The first image Malapascua offers will stay with visitors for a long time: an exceedingly beautiful pristine stretch of white sand, crystal clear waters bordered by coconut trees and a dozen of scattered, native-style resorts. But that has changed over the years as the number of visitors has exploded. More and more concrete build hotel like buildings are springing up, replacing the native-style houses.
Malapascua is known to the locals as Logon and this vision of secret beach is whimsically named Bounty beach. It lays 8 kilometers off northern Cebu and has a community of about 11,000 inhabitants (as of 2012). A walk or a tour of the whole Island will take about three hours. The main resource of the island is the sea, with divers and fishermen working side by side via compromises.
Mactan-Cebu Airport is the International and National gateway to Cebu island. Located at only 7Km SE of the North Bus Terminal in Cebu city.
There are 3 bus companies that ride To/From Maya from the North Bus Terminal in Cebu: Ceres, Cebu AutoBus and Rough Riders. The journey takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours, video and air-con 180 pesos, non air-con 163 pesos. Buses run every 30 mins. Ceres Tours AC buses at 7am, 9am and 11am.
You could hire a taxi, or a private car from Cebu to Maya, as well as arrange a pick-up with one of the resorts.Price for private Car transfer , Cebu/Airport/Hotel to Maya, about php 2500.00 one way.
From Maya a local boat Ferry (banca) goes across am and pm with a break at lunch time, 'till 16:30. It takes about 1/2 hour and costs 80 pesos, tickets are purchased from the white stall on the peer. First boat from Maya is at 06:30 Be aware that a ferry will not leave unless it has enough people, so aim to arrive earlier rather than later
Crossing can be rather wet and bancas have very little shelter from the elements. When arriving/departing from Malapascua shores be prepared to either jump into the shallow waters or walk down a rickety plank. At low tide you can transfer to a smaller boat for 20 pesos.
When arriving to Maya you may have to transfer to a very small banca for the last 200 meters. A private banca to Malapascua can be hired from Maya for 1200 pesos. If you have arranged transportation with your resort you don't need to worry about any of the above.
WARNING ABOUT CANVASSERS AND BOATCREWS IN MAYA PORT
Be very careful when you arrive in Maya and want to go to Malapascua. Maya Port is a private Port and has abolutely no official organisation and supervision about public passenger boats going to Malapascua. The Coast Guard as example is only (sometimes) present for those bigger Passenger boats going from Maya Port to San Isidro LEYTE. Usually the boat schedule says that every 30 minutes from 06:00 until 17:30 a boat goes to Malapascua, but thats only theory. Those scheduled Boats leave only if they have at least 10 PAYING passengers, Non paying LOCALS not included!! Boatcrews sometimes even argue that they need a minimum of 20 passengers before to leave. Thats the pure extortion attempt. Even if there are boats vacant, some of the CANVASSERS in the port area trying to inform you that NO BOAT goes to Malapascua, because of No PASSENGERS , They try to sell you a so called SPECIAL RIDE for 1200/1500 php and even more for the boat (it happend that they asked for 2000 per person!!!) . And once you are on the boat, there are already many other passengers on board. The Canvassers and some of the boat crews try to cheat you where ever they can. There is a ticket booth and the fair for the boat to Malapascua is php 80 per persons.. (should be!!). Everything inside this private port area is crowded, no officials to identify for the arriving tourist. No one from the port area wears kind of uniform, so its for the arriving tourist very hard to find our where to go. And thats the awesome moment when the FRIENDLY Canvassers are on the shot.
The good one is, its not all of the passenger boats who are involved in that kind of cheating system.
AND dont forget to take also good care for your luggage and other belongings. MANY friendly porters are (of course not to identify as porters, cause no uniform) present to HELP you carry you bags and luggage, even if you dont want that. Of Course you have to pay for that FRIENDLY Service. sometimes even php 200 for 50 meters from bus to boat!!
The Malapascua Business group is trying to fight and stop those growing type of tourist cheating in Maya, which also spreads to Malapascua already. Malapascua has significant growing crime rate year for year!!!
Anyway, here are some important phone numbers and email to complain if something like above situation happend to you. And dont hesitate to complain about what happend, otherwise it will never stop. Just notice Name of the Boat, time and date of the action and try to identify the involved persons by description to the Officials:
Secretary of the MAYOR: Sonny LUCHE, cellphone 0935 159 5800 Police Daanbantayan : 0916 423 3121, 032 437 8431 Mayor Augusto CORRO, phone 0917 812 1090, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCAM ALERT: On some of the shorter boat rides in the Philippines (eg to and from Malapascua Island from Cebu), a local will tell you the public boat is "already gone for the day" in order to get a private (expensive) fair from you for his boat. If this happens, it may be best to walk away and ask somebody else about the public boat schedule.
There is no transport on the island, not that you will need any, as you can walk everywhere.
