Malapascua Island | Travel Guide
Entry Date: June 10, 2018
Here is my quick travel guide to Malapascua for those planning to go there in 2018 or 2019.
Where is Malapascua?
Malapascua is a small island at the northernmost tip of Cebu under the jurisdiction of Daanbantayan.
How do I get to Malapascua?
How many hours will it take from Cebu City to Maya Port?
Approximately 3-4 hours by bus or by v-hire.
How many hours will the boat reach Malapascua from Maya Port?
This won’t take an hour. My estimate is about 30-45 minutes.
How much should my pocket money be?
Our total expense for 2 persons is P22,098 which is P11,049 per person including airfare, accommodation, food, transportation and island hopping expenses.
Food: Roughly P150 per meal per person
Accommodation: P4,200 per night in Ocean Vida Resort.
Transportation: Total of P4,498 for 2 persons
Airfare from Manila: P2,578 each
Uber from Cebu Airport to North Bus Terminal: P270
V-Hire from Cebu City to Maya Port – P200 each + P50 for the big luggage
Boat from Maya Port to Malapascua Island – P100 each
Flat boat to resort – P20 each
Flat boat from resort – P20 each
Boat from Bounty Beach to Maya Port – P100 each
V-Hire from New Maya Port to Cebu City – P250 each
Uber from drop-off to Cebu Airport – P220
Island Hopping Tours: Total of P2,600 for 2 persons
Kalanggaman Trip – P800 each
Malapascua Island Hopping – P1,000 for 2 persons
How many days should I spend there?
Depends on what your plans are but ideally (given the long trip from Cebu City), you have to spend at least 2 nights in the island or 3 nights if you are planning to go to Kalanggaman Island.
What is the recommended itinerary?
Here is our itinerary during our recent trip there:
Day 1 (Mostly traveling)
5:30 AM - Flight from Manila to Cebu
6:55 AM – Arrival in Cebu City
7:30 AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – Arrival at North Bus Terminal
9:35 AM – V-hire to Maya Port leaves North Bus Terminal
1:20 PM – Arrival at Maya Port
1:50 PM – Boat for Malapascua leaves Maya Port
2:40 PM – Arrival in Bounty Beach
2:50 PM – Check in resort
3:00 PM – Free and easy; roam around Malapascua island
Day 2 (Kalanggaman Island)
6:00 AM – Rise and shine; breakfast
8:30 AM – Call time for boat to Kalanggaman Island
9:30 AM – Boat for Kalanggaman leaves Bounty Beach (boat was late)
11:00 AM – Arrival in Kalanggaman Island
12:00 PM – Lunch
3:00 PM – Boat leaves Kalanggaman Island
4:30 PM – Arrival in Bounty Beach; freshen up
5:00 PM – Free and easy; try Ocean Vida Resort’s ice cream
Day 3 (Malapascua Island Hopping)
7:00 AM – Rise and shine; breakfast
9:00 AM – Call time for island hopping trip
9:15 AM – Leave for island hopping (Coral Garden, Japanese shipwreck, Los Bamboos, cliff jumping site, Dakit-Dakit Islet)
2:00 PM – Back in Bounty Beach; swim
3:00 PM - Free and easy for the rest of the day
7:00 PM – Dinner at Ristorante Angelina
Day 4 (Travel back to Cebu City)
7:00 AM – Rise and shine; breakfast
8:30 AM – Check-out; buy boat ticket for Maya Port
9:30 AM – Boat for Maya Port leaves Malapascua
11:10 AM – Van for Cebu City leaves Maya port
4:00 PM – Check-in flight for Manila
6:10 PM – Flight from Cebu City to Manila
7:40 PM – Arrival in Manila
I am arriving in Cebu City later in the day, is it okay if I head straight for Malapascua?
Yes, the earlier you arrive in Cebu City, the better since the last public boat heading for Malapascua from Maya Port leaves at 5:30 PM. If you leave later than that, you’ll have to charter a private boat which will cost you P1,500 per trip. In case you miss the trip, you can stay in several accommodations provided near Maya Port. Please see this blog entry: Malapascua | Where to Stay near Maya Port
Where is the best place to stay in Malapascua?
You can refer to this blog entry Malapascua | Where to Stay for the recommended resorts in the island. My basis are the ratings and reviews of previous guests through Agoda.
Is there phone reception and internet connection in the island?
Phone reception is not a problem at least for Smart and Globe users. Internet connection via shared WiFi is offered by the resorts as well but the speed differs from one resort to another. I had issues with internet connection in Ocean Vida as it doesn’t work inside the room. You have to be in your veranda or in the bar/restaurant area for it to work properly. So most of the time, I was using my Globe LTE, which worked perfectly.
Who do we contact for island hopping tours?
Your resort should be able to book island hopping tours for you but in case you want to book in advance, you can contact Kuya Noy at 0916-388-7801. He also provides transportation from Maya Port to Malapascua, so in case you need to book a special trip, you can contact him directly.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MALAPASCUA