During our recent trip to Cebu, our first stop was Malapascua. It was our second time visiting Malapascua and it didn’t really disappoint us. It was so beautiful with nice weather for swimming and taking pictures. There are many things to do in Malapascua and the Malapascua Island is so beautiful.
How to get to Malapascua
If you are in Cebu, there are two ways to get to Malapascua from Cebu- by riding a van or riding a bus. We decided to get there by van and it costed us 200 pesos each (5-year old child is free) and took us 4 hours to get to Maya where we rode the ferry to Malapascua. You can also get there by bus which is cheaper (around 160 pesos) taking you about 5-6 hours. As always, choose the option parallel to your preferred comfort, time and budget. You can also rent a taxi 2500 pesos or half of the price if you want to use Uber.
After arriving to Maya, we still needed to ride a boat to get to Malapascua. The fare was 100 pesos per person and 50 pesos for a kid. It took us a long time to get to the boat because locals were trying to charge us double. Their excuse was that there were not too many people going to Malapascua. If you encounter this, just be patient and wait for the honest person who will charge your right like what we did. They accepted us in the boat as last minute passengers to our fair rate. If there is low tide you have to pay 20 pesos non negotiable for the boatman riding you to the boat in small boats.
How to get Bantayan to Malapascua? If you are coming from Bantayan, you can rent a boat starting from 1500 pesos and it will take you less than 2 hours to reach Malapascua. You can also do the trip from Malapascua to Bantayan and vice versa, as we did. We joined to a boat and paid 1200 for two adults and a kid.
ATMS in Malapascua? There are no ATMs in Malapascua, make sure you are bringing cash enough for your staying. Otherwise you will have to pay high commissions in the resorts that allow you to exchange money with your credit card. Check here the exchange rate before your trip.
Things To Do in Malapascua
There’s a few things to do in Malapascua. The basic activities to do in Malapascua are: snorkeling, diving, swimming, relaxing. But there are a few more things to do in Malapascua in your next trip!
If you are coming to Malapascua for diving, you should know that it´s one of the best spots in the Philippines and you can see thresher sharks apart from the very clear water! Click here for a complete guide of places to dive in the Philippines.
You can hire a boat and do island hoping around Malapascua. There are 2-3 spots to do it and you can ask the boatman for prices. They will offer around you around 1000-2000 pesos depending on your negotiation skills. One of the best activities to do in Malapascua for us was a day trip.
More Activities To Do in Malapascua
3. Relaxing and Swimming
You can just enjoy how quiet Malapascua is. Try reading a book, enjoying a hammock, walking around the beach, renting a bicycle to go around Malapascua and some more relaxing activities.
Beaches in Malapascua
4. Langob Beach in Malapascua
Langob Beach was our favorite beach in Malapascua, it´s at the end of the island and it´s very quiet. Before going there if you go walking you will see palm trees and the scenery is so beautiful while walking crossing the town where locals live around the island. You can also acces by habal habal, the trip costs around 50 pesos per person from the port.
5. Bounty Beach
In the South part of the Island is full of restaurants, resorts, diving shops. Perfect place to spend your day if you don´t want to do the activities mentioned above. You can get a coconut, cold beer and just enjoy the day.
6. Lighthouse Beach
You can chose the Lighthouse Beach for the sunset, and you cna also go up get amazing views from the island from the top. It´s close to Langob Beach and you can access walking or by habal-habal.
7. Cliff Jumping
What to do in Malapascua? Cliff Jumping,eh? Yes, there are a few spots to do cliff jumping in the North Part of the island where you can do this if you like adventure.
8. Day trip Malapascua to Kalanggaman Island
The trip Malapascua to Kalanggaman Island is the best thing to do in Malapascua for sure! It takes around 2 hours by boat. It costs 800 pesos and they will include your lunch, you have to pay an entrance fee in Kalanggaman Island 500 pesos for foreigners and 150 pesos if you are a local like Rachel, kids until 5 years they get free! The boats departure is from Cocobana Beach Resort around 9 am and they will be back at 4 pm. The first way going to Kalanggaman is quiet but on the way back, it will take little bit longer because of the waves.
Kalanggaman Island is one of the most beautiful places that we have ever visited. The island is small but it didn’t fail to struck us with its beauty. Its clear waters and of course the popular sandbar makes the island even more unique.
You can sleep in a tent overnight and the price to enter this paradise is 500 pesos for foreigners, 150 pesos for locals, free for our little one (5-year old).
What to eat in Malapascua Island
Malapascua is a very small island. There are a few carinderias for local food and also some restaurants. You can find bakeries and prices are very affordable in all these places. You can get a meal with rice starting for 50-60 pesos.
Malapascua Island Accommodation: Where To Sleep
We stayed our days in Malapscua at Blanco Beach Resort. The hotel is located very close to the main beach, actually just a 3-minute walking distance. We enjoyed talking to Andrea about travels and listening to all his advice of things to do in Malapascua.
The place was really beautiful. It was painted in white and like a new building. We loved the views from the rooftop where you can have an amazing panoramic view of Malapascua. Check out these amazing views from the hotel.
The room was big enough for the three of us and luckily we internet was working really good. We loved that in Blanco Beach Resort there are a few modems to connect sharing in different floors and places around the hotel. As Digital Nomads we love to have good connection and here is your place in Malapascua for sure!
If you are planning to visit other parts of Cebu after staying a few days in Malapascua, click here to read our full guide to travel around Cebu or read here if you are planning to visit another island in the Philippines.
And if you are planning to stay long in the Philippines, read our full travel guide to visit the Philippines!