I’ve just posted several blogs about our Malapascua Island, Cebu experience these past few days. This is one of my travel highlights in 2012. Though it’s my 6th time
in Cebu, It’s my first time in Northern part of Cebu, and besides I travel with my new found friends whose way younger than me. The girls vibrant and carefree energy revived my teenage spirit again, how i miss that!
Anyways, if you’re planning a trip to Malapascua here’s a complete guide, from transportation, budget, accommodation, food and things to do in the island…
How to get there?
1) From Manila you need to book a flight going to Cebu City. There are so many flights going to Cebu PAL, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Tiger Airways has flights. In this trip we’re blessed to avail Tiger Airways P545 (USD14) promo fare.
2) From Cebu Airport, hire a cab going to Cebu North bus Terminal this cost around P200-P250 (USD5).
3) In North bus terminal you can either ride a bus (P170) (USD4) or a van (P180-200) (USD5) going to Malay Port. I suggest you choose van as this would take you only 3 hours, while bus will consume more time around 4-5 hours.
4) And finally, from Malay Port you have to take a boat for an hour going to Malapascua Island (P100) (USD3).
Tip: Travel time from Cebu City to Malpascua Island may take 5-6 hours so be sure to bring food and water along with you.
Where to Stay?
We had a very good experience staying in Malapascua Garden Resort for P2,000/night for 4 (USD50). I definitely recommend this hotel.
If you want to stay in a beachfront you can try Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort, Evolution Diving Site,
Where to Eat?
Since the girls love food… And really want to try all the recommended restaurants in the island. We have our breakfast in the resort, we also have our lunch and dinner in these restaurants:
- Craic House (P300-P400) is an Irish Bar owned by Evolution Diving Resort. Located at the beachfront. The dishes are unique, yet scrumptious. Each servings is good for two, so you may want to have someone share a meal with you to save.
- Ocean Vida Restaurant (P350-500) is located at the beach front. They serve Asian and European dishes. The food is a little pricey, small servings for not so good food.
- Exotic Bar and Restaurant (P300-P500) here we tried their Exotic Giant Burger. This is also a must try! Since the burger is really BIG, you can also share it with your friend.
- Ging-gings restaurant (P75-P120) is very affordable, they serve great food, the restaurant has simple and laid-back ambiance. Since most of the island guest eat here, you have to be patient to wait for your food to be serve. If you’re in a budget you can have all your meals here 🙂 They serve the best food among all other restaurants we tried.
What to do?
- If you love diving, or opt to try, this is the best place to dive. Malapascua is known as one of the best diving sites in the world. Anyways, if you don’t want to dive you can go island hopping, snorkeling, bike, run, visit the lighthouse or walk along the beach or just dip into Malapascua’s clear water and relax!