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Cebu in Focus
Travel : Malapascua
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by: Aireen Quisido
Copyright © CebuCentral.Com

Cebu in Focus - MalapascuaIf white sand, and clear green-blue water is what you're craving for, then what the Malapascua island has to offer is up for your taking.

Situated eight kilometers off the north coast of Cebu, the Malapascua Island which means "Unfortunate Christmas" boasts its shimmering long white sand beaches and panoramic rocky coastlines. Malapascua is relatively small and covers less than 4 square kilometers making it enjoyable to ride a banca for a trip around the Malapascua island, go diving at the wreck of a World War II sunken Japanese ship, go snorkelling among the fishes, or to simply just take a dip in the crystal clear water. After your water adventures, a stroll around Malapascua gives you the opportunity to meet the friendly locals. You may also take a hike to the famous lighthouse for the spectacular view of Malapascua island, the deep blue ocean and watch the beautiful sunset over the horizon.

To make your stay even more comfortable in Malapascua, small inns along the beach are available at reasonable rates. You can also check out their dive shops, souvenir shops and bars & restaurants.

So if you simply want to get away and unwind for the weekend with your friends and family, pack-up and endure the three-hour bus ride from Cebu to Maya and a 45-minute banca ride to Malapascua.

You will never be sorry ... Malapascua i an experience truly worth remembering.
Cebu in Focus - MalapascuaCebu in Focus - Malapascua
by: n`gel - Maryland, US
on: Aug 19, 2005 10:11 PM

Can you add details on how to get there? Or vacation packages, or tours?

by: Aireeen Quisido
on: Aug 20, 2005 01:48 PM

Take a taxi to the "Northbus Terminal" which is in the reclamation area where you
can find D'Rough Riders or the Cebu AutoBus (bus leaves every hour from 4am to
4pm). The ride from Cebu to Maya, a little town in the north of Cebu, and the jump
off point for the passenger boats to Malapascua island, takes about 3 or 4 hrs. Bus
fare is about Php100-150. Boat fare is around Php50. If it is low tide in Maya,
little boats or "boatie" will take you to the passenger boat for a fare of Php

Porters are very rampant in terminals so it is up to you if you have them carry your
bags for your convenience for a little amount of money. (Be careful though coz they
may overcharge you.)

Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort offers great packages for a reasonable price. You
may email them at for more information.

Once youre there, dont miss the Maldito Bar & Restaurant.

by: guido - Holland
on: Mar 16, 2006 04:29 PM

what a beautiful place to relax....clear water and nice people...!
hope to come back soon...! preserve the beuaty of malapascua......!

by: Marilou - USA
on: Apr 27, 2006 02:33 AM

I was born and raised in Cebu City and yet I didn't know about this
beautiful place. I thought you can only find such place in Boracay or Bohol and
now I know my very own hometown has it too. Thank you for showing it to the
world. I would like to go there when I'll come to visit Cebu it's a must for

by: tats - NCR
on: Jun 07, 2006 11:18 PM

the white sand is very relaxing to step on , but ops be careful when
swimming in the sea , be sure to wear beach sandals , a lots of sea urchin in
the sea

by: bob hughes - dubai uae
on: Nov 08, 2006 06:20 AM

hi there,,please send us info about malapascua. what kind of restaurant
and food you have.. and also the music you got. do you have any jazz and blues?

by: shy baguio - dubai uae
on: Nov 08, 2006 06:23 AM

i want to visit malapascua on jan.2007..pls. give us info about booking
and rates.. is there a quick way to go there. I am from cebu city. I could not
take long hour travel.. ps. reply.

by: rubaii - Cebu City
on: Feb 01, 2007 09:45 PM

if u want to go to malapascua, take a jeep or taxi that would go to the
north bus terminal, then at northbus, hop in ceres bus liner(its fare is just 60
pesos to maya,)ceres has a terminal too in maya, from the terminal, there are
many boats to malapascua, i think the fare for malapascua is only 20 pesos, so
easy d ba? kami nga, pupunta kami dun this coming feb 9-10, buong tropa aheheh

by: marcia arnaiz - taiwan
on: Feb 26, 2007 06:32 AM

hi,, im from cebu ,, but im here in taiwan ,,, i never been there yet
,,and im planning to go there,, can please give more information about ther rate
in whole night ,,,,, thanks ,,,,,,,a

by: Andrew Castellano - Cebu City
on: Jul 23, 2007 02:58 AM

Malapascua can totally be called a Paraiso..You'll surely appreciate
waterworld as you spend time here without spending too much. Great!Bravo!

by: Ivy Charo - Makati
on: Feb 17, 2008 09:39 PM

Hi. We're taking a trip to Malapascua this summer. We haven't booked a
place yet. Read some blogs in other sites regarding the cons of different
resorts. Which one can you suggest. Can't wait! thanks! =)

by: akira - malaysia
on: Feb 22, 2008 06:12 PM

i love the world of internet....cebu central really is sooo informative
and well maintain with lots news....keep up the wonderful work ...10Q...
I will be in cebu coming this march08....heaven

by: clody caballero - yuzhno, sakhalin, russia
on: Apr 19, 2008 12:57 AM

Oh! i missed the beautiful sand and beauty of that wonderful island of malapascua. i was there 5 years ago together with two americans!

by: haydz ge - singapore
on: Jun 29, 2008 02:49 PM

its awesome..morag swimmingpool ka tin aw og ang bas , superb..

by: Sean Davis - Arizona
on: Aug 03, 2008 09:41 AM

Malapascua is simply amazing. The long bus and boat ride may be intimidating, but trust me, it is completely worth it. If you want the feeling of seclusion or just to escape the city, this is the place. I would recommend Sunsplash resort, great place. and theres a nice cafe on a pathway that runs behind the hotels that has a large menu & great food. One thing though is that power is off on the island from 10AM to 5PM, but who's going to be spending all day in their hotel rooms anyway? Malapascua=Great Place

by: Kat Manalo - Makati City
on: Oct 24, 2008 11:28 PM

i would love to go to malapascua island, but i am wondering how much would it cost me to dive there?

what are the dive rates? thanks!

by: mike ramos - usa, california
on: Mar 23, 2009 08:54 AM

is there any way you can give more details? like contact numbers and agencies that offer package tours

by: Daniel - UK
on: Apr 21, 2009 06:53 AM

We are planning to visit Malapascua in July this year, what is the weather like that time of year and do the boats still run regulary?

by: Gem Alemaņa - Cebu Cuiy
on: Aug 28, 2009 03:56 PM

Hi There! anyone interested go diving this October? Im starving for wreck dives, and really interesting . Cheap diving and good food?

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