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2024 Malapascua Island Travel Guide: Our Experience, Itinerary & Costs

Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan off the northern tip of Cebu is one of the best Cebu tourist spots for divers and beach lovers. It became even more popular due to the presence of thresher sharks, which are now considered endangered and vulnerable to extinction.

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While we didn’t get to see the thresher sharks ourselves when we visited the island, we could say that our island escapade was nothing short of fun, from the white sand beaches to the friendly locals.

If you’re visiting Malapascua Island for a diving exploration or a simple island getaway, here’s our Malapascua travel guide for everything you need to know, especially for first-timers.

How to get to Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu

1. take a bus from cebu city to maya port, daanbantayan.

From any city in Cebu , take a jeep, bus, taxi, or ride-hailing motorbike to Cebu North Bus Terminal beside SM City Cebu, one of the popular malls in Cebu . At the terminal, ask for the bus bound for Maya Port in Daanbantayan , where you take a pump boat going to Malapascua Island.

Insider tip: There are several transport options going to Maya Port including buses, vans, and even taxis, but we recommend that you take the yellow Ceres Bus as it is more popular and reliable.

It takes about four 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Maya Port. Bus fare from Cebu City to Maya Port is around ₱200 (one-way).

2. Ride a ferry (pump boat) from Maya Port to Malapascua Island

Maya Port, Daanbantayan

The bus stops at Maya Port in Daanbantayan. Once you reach the pier, proceed to buy your Malapascua ferry ticket. In good weather conditions, it takes about 35 minutes to reach Malapascua from Maya Port.

Malapascua Island ferry fares 2024

  • Maya Port to Malapascua Island Ferry Fare = ₱200
  • Environmental Fee = ₱120

Total Malapascua Island fare from Cebu City (bus + ferry) = ₱520 per person

2-day malapascua island itinerary.

5.30am – Meet up at Cebu North Bus Terminal 6am – Depart from Cebu City 10am – Arrive at Maya Port 11am – Arrival at Malapascua 12pm – Lunch 2pm – Check-in + settle down 3pm – Relax by the beach 4pm – Swimming 7pm – Dinner 8pm – Chill in a resto bar 9pm – Call it a day

6am – Sunrise + breakfast 7am – Island hopping / diving 11am – Prepare for check-out 12nn – Check-out 1pm – Ferry to Maya Port 2pm – Bus to Cebu City 6pm – Arrival at Cebu City 7pm – Home

Our actual Malapascua Island experience

To be honest, we didn’t rigidly plan our Malapascua Island itinerary because we wanted to be as flexible as possible.

Here’s our actual 2-day Malapascua Island itinerary and experience:

Day 1: Arrival in Maya Port, Daanbantayan

After a four-hour bus ride, we finally reached Maya Port. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate when we arrived. It was raining; the wind and waves were raging so the pump boat ride took longer than usual. Instead of just 35 minutes, it took us almost an hour to reach Malapascua Island.

And guess what? It was a buwis-buhay (death-defying) ride. While we arrived in one piece, we were all soaked including our belongings. It was truly a #yolo experience! Thankfully, we met a local who was with us on the boat. He accommodated and helped us during our tumultuous trip.

Arrival in Malapascua Island

Due to the bad weather, we didn’t do much upon arrival. Instead, we settled down, changed our clothes, and waited for the rain to subside. We just whiled away the afternoon at our beachfront accommodation in Bounty Beach.

Nightlife in Malapascua Island

Hippocampus Resort Happy Hour

Come night time, we looked for a random beachfront restaurant to have our dinner. You’ll find a couple of restaurants and bars along Bounty Beach where you can chill, have some drinks, and listen to live bands.

Day 2: Exploring the island on foot

Malapascua chapel

The local who became our friend gladly took us to his neighborhood where we met his relatives. He then toured us to the chapel and the inner parts of the island. The island is pretty small; you can actually explore it on foot.

Due to the limited time and the not-so-good weather, we didn’t go island hopping or scuba diving in Malapascua Island . After our quick land tour, we had to prepare to check out for our trip back to the city.

Top activities in Malapascua Island

Given good weather conditions and if you have enough time, be sure to add these top Malapascua activities to your itinerary:

1. Scuba diving

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No trip to Malapascua is ever complete without scuba diving. Don’t miss the chance to encounter thresher sharks on a scuba diving tour .

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2. Snorkeling

Malapascua Island underwater

If scuba diving is not your thing, you can go snorkeling instead. Gear up and marvel at the vibrant corals of North Beach , Lapus-Lapus , and Dakit-Dakit .

3. Island hopping

Kalanggaman Island

You can rent a boat for ₱800-₱1,000 to explore marine sanctuaries and nearby islands like Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte, which is a two-hour boat ride from Malapascua.

4. Beach bumming

Bounty Beach

There’s more to Malapascua Island than Bounty Beach . There are so many other Malapascua beaches to go beach bumming like Logon Beach , Bantigue Cove Beach , Langob Beach , Coral Garden Beach , Kaosting Beach , Guimbitayan Beach , Pilar Beach , and Marquetta Beach .

5. Staycation

Buena Vida Resort

If you’re not the adventurous type, you can always go on a staycation in one of the Malapascua resorts and hotels . Take advantage of their amenities such as pools and spa services. You can even join a yoga session at Buena Vida Resort .

Where to stay in Malapascua Island

The best place to stay in Malapascua would be Bounty Beach as you’ll be close to the white sand beach and modern comforts like shops, restaurants, and cafes. To make it easier for you, we’ve handpicked the top Malapascua resorts which are highly rated and strategically located.

Malapascua resorts near Bounty Beach

  • Hippocampus Beach Resort (From ₱1,900 per night)
  • Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort (From ₱3,700 per night)
  • Buena Vida Resort (From ₱3,800 per night)

Malapascua resorts near Logon Beach

  • Tepanee Beach Resort (From ₱3,500 per night)
  • Blanco Beach Resort (From ₱13,000 per night)
  • Slam’s Garden Dive Resort (From ₱1,200 per night)

Budget breakdown for 2 days (per person)

  • Transportation: ₱1,040 (round-trip bus, ferry, and environmental fees)
  • Accommodation: ₱1,000 (one-night stay)
  • Food and drinks: ₱1,500 (main meals)

TOTAL: ₱3,540 per person

For an overnight trip, this budget would be enough. However, the actual costs will highly depend on your type of accommodation, food spending, as well as the activities you choose to do. Since we didn’t do much, we saved a lot on the tours and entrance fees.

Malapascua Island beach

Overall, our two-day Malapascua Island getaway was pretty chill. As you can see, we passed up on many activities since the weather was not really that ideal. While we missed the quintessential Malapascua experiences like scuba diving and island hopping, we still had an exciting and meaningful time here, especially since we met a kind-hearted local who showed us the beauty of his local community.

We recommend you stay longer if you want to fully soak up Malapascua’s island life.

After Malapascua, why not explore Bantayan Island and stay in one of these Bantayan resorts , too? Also, don’t fly out of Cebu airport without trying some Cebuano delicacies including the famous Cebu lechon .

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Malapascua Island: DIY Guide + 3 Days Itinerary

Like Moalboal , 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.

That saying, there are other activities you can do in Malapascua aside from diving. In fact, a lot of regular tourists come here for a day or two especially as it’s close to Bantayan Island , a beach destination about 2-3 hours away from boat. For the everday tourist, Malapascua is a tropical destination where they can bum in decent beaches, island hop, and enjoy nightlife in seaside bars.

It’s also a jump-off point to other islands: Kalanggaman , Gato and Capitancillo.

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Here’s a complete travel guide to Malapascua Island in Cebu! Also included is a sample 3 days itinerary in Malapascua Island.

About Malapascua Island

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Malapascua is a small island known for its dive spots. It’s part of Barangay Logon in Daanbantayan, in the northern part of Cebu.

Malapascua Island in Cebu

Here are some things you need to know about Malapascua Island:

  • Malapascua Island is so small that you can explore it via habal-habal in about 20-30 minutes.
  • Bounty Beach is the dock site and main beach area in Malapascua. Here you can find a number of resorts, dive shops and eateries.
  • There is no ATM in the island, but you can withdraw from Mabuhay Resort for a fee. It’s recommended to bring everything you need before going here.
  • Malapascua Island is more expensive compared to other islands in Cebu, since a lot of necessities including water have to be imported from the mainland.

The best time to visit Malapascua is during dry season ( December to June ). During the summer (April to May), expect crowds especially on weekends.

How to get here

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

  • Take a local flight to Mactan Airport (Cebu).
  • From the airport, take a MyBus to the North Bus Terminal. Schedules are 7AM to 11AM (departs every 30 min) and 11AM to 9:30PM (departs every 20 min). Fare is P25 per person. You can also get a Grab or taxi.
  • From the North Bus Terminal, take a van (3 hours, about P230 per person) 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). 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.

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.
  • During the boat ride back to Maya Port, if it’s low tide you may need to transfer to a paddle boat to get to the shore. Fare is P20 per person.

There are 2 ways to get from Bantayan to Malapascua:

  • Long route : From Bantayan Island, take a boat back to Hagnaya Port. From there, take a bus to Maya Port. From Maya Port, take a boat to Malapascua Island. With this route, it will take you about half a day to get to Malapascua.
  • Easy route : Charter a private boat from Bantayan to Malapascua. Travel time is 2-2,5 hours depending on sea conditions. Rate is P1900-4000, depending on your haggling skills. I recommend looking for a private boat with a backload (scheduled pick-up of passengers from Malapascua to Bantayan) since it is cheaper compared to those doing special trips.

As said above, Malapascua is a small island. If you’re staying near Bounty Beach, most establishments including restaurants and dive shops are walking distance from each other.

To get to other parts of the island, you may flag down a habal-habal (motorcycle). Min fare is P30.

There are no tricycles or other vehicles in the island, since the roads are usually narrow and kept as rough roads.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

There are over 20 dive spots in Malapascua Island.

Diving in Malapascua

The most famous one is Monad Shoal or Shark Point , about 30 minutes away from the island. This is where you can see thresher sharks up close. Thresher sharks normally live in deeper parts of ocean at about 200 meters down. Monad Shoal is a sunken island that serves as a cleaning station for the thresher sharks by small wrasse fish, so you can see them at about 25 meters deep only. There are daily sightings of the thresher sharks.

Take note that Monad Shoal is only for advanced divers with an Open Water Certification.

Thresher shark in Monad Shoal (Malapascua. Cebu)

Fun dive costs about P1300-1800 including equipment (excluding marine fees and dive computer). If you’re a beginner, you can take an introductory diving course for P3000 per person and do a fun dive in shallower areas in the island.

Introductory diving in Malapascua

An island hopping tour will take you to Dakit-Dakit Island and 2-3 spots in Malapascua Island. The main activity here is snorkeling and/or freediving.

  • Dakit-Dakit Island . This is composed of small rocky islets where you can snorkel or dive.
  • Coral Garden . One of the best snorkeling sites in the island.
  • Japanese Shipwreck . A scattered remains of a Japanese from WWII. The ship is broken into several parts, which are now overgrown with corals and serve as home for schools of fishes. This is a great spot for freedivers especially.
  • Lighthouse . The lighthouse is located just across the shipwreck. Going up the lighthouse is no longer permitted.
  • Lapus Lapus Cliff. If you’re feeling adventurous, head on the the Lapus Lapus Cliff. Cliff jumping here is generally not advised, but it’s not prohibited either. The underwater is filled with sharp rock formations so you have to take precaution and if possible bring someone along with you. It can be accessed via the Los Bamboos Resort for an entrance fee of P25 per person.

Malapascua lighthouse

An island hopping tour costs P700-1500 depending on your haggling skills. Snorkel set can be rented for P150 per person. I suggest finding a boatman directly so you can rent a boat for P1000 or less rather than a middleman or agency.

If you aren’t into diving or other water activities, you can go on a land tour to explore the island. Since Malapascua Island is small, you can explore everything in 20-30 minutes by habal-habal.

Here are the places you can visit:

  • Lapus Lapus Beach . A typical creamy-sand beach.
  • Los Bamboos . A quiet beach cove where you can relax and swim. Some dive centers also hold introductory diving courses here.
  • The Lighthouse . Same lighthouse as above.
  • Langub Beach . A long stretch of beach with white, fine sand. The beachfront is lined with coconut trees. It’s said to be the most beautiful beach in Malapascua.

Langub Beach in Malapascua, Beach

A motorcycle tour costs around P600 good for 1-2 people.

There are other secluded beaches you can visit by walking or hiking including Logon Beach (near Bounty Beach) and Gugma Beach .

