Malapascua Island Travel Guide

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Malapascua Island Things to Do

  • Sit back and watch the sunrise

    If you are diving the the chances are that you will see the sunrise most days as the dive boats to see the Thresher Sharks all leave whilst it is still dark. It is really worth finding a nice quiet vantage point on the dive boat to sit back, with a steaming cup of coffee and watch the sun slowly climb up through the sky heralding the start of...

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  • Take a walk along Bounty Beach

    This is a beautiful place to take a walk with a sand path running alongside the beach. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and sit and enjoy the view either on the beach itself or at one of the bars or resorts where you can enjoy a drink. Along the beach, the locals are going about their daily business taking care of their small boats...

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  • Enjoy an Icecream

    There are one or two places on Malapascua offering homemade Italian Icecream for sale. The best for me by far was the gelato on offer at Angelina's. There was not a wide range of flavours available but the quality was excellent. My favourite of all was the Tiramisu, which had a fantastic coffee kick to it. Cost 55 PHP for one ball, 110 PHP for two...

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Malapascua Island Restaurants

  • Best food on Malapascua

    Set up on the side of a small cliff, this delightful restaurant offers not only stunning food but a beautiful view of the sunset, if you are dining early. As soon as you step inside the restaurant, you know that this is a step up in quality compared to the rest of the restaurants on Malapascua. Waiting staff are attentive, friendly and helpful and...

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  • Tasty food and good service

    Situated above Thresher Shark Divers, this place was a handy place to eat after a night dive. They are open from early morning and so cater mainly for a diving clientele offering all-day breakfasts, a range of sandwiches and bar snacks as well as a daily changing menu.Service was excellent, easily the best that I experienced on the island, the...

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  • Disappointing meal

    This was recommended as a place to dine at. I went early in the evening and found the restaurant located above Ocean Vida bar on quite a large and busy ocean front complex.Upon entering the restaurant, it was empty and so I asked if I could sit at a table overlooking the beach. I was told that all of these tables were reserved and given an...

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Malapascua Island Nightlife

  • Good place to start, end or spend the...

    If you are looking to enjoy what Malapascua has to offer in terms of nightlife, then it is worth paying a visit to Kolkoys on Logon Beach. The presence of pool tables, dart board and a table football game give the place a bit of a "pub-like" feel and the cushioned area makes it easy to kick back and relax. There is also ample seating outside on the...

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  • Wide range of cocktails

    Oscar's bar is situated above Thresher Shark Divers on Bounty Beach. It's rooftop terrace provides lovely views of the ocean and it attracts a lovely sea breeze. From 16:00 - 20:00 Oscar's has its Happy Hour with buy one, get one free on a huge number of cocktails. The list is extensive and you are spoilt for choice, measures are generous and it is...

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  • enjoy saturday night disco on malapascua

    nice music, excellent atmosphere..you see good mixture of tourist and local peopleevery saturday night

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Malapascua Island Transportation

  • 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 this scam by visiting gotomalapascua.com (posted a link below) - anyway, just...

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  • 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 brought us to a larger one and we had to climb from one to the other that...

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  • Cebu City to the tresher shark

    1. If you want to take the Ceres bus: go to the reclamation area near Macro. Take the Bagay-Maya route. There's also a ceres bus in north terminal. The fare is p85++. You can also take a van (locally called v-hire) which can be found in SM City Cebu. I have no idea about the time or their tel. no. as we came from Daanbantayan and has a private...

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Malapascua Island Shopping

  • 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 jewelries but which is no different from the city, sad to say. She sells it for...

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  • swimsuits

    maldito's is actually a restaurant and a place to hang out at night but they also have a shop where you can buy towels, undies, swimsuits, malongs, shorts, etc

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  • souvenir shirts

    actually, these 2 are resorts.... i bought a souvenir shirt for myself at white sand bungalows resort and another t-shirt for a special someone at blue water resorts..... cost me 250 (mine) and 350 (his)

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Malapascua Island Local Customs

  • Do's and Dont's on Malapascua

    by knudsenjunior Written Jan 19, 2010

    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:

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Malapascua Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Bring plenty of Philippino Pesos with...

    There are no ATM's, banks, post offices or any form of currenc exchange on Malapascua Island so you need to be well prepared. Do not bring large denominations of notes as many of the local shops will not be able to give you change. The majority of resorts and dive centres do take credit cards but expect to pay for the privilege with some places...

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  • Strike!!

    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 never got to see a Manta or Thresher (I was busy doing my AOW, deep spec &...

