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.
How to get to Malapascua
If you are in Cebu, there are two ways to get to Malapascua- 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.
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 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.
Things To Do in Malapascua
There’s a few things you can try to do in Malapascua. The basic are the usual activities in an island life: snorkeling, diving, swimming, relaxing.
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. They offered us 1000 pesos including masks for snorkeling but we didn´t join since it started raining that day.
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.
Day trip to Kalanggaman Island
The trip to Kalanggaman Island from Malapascua is around 2 hours by boat. It costs 800 pesos and they will include your lunch. 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
Malapascua is a very small island. There are a few carenderias 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.
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 click here if you are planning to visit another island in the Philippines.