Kalanggaman Island is the gem of Leyte. It’s an elongated island with white sand bar, one of the most recognizable spots in the Philippines thanks to Instagram.

Kalanggaman Island in Leyte

It’s about 2 hours away from Malapascua. Rate is P800 per person including lunch plus entrance fee of P150 for local, P500 for foreign tourist.

Take a cruise around the island in the late afternoon, with food and booze. There are selected resorts that offer a sunset cruise for P1000 per person.

There are several bars along Bounty Beach that offer happy hour promos.

Where to stay in Malapascua

There are numerous resorts where you can stay at in Malapascua Island, from budget to mid-range types. If you’re in a budget, make sure to stay close in or near Bounty Beach where you can find cheap stores and restaurants.

We stayed at Thresher Cove Dive Resort , which is one of the best dive resorts in the island. It’s about 10 minutes from the port.

Read about Our Stay at Thresher Cove Dive Resort . OR book discounted rooms here .

Where to stay in Malapascua: Thresher Cove Dive Resort

Here are other recommended stays in Malapascua:

Budget options:

  • Malapascua Budget Inn . A hostel with a huge common area, rooms with comfortable beds and curtains. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Neverland . An eco-friendly resort offering huts for overnight stay. This is an ideal option if you want to relax and detox in the island. There are yoga and meditation classes, art sessions, freediving sessions. Vegan food is served. Book discounted rooms here .

Midrange to high-end options:

  • Buena Vida Resort & Spa . A stylish, quaint resort in Malapascua. Features various recreational amenities including yoga room, fitness center, spa and jacuzzi. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Blanco Beach Resort . A boutique resort with its own private beach and garden. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Malapatel . A hotel for business and leisure travelers. Book discounted rooms here .

There are limited restaurants in Malapascua Island and restaurant food is expensive (about P300 per person). Some of the recommended ones include:

  • Amihan Restaurant . A popular restaurant offering pizza and pasta.
  • Kokay’s . A resort with an in-house restaurant facing the sea. Great place to watch the sunset.
  • Angelina Beach Pizzeria Restorante . Offers Italian food and wine in a nice beach setting.
  • Bakhaw Kiwi . A highly rated Filipino restaurant in the island.

I recommend going to the local market which is walking distance from the Bounty Beach. Here you can find cheap restaurants offering fresh seafood, meat and fruits for P100 per person or less.

Local market in Malapascua

Here’s a sample 3 day itinerary to Malapascua Island:

Budget depends how many you are in the group and the activities you want to avail. For this itinerary, for 2 people, a safe budget would be P7000-8000 per person .

  • If you’re coming from Bantayan Island , I highly recommend chartering a private boat directly to Malapascua to save time. If you’re solo or couple, find other tourists who may go with you.
  • I notice that a lot of Filipinos only stay at Malapascua for a day. Malapascua is a dive destination so if you’re not going to dive, you’re missing out a lot! Try introductory diving at least for P3000 per person. Or you may want to go to other destinations in Cebu instead such as Bantayan Island or Camotes Island, both of which have nice beaches.
  • If you’ve already booked an island hopping tour, you may skip the land tour since a lot of the places included are the same except for the Langub Beach, which is not included in island hopping as it’s on the other side of hte island.
  • As said above, if budget is a big priority then it’s best to stay in or near Bounty Beach where there are more options for cheap food.

Here are some contacts you can use for your trip.

  • Boat rental from Bantayan to Malapascua (or vice versa) : Kuya Glenn 09061421817 – P1900 one-way
  • Island hopping tour : Kuya Ondo 09361668150 – P700 or above depending on how many you are in the group
  • Land tour : Kuya Randy 09364553629 – P600 per person

P.S. If any of these numbers are not working anymore, please let us know so we can update them!

Has this travel guide to Malapascua been helpful to you? Let us know in the comments below!

Visiting Cebu? Here are other posts you might be interested at:

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  • Day Trip in Moalboal and Kawasan Falls
  • Travel Guide to Moalboal
  • Travel Guide to Bantayan Island and Top Things to Do in Bantayan Island
  • Travel Guide to Malapascua Island

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Cebu to Malapascua Boat Schedule and Fare

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Schedule of boat trips from Cebu to Malapascua and Malapascua to Cebu. Updated as of June 30, 2019.

Malapascua is one of Cebu’s major tourist destinations located in the northern portion of the province. It is a popular destination for beach lovers, scuba divers, free divers, and cliff jumpers. It is surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear water. [Check out our list of the best beach resorts in Malapascua ]

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Schedule of boat trips from Maya to Malapascua and vice-versa.

How to go to maya port from cebu city.

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Update from Hannah:

Hi, I took the ceres bus and it cost 230pesos locals told me that last boat goes around 4pm and if there is no more than 15 persons, boat does not go. If there is less than 15 persons, you might need to ask other passengers to commit to pay some extra. I was way too tired for waiting and travels, only 6 persons waiting for boat so had to talk with others if they are willing to pay extra for the boat. Finally when everybody agreed, we took the boat at price of 150pesos per person

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Hello i am currently travelling to maya port thru ceres aircon bus as i write this comment 😁 just wanted to share here that fare currently is 225

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Hello Wanderer! Thanks for updating us. We truly appreciate it.

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What is the last trip from malapascua island going to Maya port

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What time is the earliest boat departing from malapascua going to maya port?

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Hi, I took the ceres bus and it cost 230pesos 😅 locals told me that last boat goes around 4pm and if there is no more than 15 persons, boat does not go. If there is less than 15 persons, you might need to ask other passengers to commit to pay some extra. I was way too tired for waiting and travels, only 6 persons waiting for boat so had to talk with others if they are willing to pay extra for the boat. Finally when everybody agreed, we took the boat at price of 150pesos per person

Thanks for the update, Hannah! 🙂

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How long is the travel time from Malapascua to Maya Port?

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Boat to and from Malapascua is a rip-off. Arrived at the station in Malapascua before 9:30 and was not allowed on the boat anymore except if we were willing to pay double price. We did boothnot. Guy pointed to watch going in advance and mentioned “rules”. Then they said we should take a special ride. Worst travel experience in Philippines in 30 years.

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Can you take a motorcycle on the boat also?

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Hi, would you know if buses to Maya Port from Cebu City North Bus Terminal operates 24/7?

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Just got the Aircon bus from cebu city to Maya port. Cost 300pesos per person. Boats over to malapascua are 200 per person. Plus the national park fee of 120 pesos.

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15 BEST Things To Do In Malapascua Island (2024 Guide)

Looking for the best things to do in Malapascua Island?!

Malapascua is one of the best islands in the Philippines, which is world-renowned for its incredible scuba diving sites where you can swim with thresher sharks!

I’m not a diver myself, but I can tell you now that there are many more fantastic things to do in Malapascua other than diving.

I spent 3 days and 3 nights in Malapascua Cebu to explore all four corners of the island and I’ve put together this complete guide including how to get there, things to do in Malapascua Island, where to stay, and the best time to visit!

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QUICK ANSWERS: MALAPASCUA ISLAND

Before going through all the things to do in Malapascua, let’s cover the essentials, such as the location, how to get there, the best Malapascua tour, and everything in between.

WHERE IS MALAPASCUA ISLAND?

Malapascua Island is located in the Visayan Sea approximately 7km off the northernmost tip of Cebu Island in the Philippines.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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HOW TO GET TO MALAPASCUA CEBU?

The most common route is from Cebu City to Malapascua with the use of the public bus and then a short boat ride to Malapascua Island.

The bus from Cebu to Malapascua operates on a daily basis and departs every hour from the Cebu North Bus Terminal bound for New Maya Port at the northernmost tip of Cebu Island.

The cost of the bus is around 230 pesos and the journey time is 4 hours.

Another option of how to go to Malapascua is to take a private transfer which includes a pick-up from your hotel in Cebu City and drop-off at New Maya Port.

This is the option that I went for because it was much more comfortable than the bus and the journey time was faster.

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ARRIVING AT NEW MAYA PORT – CEBU MALAPASCUA FERRY

The bus or minivan will arrive at New Maya Port and from here you will need to take an outrigger boat over to the island which takes around 30 minutes.

The cost of the boat from New Maya Port to Malapascua Island is 200 pesos providing there is a minimum of 15 passengers to fill the boat. If there are less than 15 passengers the cost of the boat is 1500 pesos total which can be divided between you and other travelers heading over to the island.

Boats depart from New Maya Port to Malapascua every hour, 7 days a week, between 6:30 am and 4:30 pm.

If for some reason you miss the last boat to Malapascua Cebu, I recommend spending the night at D & N Lodge near New Maya Port and taking the first boat over to the island the following morning.

Alternatively, consider getting this tour, which includes many great spots to include in your Malapascua Island itinerary.

BEST MALAPASCUA ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

Malapascua Island Hopping Private Tour in Cebu

The best way to visit is to join a Tour of Malapascua from Cebu !

It includes transportation from Cebu, the best spots in Malapascua, snorkeling gear, and a fun guide!

BEST TIME TO VISIT MALAPASCUA ISLAND?

The best time to visit Malapascua Island Cebu, weather-wise, is between December and June when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall.

This is also high season, so expect to see many tourists during these months.

I recommend visiting on the shoulder months of the high season which would be July and November which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.

Try to avoid the typhoon season which is between August and October.

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15 BEST THINGS TO DO IN MALAPASCUA

Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get to Malapascua Cebu, the best time to visit, and all the logistics, let’s get to the fun stuff – wdivhat to do in Malapascua!

So without further ado, here is your ultimate guide to the 15 Best Things To Do In Malapascua Island Cebu!

BOUNTY BEACH

The first thing I recommend doing when you arrive on the island is taking a dip in the ocean to cool off and what better spot to do it than at Bounty Beach?

Most popular for its palm-fringed shoreline, white sands, turquoise waters, dive shops, and beach resorts, Bounty Beach is the ultimate paradise.

No matter what time of day you visit Bounty Beach, there are plenty of things to do such as going for a stroll along the coastline, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the seaside restaurants, or beach bumming in a hammock.

One of my favorite spots along Bounty Beach is Ocean Vida Bar and Restaurant featuring bean bags on the sand with candlelit tables and it’s also one of the best spots on Malapascua Island to watch the sunset.

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KALANGGAMAN ISLAND DAY TRIP

Another activity on this list of things to do in Malapascua is a day trip to Kalanggaman Island.

You can book a trip to Kalanggaman Island , which is the most convenient way to get there.

Kalanggaman Island is most famous for its incredible sandbar that is surrounded by crystalline waters and a lush palm tree forest on one end. This little tropical paradise seemingly lies in the middle of the ocean.

It takes around 2 hours by boat to reach Kalanggaman Island and the trip costs around 800 pesos for the boat and 500 pesos entrance fee. This tour also includes a BBQ lunch on board the boat.

If you wish to spend a night on Kalanggaman Island the only option is to stay in a tent at the campground on the island.

You can take your own tent to set up at the campground or you can rent one when you’re there for around 400 pesos. There is also a fee of 750 pesos that must be paid to stay overnight.

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LANGOB BEACH

The second best beach is Langob Beach also known as North Beach. It’s not quite as popular as Bounty Beach so you can expect to see fewer tourists here which definitely isn’t a bad thing.

One of the best things to do on Langob Beach is go snorkeling around the reefs just a stone’s throw from the shore.

It’s a popular location to spot large sardine bait balls that circulate the area. Be sure to pack a quick-dry travel towel to dry off after Malapascua snorkeling.

Once a week, Neverland Hostel hosts a beach clean-up that everybody is welcome to join and it’s a great opportunity to meet other like-minded travelers along with the resident locals whilst doing a great deed for the environment.

Related Article: 15 Things To Do In Bantayan Island

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LAPUS LAPUS CLIFF JUMPING

One of the best cliff jumping spots on the island is the Lapus Lapus cliff jump located on the northwestern tip of the island. This is one adventure you must add to your itinerary.

Lapus Lapus cliff features a range of different cliff jumps starting as low as 5 meters and the highest being 15 meters. Make sure to visit during high tide if you are game enough to take the leap.

If you happen to visit Lapus Lapus cliff during low tide you can explore the beaches and the caves at the base of the cliffs.

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DIVING IN MALAPASCUA

For all you scuba divers, you’re in for a real treat when planning a Malapascua itinerary as it’s home to a fascinating underwater species, the Thresher Shark .

Thresher Sharks can grow up to 4 meters long and the most unique feature on their bodies is their long whip-like tail.

This is the only place you can dive with Thresher Sharks in the Philippines and it’s said to be the only place in the world where they can be seen regularly.

