MalapascuaCebu Province, located north of Cebu Island.
Malapascua is known to the locals as Logon and the local beach was named Bounty Beach by the resort on the island Cocobana, some 20 years ago. It lies 8 km off the north of Cebu, and has a community of about 11,000 inhabitants (as of 2012). A walk or a tour of the entire island will take about 3 hours. The island's main income is from tourists who flock to the island to see the rare thresher sharks, white tip sharks and various rays, or visit for a romantic weekend break.
There is no ATM on the island but there is a Smart Money store, a money changer store, and many of the more popular resorts accept major credit cards. Trips to the closest ATMs in Bogo City can be an adventure in their own right and while may be seen as an inconvenience to the unprepared visitor, are generally considered an exciting experience by others. The trip consists of an ferry to the mainland then a choice of hired motorcycle (), bus ride ( each way) or a jeepney ( each way). If this added adventure is not for you, bring enough cash to last your entire trip plus any over-stay you may wish to take.
By planeMactan-Cebu International Airport is the main gateway to Cebu Island for international and domestic flights. It is 7 km SE of the North Bus Terminal in Cebu city.
By busThere are 3 bus companies that ride to/from Maya from the North Bus Terminal in Cebu:
Ceres, Cebu AutoBus and Rough Riders. The journey takes 3½ to 4 hours, video and air-con , non air-con .
You could hire a taxi, or a private car from Cebu to Maya, as well as arrange a pick-up with one of the resorts.
By boatFrom Maya a local ferry (banca) goes across am and pm with a break at lunch time, 'till 16:30.
It takes about 1/2 hour and costs . First boat from Maya is at 06:30. A ferry will not leave unless it has enough people, so aim to arrive earlier rather than later.
Crossing can be rather wet and bancas have very little shelter from the elements.
When arriving/departing from Malapascua shores be prepared to either jump into the shallow waters or walk down a rickety plank. At low tide you can transfer to a smaller boat for .
When arriving to Maya you may have to transfer to a very small banca for the last 200 m.
A private banca to Malapascua can be hired from Maya for .
If you have arranged transportation with your resort you don't need to worry about any of the above.
Malapascua can also be reached from Bantayan and from Leyte (San Isidro), but there's no ferry service.
Alternatively, there are many locals who own mopeds called habal habal, who are willing to give you a lift. They charge a fee of for short ride, and from south to north. You can rent a motorbike for a whole day for .
Marine Protected Areas for Snorkeling are:
- Coral Garden (close to Aabana Beach & Watersport Resort) east side,
- Lapus Lapus (close to Los Bamboos Resort) northwest point,
- Dakit Dakit (close to Blue Corals Resort) southwest point
Scuba diving. Waters off the island offers some of the most exciting extreme dives in the Philippines, with adrenaline pumping adventure, thresher sharks and manta ray encounters. The dive shops seem mindful of the environment and have a caring attitude towards their customers, which is as well considering the kind of fish roaming around. Dive shops offer introductory courses to advanced Scuba diving and there are a couple of wrecks to explore.
Walks. With about 6 km circumference, Malapascua has more than a few spots to see. It has a handful of exotic beaches like Bounty Beach, or Mangrove Bay, and to tower it all there is the lighthouse, very popular when it comes to watching the sunset.
PADI Instructor Development Course, IDC. Each season more divemasters choose Malapascua as their destination to go pro with the IDC course.
See also Diving in the Philippines—Malapascua.
phone: +63 9176312179address: email@example.comMalapascua's only Ten Star dive centre with a 5-star rating from PADI and a 5-star Instructor Training Facility rating from TDI. Evolution offers all PADI courses including internships and a full range of TDI tech classes. Day trips and local dives are run 365 days a year by a professional team. Evolution is a full service resort with 16 rooms and a well-known restaurant on site and is owned and operated by a seasoned Irish and English duo. In 2015 Evolution became a Green Fins top member having the 6th least environmental impact of dive centres audited in Asia and is the only dive centre resort on Malapascua to make the list.
phone: +63 9274523731address: Bounty Beach front, Hipocampus ResortFrench Kiss Divers is a small diveshop who offers SSI courses from open water to Instructor and a panel of specialties such as Nitrox, Deep, Night, and Wreck. With a very good knowledge of the dive sites and the dive group which doesn't exceed 4 people; the fun, the safety and the enjoyment will be guaranteed. Futhermore we often organize "Day Trip" in surrounding Islands like Kalanggaman or Carnaza, those places are suitable for divers and snorkelers and will complete your holidays in Malapascua with a unforgettable moment with your family, your friends or even alone.
phone: +63 406-5428Offers all in one - accommodation, restaurant, bar, diveshop, travel service. This eco-friendly resort has its own recycling plant and 24-hour generator. This PADI 5-star Instructor Development Resort is the only National Geographic Center in Malapascua. Courses range from beginner through to Instructor (100% pass rate) and technical diving courses. They cover more than 22 different dive sites around Malapascua, have daily dives to see the thresher sharks, as well as Nitrox, Wreck and Night dives.
phone: +63 32 234 02 45, +63 9173038065 (cellphone)Located at the center of Bounty Beach beside Ocean Vida Resort with a bar on the island. In the Visayas since 1989, offering all PADI recreational courses from beginner up to Instructor courses.
phone: +63 9276123359Daily thresher shark dives, manta dives, corals, wrecks, macro and muck diving. PADI 5 Stars IDC Center with a full range of course from beginner to Instructor. Also available: Diving Internships and Technical Diving.
