Trip to Northern Cebu: Malapascua

Cebu is located in the Visayas part of the Philippines. Two beaches are known in Northern Cebu – Malapascua and Bantayan. So thought of researching on how the itinerary should go so that we could visit two places at one time.

Sunrise through the airplane's window
Sunrise through the airplane's window


We are a group of 4 (3 girls and 1 guy), we arrived Saturday 6:00 AM at Mactan International Airport. We walked our way to the departure area to get a metered taxi instead of the airport taxi. We told the driver to drop us at the Northern Bus Terminal. As we are already hungry, we had our breakfast at the “carinderia” (small store that sells cheap home-style food) in the terminal. While we were finishing our meal, Mike Laagan who already lives in Cebu who just finished his daily run in the city dropped by to say Hi.

With no sleep, my mind was not functioning well yet. Mike pointed to the bus with Hagnaya sign, and I agreed that the group board the bus.

Conductor asked (in Tagalog): “Where are you headed to?”

I answered: “Malapascua”

Conductor said (in Tagalog): “This bus is headed to Bantayan and not Malapascua”

At the back of my mind, oh no! Should we get down the bus, but it was already far from the terminal. Or should I just switch the itinerary to go to Bantayan first, however we are to meet another group already in Malaspascua.

Until the conductor finally suggested that we get off at Bogo Terminal and transfer to another bus. (Whew!).

We arrived at Maya port, and were told not to agree to pay more than PHP80 for the boat ride to reach Malapascua. However, as we wanted to leave already, we agreed to pay PHP150 each together with 4 Koreans and 3 Europeans. Boat ride took less than an hour. Upon arrival at Malapascua, we were fetched by the guides of the group who came earlier at the island.

We had our lunch at the community at the back of the island where food are cheaper than those sold in the resorts at the beachfront.

Lunch - Chicken Adobo, Vegetables, Sweet and Sour Fish
Lunch - Chicken Adobo, Vegetables, Sweet and Sour Fish

We settled and rested for awhile at Blue Corals Beach Resort.

Our Room
Our Room

View from our room
View from our room

We explored the island later in the afternoon.

Around the island
Around the island

Heart-shaped seats
Heart-shaped seats

Around the island
Around the island

Sunset at the back of resort
Sunset at the back of resort

On the next day, Sunday 7AM, we headed for snorkelling and island hopping. Malapascua is considered as one of the premier diving sites in the Philippines.

Malapascua Underwater
Malapascua Underwater

Around Malapascua
Around Malapascua

Around Malapascua
Around Malapascua

Around Malapascua
Around Malapascua

Around Malapascua
Around Malapascua

Around Malapascua
Around Malapascua

Around Malapascua
Around Malapascua

While we wait for our breakfast, we prepared our stuff for our next destination – Bantayan Island.

Breakfast at Blue Coral Resort
Breakfast at Blue Coral Resort

How to Get to Malapascua:
- Reach Cebu, Philippines via Airplane
- From Cebu Mactan International Airport, ride a taxi and head to Northern Bus Terminal
- Ride a bus with Maya sign
- At the Maya Port, ride a boat to Malapascua Island

Itinerary:
Day 1
05:00 AM ETD Manila
06:10 AM ETA Cebu Airport
07:00 AM ETD Cebu Airport to Northern Bus Terminal / Breakfast
09:00 AM ETD Northern Bus Terminal (CERES LINER and D'Rough RIDERS)
01:00 PM ETA Maya Port
02:00 PM ETA Malapascua / Check-in Blue Corals Resort / Lunch
04:00 PM Rest
05:00 PM Explore the island
07:00 PM Dinner
09:00 PM Nightlife
11:00 PM Rest

Day 2
07:00 AM Snorkeling / Island Hopping
09:00 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM ETD Malapascua

Actual Costing: 
Group of 4 paxin Philippine Peso
Taxi (Airport to North Bus Terminal)150.00
Breakfast143.00
Bus540.00
Bus180.00
Boat to Malapascua600.00
Lunch330.00
Boat160.00
Island Hopping1,480.00
Accommodation (Malapascua)2,000.00
Total5,583.00
Divide by 41,395.75

Related Links

Trip to Northern Cebu: Bantayan

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12 comments:

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    1. sir, if you have time please read the article re Bantayan island which is also in the northern part of Cebu, you may also would like to check my write-up on Cebu heritage and waterfalls.

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    1. yes indeed Ms Tara! :) hope you could visit it someday.

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  3. Mike are there snorkeling gears for rent there or do we need to bring our own stuff?

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    1. Snorkeling gear are available for rent at Malapascua.

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  4. for the snorkeling gear i have for rental 150 1pair from malapascua and we can arrnge also by package these my#09368428150 thnks

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  5. Hi meron bang jeep mactan to north cebu?

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  6. Hi, how much it will cost for the diving and island hopping?

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