Furthermore, it’s the main reason why Malapascua has made its mark on the map, ultimately becoming a popular tourist destination.

Diving with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you can book online in advance.

The Thresher Sharks are typically found at a popular dive site called Monad Shoal in the early hours of each morning.

By early hours I mean you have to be in the water before sunrise which is sometime between 4 am and 5 am. It’s an early rise but 100% worth getting out of bed for.

It’s a 30-meter dive down to Monad Shoal where you can witness the wrasse, (small fish) cleaning the bacteria off of the Thresher Sharks which is commonly referred to as the ‘cleaning station.’

Diving with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua is an absolute must and I guarantee you won’t regret it!

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HIDDEN BEACH

Next on our list of what to do in Malapascua Island is a stunning beach you can’t miss out on.

Hidden Beach isn’t the most ‘Hidden Beach’ but it is indeed a worthy spot for a quick swim and a snorkel while you are adventuring around Malapascua Island.

Hidden Beach is located on the far most eastern end of Langob Beach and there is a set of concrete stairs leading over the headland which emerges onto the pristine shoreline of the so-called ‘Hidden Beach’.

Beach bum on the sand, snorkel the reef, or explore the abandoned resort that was semi-destroyed during the infamous Yolanda typhoon of 2013.

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TOUR THE ISLAND BY MOTORBIKE

When visiting Malapascua Island, embracing the local lifestyle and culture can make for the adventure of a lifetime.

The best way to do so is by renting a motorbike and touring the entire island at your own pace. With each turn revealing stunning landscapes and hidden gems, you’ll love cruising around.

Renting a motorbike in Malapascua will cost you 300-350 pesos per day, which is reasonable, and you’re definitely in for a cool trip!

Also, this is the best way to discover the island and see all the best beaches in Malapascua.

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GUGMA BEACH

Gugma Beach is yet another of the Malapascua tourist spots that lies in an idyllic cove surrounded by coconut palms and a colorful coral reef.

Gugma Beach can be easily reached via a dirt trail from Hidden Beach. The short walk beneath the palm trees makes for a great photo spot.

The only downside to Gugma Beach is the uninviting sea urchins that lurk in the shallow waters of the reef.

But please don’t let this deter you from visiting as there are some nicer spots to swim at the southern end of Gugma Beach.

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The BEST Hotel in Malapascua

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Need a place to stay? Tepanee Beach Resort is conveniently located in Malapascua.

Whether you want to explore the sights or relax in comfort, Tepanee Beach Resort offers the best of both worlds.

HAPPY HOUR AT HIPPOCAMPUS

Hippocampus Beach Resort plays host to arguably the best beach bar on the island and happy hours are between 4 pm and 6 pm, every day of the week!

After sunset, there is usually a live band playing into the night and it’s a great place to meet other travelers and divers.

Hippocampus also has an in-house restaurant if you wish to stick around after happy hour for dinner and more cocktails.

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EXPLORE GATO ISLAND & CAVES

If you’re an adventurous traveler, be sure to explore Gato Island and its stunning caves – some must-do Malapascua activities!

You’ll be amazed by the intricate rock formations and the corals that line the cave walls.

Also, you’ll see reef sharks and sea snakes. Don’t worry though as they’re used to seeing humans and won’t harm you.

I recommend bringing your GoPro to record the diving session – you’ll love it here!

Note that you can’t go to Gato Island on your own and have to book a tour online or with a local tour operator in Malapascua.

The price is generally around $150 per person, including transfers by boat, lunch, a flashlight, a diving computer, and all the gear you need.

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ENJOY MALAPASCUA NIGHTLIFE AT VILLA SANDRA REGGAE BAR

Villa Sandra is another epic bar and restaurant in Malapascua Cebu that is most popular for its colorful decor and reggae vibes!

My friends and I went to Villa Sandra after happy hour at Hippocampus to see a live reggae band playing some funky beats and the beers were cheap.

Enjoy the Malapascua nightlife, lounge out on the cushions, and soak in the awesome vibes that Villa Sandra has to offer.

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LIGHTHOUSE BEACH

Lighthouse Beach is hands down my favorite spot to watch the sunset and one of the best Malapascua things to do .

This tucked-away little cove located on the west coast of the island is not to be missed during your visit.

There’s a small bar built into the cliffs on your way down to the beach, selling cold beers and other mixed drinks.

The Lighthouse Beach Bar features a balcony terrace and wooden lounge chairs along the beach which is set up for guests to enjoy a relaxing time with a beer in hand while watching the sun setting over the horizon.

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SATURDAY NIGHT DISCO

Ahhh what can I say about the Saturday Night Disco? It definitely wasn’t my cup of tea but it was the most talked-about party on the island.

Push came to shove from one of the guys at my hostel and so we ended up checking it out.

The Saturday Night Disco is held at the community church basketball court on the northern end of the island and the party kicks off at around 11 pm.

Basically, every man, woman, child, and dog will without a doubt be at the Saturday Night Disco having the time of their lives.

The resident DJ plays outdated techno music mixed with a combination of strobe lights, copious amounts of Red Horse beer, and lots of silly dancing!

As a tourist attending the Saturday Night Disco, you will be welcomed in as one of the locals to join in on the fun!

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RELAX AT LOGON BEACH

Logon Beach is one of the most peaceful beaches in Malapascua with very few boats passing by.

Located on the southeastern part of the island, it’s easily reachable by motorbike.

My recommendation is to come right before sunset when all the boats will be gone and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset – a must-do activity in Malapascua Island!

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SPEND THE DAY AT LANGUB BEACH

Last but not least on this list of things to do in Malapascua Island is visiting Langub Beach.

Nestled on the northern tip of the island, it’s a good alternative to Langob Beach since it’s slightly off the main road.

You can go swimming, work on your tan, or just enjoy life with your loved ones. I would recommend coming early in the morning or evening as there is barely any shade.

And when coming in the evening, you can’t resist a drink at Dory’s Bar & Sugba which is right on the beach!

SPEND THE DAY AT LANGUB BEACH

MALAPASCUA CEBU – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

There is only one ATM machine on Malapascua Island so it’s possible to withdraw cash if you need it, however, I recommend withdrawing cash before you arrive on the island in case the machine doesn’t work.

Getting around the island is quite simply done by either motorbike, bicycle, or on foot. The majority of travelers will get around by walking as the island is so small and you can literally walk from one end to the other in less than one hour.

You can also rent a motorbike from a local for around 300 pesos per day or get a ride on the back of a motorbike taxi for as little as 30 pesos.

The Internet connection on the island is relatively good. Both Smart and Globe SIM cards will work just fine, and most establishments have WiFi.

Alternatively, I recommend purchasing an eSIM   online in advance and enjoying unlimited data throughout the Philippines.

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MALAPASCUA ISLAND TO BANTAYAN ISLAND

For your next destination, I highly recommend heading over to Bantayan Island which is located just off the northwestern tip of Cebu.

The only way to get to Bantayan Island is to take an outrigger boat and the cost is around 800-900 pesos per person. If you can find a small group of people to share the boat with the cost will be lower.

The journey time to Bantayan Island is around 2 to 3 hours depending on the sea conditions.

See More:  15 Things To Do In Bantayan

Bantayan or malapascua – which is the best.

Choosing between Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island in the Philippines comes down to personal preference.

Bantayan, larger and more populated, offers a lively local culture, long stretches of white sand beaches, and a wide range of accommodations.

On the other hand, Malapascua Cebu is smaller, less developed, and provides a secluded experience, which is great for a chill getaway.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MALAPASCUA

Malapascua Island Cebu has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend.

Luxury: Tepanee Beach Resort

Tepanee Beach Resort is the best luxury accommodation on the oceanfront. It features a private beach area, a hot tub, an in-house restaurant with a bar, beautiful gardens, and free wifi.

The beachside cottages are cozy with bamboo furnishings and fitted with air conditioning, a minibar, a large bed, a private bathroom, and a balcony.

Tepanee Beach Resort can also help you organize water activities, island hopping tours, and scuba diving. Recommended for couples, families, and friends!

Mid Range: HippoCampus Beach Resort

This 3-star accommodation is one of the most popular places to stay on the island.

Located on the shores of Bounty Beach, Hippocampus features a seaside restaurant and bar, tropical gardens, and a dive shop.

Each room has air conditioning/fan, large beds, a private bathroom, a work desk, free wifi, and ocean views from the balcony!

PADI and SSI-certified scuba diving are also available at the resort. Perfect place to stay for friends, couples, and families!

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Budget: JPH Resort

I personally stayed at JPH and can’t recommend this place enough!

The staff are super friendly and will welcome you into their loving community. The rooms are comfortable with modern amenities and air conditioning.

They also offer bigger rooms to accommodate up to 4 people, which is convenient for bigger groups or families. The best part? It’s located within walking distance from the beach!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about  Malapascua Cebu,  please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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12 thoughts on “15 best things to do in malapascua island (2024 guide)”.

This was very helpful, thanks!

My pleasure as always, I hope you have the best time on Malapascua Island!

I don’t know why you do what you do to generate the detail provided however….THANKS! VERY informative. Very appreciated. You rock!!!

Hey Mark, thanks for the positive feedback! I love creating in-depth travel guides because I get joy out of helping people plan their trips and have the best time ever! Enjoy Malapascua!

Hi! How many days did you spent in Malapascua including the Kalanggaman Island? Do you have any recommendations for a tour guide for Kalanggaman Island trip? 🙂

Hello, I spent 3 days in Malapascua. These are the only current tours I could find to Kalanggaman Island – https://www.viator.com/searchResults/all?text=KALANGGAMAN+ISLAND&pid=P00039717&mcid=42383&medium=link

Hope this helps and enjoy your trip!

We are traveling to Malapascua next month and wondering if its worth taking the public transport from mactan – hotel ( taxi, van ,boat ), we are family of 4 with kids ages 12 and 9. I saw the fees from the hotels for the transfers and its not that cheap (but comfortable option)

When you arrive in malapascua island, how do you reach the hotels ( by tricycle, taxi , van ?) ?

Thanks in advance

Hi Jonalyn, if it were me, I would take the private transfer for more comfort, especially with kids. When you book your accommodation it’s best to contact your hotel to organize pick-up from the boat when arriving on Malapascua Island. Hope this helps and enjoy your trip! 🙂

Hi, I’ve been to Malapascua twice and I’m visiting again. I have a question about eSim. I’ve never tried it before and does it work in Malapascua Island?

Hi Moku, awesome, yes the eSim will work in Malapascua. Have a nice trip 🙂

Wow thank you for this post!!! I’m going there in two weeks and this was the guide I did not know I needed.

You’re welcome!! Enjoy Malapascua!

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Malapascua Island, Cebu: Travel Guide For Non-Divers

Just a few hours away from the city of Cebu, Malapascua island is every beach lover and diver’s dream destination. It’s stunning beaches and world renown diving sites will make you want to stay here forever. With its unspoiled beauty and friendly locals, you will fall in love with this island over and over again.

From one of Cebu Pacific’s piso fare, I was able to snatch a low fare going to Cebu. After a few searches, I found Malapascua Island, Kalanggaman and Bantayan Island. With these three, I set out to create a 6-day itinerary to the best places to visit and activities to do.

If you’re planning on going to Malapascua, here’s a guide to help you create the perfect trip.

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  • Book a flight to Cebu- Mactan Airport. Upon arrival, take a taxi to the northern bus terminal. The fare is around 200+ pesos.
  • Ride the bus heading to Maya port. Usually, it’s the Ceres bus that goes there.
  • The fare is P180 and travel time is 4 to 5 hours.
  • For a faster transportation, you can ride a van going to Maya Port.
  • Travel time is around 3 hours while the fare is at P220.
  • At Maya port, ride a boat going to Malapascua. Travel time is around 30 mins.

Fare: P100 (during high tide); P120 (during low tide because you have to ride a small boat to bring you to the big boat)

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What To See and Do

Try cliff jumping.

If you’re into cliff jumping, there’s the Lapus Lapus island which features a 15-meter cliff jump for the brave souls. You will need to rent a boat to bring you here.

Go on a Day Trip to Kalanggaman Island

This was the main reason why we opted to go to Malapascua Island. We wanted to see Kalanggaman Island .

For only P800, you will ride a boat and get free lunch. Travel time is around 1.5 to 2 hours depending on how big the waves are. Some consider this the most beautiful island in the country because of its very long sandbar and white sandy beach. Entrance fee is also collected on the island.

