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Best Island Vacations In Cebu: Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan

February 26, 2013

Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines is considered as a jewel for professional divers. The island has become famous because it’s a haven for beautiful and amazing coral reefs and diving destinations in the Philippines. That’s why lot’s of foreigners are docking in and love’s to stay in the island due to it’s sanctuary of white sand bar beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots, as well as further-out sites including Gato Island, Kalanggaman Island, Chocolate Island, Dakit-Dakit islet, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal.

Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can be sighted on a regular basis. Plus there’s more exceptional diving experiences to discover in the island including the close-up encounter with thresher sharks, hammerhead point, sleeping sharks, wreck diving, and lots of great macro stuff.

Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan Cebu

Where is Malapascua Island?

Malapascua is a tiny island located in Visayan sea, it is only about 2.5 kilometers long and 1km wide, located across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of mainland Cebu island. The island is covered by the insular barangay of Logon (part of the Daanbantayan municipality), with eight hamlets. –


How to get to Malapascua Island?

Travelers may go directly at the North bus terminal located at Subangdaku, Mandaue City then ride a bus going to Maya. As of January 2013 fare rate is Php 170.00. If you’re preferring other means of transportation, there’s also private vehicle Van that shall be leaving daily at your most ease time and fare cost is same with Maya buses. Note: Fare rate may change in recent times.

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Malapascua Marine life…

The huge diversity of marine life in Malapascua includes hammerhead sharks, whitetip sharks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, cuttlefish, endless crustacean species, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and much more…


Wreck diving activities…

One of the highlights of wreck diving at Malapascua Island is the Filipino passenger ferry wreck, DOÑA MARILYN which sunk about 20 years ago on October 1988 during a Typhoon while sailing from Manila to Cebu. Other wreck diving spots are Macario Wreck, Tapilon Japanese Wreck and Pioneer Japanese Wreck.

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Travel Experience at Malapascua Island via Kalanggaman Island…

During my visit our group had primary destination at Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte and yet it was an unforgettable experience overnight stay. As a side note, Kalanggaman is a bird-like shaped virgin island with two-long pure white sandbars and a must visit Island, about 2hours away from Malapascua. Actually, a friend of ours initiated the idea and chose to celebrate her 26th birthday in that secluded island.

As a matter of fact, not anyone of us is expecting that will be invading into other island sources which is at northern tip of Cebu after our joyous stay at Kalanggaman. In as much as our guides (boatmen) wanted our group to enjoy our island trip since we invaded that time at Calanggaman with inclement weather — so they gave us this beholden side trip by sailing to one of best island vacations of Cebu through the Malapascua Island.

Also Read: 10 Exciting Reasons To Visit Kalanggaman Island In Leyte

In exchange of their offer, we paid an additional of 800.00Php on top of prior arranged pumpboat cost which is Php 6,000.00 for gasoline purpose, said that it could be enough to navigate us all through Malapascua Island. And indeed it was worth all the journey and by owing the idea to our guides as their birthday presence yet in return of the favor to the celebrant.

If your group wishes to sail away into Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte, that is about 1.5 – 2 hours away from Malapascua Island, Cebu. But you know what, while the pump boat is sailing across the shallow ocean heading to Malapascua, we were amazed because we saw dolphins for our very first time in front of our naked eyes. The dolphins were likely showing off their impressive skills arrogantly to us. Then we learned that dolphins are likely to enjoy when people are applauding at them.

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Malapascua Island Pictures

Malapascua Island photos all inclusive vacation packages, Beaches in Cebu, Beach Resort Philippines and Cebu Beaches. Series of pictures at Malapascua Island accommodation, Malapascua Island Hotels in Isla resort Cebu, Malapascua Island Beach Resorts, Malapascua Island Diving & Resorts and much more vacation packages all inclusive at the island.

Malapascua Island Daanbantayan Cebu

Due to it’s reef’s sanctuary in which Malapascua enriched in number of foreign citizens around the island. You will notice them staying outdoor and prefers sunbathing (while locals can’t afford the heat of the sun), whilst some seated at their beach chair reading books/novels. There’s situation wherein Filipinos are much skin sensible with regards to exhibiting our body, but to no extent we’ve witnessed foreigners wearing topless at the beach front laying on the sandbar which most definitely not appropriate to locals but for them it’s just normal. The boatmen were teasing at those citizens but according to them it was unlikely before wherein some foreigners were not sensitive of wearing bikinis off at the beach.

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Numerous pumpboats at the island

Malapascua Island - Floating restaurant

Floating restaurant as seen from afar.

Monster Franks beside Malapascua Legend Water Sports

Monster Franks beside Malapascua Legend Water Sports

Malapascua Legend Water Sports & Resorts

Malapascua Legend Water Sports And Resort – swimming pool

Malapascua Legend Water Sports And Resort – bar & restaurant

Malapascua Legend Water Sports And Resort – bar & restaurant

Numerous sail boats widely distributed near the shore…

Numerous sail boats widely distributed near the shore…

Enticing beach front.

Enticing beach front.

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White sand bar…

There are also cheap accommodations to choose at the island.

There are also available cheap accommodations at the island.

Foreign citizens at the island

Foreign citizens at the Island…

Free WIFI spots at Malapascua island cebu

Some essential facts if you’re planning to visit in Malapascua Island:

Be sure to bring extra cash as there are no ATM machines at Malapascua. If you’ve unforeseen situation like insufficient cash, the nearest ATM is at Bogo City, Cebu. You need to travel about two hours away by boat and then riding on bus going to the city. One thing must be informed to most places they are not accepting credit cards or will charge an extra of 5-10% if they do. Maintain respect to foreign citizens and act  modesty at them. Don’t be too much vulgar even if there are certain foreign citizens wearing bikinis off at the beach as they’re definitely been reminded. And foremost, there’s WiFi available to certain establishments or in some areas.


Establishments available at Malapascua Island…

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List of Malapascua Island Hotels, Suites, Resorts:
  • Malapascua Garden Resort
  • Purple Snapper Dive Resort
  • Mangrove Oriental Resort
  • Moonlight Resort
  • Malapascua Legend Water Sports And Resort
  • Purple Snapper Dive Resort
  • Malapascua Exotic Island Dive And Beach Resort
  • Malapascua Garden Resort
  • Slam’s Garden Resort
  • Cocobana Beach Resort
  • Blue Corals Beach Resort
  • Hippocampus Beach Resort Daanbantayan
  • Bantigue Cove Malapascua Beach Resort Daanbantayan


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