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Information about Malapascua Island

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Unnamed Road, Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines
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Only about 2.5 by 1 km big, Malapascua Island is best-known both for pristine beaches and dive sites with thresher sharks. Located off the northern coast of Cebu province, it is a convenient vacation spot with a generous stock of full-service hotels. Locals are also famously very friendly.

Apart from its idyllic beaches, the island is home to a piece of wood that is said to miraculously never burn, bearing the image of the Our Lady of the Forsaken or Virgen de los Desamparados. Residents believe it was the patron saint that protected them from further harm by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, one of the fiercest storms that devastated the Philippines’ Visayas region.

Relaxing Destination for All

Most hotels offer scuba lessons and PADI certification, but non-divers will find Malapascua just as entertaining. Visitors can walk the island end to end in under 2 hours. 

Laid-back Bounty Beach has the most restaurants and dive shops. It is also the main jumpoff point for island-hopping tours that hit Cebu’s other breathtaking beaches. The quiet Langob Beach is located at the end of the island. On your walk to this beach, you will find yourself among gorgeous palm trees leading to a breathtaking view of the coast. Time your visit to Lighthouse Beach at sunset. Nearby is a cliff-jumping spot.

The waters in all the beaches of Malapascua are amazingly clean and clear that you’d be amiss without an underwater camera. In fact, people on the beach sometimes swim straight out and snorkel.

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