Entrance Fee: P150 (for locals) and P500(for foreigners)

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Learn Diving

If you’re like me who has never dived before but want to, you can find lots of diving resorts on the island that offers diving courses for beginners. A lot of divers around the world come to Malapascua to hopefully get a glimpse of the thresher sharks that reside near the island.

Instead of diving, we opted to snorkel around Malapascua. The boatmen brought us to some sweet spots where there were a lot of colorful fishes!

Go Beach Hopping

Needless to say, Malapascua is just one of those islands that’s blessed with a lot of beaches! If you’re up to it, you can go check these out one by one. There’s Bounty beach, Lighthouse beach, Guimbitayan beach, and Langob beach.

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Getting Around

If you love to walk, you’re going to love Malapascua Island. You can walk from one place to everywhere else on the island. If you want, you can also rent a bicycle or ride a motorbike. To explore the island, you can hire the local fishermen and rent their boats.

  • Motorbike Ride: P30-P50
  • Motorboat Rental: P800-1000

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Where to Stay

There are a lot of resorts to stay in Malapascua. Book some here .

Where to Eat

You can find a lot of restaurants by the Bounty Beach. Prices are a bit expensive though. The cheapest I could find was around P100.

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Tips and Reminders

  • Bring enough money before going to Malapascua since there’s no ATM on this island.
  • The best time to visit the island is in summer.
  • There are only a few stores and shops on the island so makes sure you bring everything you need including your own medication. There is no pharmacy on the island.

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If you haven’t gotten enough of Malapascua, you should check out Bantayan Island .

Responsible Travel Tips

When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.

1. Respect the environment

Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can. Don’t bring home the sand or any seashell. Leave them where they belong. Missing seashells can have potential detrimental environmental impacts.

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2. Avoid single-use plastic

Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.

3. Shop local

Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.

4. Always ask permission

Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children

What to Pack for Malapascua

  • Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
  • Light Rain Jacket (especially from June to November) 
  • T-shirts, a Nice top, and a Long-sleeved Shirt
  • Power Adapter
  • Universal Waterproof Phone Case
  • Packing Cubes
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sneakers and Some Flats
  • Reusable Straw and Reusable Bag (no to single-use plastic!)

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I’ve always wanted to try snorkeling. This looks like the perfect place to try. The photos are also really great.

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It will be our first time in Cebu and I am deciding where to go between Bantayan or Malapascua. Which do you recommend? Thanks

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Hi Maine! Hmm. That’s a hard question. I’d say go to both! If you love scuba diving, definitely choose Malapascua. Also, if you want to go to Kalanggaman Island, there are day tours offered at Malapascua. On the other hand, Bantayan offers more choices when it comes to food, and beaches. 🙂

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Cebu to Malapascua Island – The Ultimate Guide

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Malapascua Island is a hot spot for divers around the world to come and see the unique Thresher Sharks found off the shores of the island.  As someone who doesn’t dive, I found myself visiting (with my boyfriend who loves to dive), wondering, “What am I going to do on an island for diving?”  Lucky for me, Malapascua is beautiful, relatively untouched, and chill – meaning I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the island.  This is everything you need to know about visiting Malapascua, with a focus on how to get from Cebu to Malapascua Island.

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Where is Malapascua Island?

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Malapascua Island is administratively part of Cebu (the peninsular barangay of Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu to be more specific) and is located just north of the northern tip of Cebu in the Philippines.  The island is in the Visayan Sea and is only accessible by boat.

How to Get from Cebu to Malapascua Island

While the journey can feel long, getting from Cebu to Malapascua Island is relatively easy.  The main things to consider are – do you want to go the cheap route and take a public bus (cheaper but takes longer due to more stops) or do you want to go the more expensive route and take a van (more comfortable, more expensive, shorter ride)?  Another thing to consider is where in Cebu you’re coming from.  The most common way to get to Malapascua is by departing from Cebu City so whether you fly into Cebu City and leave from there – or take a bus from the south to Cebu City; this guide focuses on Cebu City to Malapascua Island.

Step 1:  Getting to Cebu City

The first thing you need to do in order to get to Malapascua is to arrive to Cebu City.  Fortunately, Cebu City is where the airport is so if you’re flying to Cebu, you’re already where you need to be.  Common airlines in and around the Philippines are Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia.  I would check out both airlines to compare prices and choose the best option for you.

Step 2:  Cebu City to Maya Port

From Cebu City you’ll go to the North Bus Terminal where you’ll get on a bus going to Maya Port.  The easiest way to get to the terminal is to get a “Grab” (Philippines edition of Uber).  Once you arrive you can pay around 300 php/person to take a public bus to Maya Port or get in a smaller, private van.  The upside to the bus is that it’s cheaper and has A/C.  The downside is that it isn’t as comfortable and takes longer due to the stops along the way.  As far as I could tell, the buses didn’t necessarily leave at the times they were supposed to – instead it all seemed pretty random.  The ride on a public bus takes around 4 hours, and in a van it takes around 3 hours.  One last thing to note:  one reason we were skeptical about taking a van from the North Terminal to Maya Port was that the driver couldn’t say when the van would be leaving and it seemed as though it needed to be full before departing.  Who knows if this would’ve taken 30 minutes or three hours?  We decided to go the cheaper route and take the public bus instead.

As far as I can tell, public buses run from the North Terminal to Maya Port 24-hours/day and Maya Port is open from 0500-1700.  We arrived to the bus station at 0740, were put on a public bus immediately and left at 0750.  We then arrived at Maya Port around noon.

Step 3:  Maya Port to Malapascua Island

Once you arrive to Maya Port, you’ll be dropped off and required to go inside the office to pay an environmental fee.  (This is pretty standard for every island in the Philippines).  The fee costs 120 php/person.  After you pay your fee, you’ll go back outside to purchase a ferry ticket.  The ferry ticket costs 200 php.

The boat ride from Maya Port to Malapascua only takes about 30-minutes and the boat runs every 30 minutes from 0500-1700.

Getting to Malapascua Island from Bantayan Island

Of note, another popular way to get to Malapascua is by traveling from its neighbor island to the west – Bantayan Island.  If you’re on Bantayan Island and want to travel to Malapascua, you can get a private boat (currently, there are no public boats that travel between the islands) that shouldn’t cost more than 3,500 php (for the price of two persons).

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How Long Does it Take to Get from Cebu to Malapascua Island?

From the time that you arrive to the North Bus Terminal in Cebu City to the time you get off at Malapascua Island should take about five to six hours.  If you take a public bus, the entire cost of the journey should be around 620 php.

Is it Worth Visiting Malapascua?

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If you’re a diver – absolutely.  If you’re not a diver, my answer is a little more nuanced.  (I am not a diver, so I’m discussing this from a non-diver lens).  As a non-diver there isn’t much to do on Malapascua aside from hanging out on the beaches (which are arguably some of the best in the world).  However, if you’re interested in a chill island vibe, with few tourists, then yes – Malapascua is worth visiting.  If you’re more interested in adventure travel or get easily bored at the beach – there are better places in the Philippines to visit.

Best Time to Visit Malapascua

The best time to visit Malapascua Island is from December through June when the weather is predominantly hot and dry, which makes it ideal for beach activities and diving.  This period aligns with the high tourist season, so while you’ll enjoy the best weather, expect more visitors and potentially higher prices​.  If you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting during the shoulder months, like November or late June, when the weather is still pleasant, and there are fewer tourists.  Keep in mind, though, that from July to October, the island experiences more rain, which might affect outdoor activities but doesn’t necessarily hinder diving.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Malapascua?

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Malapascua is a relatively small island.  You can walk from south to north in about 45 minutes and from east to west in about 15 minutes.  The island measures at 2.5 km long and 1 km wide.  With that being said, you don’t need much time to see Malapascua in its entirety.  I would recommend two days and if you’re there to dive to plan your stay around how many days you plan to dive and then add one more day to hang out on the island.

Where to Stay in Malapascua

  • Blanco Beach Resort

We chose to stay at SLAM’S Garden Dive Resort for its ideal location and fair prices.  Overall, I would rate the stay as mediocre with the highlight being the location.  Here are other hotels I’d recommend on Malapascua…

  • Angelina Beach Resort
  • Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

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How to get around malapascua.

There are no cars in Malapascua so walking is the main mode of transportation.  However, if you’re going further (i.e. south to north) and you don’t want to walk, taking a motorbike is an option.  Tourists are not able to rent, but you can catch a ride with a local.  To get a ride, you’ll want to go to the area between Logon Beach and Bounty Beach.  The easiest way to explain it is to put “Blanco Beach Resort” into your Google maps, and before you reach the beach, you’ll notice tons of motorbikes lined up here.  Usually, locals are hanging around this area asking if you need a ride north (or wherever you want to go).  Make sure to negotiate price before getting a ride!

The Best Things to Do on Malapascua Island

Like I mentioned earlier, Malapascua is famous for diving so tons of divers flock here to see the unique Thresher Sharks.  But even if you aren’t a diver, there are other ways to spend time in Malapascua!  Here are some of the top things to do when you visit the island.

The Best Beaches in Malapscua

Of course, one of the top things to do in Malapascua is to hang out on one of the gorgeous beaches.  Below you’ll find the best beaches on the island, and what each beach is good for…

  • Logon Beach – Best for quiet (nobody is really around); beautiful beach area with boats; no chairs/umbrellas
  • Bounty Beach – A little bit more “happening”; tons of bars and restaurants along the beach; few places you can find small chairs/bean bags to sit on
  • Langub Beach – Long, sandy beach in the north and very quiet; no umbrellas/chairs; nothing around
  • Exotic Bar & Restaurant – The beach that this restaurant sits on isn’t named, but this is a great spot if you’re interested in proper lounge chairs/umbrellas – but you do need to pay to use these chairs/facilities

Diving with Thresher Sharks

Diving with Thresher Sharks is one of the main reasons people visit Malapascua.  And as my boyfriend is a diver, this is the reason we came to the island.  According to him, the best diving center on the island is, Sea Explorers, and the main dive site to see Thresher Sharks is Kimud Shoal.

If you’re lucky, you can also see Tiger Sharks at Monad Shoal, but you are less likely to encounter these creatures.  My boyfriend says you have a 50/50 chance each time you visit this dive site and unfortunately, he wasn’t lucky enough to see them either time that he went.

Snorkeling with Blacktip Reef Sharks

As a non-diver, my favorite thing to do in Malapascua was to snorkel with Blacktip Reef Sharks.  These sharks are very small and do not attack humans.  In fact, Blacktip Reef Sharks are not considered to be a serious threat to humans and there are no serious of injuries or death noted from snorkeling with these sharks in Malapascua.

To find this snorkel site, simply put “Blanco Beach Resort” into your Google maps.  If you’re looking at Blanco, you’ll notice an inconspicuous staircase to the right of the resort.  Take that staircase and you’ll come down an alley where Blanco will be on your left and the snorkel spot will be on your right.

This activity is free and if you don’t have your own snorkel gear, you can rent from the resort on site which costs 150 php.  You also need to leave 1,000 php which you can collect once you bring the snorkel and mask back.  The hours of this activity are from 0700-1700.

Another way to snorkel with the sharks is to rent a private boat (the cost is around 1,200-1,500 php depending on who you rent from) where you’ll be taken to four snorkel sites around the island.  I did this and would highly recommend it as it’s also a great way to spend the day journeying around the island.  If you need help setting this up, you can contact my friend Robert on WhatsApp – +63 915 460 5039.  (Of note:  There is also a 50 php/person fee on top of the total price for conservation efforts).

Best Bars & Restaurants in Malapascua

The one thing that I think Malapascua could improve on would be to have more restaurants and cafes.  However, there were a few that I found that I thoroughly enjoyed.  These include…

  • Sea Explorers – For drinks at sunset (the food is awful here so don’t stick around for dinner)
  • Blanco Beach Resort – Great spot for lunch or sunset cocktails (you can use the beach and facilities here for free if you dine at the restaurant so I recommend coming for lunch and sticking around throughout the day)
  • Angelina – By far the best dinner spot on the island
  • Amihan Restaurant – Another great dinner spot with incredible views

Philippines Essentials – What You Need & Need to Know About Visiting the Philippines

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  • The easiest way to book bus tickets/ferry tickets in the Philippines is through Bookaway or 12Go
  • To book a flight to the Philippines use a big search engine (like Kayak) to compare prices, then book directly through the airline (if you’re from the US sign up for Going to get free email alerts on flight deals)
  • Download Grab to get a taxi or motorbike (select cities)
  • I highly recommend travel insurance when traveling through the Philippines – I use and recommend SafetyWing
  • If you want an English speaking driver waiting to pick you up at the airport, use Welcome Pickups (select cities only)
  • If you need a SIM card, aloSIM for an easy and affordable e-SIM – use code “KYLEE5” for a discount

ACCOMMODATION IN THE PHILIPPINES

  • To easiest way to book hotels in the Philippines is through Booking.com or Expedia
  • The easiest way to book rentals in the Philippines is through VRBO

TOURS IN THE PHILIPPINES

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WHAT TO BRING TO THE PHILIPPINES

  • Don’t forget a Philippines guide book to help plan your travels
  • I recommend bringing a reusable water bottle to keep your water cold on hot days and to cut down on plastic waste
  • Don’t forget to travel with bug spray and sunscreen ( face , body )
  • My favorite luggage is Calpak
  • My favorite travel backpack is Nordace
  • I recommend bringing an eye mask for long flights and to adjust to jet lag

I hope that this guide not only helps you get to Malapascua from Cebu, but also ensure you have the best time while visiting!  If you have any questions about traveling from Cebu to Malapascua Island or anything else Malapascua related, let me know in a comment below!

