Malapascua island is at the northernmost tip of Cebu Island, and famous for its world class marine sanctuary. Specifically, thanks to the fact you are almost 100% guaranteed to see thresher sharks. The island also has long strips of beautiful white sand beaches, restaurants and resorts, and is perfect for a calm beach vacation.

Whether you want to dive in Malapascua or just relax on the beach, add it to you wish list, or just contact us, and we will make it happen.

The way to get here goes through Cebu City. There are many daily flights to Cebu from Manila and many other destinations in the Visayas area, and even some international flights as well.

From Cebu airport take a taxi to Northern Bus Terminal. From there you’ll need to take the Ceres Company bus heading to Maya. It should cost around 80P, and the trip to Maya take around 3-4 hours. The last stop is in Maya port, the port leading to Malapascua. From there, a public boat leaves every 30 minutes or so (when full). Alternatively, you can book a private boat to take you across. prices for the boat rides are 50P and 1000- 1500P respectively.

When booking with us we can schedule an airport pickup and private boat combination. This will cost a bit more, but will be the easiest and most convenient way to get to the island.

Being a small island, most resorts are located in one spot, and that’s Bounty Beach. Bounty beach is one of the best beaches in Malapascua, and you will find many bars, restaurants, resorts and dive clubs there.

It’s very nice to stay at Bounty Beach, and there are many options regarding your budget. However, if you wish to stay away from the action we’ll help you find the quiet accommodation you seek. Go through our hotel catalog and if you don’t find what you need, contact us for assistance.

Get in touch now and our experts will help you build your entire vacation.

Malapascua Travel Essentials:

  • Location : 6.8km north of Cebu Island.
  • Flights : Fly to Mactan Cebu Airport, then take a bus+ferry from there.
  • Ferry : The ferry to Malapascua Island takes off from Maya Port, Cebu island.
  • Getting around : The island is very small, and there are no taxis/jeeps/tricycles. Renting a bike, habal-habal, or walking are your only options.
  • Best time to visit : Malapsacua has good weather all year round, so anytime will do. Summer (June – September) is hot and wet, but rain usually falls in the late afternoon and evening. Winter (October – January) can bring some heavy rains, but it’s the perfect season for diving.
  • Attractions : Scuba diving, island hopping, beach bumming and relaxing.
  • Extra tips : Bring cash with you as there are no ATMs on Malapascua Island. Booking in advance over the high season is a must as places tend to be overbooked.

What to do in Malapsacua?

Most of the tourists that come here do it for the diving. Malapascua has a rich marine sanctuary, and is one of the few places in the world you are almost guaranteed to see therhser sharks all year long.

If you are not into diving then this stunning island near Cebu still offers a serene atmosphere – a very good combination between comfort and placidity.

Dive with sharks and other interesting creatures

Malapascua Monad Shoal Diving
As said above, this is one of the few places that you can see thresher sharks all year around. Moreover, during the colder months you have a great chance to see manta rays, and other sharks like hammerheads and white tips. Winter makes the best time to dive in Malapascua if you are into big fish diving.

Spring is the high season, and the waters are rich with all sorts of animals like ringed octopus, manta rays, devil rays, mating squids, cuttlefish and so much more. Summer (June – September) is considered the wet season (though rain usually hits in the late afternoons or nights), and water are warmer. The sea life is plentiful, and offer good diving allover. Because it’s low season the island gets quieter and the prices tend to drop.

Keep in mind that in order to do some of the dives here you must have an advanced open waters (or its equivalent), as you need to dive deeper than 18 meters. But there is no need to worry, check out our Malapascua diving catalog and see what kind of training appeals to you. Our experts can easily organize your stay and certification in Malapascua.

Malapascua island hopping tours

Kalanggaman Island view from above
Island hopping is a great way to spend your days here. You can snorkel, chill on the beach, and visit hidden spots on Malapascua Island and its surrounding smaller islands.