Souvenirs. There are a couple of Malapascua T-shirt vendors around Bounty Beach, as well as craftsmen that sell wooden threshers shark figurines.
Groceries. There are a bunch of local shops scattered around the island. That sell from toiletries and painkillers to light bulbs, water, sodas, and snacks. There are fruit shops that sell bananas, apples, coconuts, tomatoes and other products.
Dive Shop. The big dive centers have a dive shop where you can buy wet suits, masks, knives, etc.
Books. A few hundred books up for free exchange at Malapascua Exotic Dive & Beach Resort (IDC Centre)and also at the Blue Corals Resort.
- La Isla Bonita offers Philippine dishes and pizzas
- Ging Ging's is a popular choice, eatery with a large array of options
- Kiwi's Restaurant down a track behind Ging Ging's, a small family run eatery with great food and good prices.
Oscar's RestaurantAn eclectic mix of international dishes with a daily changing menu. Open air beachfront restaurant located above Thresher Shark Divers.
phone: +63 905 719 7323address: Bounty Beach, Malapascua IslandThe Craic House serves up delicious daily specials based on the best local produce and quality imported ingredients personally sourced by the owners. Everything that can be homemade is homemade from bread, wraps, falafel, cakes, pies, relishes, pates.
Purple Snapper Bar & RestaurantThey have great burgers. Also try their pizzas and Fettucine Chicken Aldfredo.
phone: +63 9153404906address: Angelina BeachOriginal Italian food.
The Pub UpstairsAn open air bar located above Thresher Shark Divers, nestled amongst the palm trees with a sea view, The Pub Upstairs is a lively watering hole for an apres-dive beer or cocktail. An excellent selection of local and imported beers and spirits.
Touts won't charge you a fee; they'll get or more from the resorts, so they might just take you to the closest one or the one paying them the most rather than the best one.
Mike & Dioses Beachcottagephone: +63 905 263 2914 (Mike), +63 917 524 4105 (Kiko)Mike is the manager and owner; Kiko his friend, caretaker and representative. Only a few cottages are left over cause of building all new rooms. They have a thatched roof, bamboo (amakan) wall and veranda. The cottages are simple fan rooms, are located in garden area with seaview. Price range is per night, including breakfast. Mike & Diose's Beach cottage have the widest and cleanest beach on Malapascua, pure white sand and some bahay kubos for their guest are located on the beach.
- Daño Beach Resort, cell +63 915-666-1584 or +63 927-381-7894. Lemuel Daño is the manager. There are 20 odd bungalows, all facing the sea; they have a thatched roof, bamboo veranda and the concrete cottages are simple, with a large room, and come equipped with a bathroom.
- MGmatterhorn a small and very clean guesthouse, managed by Marites Monteclar, not on the beach. It's on the way to Bakaw-Kiwi eatery. One fan room good for two and about November 2011 two more air-con rooms. Free Wi-Fi. Prices starting from per day and room. Strictly no cooking in the rooms. Cell +63 915-554-3310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Look the pics on www.malapascua.de. Look for matterhorn. Or go to: https://sites.google.com/site/abougibi/
Bebes Lodging HouseFan and AC double rooms, outside bathrooms. Said to be the cheapest on the island.
Villa SandraEnvironmentally conscious and socially-active, guest-house featuring in-house organic vegetarian restaurant, small gym, yoga classes, hammocks and a community-oriented souvenir shop. Can arrange tours, snorkel gear, tent, tattoos, paintings, etc.
phone: +63 905 263 2914 (Mike), +63 917 524 4105 (Kiko)Beach resort. Cottages are about 60 meters from their own beach, having extra small bamboo huts for their guest on the wide and nice beach. All cottages have big terrace, air-con, warm and cold water shower, flatscreen LCD satellite TV, individual safety digital box, refrigerator and free Wi-Fi. There are also cottages which have a kitchen on the terrace for private guest use. They offer boat tours around the island, fishing tours, snorkeling tours and jet ski.
phone: +63 9274874092address: Barangay Logon, 6013, Daan-BantayanSuperior and deluxe rooms, all equipped with air-conditioning, safe and Wi-Fi. Facilities and services are scuba diving, Slam's Garden Bar & Pub and massage service.
Most of the staff at the resorts and dive shops speak English fluently. Most locals speak enough to get by.
For divers to get notice, the next decompression chamber is far away in Lahug, Cebu City, military hospital.