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How To Get From Cebu To Malapascua Via Ferry

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How To Get From Cebu To Malapascua Via Ferry

A hidden gem in the Philippines, Malapascua is renowned for its stunning beaches and relaxed island vibes. It’s a paradise for scuba diving, and snorkeling, with the chance to dive with thresher sharks. If you’re planning a trip from Cebu to Malapascua, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the necessary information. Discover the best transportation options, travel times, and essential tips to make your journey hassle-free!

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HOW TO TO GET FROM CEBU TO MALAPASCUA

In this blog post, I’ll explain everything you need to know about getting from Cebu to Malapascua. Firstly I’ll cover the different overland travel options and their prices, and then, I’ll explain how to get to your final destination via ferry. At the end of the blog, I’ll also outline the reverse journey from Malapascua to Cebu, as well as another common travel route from Bantayan to Malapascua.

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KEY POINTS: GETTING FROM CEBU CITY TO MALAPASCUA

Firstly a few key points…

  • The first part of the journey from Cebu City to Malapascua is getting to the North Tip of Cebu Island, Maya Port. This can be done via a 4-6 hour public bus ride or a 3-hour private taxi.
  • It’s easier to book a taxi in advance. You’ll get the best rate for the most direct route. You’ll also have a comfortable, air-conditioned ride. For this reason, I recommend booking online with 12GO.
  • The second part of the journey is the ferry from Maya Port to Malapascua. You’ll take an outrigger boat for the 35-minute boat ride to Malapascua. It runs hourly from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.
  • Ensure you have enough cash before traveling to Malapascua, as most establishments on the island require cash payment.

Now that we’ve covered those points, let’s look at the details of how to get from Cebu to Malapascua.

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STEP ONE: CEBU CITY TO MAYA PORT

There are two ways to get from Cebu City to Maya Port:

By Bus: This is the most popular option and takes 4-6 hours of travel, and costs between 200-300 pesos, or $3.50 – $5.50 USD. The buses depart from Cebu North Bus Terminal on Logarta Avenue, close to SM Cebu City Mall. The buses run 24/7, with air-conditioned buses departing once per hour. Non-air-conditioned buses depart every half hour. And while the air-conditioned bus may seem like the better idea, it can take up to two hours longer since it stops along the route.

By Taxi: This is the fastest ferry route from Cebu City to Maya Port and takes 3 hours of travel, and costs between $120 – $150 USD (6700 – 8,400 pesos). You can get the best rate by booking direct on 12GO . There are options to book a 4-person taxi for $120 or a 12-passenger van for $150 USD. The taxi can also pick you up directly at the airport, your hotel, or port of arrival, making your direct transit more convenient.

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STEP TWO: MAYA PORT TO MALAPASCUA BY FERRY

Once at New Maya Ferry Port, you can book tickets directly at the ticket booth on the pier. The Ferry operates from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm and takes 35 minutes. The cost is 200 pesos plus a 120 peso environmental fee, making the total 320 peso-ride less than $4 USD. The boat is a traditional outrigger vessel and generally departs once it reaches its 15-passenger limit.

a boat is sitting in the water on the beach.

If you arrive late, it’s possible to book a private boat ride for around 2000 pesos ($36 USD). But if not, you can easily find overnight accommodation nearby. Personally, I recommend Suba Beach Nipa Huts for its easy island vibes and great value.

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HOW TO GET FROM BANTAYAN TO MALAPASCUA

It’s quite popular for tourists to visit both Bantayan and Malapascua. After all, they’re the two island gems of North Cebu. To travel from Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island, you have two primary options: a direct boat, or a combination of ferry, bus, and boat.

By Direct Boat: This is the fastest option, takes 2 hours of travel, and costs around 900 pesos, or $16 USD. Simply head to the main street in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island, where you’ll find tour desks offering boat rentals. It’s recommended to inquire at least a day in advance.

By Ferry, Bus, and Boat: This is the cheapest option, takes 4-5 hours of travel, and costs around 400 pesos, or $7 USD. I personally wouldn’t recommend the hassle of taking 3 modes of transport over 1 for the savings of $9, but to each his own!

  • Ferry: Take a ferry from Bantayan Island to Hagnaya Port on mainland Cebu. The ferry ride lasts approximately 1 hour and costs around 150 PHP ($2.70) plus a terminal fee of 10 PHP ($0.20).
  • Bus: From Hagnaya Port, catch a bus or tricycle to Don Pedro crossing, where you can take a bus heading to Maya Port. The bus ride takes about 1 hour and costs around 75 PHP ($1.30).
  • Boat: Upon reaching Maya Port, board a boat to Malapascua. The boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs around 100 PHP ($1.70) per person.

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That’s it for my guide on how to get from Cebu to Malapascua! If you’re interested in checking out some of the beautiful beach resorts in the area, try my Best Beach Resorts in North Cebu guide! And if you’re traveling to other islands, try my Cebu to Bohol guide for the easiest travel routes in the Central Visayas. Happy exploring!

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  • Day 2: Beaches + Snorkeling + Departure

White beach in Malapascua Island

Explore Cebu's Malapascua Island, known for being a diving destination where you can swim with thresher sharks, making it one of the top Visayas tourist spots . Find out about the best time to visit, how to go, where to stay, other top attractions, and local food you shouldn't miss in this guide.

Malapascua Island, located in the northern part of Cebu , is just one of the many islands you can explore in the Philippines . But what makes this small island a must-visit is that it's the only place in the whole world where you can dive with thresher sharks on a nearly daily basis.

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Compared to other more popular island destinations in the Philippines. Malapascua Island is less commercially developed. And that relaxing and friendly beach vibe actually makes the island even more inviting.

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Aerial shot of Malapascua Island

Even though most people visit Malapascua Island to dive and see the thresher sharks and other marine life, its small island culture, smaller crowds, and the long stretch of white-sand beaches are what makes travelers come back for more. 

White sand beaches of Malapascua Island

The best time to visit is between the months of December to April. It’s always best to schedule your trip to Malapascua Island during this dry season, where there are fewer chances of rainfall and typhoon.

Graph showing summary of the average monthly rainfall in Cebu

Photo by Mactan-Cebu International Airport The easiest and fastest way to get to Malapascua Island is to fly to Cebu directly through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is located in Lapu-Lapu City just outside Cebu City.

From there, you can ride a private vehicle or board a public bus to New Maya Port. Travel time from Cebu City to New Maya Port is around 4 hours. From there, you can hop on a boat going to Malapascua Island. The boat ride is between 30 minutes and 1 hour long.

Boat about to dock to a white beach in Malapascua Island

There’s a boat every 30 minutes so don’t worry if you miss one. Each boat leaves when there are enough passengers on board. But if you want some privacy, you can also rent the entire boat.

If you’re prone to getting seasick, it’s advisable to take medicine for motion sickness before boarding the boat to the island. The boat ride from New Maya Port to Malapascua Island can be a bit rough so it’s best to be prepared.

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport will be your gateway to Malapascua Island. Here are some routes you can take depending on where you’re coming from.

From Manila 

Philippine Airline flies direct from Manila to Cebu 10 times, daily

If you’re coming from Pampanga or nearby areas in Northern Luzon , flights from Clark International Airport in Angeles City to Mactan-Cebu International Airport will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. PAL and Cebu Pacific have two nonstop, daily flights from Pampanga to Cebu while AirAsia has one.

If you're coming from Davao , flights from the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao to Mactan International Airport will take just about an hour. Cebu Pacific flies four times daily from Davao to Cebu direct. PAL flies three times daily while AirAsia flies once daily.

From International Airports

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport services several direct international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Dubai, and Taiwan. If you’re coming from outside of the Philippines, flying straight to Cebu will save you time instead of flying through Manila first. 

Getting Around Malapascua Island 

getting around malapascua island

Malapascua Island is small. You can hop on a motorcycle or on a habal-habal, which is a popular mode of transportation in many small islands in the Philippines, especially in the southern provinces of the country.

You can also book private Malapascua tours with transfers if you don't want to navigate around the island yourself.  

While you walk around the island, the heat can be harsh, especially during the summer months of March, April to early May. If you do plan on walking some short distances, bring an umbrella and a bottle of drinking water to keep you hydrated.

Beach view from one of Tepanee's Deluxe accommodation

Luxury Accommodations 

After that long boat ride from New Maya Port, a little luxury won’t hurt, especially if you're going on a honeymoon in the Philippines . If you’re looking for a lavish stay on the island, here are some top hotels to check out.

Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort

This Malapascua resort has been voted one of the best places to stay when visiting the island with 12 sea-view rooms and 8 garden-view rooms.

The air-conditioned rooms all come with a private balcony, a mini bar, hot and cold shower, safety box, and abaca and mahogany furniture. They also have one family room that’s perfect for vacationing families.

Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort has its own beach-side bar, on-site restaurant, and gym. Apart from the diving options, they also offer yoga classes to their guests. 

Tepanee Beach Resort

If you want cozy rooms with private access to the beach, book a room Tepanee Beach Resort. The rooms and cottages feature tasteful bamboo furniture, which adds to the resort's tropical, laidback vibe.

Tepanee Beach Resort's deluxe room

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort

Super Deluxe Room in Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort in Cebu

If you're looking for luxury accommodation in Malapascua Island with very good reviews about its diving options, book this beach resort. It is one of the first dive centers on the island as well as pioneers of diving encounters with thresher sharks.

They have different types of accommodations, including the GoPRO Lodge for visitors who want to experience luxury accommodation but do not want to spend so much on a big space.

The rooms here are air-conditioned and come with queen-size beds, a mini bar, satellite cable TV, private balcony, and hot and cold showers.

Mid-range Accommodations

These accommodations on the island are perfect for big families and groups who want comfort but don’t want to spend extra for luxuries. Check these out if you’re traveling on a budget but do not want to skimp on comfort.

Blue Water Resort (Malapascua Beach Resort)

Facade of the Malapascua Blue Water Beach Resort

This comfortable resort in Malapascua Island is perfect for travelers who want to relax by the beach. They have rooms for big groups and solo travelers. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious and come with double beds, a private bathroom with shower, and basic furnishings.

The resort is family-friendly with a laidback vibe. It has its own restaurant, beach bar, and a list of watersport activities that the whole family will enjoy. During special occasions, the restaurant serves the famous lechon baboy, a local roasted suckling pig dish.

Mangrove Oriental Resort

Its close proximity to the Mabuhay Thresher Dive Center makes it a comfortable choice for travelers, especially divers. The resort has 20 garden view rooms with its own mini bar, large seating area, hot and cold showers, a private safe, and free Wi-Fi.

Traveling families with small children are provided with cots. There’s also a game room for the kids.

Mangrove Oriental Resort has beach activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, and beach volleyball. There’s a 24-hour bar at this Malapascua resort, where guests can get a nightcap after a tiring day of exploring the island.

Slam’s Garden Resort

Located a short distance from the Malapascua Island Lighthouse, this family-friendly beach resort has all the comfortable amenities travelers will love. The air-conditioned rooms have double beds, a private balcony, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom with hot and cold showers.

The resort has a small bar and an on-site restaurant serves up both local and international cuisine. Slam’s Garden Resort also offers island tours and massage treatments.

Budget-Friendly Accommodations 

Malapascua Budget Inn shore view

Photo by Malapascua Budget Inn

Romantic Place Guesthouse

Great for solo travelers, especially backpackers! You can choose from renting a single bed in an 8-dormitory room or budget double room. The rooms are not air-conditioned though.

