Malapascua Tours & Activities

Malapascua Tours & Activities

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What is Malapascua known for?

Malapascua Island, one of the best places to visit in the Philippines, is located in the northern part of Cebu. It is situated about 6.8 kilometers northeast of the mainland. The top Malapascua tourist spots include Bounty Beach, Gato Island, and Guimbitayan Beach. This destination from Cebu is also renowned for its incredible diving spots, especially for thresher shark diving at Monad Shoal. Aside from having some of the top tourist spots in Cebu, other popular activities that are part of Malapascua tours include snorkeling, island hopping, beach relaxation, visiting the lighthouse, and exploring the local villages.

How do I get to Malapascua Island?

First, take a flight to Cebu. If you’re traveling from Cebu City to Malapascua, you can take a bus, ride a private Cebu airport transfer, or drive a Cebu car rental to Maya Port in Daanbantayan, which is approximately a 3-hour journey. At Maya Port, you can catch a boat to Malapascua Island, which takes around 30 minutes.

If you’re traveling from Bantayan to Malapascua, take a ferry from Bantayan Island's Santa Fe Port to Hagnaya Port on the mainland. From Hagnaya, travel by tricycle or bus to Maya Port. Then, board an outrigger boat from Maya to Malapascua Island. The entire journey to one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines takes around 2-3 hours.

Are there any specific diving requirements for Malapascua?

While there are no specific diving requirements for Malapascua, it is advisable to have an Open Water Diver certification or equivalent for most dive sites. If you're interested in trying Malapascua thresher shark diving, some dive centers may require you to have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification due to the depth of the dive.

When is the best time to visit Malapascua?

The best time to visit Malapascua is during the dry season, which typically falls between November and May. This period offers the calmest sea conditions and excellent visibility for Malapascua diving and snorkeling. However, do note that Malapascua can be visited year-round, and each season has its own charm.

What are the accommodation options on the island?

Malapascua offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets. You can find Cebu hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and beachfront cottages. It is advisable to book in advance, especially if you’re booking Philippine tour packages, to secure your preferred accommodation.

Are there dining options available on the island?

Yes, Malapascua has several restaurants, cafes, and eateries that offer a variety of cuisines, including local Filipino dishes, seafood, international fare, and vegetarian/vegan options. You'll find both budget-friendly and upscale dining choices on the island.

Can I explore other nearby islands from Malapascua?

Yes, you can explore nearby islands through Malapascua island tours and Malapascua day tour packages that feature islands from popular Cebu tours. Popular destinations for Malapascua island hopping include a tour to Kalanggaman Island, one of the top tourist spots in Leyte, and is known for its stunning sandbar and for being one of the best white sand beaches in the Philippines, and Carnaza Island, which offers pristine Cebu beaches.

If you want to travel from Malapascua to Kalanggaman, take an outrigger boat to Maya Port. Then, join a tour from Maya Port Cebu to Kalanggaman Island. The boat ride takes 1.5-2 hours. Don't forget the environmental fee and check tour availability and weather conditions in advance. Take note that Kalanggaman Island tours from Cebu, Malapascua island hopping tour, and other Philippine island hopping tours can also be arranged with local boat operators or through tour agencies such as Guide to the Philippines.

Is it safe to travel to Malapascua?

Malapascua is generally a safe destination for travelers. However, it's always recommended to take standard precautions like being aware of your surroundings, safeguarding your belongings, and following any safety instructions provided by tour operators or dive centers.

What should I pack for a trip to Malapascua?

Some essential items to pack for a trip to Malapascua include swimwear, beachwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, a waterproof bag for electronics, a reusable water bottle, and any necessary medication. If you plan on diving in Malapascua, don't forget your dive certification card, dive logbook, and any personal diving equipment you prefer to use.

Are there ATM machines available on Malapascua?

No, there are no ATM machines on the island. It is advisable to withdraw enough cash in Cebu City before heading to Malapascua. Some Malapascua dive resorts and businesses on the island may accept credit cards, but it's always good to have cash on hand for smaller establishments and transactions.

Can I rent diving equipment in Malapascua?

Yes, there are several dive shops on the island where you can rent diving equipment. They offer a range of gear, including masks, fins, BCDs (buoyancy control devices), regulators, and wetsuits. However, if you have specific preferences or rely on certain equipment, it's recommended to bring your own.

Are there age restrictions for diving with thresher sharks at Monad Shoal?

While there is no strict age restriction, it's generally recommended that divers have a minimum age of 12 years old for diving with thresher sharks in Malapascua, especially for those aiming to try a Malapascua diving course. However, the final decision will depend on the individual dive center's policies, the Cebu travel package policies, and the child's diving experience and maturity. Make sure to check twice before booking a Cebu diving package.

Are there non-diving activities for non-divers on Malapascua?

Yes, there are plenty of activities for non-divers to enjoy on Malapascua aside from Malapascua diving packages. They can go snorkeling to explore the vibrant marine life near the shoreline, relax on the beautiful beaches, take island hopping tours to nearby islands, visit local villages and experience the island's culture, or simply unwind at beachfront resorts.

Are there medical facilities and pharmacies in Malapascua?

Malapascua has limited medical facilities, and the nearest hospital is in Maya, which is on the mainland. There are a few small clinics on the island that can handle basic medical needs. It's recommended to bring any necessary medications with you and have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies.

Are there any dress codes or cultural considerations on Malapascua Island?

Malapascua Island is relatively relaxed when it comes to dress code, especially in beach areas. However, it's respectful to cover up when visiting local villages or entering places of worship. Wearing conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees is appreciated in such settings.

Are there any marine sanctuaries or protected areas around Malapascua?

Yes, there are marine sanctuaries around Malapascua Island that aim to protect the marine ecosystem and promote sustainable tourism. These areas have designated snorkeling and diving spots where visitors can explore the underwater beauty while adhering to responsible diving and snorkeling practices.
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