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  • TSD

    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 done different amount of dives? Not to mention the fact that however good...

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Malapascua Island Tourist Traps

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    by vic&michael Written Nov 23, 2006

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    This is not exactly a tourist trap, but more like locals trying to trap tourists into buying their goods or services. The locals on the island have caught on to the fact that tourists are an easy source of money. (and are easy to rip-off). If you do not want to buy anything, it can get very tiresome. About 2 or 3 times every day, a woman would come to my bungalow offering massages or pedicures. The same woman!! I got really tired of telling her nicely, "no thank you, maybe tomorrow" it was getting quite stressful for me, and this was supposed to be a relaxed holiday! So, you have to be really firm, say "No thanks. And please don't ask me again". Or, they will keep asking and keep asking!! Otherwise, just book the massage and do it, and perhaps she won't bother you anymore after that. Also there are men who try to convince you to go snorkeling with their group, or want to take you on 'tours' of the island...

    I found it rather irritating because I came to the island to relax and take things easy, and here were people coming up to me when I was trying to sleep or read a book on the beach, and trying to sell their services to me. I much prefer the services to be available, so that I can contact them when I choose to.

    If that's not a big deal to you, or be more firm than I was, then perhaps you will not find it as fustrating as I did.

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Malapascua Island What to Pack

  • Bring plenty of sunscreen

    Luggage needs to be robust. There are no pavements only a sandy path, wheels are no good so you need to be able to carry your luggage The only footwear you will need is a pair of flip flops.Clothing is very casual everywhere you goIf you are diving early morning, a sweatshirt is a good idea for the boat ride back.Sun hat There are no pharmacies...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    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 be eaten alive! I've got bitten on the sole of my feet and it was a...

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  • everything your little bag can have

    Preferably waterproof. 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 gadgets that is so essential to your survival. Ziplock is passe'. Conditioner...

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Malapascua Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit Kalanggamann Island

    This is a perfect dive spot for divers as it is a wall dive that drops off to over 200m. If you are not a diver, it is still a beautiful place to spend a day with its beautiful white beach and crystal clear waters. Divers spend their surface interval between dives ashore on the beach whilst it is also a perfect location just to go and snorkel and...

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  • calangaman island

    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.

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  • Take a walk to the local's huts

    Most of the tourist's bungalows are on the beachfront. If you walk behind and through the trees, following the small paths, you will come across the local's living spaces. Please respect their houses and their way of life. They are already starting to be exploited by the tourism industry, and I imagine, have a cynical view of tourists. Their little...

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Malapascua Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba Diving with Thresher Shark Divers

    There are a multitude of dive shops on Malapascua as scuba diving is the island's main form of tourism. Which dive centre you select is a matter of personal preference and it is up to the individual to do their own research.I chose Thresher Shark Divers as it was recommended to me by a PADI Course Director for whom I have the greatest of respect. I...

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  • Great experience

    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 you dives on almost every hour of the day: there're dive starting at 4.00 in...

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  • 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 morning. The afternoon activity was all dive. I don't know if they had a time...

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Malapascua Island Favorites

  • Tips

    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, etc.If you have been happy with the treatment, please rempber to leave a tip!

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  • sea adventure

    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. In January when we were there, there was no other local tourist. My first...

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Get a massage
Things to Do
Great place for a night out
Restaurants
Good for pizza
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Enjoy the sunset
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Great little place to eat
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Absolutely diving!
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Try Exotic’s own Spa Massage service
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dive with dan's dive the cheapest
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trek to lighthouse
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Fell Asleep Waiting
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trip to calangaman
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Beach Massage
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Not exactly a warning, but a suggestion
Warnings and Dangers
Friendly & warm Dive experience at Divelink
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Lazy on the beach
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Excellent restaurant
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potable water
Warnings and Dangers
motorcycle ride
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a drink goes a loooong way
Nightlife
Fresh seafoods, as long as you're willing to wait.
Restaurants
don't grope in the dark, bring flashlight!
What to Pack
Maya to Malapascua
Transportation
Monad Shoal is a must
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Gato Island took my breath away
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tastes like genuine japanese...almost!
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Auto Bus, Ceres Bus
Transportation
From Cebu City to Maya
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Maldito
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A little hard to get to....
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Dive, Dive and Dive some more......
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Don't Miss The Roast Beef!
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Blue Water Express
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Italian Food!
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Popular Restaurant in Malapascua!
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Don't Miss The Grilled Porkchop!
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Popular Among Tourists!
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Malapascua Lighthouse
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Mangrove Lagoon
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Divelink Cebu
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Logon Bay
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