They have electric fans instead. The bigger rooms have private bathrooms while the dorm-type rooms have shared bathrooms. Guests will love hanging out on the rooftop with a great ocean view or taking a dip in their on-site pools.

Lionfish Backpackers Malapascua

This top-rated backpacker hostel also has dorm-type accommodations for those who only need basic amenities. The double rooms are great for couples and families who want some privacy. All rooms have a private balcony, a kettle for hot coffee and tea, and a garden view.

Malapascua Budget Inn

You can choose from dorm-type and single or family room accommodations. The rooms are simple, but they have air-conditioning. The bathrooms also come with hot and cold showers.

Malapascua Budget Inn dorm type rooms

What to See and Do in Malapascua Island 

Malapascua Island is more than just the home of the thresher sharks. It has something for any type of traveler, even foodies! Here are the amazing things you can do on the island that will make you come back for more.

Explore Malapascua Island's Diving Spots

Divers spotted a thresher shark in Malapascua, Cebu

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The thresher sharks swim every morning to Monad Shoal, the most popular dive spot on Malapascua Island, for a natural cleaning session with the wrasse, a type of cleaner fish.

Diving rules are strictly enforced to make sure it’s safe for everyone, including the sharks. Take note that diving to Monad Shoal to see the thresher sharks is open only to divers with at least an Advanced Open Water Diver license.

Dive spot in Malapascua Island

Other notable dive spots include Bugtong Bato and Kemod Shoal with large schools of fish. And if you’ve always wanted to try night diving and underwater photography, you can dive at the Lighthouse Reef and capture stunning photos of the psychedelic Mandarin fish.

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Peaceful view of Malapascua shore

If you want some peace and quiet, go to Langub Beach and Guimbitayan Beach. It’s almost secluded that you can practice yoga here in peace.

If you want to capture panoramic shots of the sea, land, and sky, go to Lighthouse Beach and climb the lighthouse. The views are spectacular, especially during the sunset.

Lastly, if you want to capture scenes of small island life, Logon Beach is a good spot to practice with its rows of motorboats moored on the shore, waiting for travelers to hop on and do some exploring.

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White beach easily accessible by beach resorts in Malapascua Island

If you just want to enjoy the tropical island life in Malapascua Island, check out some of these resorts where you can unwind and live the beach life.

Tepanee Beach Resort is a Bali-inspired hotel with rooms facing the ocean. They even have an in-house spa and a jacuzzi guaranteed to pamper you after a day of diving, swimming, and exploring.

Tepanee Beach Resort in-house spa

Photo by Tepanee Beach Resort At AABANA Beach and Watersport Resort, there are “hidden” cottages strategically placed away from the beachfront’s foot traffic. It is a great accommodation for travelers who want to commune with nature. 

If you’re particular about your carbon footprint on this planet, you can stay at Evolution Dive and Beach Resort. Their efforts to save the planet include not using disposable vanity kits and straws at the resort premises. Plus, they have one of the top snorkeling and diving tours. 

If you want a more “homey” type of accommodation, the Malapascua Garden Resort guest rooms that look like a row of townhouses with beautiful gardens in the premises, thus the name.

For the younger travelers who want to stay in hip places, you can check out the newly renovated Hippocampus Beach Resort, one of the brightest-looking hotels on the island.

Malapascua Danggit

When you’re vacationing on an island, take advantage of the fresh seafood you can find. But sometimes, all you really need is some pizza after a tiring day of exploring. Apart from glorious seafood dishes, Malapascua Island has all the comfort foods you need from various cuisines.

When it comes to local delights,  danggit  (salted and dried rabbitfish) is a pride of Malapascua. It’s crispy, salty, and best eaten dipped in vinegar or some  atchara  (pickled papaya) during breakfast with some eggs and fried rice. 

For dessert, nothing beats the fresh ripe, mangoes from Cebu! You should also try the  binignit , a sticky, creamy, sweet dessert soup made of coconut milk, tapioca pearls, cooked bananas, sticky rice, and taro root to name a few.

And if you love chocolate, you should order a cup of hot  sikwate , the local’s version of hot chocolate made of table de cacao (block of cacao), milk, and sugar. It is prepared using the traditional wooden whisk called  batirol  that makes it frothy and velvety at the same time.

Recommended Best Restaurants and Bars 

Here are some of the highly recommended places to eat in Malapascua Island and the must-order dishes and drinks. 

La Isla Bonita

Touted as the best restaurant on the island. It serves a lot of Cebuano and Filipino dishes but you might be surprised to find some German comfort food on their menu. La Isla Bonita is well embraced also because of its vegetarian and vegan offerings.

The Craic House

Pub lovers should check out cocktails, beer, and pub eats here. Good for large groups, they have Mezze and Tex-Mex platters and the serving here is huge!

Ging-Ging’s Restaurant and Food Garden

After a night of drinking, you can grab some breakfast here. They have comfort food favorites and salad served with fresh fruits like mangoes and bananas.

Ristorante Angelina

Speaking of comfort food, you can get really good pizza here with other Italian and Asian favorites like pasta, crispy pasta, and even Indonesian fried rice. The best part? They have homemade ice cream!

The Ocean Vida Restaurant and Beach Bar

Load up on seafood while you’re on Malapascua Island. We’re not just talking about grilled fish. You can get some sashimi and kinilaw (ceviche) here.

Their buffet option offers guests with a delectable array of morning must-haves like croissants, bacon, and even made-to-order omelets. Craving for pizza? Order their famous Pizza Malapascua.

While some hotels, restaurants, and commercial establishments accept credit cards, it’s still best to bring enough cash in Philippine Peso (PHP) with you.  There are no ATMs in Malapascua Island. Better withdraw enough cash before you board the boat from New Maya Port.

The internet connection on the island is poor. Hey, you’re in a tropical paradise, put the screen down and enjoy the sun, sea, and breeze. But if you really need Wi-Fi access, it's good to know that most hotels and big commercial establishments have it.

While many locals drink the tap water, it can be a bit salty for travelers. Most hotels provide their guests with access to purified water through a dispenser. While you can always buy bottled drinking water, you can also bring your own water bottle and just refill to avoid unnecessary plastic waste.

The entire island gets power from a small electrical plant. There are no cables from the city so you might experience power interruptions from time to time. But don’t worry, some establishments and hotels have their own backup generators.

While there are street lamps around the island, they’re quite faint and some areas do not have one. Better bring a flashlight or headlamp with you if you’re planning to walk around the island at night.

There are a few small stores on the island selling snacks. Nothing fancy or expensive, just a few local chips and candy. If you have dietary restrictions, a picky eater, or you want to munch on something, better get your snacks from the city.

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If you’re one of those who just want to experience Malapascua Island’s beaches, it’s best to stay for at least 2 days. Here’s a sample 2 days and 1-night itinerary to make the most of what the island has to offer.

Day 1: Arrival + Beaches

06:00 AM - Departure from Cebu City to New Maya Port 

11:00 AM - Boat ride going to Malapascua Island 

11:30 AM - Arrival at Malapascua Island 

12:00 NN - Lunch then check-in at the hotel/resort

02:00 PM - Explore the beaches

06:00 PM - Dinner

Day 2: Beaches + Snorkeling + Departure

06:00 AM - Breakfast

07:00 AM - Explore more of the beaches and go snorkeling

10:00 AM - Back to hotel/resort

12:00 NN - Hotel checkout then lunch

02:00 PM - Travel to New Maya Port 

02:30 PM - Boat ride back to Cebu

03:15 PM - ETD to Cebu City

Plan Your Ultimate Trip to Malapascua Island

Thresher shark in Malapascua Island, Cebu

It’s absolutely amazing how the locals are able to protect its natural resources that provide their major livelihood.

Malapascua Island is truly an oasis waiting to be explored, especially its underwater scene! The mesmerizing sunsets, friendly local, and laidback lifestyle on this island make up a different kind of island experience that makes people come back craving for more.

Whether you’re preparing for a deep dive with the thresher sharks or not, a stay in Malapascua Island will give you an island experience that will stay with you for a long time.

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Malapascua Island Travel Guide

Malapascua Island travel guide

So, you and your partner or your mates have decided to enjoy your holiday in Malapascua, one of the most exciting places in the Philippines .

But since this is your first time visiting there, a lot of questions must have popped in your head. Hence, you wonder how the whole travel and expedition will be at the Malapascua island.

In this article, we’ve painstakingly gathered all the most significant answers to questions that may bother you.

From the question, how to get to Malapascua beach through your stay at Malapascua resorts and when you decide to leave. Read through the article and get yourself acquainted.

How to Get to Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island Boat

Depending on where you’re coming from, the journey will be quite different until you get to the city of Cebu. This is because you may come from outside the Cebu, State, or outside the country. Heck!

You may even come from a continent outside Asia, for example, coming from all the way Europe, Africa, or America.

To make things easier, we assume you are in the city of Cebu already, and now you need to find your way to Malapascua.

The usual trip from Cebu to Malapascua begins by boarding a bus ride from Cebu City to the New Maya Port in the island’s northernmost area. From here, you will take a wooden passenger canoe moving to the last stretch from Cebu to Malapascua Island.

Alternatively, there is an option to go to Malapascua by taking a ride in a shared minivan or a private transfer that involves a direct pickup from your lodge in Cebu City and alight at the New Maya Port.

This option is faster and more comfortable; is also recommended if you don’t mind the cost.

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What you should note:

The transport fare from Cebu city to New Maya port through the bus is about 230 pesos, and the trip time is 4 hours.

The boat’s transport fare from New Maya Port to Malapascua Cebu is between 100 to 1,500 pesos, depending on the number of passengers. (A maximum of 15 pesos).

The boats move from New Maya Port to Malapascua every time of the day, between 6:30 am and 4:30 pm.

There is available accommodation close to New Maya Port should you decide to stay and relax before continuing your journey.

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How to Get Around

Malapascua beach

Getting around Malapascua island is easy. The most common and more comfortable way is to move around by motorbike, bicycle, or foot.

Usually, considering the smaller size of the island, most tourists move by strolling around the island right from one end to another in less than one hour.

If you don’t want to soil your legs, particularly for women, there is an option of renting a motorbike from the local. The cost is only about 300 pesos per day, and there are other chances of having a ride on the back of a motorbike taxi at a cheaper rate of 30-50 pesos.

If you are one of those that love posting the experience right away on the internet, there is a reliable internet connection on the island too.

At Malapascua island, both Smart and Globe SIM cards work just fine. There is the option of using the best Wi-Fi around if you don’t have other network providers.

Based on our last visit to Malapascua island, we discovered that there are no ATMs on the streets, but some resorts, like Blanco Beach, do offer one.

Hence, it is advisable to prepare yourself with a pile of cash before you get there. To make it easier, get your money at Cebu City, where several ATMs are in and around the city.

Best Time to Visit 

front beach

Typically, visiting at any point in time throughout the year is not bad. However, the best time to visit Malapascua Island Cebu is between December and June in terms of climatic conditions. During this period, the temperatures are hot, with little or no rainfall.  

Another best time to visit is during the high season when there is some rainfall, but most of the days are sunny. This period usually falls between July and November.

Note that there is also the typhoon season, which is not ideal for visitors to play around the beach. This period usually lies between August and October.

If you are planning to stay longer in this amazing country, you should check the best time to visit the Philippines .

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Where to Stay 

Malapascua Island has various accommodation options to have your pick. Depending on your budget, we’ve selected some of the best available options considering the prices.

This list covers the needs of budget visitors, luxury tourists, and every other guest in between.

Best for Luxury – Blanco Beach Resort Malapascua

Blanco Beach Resort Malapascua

If you’re one of those that don’t want to compromise comfort during your stay, this one is for you.

Blanco Beach Resort Malapascua is the most luxurious accommodation on the island. It has a private beach area, a restaurant with a bar, beautiful gardens, an ATM and currency exchange for guests and free Wi-Fi to surf the internet.

Blanco Beach Resort Malapascua is a perfect option for you if there is money to spend because you get to organize water activities, island hopping tours, snorkeling, and fishing.

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Best for Midrange – Hippocampus Beach Resort

Hippocampus Beach Resort Malapascua

Hippocampus Beach Resort is located on Bounty Beach’s shores and has a combined seaside restaurant, bar, tropical gardens, and a dive shop.

The rooms at Hippocampus are equipped with air conditioning or modern fan, enormous beds, a private bathroom, a work desk, free Wi-Fi, and ocean views from the balcony to make your day.

If you enjoy scuba diving, there is also the availability of PADI and SSI-certified scuba diving to keep exercised throughout your stay.

