Malapascua Island: DIY Guide (Budget and Itinerary)

Malapascua Island: DIY Guide Itinerary 2021

Malapascua Island is located in Northern part of Cebu, that has attracted many tourist. It’s part of Barangay Logon in Daanbantayan.

Malapascua Island is known as a diving destination. It’s best known for Monad Shoal, a dive spot near the island where you can see thresher sharks up close.

How to get there

From Cebu City
Cebu City is the most common gateway to Malaspacua. Travel time is about 4-5 hours.

From the North Bus Terminal, take a van (3 hours, about P230 per person – P254-300 during pandemic) or bus (4 hours) to Maya Port.

From Maya Port, ride a boat to Malapascua Island (30 minutes to 1 hour depending on sea condition, P100 per person (pandemic rate P150)). Boat departs from 5:30AM to 6PM every 30 minutes. You may also charter a private boat (P1500-2000, good up to 10 people or more).

From Maya Port, you will arrive in Bounty Beach. From there, you can walk or hire a habal-habal to your accommodation. Fare is P20

Here are some things to note:

  • If you’re bringing a car with you, you can park it in or near Maya Port. It’s not possible to bring any car over to the island since there are ferries huge enough to take them.
  • During bad weather, the boat fare from Maya Port to Malapascua and vice versa may increase from P100 to as much as P400 per person, due to demand-and-supply and the possibility that the coast guard may immediately stop operations.
  • Observe the weather especially if you’re staying during ber-months. If there are LPAs affecting the province, the coast guard may halt boat operations and there’s a possibility of getting stranded in the island.
  • During bad weather, I suggest getting the first ride from Malapascua back to Maya Port, at about 7AM in the morning since cancellations are usually announced in the afternoon.
  • ATM Fees on the Island is P70 per withdrawal. I suggest you withdraw money from the City before going into the Island.

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