Not much of a plan for my birthday due to the falling and rising of COVID cases in the Philippines, added to this is the new COVID variant Delta, I decided with my eyes closed, booked our accommodations and headed the day after my birthday to this one of the famous islands in Cebu-North – the MALAPASCUA Island. 😊🌊
Disclaimer: This is not a travel guide but we hope you will still learn by reading about our 3 days and 2 nights experience in the Island.
Malapascua Island is a 4-hour travel from Cebu North Bus Terminal and another 30-45 minutes boat ride depending on how strong the waves and the currents. Fare cost for a non-airconditioned bus from North Bus Terminal going to Maya Port is 200 Php/person. We arrived at Maya port around 11AM and since it’s July and pandemic, there are only few tourists. Regular fare for the boat is for only 100 per head but there were only 6 passengers including us, so we decided to share the expense and paid 200 Php/head and 75 Php/head for the environmental fee.
What we first noticed about the island (even if we are still in the boat) is its shoreline. They are really beautiful, enticing and the waves seems like pursuing you to take a dip and swim. It’s truly a tropical paradise island. With its pristine white sand beaches, it’s even referred as the “Boracay of Cebu.”
According to locals, the island is commonly called “Logon” instead of “Malapascua” and is considered as a barangay of the town of Daanbantayan. Apart from its beautiful beaches, it has also become known for its beautiful coral gardens, coral walls and excellent local dive spots, as well as further-out sites including Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be sighted.
The island is just small and you can navigate it by walking and if you are good at direction, this place can be explored by half or a one whole day. Motorcycles are the only means of transportation in the place. The roads are kinda’ narrow and are not enough to accommodate two motorcycles at a time. Motorcycle fare is around 20-30 Php per destination. You can also have your driver as your tour guide and just negotiate with their rates.
We also recommend you to bring enough drinkable water before hitting the island as it becomes expensive and sometimes they run out of it especially during strong waves season when boatmen are not allowed to navigate going to and from the island to get essential supplies such as waters.
Our boat docked at not its usual spots due to heavy waves which was somehow a good thing as it's near to our accommodation compare to other passengers who still have to ride a motorcycle going to their accommodation. We reached our first accommodation around 12 noon by just walking.
Good thing they have a decent internet signal. We navigate ourselves going to the place by using waze. We stayed at Chief’s Villa 1 or also known as Rico’s House. It is located midway from all of the front beaches of the island which is around 5-15 minute walk from the House. The place is huge and feels safe and peaceful. What we love most about the it is we can cook our own food.