Best for Budget – Malapascua Budget Inn

Malapascua Budget Inn

This could likely not be the right place for those looking for comfort. Staying at Malapascua Budget Inn could save you a lot of money as the price for a bunk bed is only $8/night.

The staffs are friendly and always ready to welcome and guide you through your stay.

If you’re looking to make friends during your stay, this is the perfect place, as it always almost packed with solo travelers.

There is also a Wi-Fi network to surf the internet. It is an excellent place to stay with little or no complaints if you’re looking to save cost.

Where to Eat

Amihan Restaurant

Amihan Restaurant delivers food and drinks for visitors and tourists who are on a medium budget. At this restaurant, a meal of 250 to 500 pesos should be enough to satisfy your hunger. It also has a nice beach view.

Another cheaper restaurant that is cooking traditional food is Bakhaw Kiwi . It looks more like a guest house than a restaurant but I can promise you is doing delicious meals.

Best Things to Do in Malapascua Island

There are various things to do on Malapascua Island. As a visitor, especially a first-timer, there are many things to explore and create a long-lasting experience for yourself. Some of the things to do are:

Visit Bounty Beach

bounty beach malapascua island

Taking a nice dip in the Bounty Beach to cool off. Characterized by the palm-fringed shoreline, white sands, turquoise waters, dive shops, and beach resorts, Bounty Beach is the absolute bliss.  

You can get to visit Ocean Vida Bar and Restaurant, where you get to have candlelit tables with a pleasant view of watching Malapascua Island in the sunset.

Make sure you buy a good pair of water shoes before visiting Malapascua Island. The bottom of the ocean is rocky and is very easy to cut yourself.

Have a Go at Lapus Lapus Cliff Jumping

maya port to malapascua travel time

One delightful spot not to miss out is the Lapus Lapus cliff jump on the island. This cool spot is on the northwestern point of the island, a perfect adventure to your itinerary.

Lapus Lapus cliff has various cliff jumps from a lower point of 5 meters and the highest point of 15 meters. We always recommend tourists to visit during high tide if they have the skills to make the jump.

During the low season, however, visitors get to experience the Lapus Lapus cliff by exploring the beaches and the caves at the base of the cliffs.

Scuba Diving in Malapascua

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If you enjoy scuba diving, this is ideal for you to explore.

The locals and frequent visitors knew Malapascua Cebu for having a fascinating underwater species, like Thresher Shark. Thresher Sharks has a growth potential of 4 meters long, combined with their long whip-like tail, making it a spectacle for visitors.

I understand this place to be the rarest and safest place to see Thresher Sharks frequently in the world.

To experience Thresher Sharks sightseeing, you need to dive at Molt’s site, close to Monad Shoal, where you get to watch the symbiotic relationships between the creatures underwater. This is mostly possible in the early hours, around 4 am, and 5 am.

Happy Hour at HippoCampus

Happy Hour at HippoCampus

One of the most exciting events you don’t want to miss at Malapascua Island. Hippocampus Beach Resort features happy hours, usually between 4 pm and 6 pm, every day of the week.

Later in the evening, there is also a live band playing in the night. This a spot to have time to meet fellow tourists and divers.

You can also treat yourself to an in-house restaurant if you wish to stick around after happy hour for dinner and more cocktails.

Malapascua Disco

Arguably the best time to unwind after the entire day’s exercise. Usually, there is every Night Disco time, held at the community church basketball court on the northern end of the island.  

The party usually starts around 11 pm, which can be a chance to hook up with fellow travelers from other places. Men, women, children, all without a doubt, get to have great fun.

During this period, the resident DJ plays outdated electronic music mixed with a combination of strobe lights, copious amounts of Red Horse beer, and lots of fun dancing!

As a tourist attending the Night Disco, it is a great time to mix with the locals and experience the fun party.

See also:  10 Best Party Islands in Southeast Asia to Visit this Year

Visiting Malapascua island is one expedition everyone should explore and experience. A cool adventure to have maximum fun, mingle with locals and other visitors from around the world.

You also get to unwind yourself, broaden your networks, and create lasting memories to keep.

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What to expect when visiting Malapascua

Malapascua is a beautiful island just a few kilometres off Cebu’s northernmost tip. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and heavenly resorts, it is most famous for the consistent sighting of thresher sharks.

These protected species can be seen lurking around the island all year round. Swimming with them still needs some luck, though! We recommend diving between sunrise to 09:00 for the best chance of swimming with thresher sharks in Malapascua.

2 ways to get from Cebu to Malapascua

Where to stay in malapascua.

Still looking for accommodation? Don't forget to check out our favourite places to stay in Malapascua at the bottom of this page.

Cebu to Malapascua by Bus + Boat

To get from Cebu to Malapascua at an affordable rate, you will first need to take the bus from the city to Maya Port. From here, you can take a boat to Malapascua.

Step 1: Cebu to Maya by Bus

Ceres Bus and Rough Riders are the main companies operating from Cebu to Malapascua via Maya. Their buses, both non-aircon and airconditioned, are available 24 hours a day.

You can reach the port faster (about 4 hours) with a non-aircon bus because they travel non-stop from Cebu City to Maya. Aircon buses make a lot of stops and can take 5-6 hours to complete the journey.

Bus ticket prices start from 170 PHP ($2.90) – 230 PHP ($4) for non-aircon and aircon, respectively.

Departure and arrival station

All buses bound for Maya depart from the North Bus Terminal outside SM City Cebu.

Ceres Bus and Rough Riders have different arrival points. We recommend taking a Ceres Bus since its last stop is the Maya New Ferry Port , where you can catch a boat bound for Malapascua.

Rough Rider buses can only take you up to the Old Ferry Terminal in Maya. This terminal is still 2 km away from the New Port, so you will have to take an additional tricycle or motorbike taxi to get there.

Alternative option: Cebu to Maya Port by Minivan

You can also get from Cebu to Malapascua via Maya by minivan. A seat costs about 200 PHP ($3.40) and travel time is around 4 hours. Take a van with a sign that says “Maya.”

The advantage of taking a van is that they travel faster than air-conditioned buses. However, they might be a bit cramped for taller passengers and those carrying bulky luggage.

Minivans also depart from the North Bus Terminal. These minivans make a few stops along the way to drop off passengers. The last stop is at the New Maya Port, from where you can easily transfer to a boat bound for Malapascua.

NOTE: All vans going to Maya Port pass by Bogo City to drop off and pick up passengers. After that, it continues on its way to the northern tip of mainland Cebu. Make sure to pick a van with the end destination as Maya Port because there are also vans that operate only up to Bogo City.

Step 2: Maya to Malapascua by Boat

At the New Ferry Port, walk towards the end to find the ticket booth. A ticket costs about 100 PHP ($1.70) per person. There are no specific schedules for departures. Boats leave when they are full or have about 15 passengers.

Public boats operate from 06:30 to 16:30. Don’t be easily swayed by touts who say that there are no ferries operating if you arrived in the port between these hours.

Some operators also offer private boat rides for 1,500 PHP ($26).

The boats dock at Maya-Malapascua Boat Station on the island’s southwest coast. Note that when the tide is low, the boats do not make it all the way to the shore. You may need to hire a small rowing boat, which costs 20 PHP ($0.30) per person.

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Cebu to Malapascua by Taxi + Boat

Travelling in a small group from Cebu to Malapascua? You can also take a taxi to Maya Port and then transfer to a boat to Malapascua Island.

Step 1: Cebu to Maya Port by Taxi

Drivers rarely use the taxi metre for long-distance trips like this. They offer a fixed price and you can negotiate. Fares start at 3,000 PHP ($52) for the almost 4-hour journey.

When taking a taxi from Cebu to Maya, it’s best to ask for your hotel’s assistance in finding a trusted driver. Ask to be dropped off at the New Ferry Port in Maya.

Get a private transfer with Klook

There is also an option to book your taxi via Klook. Rates start from 4,400 PHP ($76) for a one-way taxi ride that fits 3 people.

That’s more expensive than taking a regular taxi, but this Klook service gets really good reviews for its accommodating drivers and comfortable cars.

Step 2: Maya Port to Malapascua by Boat

From Maya Port, you can then take a ferry to Malapascua (the same 45-minute ferry described in the first option ).

A ferry ticket costs 100 PHP ($1.70) for a public boat. Private boats are also available for 1,500 PHP ($26).

Best places to stay in Malapascua

Malapascua is a place for beach-lovers and diving enthusiasts. We’ve made sure that our favourite stays are accommodating for those kinds of travellers: whether it’s having an on-site dive shop or being moments from the sea . 

Most people spend 1-2 nights on Malapascua Island, searching for the famous Thresher sharks. Will you be doing the same?

Here are our favourite stays in Malapascua, and trust us, they’re good ones!

Tepanee Beach Resort - Treating Yourself

Beachfront Tepanee Beach Resort in Malapascua

Area: Logon beachfront — approx. 10-minute walk to Logon town proper

Tepanee Beach Resort cares for their guests, but they also care for the environment. They’re currently carrying out coral restoration and making sure that the running of the hotel has no impact on the water of Malapascua.

Here, you’ll find the perfect tropical getaway with a private beach, colourful and spacious rooms, bamboo beds and a spa.

  • Private beach 
  • Environmentally conscious 
  • Quirky design 
  • Tasty breakfast included

Double rooms start from $50 per night

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Angelina Beach Resort and Italian Restaurant - Mid Range

By the beach restaurant dining in Angelina Beach resort Malapascua

Area: Logon beachfront  — approx. 10-minute walk to Logon town proper

Angelina Beach Resort has an excellent Italian restaurant! Can life get much better than that? Ending your days by the beach with a tasty and flavourful pizza, bliss!

The rooms are beautifully designed and incorporate quirky touches of nature throughout. 

  • On-site Italian restaurant 
  • Spacious and modern rooms
  • Close to the beach 
  • Delicious breakfast included

Double rooms cost $30-$50 per night

Avila’s Horizon Dive Resort - Budget Friendly

Common space with lounge chairs infront of the beach in Avila Horizon Dive Resort Malapascua

Area: Langub Beach — a minute walk to Malapascua Island North Beach

Ever tried diving? Whether you’re already an advanced diver or have never been diving before, this is the place to try this incredible sport. Amazi Homestay has an on-site dive shop and is only seconds from the sea. 

Once you’re tired from a day of diving, you can retreat to your clean and comfortable room. Or, if you’ve still got some energy in you, why not enjoy a game of pool?

  • On-site dive shop
  • Metres from the beach 
  • Clean and cosy rooms 
  • Dorm and private rooms available

Double rooms cost $15-$30 per night

Frequently Asked Questions about Cebu to Malapascua

What is the distance from cebu to malapascua.

The distance from Cebu to Malapascua is 115 km (71 miles).

What is the fastest way to get from Cebu to Malapascua?

The fastest way to get from Cebu to Malapascua is by taxi + boat and takes 4 hours 30 minutes.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cebu to Malapascua?

The cheapest way to get from Cebu to Malapascua is by bus + boat with ticket costs starting from 270 PHP ($4.70).

Rounding it up

We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Cebu to Malapascua . If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.

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Bonjour Merci pour tous ces conseils, nous seront à Cebu puis Malapascua en Janvier. Après notre petite semaine à Malapascua, nous irons à Bohol, nous avons l’intention de revenir à Maya et prendre la direction du Port de Cebu en Taxi quelle est la durée du trajet ?

Hello Pierre, I recommend checking out this route on how to travel from Cebu to Bohol by ferry . For the way back you can check out this guide .   PS : Cette réponse est rédigée en anglais pour être utile aux voyageurs du monde entier. Je recommande d’utiliser Google Translate pour traduire cette réponse en espagnol.

Hi Maarten! What a great blog!

Our flight from the US lands in Cebu City at 11:30pm. What place do you recommend for just a quick overnight before we take the taxi to Maya Port the next morning?

Thank you!!

Hi B Anderson! If you’re taking a taxi to Maya Port the next day anyway, it would be best to spend the night near the airport so you can have a good rest. Hidden Hill Hotel is just 5mins away by taxi from the airport. Their rates start at $26 for a deluxe queen room. Their rooms are simple but clean, and they receive good reviews. Safe travels and have a great time in Cebu!

Is there much places too stay near the port if i miss the last ferry

Hi Danny! Yes, you can find several resorts near Maya Port. Among the nearest is Suba Beach Nipa Huts . They offer comfortable rooms for just 600 PHP ($11)/night. Nothing fancy, but pretty good for the price! It’s located about 2km from Maya Port, a 30-min walk or 5-min taxi ride. Hope this helps! Safe travels!

