Malapascua Island Travel Guide

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Malapascua Island Things to Do

  • Absolutely diving!

    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 in recreative diving!Also, as I said in my introduction page, the soft...

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  • 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 to other masseurs who offer massage on th beach, but if you consider that...

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  • 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. i'd really love to patronize small dive operators like dan's which...

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Malapascua Island Restaurants

  • 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 couldn't produce a pizza. I stopped there 3 different days and was told.."should...

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  • 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 received back only blank stares: we could choose anything we wanted from the whole...

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  • Fresh seafoods, as long as you're...

    First of all, they're cheaper than other restaurants. It also takes longer for your food to arrive. The menu ranges from breakfast to lunch to dinner and they're open from 6:30am to 10pm. The choices are Filipino, american, italian. Softdrinks here costs p20 but its p40 in some restaurants. If you're really scrimping, you can buy in the neighboring...

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Malapascua Island Nightlife

  • 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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  • 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 sunsplash, the food is a little bit expensive but one order can feed 2-3 peeps,...

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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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Not exactly a warning, but a suggestion

    I'm sorry to say this, since I really like animals, but on the island there are a lot of deseased dogs roaming about on their own. When I say "deseased" I do not mean rabid dogs, but a very severe skin desease (I'm not sure about the translation of Italan "rogna" but I found this in the vocabulary) that to me seams to be mange. As I know that this...

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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

  • 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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  • don't grope in the dark, bring...

    some resorts have 24-hr electricity, others don't. the village is lit in a few streets. not all homes have electricity. if you are fond of little alleys, shortcuts and detours, expect to find yourself groping in the dark as you find your way back to your resort.

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Malapascua Island Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • los bamboos

    you'll have to pay Php20.00 entrance fee for los bamboos....... the view there is breathtaking.... inside you'll have to hike up and down for a breathtaking view of malapascua island....

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Malapascua Island Sports & Outdoors

  • 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 Exotic Island Divers

    Very good diving. Thresher sharks, wrecks, small stuff.And around christmas you might get lucky and see a hammerhead shark.You should expect to pay approx. 20 USD per dive - depending on number of dives and whether or not you rent of equipment. A computer would be a good idea for some of the dives. You stay down deep and long for wreck diving and...

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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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motorcycle ride
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Maya to Malapascua
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Maldito
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Dive, Dive and Dive some more......
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Blue Water Express
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Italian Food!
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Divelink Cebu
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Logon Bay
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Starfish
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Sunsplash Floating Bar
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Rooster
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Hundreds Dollars Thresher Shark Dive
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Taxi Drivers
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Keep a hold on your Luggage!
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Liers!
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Divine Food
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Map of Malapascua Island

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