Malapascua is an island paradise located in the northernmost part of Cebu. It is heaven to those who love diving, and playground to those who love the beach. Bounty Beach, the tourist hotspot of the island, offers wide range of beachfront accommodation, but compared to Bantayan and Camotes Island, Malapascua has higher rates and dining is costly, so if you are planning to visit the place, you should prepare enough budget.
How To Get There
From Cebu City: Take the Northbound buses found in North Bus Terminal (preferably Ceres Bus) Aircon bus fare is around 170 Php from Cebu to Maya Port (wharf going to Malapascua). Take the regular motorbanca going to Malapascua; fare is around 80 php per person. (Beware of special trip scam where other people would persuade you to pay for higher price). You can then take a walk to your respective accommodations upon arrival in Malapascua or you can just hire motorcycle.
Where To Stay
Resorts found in Bounty Beachfront Cocobana Resort
Ocean Vida Resort
contact # 0917 303 8064
Exotic Dive Resort
Mike & Diose Aabana Beach Resort
Inland Accomodations Purple Snapper Resort
We stayed in Cocobana. Personally, my experience in Cocobana is nice. Beachfront is great. Accommodation is just fine. It is just adjacent to Malapascua Wharf.
Things To Do/Where To Visit:
Swimming and Snorkeling:
Dakit-dakit Islet Table Corals
Spend some time sitting and chatting in los bamboos sandbar. It is like a public plaza for the locals here. A lot of locals spend their siesta and leisure time in los bamboos.
From the fantastic water adventures to the inland tour, all we have to spend is just a thousand bux – all in! Thanks to our friendly guide, Ronnie who happens to also have a motorbike that is why he went an extra mile and gave us an inland tour in los bamboos and the lighthouse. If you are interested in getting his number, it is 09491810903. Just negotiate with him and he will definitely give you a good deal.
Where To Eat
Ging-Ging’s Ging-ging’s is the most popular and the cheapest restaurant in the island. The food is great so you do not have to worry if you are concerned with the quality of the food being served.
Here are some dishes we ordered: Sweet and Sour Fish (Escabeche)
We spent most of our meals here in Ging-ging’s because we just loved their food.
La Isla Bonita Restaurant
If you are on a tight budget then look for this barbecue place. The food is not the great but you can really save. It is really hard to find affordable food while you are in a very expensive island.
We really fell in love with the beauty of Malapascua. The only pain the butt (for my girlfriend) are the big waves that keeps on hitting our boat crossing Malapascua and back to Maya; otherwise, all is well. Here are some images we took while discovering this Island Paradise:
We are surely coming back someday but this time we will make sure that the weather condition is perfect. Malapascua is really a drop of heaven on earth. So if you are planning to discover Philippine’s Beaches, then never miss Malapascua Island!
Choose Malapascua Island, Choose Philippines! 🙂