2022 BUDGET TRAVELING Guide to Malapascua Island

It is already known to many that people visit the island of Cebu because of its great history, its churches, parks, but not known to many, people come to Cebu for the white beaches and beautiful nature.

Nestled 6.8km from the offshore of the northern coast of Cebu island is, Malapascua. Because of its rich marine sanctuary, Malapascua Island has attracted both local and foreign visitors, especially divers. It is best known for its world-famous diving sites, specifically the Monad Shoal where thresher sharks can be seen and observed regularly before sunrise.

The Best of Malapascua Island

As I was saying, the island of Malapascua is perfect for a beach vacay. There are quite a number of beaches waiting for you to explore and I have a list of some for you:


If you are up for snorkelling, Lighthouse Beach is perfect for you because of the Japanese wreck submerged in the shallows. The skeleton of the ship is what remains, and became an artificial reef. Lighthouse beach is accessible by foot or a short habal-habal ride from anywhere on the island.

Lighthouse Beach Malapascua Cebu
Lighthouse Beach Malapascua Cebu


Situated fairly close to the Lighthouse Beach is Guimbitayan Beach. Perfect for relaxation, this bach is hidden behind many fishermen houses along the way.


If you want the entire beach for yourself, Langub Beach is the place you should visit for it is a very quiet beach in the Northen part of Malapascua.

Langub Beach Malapascua Island Cebu (1)
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Langub Beach Malapascua Island Cebu (2)
Charlene Mae Abellana


With a long stretch of white sand beach, Bounty beach is a home to bars and restaurants. It is the main beach of the island, and there is no entrance fee. It is ideal for chilling around, having a meal or a snack, and going for a leisurely swim. There are even hammocks hanging around that you can lie in them and relax for free.

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Diving in Malapascua

Apart from beach-hopping, you can also go diving in Malapascua. Malapascua is also very well known for macro diving (small critters, yes it very confusing), and you will see seahorses, shrimps, crabs and sea slugs in most of the dive sites. But ofc, thresher sharks – if you’re in for some great adventure.


Whale shark 2.0 at Monad Shoal, Malapascua!!! Yes, the lucky divers of Exotic had another unbelievable whale shark encounter again. And this time there were TWO whale sharks😱😱😱❤️❤️❤️Keep your eyes open when you go for the thresher shark dive—you never know what bonus will show up😜.Special thanks to Scott Lam who generously shared his awesome video with us for this amazing experience🙏#malapascuaexotic #whaleshark #whenoneofthemisnotenough #sharkdiving #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Posted by Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Monad Shoal is the 1# dive site in Malapascua, where thresher sharks (not dangerous) come every early in the morning to bathe in the depth of 30-40m.  And since it’s the BER months, they say that divers can usually spot manta rays there too.

Gato Island is known for the white tip sharks dwelling here. There is an amazing tunnel dive here that ends with a small cave, and lots of marine life. There are plenty more dive sites around Malapascua, and even in Kalanggaman and Kemod shoal closer to Leyte, where you can see many interesting things.


  • Summer is the best time to visit the island
  • There is no pharmacy in the island so I suggest you bring your own medicine kit
  • As of November 2020, there are at least 3 ATMs in Malapscua.
  • There’s a decent mobile signal or data in the island.
  • UPDATE: In this time of pandemic, visitors are required to present a hotel/resort booking before you’re allowed to board from the port.


You can book your resort/hotel room in Malapascua island by checking out the resorts indicated below:

Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

Starts at 2,500 PHP
Hippocampus Beach Resort

Starts at 1,400 PHP
Celtis Resort

Starts at 700 PHP
Malapascua Thresher Cove Dive Resort

Starts at 1,500 PHP


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.

From the port, ride a ferry boat going to Malapascua Island. Boat fare is ₱100 per head, travel time is around 45 minutes. Boats ply every 30 minutes from 6:30AM to 4:30PM only.

PARKING: If you’re bringing your own car, you have to leave it in the mainland near Maya Port. Look for ‘Sugbo Maya’ or any private property where you can park for ₱100-150 per day.

Note: If it’s low tide, you may need to transfer to a paddle boat going to the shore.

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  1. I love this island! Been there last year. Check out my adventure: https://johnpeter21486655.wordpress.com/travel-adventure-journey-seo-3/
    Can’t wait to get back!

  2. We have at least 3 ormore ATM on Malapascua, Also 1 MLHUILLIER station.

    There is good connectivity with LTE GLOBEand SMART. booking with resorts must be done before arrival, otherwise if you dont show existing reservations at Maya Port, Coast Guard wont let you go to Malapascua. NO WALK-IN GUEST ALLOWED to avoid Malapascua from crowded guest.

    Busses Ceres dont leave from CEBU NORTHERN BUS TERMINAL anymore TO CEBU north. NEW BUS Terminal for northbound CERES busses is now at SM-CITY.

    Bus fare is around ₱200 per head Standard, and 225 Aircon (may change from time to time)


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