Alternatively, there are many locals who own mopeds -called HABAL HABAL ; that are willing to give you a lift. They charge a fee of php 10 for short ride, and php 20-30 from south to north and rent a motorbike for a whole day php 1000.00
Snorkeling and fishing. With its spectacular underwater flora and fauna there is much to see, making snorkeling a fine experience. A resort will rent boats, alternatively locals will take you on their fishing rakie. Marine Protected Areas for Snorkeling are: CORAL GARDEN (close to AABANA Beach & Watersport Resort)East side, LAPUS LAPUS (close to LOS BAMBOOS RESORT) North West point, DAKIT DAKIT (close to BLUE CORALS RESORT) South East point
Scuba diving. Waters off the island offers some of the most exciting extreme dives in the Philippines, with adrenaline pumping adventure, thresher sharks and manta ray encounters. The dive shops seem mindful of the environment and have a caring attitude towards their customers, which is as well considering the kind of fish roaming around. Dive shops offer introductory courses to advanced Scuba diving and there are a couple of wrecks to explore.
Walks. With about 6 km circumference, Malapascua has more than a few spots to see. It has a handful of exotic beaches like Bounty Beach, or Mangrove Bay, and to tower it all there is the Lighthouse, very popular when it comes to watching the sunset.
Malapascua is a diving destination. The main attractions are the thresher shark , the mandarin fish , and the pygmy seahorse , to sum just a few.
PADI Instructor Development Course, IDC. Each season more Divemaster are choosing Malapascua as their destination to Go Pro with the IDC course.
- Evolution Diving  (east side of Bounty Beach), ☎ +63(0)9173038554 (email@example.com). 7AM to midnight. Evolution Diving offers a personalised and fun atmosphere for all divers. A TDI Five Star Instructor Training facility Evolution has incredible facilities right on the beach. As well as running 5 plus fun dives a day on Malapascua's best sites, Evolution also offers all PADI and SDI Recreational courses and all TDI Technical Courses. Evolution is the leading provider of Technical Diving and Exploration support in the Central and Southern Philippines.
- Seapark Diving  Seapark Diving, ☎ +63(0)9152731752 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 8am to 8pm 7 days a week. Seapark is unique in Malapascua as they include camera, torch, and dive computer free of charge with all fun dives. Located on Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island.
- Malapascua Exotic Dive & Beach Resort (IDC Centre)  Bounty Beach, ☎ +63(0)406-5428 (email@example.com). The first Dive Resort on the Island. Offers all in one - accommodation, restaurant, bar, dive shop, travel service, etc.. This eco-friendly resort, which has its own recycling plant and 24-hour generator, offers World-class dives. The Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort and the only National Geographic Center  in Malapascua. Courses range from beginner through to Instructor (100% pass rate) and Technical diving. It is one of the most flexible dive shops we have come across. They cover more than 22 different dive sites around Malapascua, have daily dives to see the thresher sharks, as well as NitrOx, Wreck and Night dives. Restaurant, accommodation and bar on-site. IDCs are run bimonthly by award-winning Course Director and DSAT TecRec Trimix Instructor Trainer Dan Robinson.
- Thresher Shark Divers  Thresher Shark Divers, ☎ +63(0)9276123359 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Thresher Shark Divers is the premier PADI 5 Star IDC Center on Malapascua Island. They offer daily diving in small groups with experienced divemasters in a fun environment. With over 10 years experience on Malapascua and Divemasters with 5,000+ dives locally, you will not be in better hands. They also offer a full range of PADI courses including Instructor and Technical with one of the most active internship programs in the country.
There is no ATM nor money changers. Hotels might change cash but, on the other hand, they might not and you will have to make your way back to mainland and ride for an hour to get to the nearest bank. Make sure you get there with enough cash for your stay and a little longer for the probable extension.
By experience, it still possible to find at least one dive shop on the island that was able to exchange USD currency to the Peso for us at a decent rate.
Souvenirs. There are a couple of Malapascua T-shirt vendors around Bounty Beach, as well as craftsmen that sell wooden threshers shark figurines.
Groceries. There are a bunch of local shops scattered around the island. That sell from toiletries and painkillers to light bulbs, water, sodas, and snacks. There are fruit shops that sell bananas, apples, coconuts, tomatoes and other products.
Dive Shop. The big Dive Centers have a Dive Shop where you can buy wet suits, masks, knives, etc.
Books. We saw 3 shelves with a few hundred books up for free exchange at Malapascua Exotic Dive & Beach Resort (IDC Centre)and also at the BLUE CORALS RESORT.
You will see local eateries spread all over the island. Do not let their worn aspect put you off of a good and cheap meal; usually rice with choices of veggies, meat, and fish. Some evening stalls barbecue finger-licking pork satay.
- La Isla Bonita offers Philippine dishes and pizzas
- Ging Ging's is a popular choice, eatery with a large array of options
- Kiwi's Restaurant down a track behind Ging Ging's, a small family run eatery with great food and good prices.
