Remote Daanbantayan, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Malapascua Island is special ?
Malapascua is known to the locals as Logon and this vision of secret beach is whimsically named Bounty beach. It lays 8 kilometers off northern Cebu and has a community of about 11,000 inhabitants (as of 2012). A walk or a tour of the whole Island will take about three hours. The main resource of the island is the sea, with divers and fishermen working side by side via compromises.
The first image Malapascua offers will stay with visitors for a long time: an exceedingly beautiful pristine stretch of white sand, crystal clear waters bordered by coconut trees and a dozen of scattered, native-style resorts.
What to explore at Malapascua Island?
The main thing to do on the island (except for relaxing) is diving. There are plenty of dive spots around the island. Two great options are Gato island and Calamangan Island. These dive spots will provide ample opportunities to see sea snakes, frog fish, white tip reef sharks, octopi, and cuttle fish.
You can rent a motorbike to explore the island and visit some of the local villages.
One more thing you can watch the sunset. There are a few good places to shoot sunset pictures. The best one is a mile or so away from the main beach where the lighthouse is located. You can’t climb it, but it’s on one of the hills so you’ll have a nice view.
How to get to Malapascua Island?
The easiest way to get to Malapascua Island is to fly to Mactan international airport, just outside Cebu city. The airport is connected to most cities in the Philippines but also to a number of major cities around Asia, such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
Cebu Pacific Air serves the biggest number of international destinations. See the route map below for an overview. The blue cities can be reached by direct flights and the yellow cities require connections with a stopover in Manila.
From the international airport at Mactan Island you have two options: take a bus or hire a private car to Maya, a small port on the northern tip of the island.
A private car will set you back about P2500 and will take around three hours. Busses are considerably cheaper (P100-200) but can take anywhere from four to six hours.
If you take the bus, your best bet is to take the yellow Ceres Tours bus. It has AC and free WiFi on board. Other bus operators are Ceres Liner and Rough Riders. Buses leave from the North Bus Terminal Cebu, which is about 7km away from the airport, which is a 20-minute taxi ride.
When you get to Maya, you can take a 30-minute public boat to Malapascua. The boat should cost P80. There is no set time schedule; the boat usually leaves when there are enough people on board. This amount is kind of arbitrary, but around 10 passengers should be enough.
Some captains will try to make a few extra bucks by offering you an earlier departure in exchange for extra money or even offer a private boat for P1000 – P2000. I’ve had one guy tell me the public boat wasn’t in operation. Don’t fall for these tricks; the wait really shouldn’t be long.
The boat drops you off on the beach within walking distance of the resorts. There will be plenty of locals around who are willing to carry your bags for a few Pesos.
- the perfect escape from busy lives
- lovely and warm local people
- truly competed with the raw beauty
- a diving hotspot in the Philippines
Tips for you
There are no real beggars on Malapascua, as the locals are very supportive of each other and have strong sense of community. However, ever so often you hear cheeky kids utter the ubiquitous phrase "give me money!" Don't leave your valuables on the terrasse at night, lock your door when you leave the room and if you have a large sum of money you should store it in a safety box.Safety
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We went there for dinner last Mar 15. Among others, we ordered Hinalang na Manok (Spicy chicken). The order came in after a long wait, and not before the waiter came back to us asking if we had ordered hinalang or was it Linarang na Isda? Apparently, they hadn't yet cooked the viand. Once the order came however, we were disappointed that the chicken was not spicy at all. So I asked the waiter why it wasn't spicy. His answer: i should have specified to them to make it spicy. What the..... Hinalang, for the non-Visayans, means spicy; and I don't think that had to be specified.After our so-so meal, I asked for our bill, and asked for an official receipt. The waiter came back asking for my name and TIN. I gave my name but said the TIN would not be necessary. The waiter explained that the cashier wouldn't allow it. I had to proceed to the cashier to explain to her that in no other establishment had these requirements been asked of me. She insisted, saying that was their hotel's policy. She really made it difficult, working on other receipts, while talking over the phone, and talking to me. Then she left me at the cashier's desk without an explanation, waiting for an official receipt that they didn't want to part with. After a while, I left exasperated, without a receipt that customers have the right to get. i suspect that not many customers have gotten official receipt from this disgrace-of-a-hotel.
This Resort, I will definately go back to. I had the best stay I could wish for, loved the atsmosphere, the friendly staff, the restaurant, which I can recommended for all meals of the day, basic but very clean rooms and not the least the Dive center staff and fascilities there. The staff there is the most fantastic, friendly and professionel and everyone made me feel like being at home.
The exotic is definitely a guest first resort. They will definitely bend over backwards to make sure you have everything you need. The food is some of the best and most diverse on the beach.The dive staff and dive shop are superb! Very professional and extremely accommodating to whatever your needs may be. Malapascua is my favorite place to dive in the Philippines and Exotic makes your surface intervals memorable!
The key to a great holiday is not just the facilities or location... service is of huge importance too. Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort did not disappoint us - their staff was wonderful - friendly, courteous, helpful.. we came across a few gems among them, namely Maridol, Zion and Gremil. Room rates - it was low season and we were..