Dakit-dakit Islet is rocky, and going on top is not an option, but it makes an excellent place for snorkeling, especially during the warmer seasons. Coral Garden is a magical place, rich with fish and corals. It’s primarily a diving site but also has parts which aren’t so deep, and easier to explore.

Another underwater spot is a sunken Japanese wreck in front of the island’s lighthouse. The small boat was sunk during WW2, and what you can see nowadays is the remains of its starboard. Lapus Lapus Island is a gorgeous place, with cliffs covered in green. There’s even a 50 ft. cliff to jump off from if you feel brave enough.

Another island accessible from Malapascua is Kalanggaman Island, but it’ll require a day trip on its own. Kalanggman became famous on 2013 when a cruise ship stopped and let its passengers enjoy the island. It’s actually part of Leyte, and the trip from Malapascua takes 1.5-2 hours. Once you get there you’ll discover one of the most beautiful islands you’ve seen. It has some palm trees where you can enjoy the shade under, and a very long white sandbar – a couple hundred meters long of soft white sand. There are no amenities on the island so you’ll have lunch made by your crew members.

Relax on the white beaches of the island

If you just want to relax on the beach Malapascua is a very good place to do so. The main beach here is called Bounty Beach, which is long and white. It has many restaurants and bars around it, as well as hammock hanging around for you to lie down on and relax. Motorized vehicles are not allowed near the beach so despite its popularity it’s still very calm ad quiet.

There are beaches more secluded than Bounty Beach that will make a great trip. You can either go by foot to the ones close to your resort, or take a motorbike ride. If you are going on an island hopping tour, the boat will stop in some of these beaches. It’s a great opportunity to visit the more remote beaches of Malapascua. Notable mentions are Guinbitayan Beach near the island’s lighthouse, Logon beach, and Langob Beach. Your time in each one will be remarkably pleasant, so be sure not to overlook the island’s beaches while your’e here.

How does Malapascua fit into your travel plan?

Malapascua can be an overnight destination if you are focused on what you want to see and do, but in order to really enjoy what is has to offer, it’s advised to stay here for a couple of nights. You could book the package by itself, or include it in a larger itinerary for Cebu island.

If you’re traveling around Cebu Island, and into diving or a quiet beach vacation, this is a great spot for you. It’s easily accessible from Cebu City, and if you’re flying directly into the city you should take it under consideration. You could also consider discussing a full diving package across the Philippines with our experts, and we’ll make sure Malapascua is included.


  1. amornrat

    I want to know the price of Malapascua Island tour.

    Posted on December 3, 2017 Reply
    • Admin

      Hi there and thank you for commenting on our site.

      Even if you take a private van, visiting Malapascua as a day tour from Cebu city isn’t the best idea. The last ferry back from Malapscua leaves around 15:00, so your itinerary will be very tight.

      If you insist, of course we will do everything we can to help you plan it. But we kindly suggest you reconsider, and either spend at least a night in Malapascua, or go someplace else instead. There are a few boutique beach resorts on the island, and staying there is very relaxing and highly recommended.

      In case you want to take a different day trip from Cebu, we recommend either the Kawasan Falls canyoneering tour or a day tour to the Chocolate hills in Bohol.

      Posted on December 4, 2017 Reply
  2. Aye

    Hi! How much will it cost if I stay overnight in Malapascua then availna diving session?

    Posted on December 10, 2017 Reply
    • Admin

      Hi and thanks for contacting us. We’ll get back to you by mail, but it really depends on your choice of hotel there and which dives you want to try.

      You can check all available hotels at our hotel catalog – simply filter by clicking ‘malapascua’ on the left menu.

      As for dives – one dive costs 1800P (36 USD) and can be even cheaper if you have your own gear. If you don’t have a diving certificate, one fun dive would cost 3000P (60 USD) – and you won’t be able to dive with the sharks.

      Posted on December 16, 2017 Reply

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