- Oscar's Restaurant. An eclectic mix of international dishes with a daily changing menu. Open air beachfront restaurant located above Thresher Shark Divers. edit
- The Craic House, Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island (East end of Bounty Beach), ☎ +63 (0)905 719 7323, . 7AM to midnight. Rated the best restaurant on Malapascua by TripAdvisor users, The Craic House serves up delicious daily specials based on the best local produce and quality imported ingredients personally sourced by the owners. Everything that can be homemade IS homemade from bread, wraps, falafel, cakes, pies, relishes, pates - you name it. edit
- Purple Snapper Bar & Restaurant, (behind Malapascua Legend and Daño Beach Resort), . They have great burgers. Also try their pizzas and Fettucine Chicken Aldfredo. edit
- Angelina, Angelina Beach, Malapascua Island, Daan Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines (South west of the island), ☎ 09153404906, . 8AM-10PM. Original Italian food 300-500. edit
Disco. During high season, there is a popular disco event every Saturday, surrounded by stalls that sell beers and sodas, or food. Not to be missed!
- The Pub Upstairs (The Pub Upstairs). An open air bar located above Thresher Shark Divers, nestled amongst the palm trees with a sea view, The Pub Upstairs is a lively watering hole for an apres-dive beer or cocktail. An excellent selection of local and imported beers and spirits. edit
- The Craic House, Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island (East end of Bounty Beach), . The Craic House is a real Irish bar on a perfect Filipino beach. An Irish word, 'Craic' means fun and enjoyment and with a buzzing atmosphere The Craic House delivers this. With a selection of 10,000 tunes to choose from The Craic House has the best music selection around - no Lady Gaga guaranteed. With contemporary cooking and drink specials this is the perfect place to meet people and have a great time and make sure to get your own 'Craic Addict' T-shirt before you leave. edit
On arrival a few official looking touts await the visitors but they are superfluous, considering the number of resorts, so take your time to choose what suits you best. Touts won't charge you a fee; they'll get 50+ pesos from the resorts, so be aware that they might just take you to the closest one or the one paying them the most rather than the best one.
- Blue Water starting from 1000PHP (Jan 13) for a bungalow with fan, cold water shower and WIFI in the room. Breakfast is included. Ask for a discount, especially if you are diving. They take credit card.
- Mike & Dioses Beachcottage, cell 0905 263 2914(Mike) or 0917 524 4105(Kiko)email email@example.com. Mike is the manager and owner, KIKO his friend, caretaker and representative.
Only a few cottage left over cause of building all new rooms. They have a thatched roof, bamboo (amakan) wall and veranda. The cottages are simple fan rooms, are located in garden area with seaview. 2 rooms share 1 CR. Price range is php 500 - 600 per night, including breakfast. These are the perfect place to enjoy your stay on the island. Mikes % Dioses Beachcottage have the widest and cleanest beach on Malapascua, pure white sand and some BAHAY KUBOS for their guest are located on the beach. Mike & Diose is still number 1 in Tripadvisor and marked as the best and friendliest host with his service team of Malapascua. More infos see under the website www.malapascua-island.com Or go to: http://www.malapascua.de/ Or go to: http://www.aabana.de/
- Daño Beach Resort, cell 09156661584 or 09273817894. Lemuel Daño is the manager. There are 20 odd bungalows, all facing the sea; they have a thatched roof, bamboo veranda and the concrete cottages are simple, with a large room and come equipped with a bathroom. These are the perfect place to enjoy your stay on the island.
- MGmatterhorn a small and very clean guesthouse, managed by Marites Monteclar, not on the beach. It's on the way to Bakaw-Kiwi eatery. One fan room good for two and about November 2011 two more air-con rooms. Free WiFi. Prices starting from 700 pesos per day and room. Strictly no cooking in the rooms. Cell 09155543310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Look the pics on www.malapascua.de. Look for matterhorn.
Or go to: https://sites.google.com/site/abougibi/
- Aabana Beach and Watersports Resort (Mike & Dioses), (Kiko= +63 917 524 4105), ☎ Mike=+63 905 263 2914 (Mike@malapascua.de), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Beach resort. High quality cottages are due to safety reasons about 60 meters to their own beach, having axtra small Bamboo Huts for their guest on the wide and nice beach. All cottages have big terrace, air-con, warm and cold water shower, Flatscreen LCD satellite TV, individual safety digital box, refrigerator and free wi-fi.There are also cottages which have a unique KITCHEN on the terrace for private guest use.They offer Boat tours around the Island, fishing tours, Snorkeling tours, and Jet Ski. Go to: http://www.aabana.de/ 1300-2100 php. (11°20'00N,124°07'08E) edit
- Slam's Garden Resort, Barangay Logon, 6013, Daan-Bantayan, ☎ 00639274874092, . Superior and deluxe rooms, all equipped with air-conditioning, safe and Wi-Fi. Facilities and services are Scuba diving, SLAM'S Garden Bar & Pub and massage service. From 1,800.00. edit
Clinic/Hospital There is a newly built basic CLINIC on Malapascua Island, close by to the Barangay Hall. That little clinic is now operating since 2012, but the doctor Doesn't come on Saturday anymore. Its still a big problem in Malapascua, having a clinic and no doctor. In case of a serious injury one would have to go to Bliss Hospital, in Daanbantayan, which may take 1 to several hours, depending on oceanic conditions, as well as road traffic.
For divers to get notice, the next decompression chamber is far away in Lahug, Cebu City, military hospital.