Hi Maarten,

Your content is very useful for the travelers who will visiting in Malapascua Island. But for now, there’s a Van from the North Bus going direct to Maya port so its easy to take a ride ass well.

thanks Jill

Hello Jill,

Thanks a lot for your feedback. We will double-check all info and update the page with the new information next week! Safe travels!

Hallo, wenn man wegen Ebbe letztendlich evt. ein Ruderboot benötigt, ist es samt Scooter nach Malapascua zu traveln offenbar gar nicht sinnvoll bzw. machbar,oder? Grus Karsten

Hi Karsten, the public boats from Maya Port to Malapascua Island are just small pump boats. These are outrigger canoe boats (bangka) with a small engine, which means it’s not possible to load motorcycles onto them. Instead, you can rent a motorcycle once you arrive on the island.

PS: Diese Antwort ist auf Englisch verfasst, um sie für Reisende aus allen Ländern hilfreich zu machen. Wir empfehlen die Verwendung von Google Translate, um diese Antwort ins Deutsche zu übersetzen.

Hi, very informative read here.

Kindly advise if it’s a taxi ride to New Maya Ferry Terminal, the fare is per journey fare, or per person fare ?

many thanks. Fr. Mr. Yeo, SIngapore.

Hello Yeo, the quoted fare is for a private taxi and not per person. If you will be with 3 people it will only cost around $15pp.

very helpful! will start packing. 🙂 any suggestions after malapascua?:)

thanks! You could look into Bantayan. Really nice beaches and not many tourists yet. Or otherwise, have a look at Moalboal , Siquijor or Bohol .

Great Blog!

May I know if I am able to arrange a taxi ride from Cebu International Airport to Maya Port? Thank you.

Hi Chun! Thanks! Sure you can order a Grab from Cebu Airport bringing you to Maya Port or ask one of the taxi’s at the airport. They might charge a higher fare as it is less likely for them to find someone for their return trip. It would be awesome if you could share the fare you eventually paid! Safe travels!

Thanks for this very detailed manual. I’m sitting on that bus right now and it helped me quite a bit. Local non AC Bus seems good 😉

Awesome! Glad to hear the info was useful. If you have anything to add, let me know! Safe travels!

Hello, any idea if it will it be possible to make this trip on Maundy Thursday and the return trip on Easter Monday? (Cebu to Malapascua) Thank you 🙂

Hi Sibel! Yes, it’s very possible. But just a note, beaches are very popular in the Philippines during the Holy Week, so there might be long queues for buses and ferries. I would suggest taking the trip early morning of Maundy Thursday just to be sure! On Easter Monday, it would be better to leave the island in the afternoon. Hope this helps!

Hi, . Do you know what time is the latest bus from Cebu bus station to Maya port?

Our plan is to travel midnight to Maya port and take the first boat out into Malapascua in the morning. Thanks.

Not a bad idea! Buses to Maya port run 24h and ferries start running from 6:30 (at least if they are full). Just take in mind that you probably have to wait a bit before you can check into your hotel after you arrived in Malapascua.

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  1. GETTING HERE

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  2. BOAT RIDE From MAYA PORT CEBU To MALAPASCUA ISLAND || Before The Storm

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  3. How to Get to Malapascua Island from Cebu City Plus Kalanggaman Island

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  5. CEBU: MAYA PORT TO MALAPASCUA ISLAND

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  1. 2024 Maya Port to Malapascua Boat Schedule and Fare Guide

    The easiest way to get to Malapascua Island is via Cebu City. Go to the Cebu North Bus Terminal and take a Ceres Liner bus bound for Maya Port. The buses will drop you off right outside Maya Port. The travel costs approximately 615 PHP (~8 USD) (including bus, boat, and environmental fees) and takes about 4 hours.

  2. Malapascua Travel Guide 2024: Requirements, Getting There, Fares

    Leave as early as possible. The first boat trip from Maya Port to Malapascua Port is 5:30 am and the last is 5:30 pm. The first boat trip from Malapascua Port to Maya Port is 5:30 am and the last trip is 5:30 pm. Option #2: By Van. Go to the van terminal at SM City Cebu. Take a van to Maya Port. Fare is 250 PHP (~5 USD). Travel time is 3 hours ...

  3. Cebu to Malapascua: How to Go to Malapascua Island, Cebu 2024

    The first boat trip from Maya Port to Malapascua Port is 5:30 am and the last is 5:30 pm. ... The total travel time from Cebu to Malapascua Island runs between 5-6 hours, depending on the mode of transportation, the time you leave Cebu, and the traffic. If you leave early in the morning (between 2:00 and 4:00 am), you may cut your travel time ...

  4. MALAPASCUA ISLAND: Travel Guide (Budget + Itinerary)

    Travel time is about 45 minutes. If it's low tide, the boat can't dock near the shore so you will be transferred by a small boat. Fare is PHP 20/USD .38/EURO .32/SGD .51/MYR 1.50 per person. Important: Boats trips from New Maya Port to Malapascua and vice versa run every 30 minutes from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM only.

  5. GETTING HERE

    Once in New Maya Port you will have to take the ferry to Malapascua Island. The trip costs 100 pesos and takes around 35 minutes with good weather conditions, but could take a bit longer if the winds aren't too friendly. You can buy the ticket on the ticket booth on the pier. Ferries operate constantly from 05:30 am to 17:30 pm.

  6. How To Get From Cebu To Malapascua (2024 GUIDE)

    The bus from Cebu City to Malapascua operates on a daily basis and departs every hour from the Cebu North Bus Terminal bound for New Maya Port at the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. The cost of the Cebu to Malapascua bus is around 230 pesos and the Cebu City to Malapascua travel time is 4 hours. Another option how to go to Malapascua is to ...

  7. 2024 Malapascua Island Travel Guide: Our Experience, Itinerary & Costs

    It takes about four 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Maya Port. Bus fare from Cebu City to Maya Port is around ₱200 (one-way). 2. Ride a ferry (pump boat) from Maya Port to Malapascua Island. The bus stops at Maya Port in Daanbantayan. Once you reach the pier, proceed to buy your Malapascua ferry ticket.

  8. Malapascua Island: DIY Guide + 3 Days Itinerary

    From Maya Port, take a boat to Malapascua Island. With this route, it will take you about half a day to get to Malapascua. Easy route: Charter a private boat from Bantayan to Malapascua. Travel time is 2-2,5 hours depending on sea conditions. Rate is P1900-4000, depending on your haggling skills.

  9. Maya to Malapascua Island

    There is no direct connection from Maya to Malapascua Island. However, you can take the bus to Cebu North Bus Terminal, take the bus to New Maya Port, walk to Maya, then take the ferry to Malapascua. Bus operators. Ceres Liner. Ferry operators.

  10. Maya to Malapascua

    The best way to get from Maya to Malapascua costs only $9 and takes just 9¾ hours. Find the travel options that best suit you. ... How do I travel from Maya to Malapascua without a car? ... you can take the bus to Cebu North Bus Terminal, take the bus to New Maya Port, walk to Maya, then take the ferry to Malapascua. Bus operators. Ceres Liner ...

  11. Cebu to Malapascua Boat Schedule and Fare

    Rates for a private boat varies depending on the time of the day. [ Read: A Solo Trip to Malapascua] The first trip is at 6:30AM and runs every 30 minutes. The last trip is at 5:30PM. There is a "special boat" (more expensive) that leaves at 6:00PM and 6:30PM. Make sure to be at Maya Port as early as you can so you can take the boat to the ...

  12. Travel Guide to Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines with a DIY Itinerary

    To Malapascua Island. At Maya Port, buy a ticket for a public boat to Malapascua. It will cost PHP 100 - 200 for a 20-minute ride, it will sometimes depend on the number of passengers. You can also hire a private boat from PHP 1,000-1,500. Take a bus, ferry or train to the world's best locations.

  13. 15 BEST Things To Do In Malapascua Island (2024 Guide)

    ARRIVING AT NEW MAYA PORT - CEBU MALAPASCUA FERRY. The bus or minivan will arrive at New Maya Port and from here you will need to take an outrigger boat over to the island which takes around 30 minutes. The cost of the boat from New Maya Port to Malapascua Island is 200 pesos providing there is a minimum of 15 passengers to fill the boat.

  14. Malapascua Island, Cebu: Travel Guide For Non-Divers

    The fare is P180 and travel time is 4 to 5 hours. For a faster transportation, you can ride a van going to Maya Port. Travel time is around 3 hours while the fare is at P220. At Maya port, ride a boat going to Malapascua. Travel time is around 30 mins. Fare: P100 (during high tide); P120 (during low tide because you have to ride a small boat to ...

  15. Your Ultimate Guide: How to Get from Cebu to Malapascua

    Maya to Malapascua by Boat. From Maya port, it is about an hour boat ride to Malapascua Island. The boats are open air and can accommodate up to 30 people. The first trip from Maya port to Malapascua island is at 05:00 AM and the last trip is at 06:00 PM. Boat rides are daily and frequent, so you will not have a problem with this.

  16. Cebu to Malapascua Island

    The boat ride from Maya Port to Malapascua only takes about 30-minutes and the boat runs every 30 minutes from 0500-1700. ... Bantayan Island. If you're on Bantayan Island and want to travel to Malapascua, you can get a private boat (currently, there are no public boats that travel between the islands) that shouldn't cost more than 3,500 ...

  17. How To Get From Cebu To Malapascua Via Ferry

    Bus: From Hagnaya Port, catch a bus or tricycle to Don Pedro crossing, where you can take a bus heading to Maya Port. The bus ride takes about 1 hour and costs around 75 PHP ($1.30). Boat: Upon reaching Maya Port, board a boat to Malapascua. The boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs around 100 PHP ($1.70) per person.

  18. Malapascua Island Cebu Travel Guide: Swim with Thresher Sharks

    Travel time from Cebu City to New Maya Port is around 4 hours. From there, you can hop on a boat going to Malapascua Island. The boat ride is between 30 minutes and 1 hour long. The earliest boat leaves at 6:30 AM while the last boat leaves at 4:30 PM.

  19. 2022 BUDGET TRAVELING Guide to Malapascua Island

    Exact Location: Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu — 4 hours away from Cebu City, and 30 minutes away from Maya Port. BY BUS AND FERRY: From the Cebu North Bus Terminal, ride a bus going to Maya/Bagay. It will drop you off at Maya Port. Bus fare is around ₱150 per head, travel time is 3-4 hours.

  20. Malapascua Island Travel Guide (What to Do in 2023)

    What you should note: The transport fare from Cebu city to New Maya port through the bus is about 230 pesos, and the trip time is 4 hours. The boat's transport fare from New Maya Port to Malapascua Cebu is between 100 to 1,500 pesos, depending on the number of passengers. (A maximum of 15 pesos).

  21. Malapascua Island to Maya

    Local Ferry, bus • 9h 51m. Take the Local Ferry from Malapascua to Maya. Take the bus from New Maya Port to Cebu North Bus Terminal. Take the bus from Cebu North Bus Terminal to Old Maya Port. ₱400 - ₱540. Quickest way to get there Cheapest option Distance between.

  22. How To Get From Cebu to Malapascua?

    Alternative option: Cebu to Maya Port by Minivan. You can also get from Cebu to Malapascua via Maya by minivan. A seat costs about 200 PHP ($3.40) and travel time is around 4 hours. Take a van with a sign that says "Maya." The advantage of taking a van is that they travel faster than air-conditioned buses.

  23. A Travel Guide to the Costa Maya Cruise Port

    The locals of the Costa Maya cruise port area (Mahahual) are very friendly and speak English well. This means that travelers may find it easier to get around without a language barrier. Carnival ...

  24. Battle Your Way Through 11 of the World's Most Jampacked Ports ...

    2. Port Canaveral. Boasting over four million passengers in 2022, Port Canaveral is the busiest cruise port in the world. If you want to embark on an open-seas adventure as an American, you will ...

  25. 2024 Ceres Bus Schedule Cebu City to Maya Port

    Travel Time: 3-4 hours. CEBU CITY TO MAYA PORT. MAYA PORT TO CEBU CITY. 1:30 AM (First Trip) 2:00 AM (First Trip) 9:00 PM (Last Trip) 5:40 PM (Last Trip) NOTE: Ceres Liner buses leave Cebu City for Maya Port every 30 minutes and vice versa. 👉Book a private car to Maya Port!👈.

  26. Cruise operators offer summer discounts as ships crowd the Caribbean

    Item 1 of 2 Tourists leave the Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, after arriving at Costa Maya Cruise Port, in the village town of Mahahual, Quintana Roo ...