I’ve never been to Malapascua and this will surely a big help when we plan on it. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. dahil sa happy hour isa to sa magiging paborito ko. hehehe… thanks for the guide Gael.

  4. Thanks sa guide. Mas malayo to compare sa Bantayan tama ba?

    1. just like 2hours by travel from bantayan island going to malapascua

  5. you’re lucky to experienced this, gael!
    malapascua’s the recent cover of lonely planet asia.
    binili ko nga agad sa magazine stand sa jetty sa george town, akala ko pinoy (travel blogger-photographer) ang photos at text, sayang di pala. nonetheless, that island at the tip of cebu is a must-visit based on this post and on that article. sana makarating din dyan someday!

  6. postcard perfect nga pala ang first pic for me.

  7. pinagpipilian pa kung alin ang uunahin… eto o ung sa moalboal.. 😛

  8. Thanks for this very informative post Gael!
    I’ll be going to Malapascua Island and this is just what I need.

  9. hi gael! this is so informative. sakto kasi i’m planning to go solo to malapascua this june. =)
    may contact kb sa bb’s guesthouse? thanks! =))

  10. What are the way to get off the island if i want to reach cebu? I cant find it anywhere. What is the latest time you can leave the island to Cebu with public transport?

  11. hi po. pwd po bang malaman BB’s guesthouse?

  12. Hi, i would like to ask of the schedule of the local boats from malapascua goin back to maya? Thanks

  13. Hi, great feature. Very helpful information. I would like to know if you have any information about the conditions of this island AFTER the Haiyan storm. I would like to visit in March this year, but I am not sure everything is still the same as described here. Any response would be helpful, thank you!

    1. I heard from friends that they’re recovered. So it’s fine to visit by March. Have fun! 🙂

  14. Thank you for the very informative post, were on our way to malapascua. Holiday trip…!

  15. How about the last boat trip from malapascua to Maya port? What time?

    1. Sorry failed to ask last time. Will update this in case I get to visit again.

  16. Hi Gael! What’s the name and contact details of the homestay you stayed at in Maya? Got a late afternoon flight going to Cebu and would like to move forward to get to Maya agad and get on the first boat to Malapascua in the morning.

    Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Hi Mai, I’m sorry, I forgot already. You can ask around, it’s just near maya port, about 100 meters.

  17. hi, can i ask what is the last trip from malapascua island to maya.

  18. Hi Gael. May i ask where in Cebu City is the van terminal going to Maya port located. Thanks!

    1. Not sure about the van terminal only the bus terminal

  19. God bless and Many thanks sa blog mo…It such a good help since im planning to go to Cebu coming Jan 2017. So siguro I will stick to my Cebu city and Lapu lapu Mactan area tour kesa Malapascua. Again God bless and thank you for promoting our coutryside……Been many places(Im seafarer by profession) but theres no place like PHILIPPINES…

    1. Glad you like it Joel, Try south Cebu also. Enjoy your vacation! 🙂

  20. Thank you for the helpful information. Malapascua is my next destination next month.

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