Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines


Malapascua means “unfortunate Christmas.” I beg to disagree. What’s unfortunate in visiting an island paradise?

Malapascua island beach

Malapascua island beach (Photo credit: mattk1979)

The island of Malapascua is situated in Daanbantayan, Cebu. It can be reached by motorized boat 8 kilometers off from mainland Cebu province. As one of the top beaches in the Philippines, Malapascua Island boasts white sand beaches as matching the spectacle of other top beaches around the coountry.

Although it is only about 2.5 kilometers long and about a kilometer wide, the island has dive spots which a diver can actually come contact with thresher sharks and manta rays. It also possesses magnificient coral gardens.

Many resorts have been put up recently to accomodate the ever growing number of tourists that visit the paradise island of Malapascua. The island can be reached also by travellers from the west side of Leyte province using big motorized boats. A more picturesque rocky coastline can be seen also at the other side of the island. This serves as an alternative for tourists who wants another scenic spots aside from the white sand beaches of Malapascua Island.

You can reach Malapascua from the Queen City of the South, Cebu City, by bus which takes about 4 to 5 hours of travel northwards towards the city of Bogo. From there, little time is just needed to reach the Maya wharf in Daanbantayan. It usually takes about 30 minutes to reach the island by boatride across a 8-km channel separating mainland Cebu from the island.

The island is lined with inns that offer comfortable yet affordable rates. You can choose to eat food either from locally cooked meals or dine in western-run restaurants. Drink from bottled water as tap water is not suitable for drinking.

Malapascua Island is anything but “unfortunate. You’ll find it fortunate that you’ve come to know and discover this island paradise. Include Malapascua as one of your travel destinations.

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