How to get there:
From Cebu North Bus Terminal, take a bus going to Maya. It will be a four-hour ride and costs Php 163 [as of 201]. The bus will take you to Maya wharf, and from there you will need to travel by sea for 30 minutes for you to reach the island of Malapascua. The boat leaves every 30 minutes and the ride costs Php 80 but if you are in a hurry, they also offer special trips but it will cost you Php 1000-1200. If it is low tide, prepare to spare an extra Php 20 for the “tunda” or smaller boats for you to reach the shore.
Where to stay.
If you have plans of going to Malapascua, try checking Purple Snapper Resort. Or if you want, you can also look for another, there are lots of choices that are also convenient and affordable.
Where to eat.
If you are on a tight budget, you should head to Ging-ging’s Flower Garden. They offer the cheapest but delicious food in the island. But here is the catch, you will have to wait for a couple of minutes before you will have your food served.
What to do.
Known as the Boracay of Cebu, Malapascua offers a lot of things that you can do.
Malapascua sunset – an orgy of colors.
As people say, Malapascua has the best sunset view in Cebu but for me it has the best I have seen in my entire life. So get ready with your camera and strike a pose.
Snorkel at Coral Garden.
It is surely one of the best feelings to swim with the fishes and witness a paradise under the sea. If that’s what you want, you can try snorkeling at The Coral Garden.
Tip: Your resort may offer you snorkeling trips but if you can look around, you may find a much more cheaper rate with a fisherman. In our case, we only paid Php 250 each which is for three hours and it’s inclusive of snorkeling gears, better than what our resort was providing for Php 500. And btw if you happen to visit Malapascua and want to try snorkeling and cliff jumping, you can contact our guide at #09285411841.
Cliff Jumping – It’s worth the fall.
How about jumping off a 50-foot cliff? How does it sound? For adrenaline junkies and adventure enthusiasts, this one is a must try.
Swim and explore the Sunken ship.
Kuya boatman told us that the sunken ship was once a Philippine cargo ship confiscated by the Japanese and was bombed by Gen. McArthur and his troops. When we arrived there, a group of divers were doing some explorations and we had the opportunity to observe them.
Dive and have a close encounter with a thresher shark.
Foreigners and local divers often go to Malapascua since the island is known to have world-class diving sites and it is the only place in the world where you can have daily sightings of a thresher shark.
There are numerous small, distant islands near Malapascua and if you want a real tropical get-away, then you can have some island hopping at Carnassa, Kalanggaman, Higatangan, Capitancillo, Gato, Tapilon and Quatro Island.
Tip: Bring your own consumption of water. Water in the island is too expensive.