Malapascua: Quiet Boracay

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Malapascua is a little island on the northern most tip of Cebu. Yes it's a little dot on the map with a lot of water surrounding it. But do not fret! Going there is as easy as commuting to Makati.


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Transportation
To go to this beautiful island with orange freckles on the sand, you would have to:
1. fly from Manila to Cebu via Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines or Zestair.
2. Take a cab from Cebu International Airport to the North Bus Terminal. This should cost around P200 (with the 40-peso flag down).
3. Take a bus to:
a. Bogo via aircon Ceres bus liner then to Maya Bagay via non-aircon Ceres bus liner. The first bus would be a 2-3 hour comfy ride to Bogo then a 1-2 hour sight-seeing ride with the wind on your hair to Maya.
b. Maya Bagay via non-aircon Ceres bus liner. This is a direct bus which would take about 4-5 hours total. The route is the same as the 1st option but with less wind-blowing effect.
4. At Maya Bagay, pay P80 at the port for the boat ride to Malapascua. You will need to pay P20 for the smaller boats that will transfer you to the bigger boat to Malapascua. The waves can be violent, thus the need for the bigger boat.
5. You have reached Malapascua. Walk around the island (3hours) or bum at the beach.


Accommodations
There are various accommodations along Bounty Beach. Usually inn owners will welcome you from the boat and ask you if you'd like to stay in their place as there are always vacancies even during the summer. We stayed in Sunset Beach Resort where they have a big room with 2 double beds. The room is big enough to add 2 more double beds on the floor. In total, it can accommodate 8 people inside. It has a bathroom, electricity and good running water (that is a little salty but not sticky). The room costs P2200 for the aircon (good for 2 people) and an additional P200 for every person. Not bad! :)

Food
We ate mostly in Ging-Ging's Restaurant located at the middle of the island. You must ask the locals how to get there. Bring a water bottle so the refill only costs P15. Ordering mineral water costs P35. They have chocolate pancakes and food at reasonable prices.

Activities
Island hopping! Off-peak we got a bargain with one of the locals. We paid them P1000 for the boat rental. The boat can accommodate 10people or more then P100 rent for snorkels. The island hopping is for 3hours which is more than enough time to see the entire island and swim with the fishes.

Beach bumming is what I really love the most. I couldn't do much during boat rides because i have sea-sickness. haha! So i'd rather lounged on the sand. The beach is flat enough for skim boarding but there are no boards for rent so bring your own. The high tide is during the noon so it's better to swim then than during low tide where there are mostly seaweeds on the water. 

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