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Malapascua is one of my favorite islands in the Philippines which is world-renowned for its incredible scuba diving sites such as Monad Shoal where you can swim with thresher sharks. I am not a diver myself but I can tell you now that there are many more fantastic things to do in Malapascua other than diving!
Malapascua Island is located in the Visayan Sea approximately 7km off the northernmost tip of Cebu Island in the Philippines.
A question that gets asked by travelers quite frequently is how to get to Malapascua? Well, the most common route is from Cebu to Malapascua with the use of the public bus and then a short boat ride to Malapascua Island.
In this guide, I’m going to hook you up with all the information you need on how to get to Malapascua Island, mainly focusing on how to get from Cebu to Malapascua and also how to get from Bantayan to Malapascua.
Let’s jump right into it…
CEBU TO MALAPASCUA
Getting from Cebu to Malapascua involves taking a bus ride from Cebu City to the New Maya Port at the northernmost tip of the island. From here you will have to board a wooden passenger boat and make the final stretch from Cebu to Malapascua Island.
Check out the tips below on how to get from Cebu to Malapascua.
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 ride in a shared minivan or 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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The cost of the boat from New Maya Port to Malapascua is 100 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 Malapascua Cebu.
The bus or minivan will arrive at New Maya Port and from here you will need to take an outrigger boat over to Malapascua Island which takes around 30 minutes. 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, there is accommodation nearby to New Maya Port where you will have to spend the night and take the first boat over to the island the following morning. The name of the accommodation is D & N Lodge.
Idyllic beach scenes – Cebu to Malapascua
BANTAYAN TO MALAPSCUA
If you happen to be on Bantayan Island and finished with the adventures there, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get from Bantayan to Malapascua.
BANTAYAN TO MALAPASCUA – DIRECT BOAT
From Bantayan Island, you can rent a boat starting from 800-900 pesos per person and it will take you around 2 hours to reach Malapascua directly, depending on the sea conditions.
Head down to the main street in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island and pop into one of the tour desks to organise a boat from Bantayan to Malapascua, preferably the day before you plan to travel.
Alternatively, you can ask the reception at your accommodation to help you organise your transport from Bantayan to Malapascua.
BANTAYAN TO MALAPASCUA – FERRY, BUS & BOAT
If you want to save some cash, there is a cheaper route from Bantayan to Malapascua but it takes much longer and not recommended, in my opinion, but the option is there if you’re on a tight budget.
For 150 pesos plus a 10 pesos terminal fee, you can take the ferry from Bantayan Island to Hagnaya Port on mainland Cebu which takes around 1 hour.
From here you’ll need to make your way the New Maya Port via bus or tricycle and this journey takes around 1 hour.
From Maya Port Cebu, you can take the boat over to Malapascua for 100 pesos. The boats leave every 30 to 40 minutes, daily.
Note: After 5:00 pm you may struggle to get a boat from Maya Port in Cebu to Malapascua which can end up resulting in you having to pay for a private boat which can be anywhere between 1500-1800 pesos, per person.
Bantayan to Malapascua on this particular route is slightly less direct but nevertheless, it’s still doable.
The total journey from Bantayan to Malapascua can take up 4 to 5 hours, between transportation and waiting times.
You can get from Bantayan to Malapascua a lot quicker by taking a direct private boat, however, the cheapest way is going to be via public transport.
Bantayan Island – How To Get To Malapscua
Island Hopping in Bantayan
THINGS TO DO IN MALAPASCUA
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WHERE TO STAY IN MALAPASCUA
Malapascua Island has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Malapascua Cebu to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
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 in Malapascua Cebu. Featuring a private beach area, hot tub, in house restaurant with a bar, beautiful gardens and free wifi. The beachside cottages are cosy with bamboo furnishings and fitted with air conditioning, mini bar, large bed, private bathroom and a balcony. Tepanee beach Resort can also help you to organise 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 in Malapascua Cebu. 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, private bathroom, 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!
Budget: Neverland Malapascua
I personally stayed at Neverland and can’t recommend this place enough! The staff are super friendly and will welcome you into their loving community. The rooms available are thatched bamboo huts that sleep up to two people and fitted with power sockets, fan, comfortable beds and a mosquito net. There is also a dormitory room with bunk beds if you don’t mind sharing a room with other guests. Neverland has an in-house vegan restaurant with delicious food and the wifi is solid! For all you budget travelers, I can highly recommend staying at Neverland during your visit to Malapascua Cebu.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MALAPASCUA CEBU
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 in Malapascua so expect to see many tourists during these months.
I recommend visiting Malapascua 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 in Malapascua which is typically between August and October.
MALAPASCUA CEBU – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
There are no ATM machines on Malapascua Island so you will have to stock up on cash before you arrive. I recommend doing so in Cebu City where there are hundreds of ATM machines located around the city.
Getting around the island is quite simply done by either motorbike, bicycle or on foot. The majority of travelers will get around Malapascua by walking as the island is so small and you can literally walk from one end to the other in less than one hour. If your legs are painted on, you can 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.
Internet connection on Malapascua Cebu is relatively good. Both Smart and Globe SIM cards will work just fine, though if you don’t have either, the best wifi I found on the island is at Neverland Hostel.
MALAPASCUA ISLAND MAP
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Another option for accommodation in Malapascua is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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- Boracay: 15 Things To Do In Boracay
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- Malapascua: 11 Things To Do In Malapascua
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- Romblon: 12 Epic Things To Do In Romblon
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- Carabao: 7 Best Things To Do In Carabao
- Dumaguete: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots
- Sumilon Island: Sumilon Island Itinerary
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MALAPASCUA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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