Malapascua Island Travel Guide
malapascua island, cebu
malapascua island, cebu
White Sand Beaches and Crystal Clear Water.
the island doesn't have a 24-hour electricity (from 630 pm to 1130pm only) so look for resorts with their own generator
In a nutshell
If you really wanna forget stress for a week go there
We planned this trip as Malapascua is considered as one of the best diving spots in the world and the only one where is possible a "meeting" with a famous thresher sharks!Seeing this shark is really a wonderful experience, as they're deep waters sharks and rarely can be seen...
Try Exotic’s own Spa Massage service
On top of one of the buildings, you'll find the Spa Massage service.We have tried the Exotic Combination Massage and it is so very relaxing. After you'll feel so relaxed that you'll have problems climbing stairs! :DThe cost was 600 pesos and one can think it high if compared...
dive with dan's dive the cheapest
had a pleasant dive with dan's dive. huge boat manned by at least 4 crew- the boat captain and the rest are dive assistants who helped us suit up and attended to our needs to ensure everything's ok before the plunge. i won't have second thoughts picking them again next time....
trek to lighthouse
when we arrive in malapascua, after we settle our accom and put our things off we go straight to our tour in malapascua. first stop is light house. at first we thought we can walk for an hour going to light house. but from our accom, they suggest to take a single motorcycle...
La Bonita: Fell Asleep Waiting
First off, it was recommended from a local that this place had the best pizza on the island....far better and less expensive than the "claimed" Italian place. Unfortunately the week I was there there were out of mozzarella cheese....no shipments from the mainland...and...
Exotic’s restaurant: Excellent restaurant
We had booked a half-board treatment, but since we were so satiisfied with the food, we had also lunch there!When we first arrived it was evening and we come at the restaurant to dine. They gave us a very big menu and we asked what were included in our half-board. We...
Sunsplash bar and resto: a drink goes a loooong way
There are a lot of restaurants and bars that's open at night. Most of them are owned by foreigners with Filipino counterparts. So the menu varies caters from Asian to European palate. There are some distinctly Pinoy spot with videoke and san miguel beer and pulutan. In...
Annoying scam at the pumpboats
When you try to get to Malapascua from Maya the guys there will try almost everything to make an extra buck. They'll try to convince you there aren't any more boats leaving and so on, all the while hustling you to buy a very expensive 'special tranfer' - I found out about...
Trip from Maya to Malapascua Island
When we arrived at Maya, we were surprised to find that there's no pier.The car left us on a small stretch of muddy beach and we had to slosh in the water then climb into a really very small boat (our luggage was loaded into another one) no bigger than a bath-tube! This boat...
Malapascua dive shirts
There's a little shop annexed to a house that sells t-shirts in all colors and sizes. Don't really know the direction because a friend who go there often took us. We passed by several houses and a plaza/basketball court.
I went for a T-shirt. There are some handmade...
Do's and Dont's on Malapascua
Please respect local modesty. It is considered vulgar and insensitive to sunbathe topless on the beach as a woman. Also walking into the village in a skimpy bikini is a no-no. The locals of Malapascua are getting used to tourists and their foreign ways, and are usually much too polite to address inproper dresscode. That however doesn't mean that they don't talk about you, or form an unfavourable opinion.
Don't forget to bring cash - there's no ATMs on Malapascua. Most places won't even accept credit card, or if they do they will overcharge 5-10%. This practice is actually ilegal in the Philippines, so what they do in stead is offer a a 5-10 discount for cash purchases. This is of course exactly the same, but it's legal however.
You can find more do's and don't at the website below:
Written Jan 19, 2010
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No I agree with Muddybok's comments,If Andrea and Trevor would just pay their sharks and manta's more money they wouldn't go on strike so often.The ignorance of these fish not to come out and show themselves is unbelievable!Funny thing though. First time in Malapascua I...
My warning is to completely ignore the nonsense written above by whatever his name is about TSD. I think the guy has some intellegence issues. How on Earth could they fix it so people only see the sharks or Mantas on their last dive when many people on the boat will have...
Do not bring fancy shoes - most of the time you'll be wearing flip-flops or go around bare-footed.
Remeber to bring a strong mosquito repellent, as the mosquitos are very hungry! Always apply it when outside in late afternoon and evening! Don't forget it otherwise you'll...
everything your little bag can have
Slippers are more appropriate. Depending on the weather, you can bring your sexiest clothes and a coat because it can get really cold during the rainy seasons.
Buy a waterproof/sandproof food container - small enough to house your camera or other...
take some time off from diving and experience robinson crusoe just an hour south of malapascua. you'll never regret doing so. go check out my calangaman page for my tips and comments about this island.
The diving inside the resort is just perfect!The dive-guides are very good and they'll make every dive very interesting and enjoyable!They have three boats: two are big and the third is a bit smaller, but all are very confortable.It is also very well organized. They offer...
searching for the tresher shark
Scuba diving - you've got to try it. That's the whole point of your trip. We had the fun dive costing p2500 whole day. We just want to try things out. It was addictive. We had an hour or so lecture, was measured for the gear's size and tried it on the sea - all in the...
We always give a tip to deserving staff, and we did it also this time.At the bar there's a box for this purpose for the resort staff, such as cleaning staff, restaurant, etc, while at the diving there's a similar box for the diving staff such as dive-masters, boat staff,...
This place is primarily a diving area, and we were there to dive. The beach sand is powdery but be wary while walking as you can step on a human poo. The island is very different from, say, Boracay. For one thing, the island is really quiet, there is not much peeps around....
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