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Malapascua Island

A dream destination for scuba divers.

Malapascua Island is a world-class diving destination situated in the the Visayan Sea, 6.8 kilometres (4.2 mi) across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island.

Malapascua should be on the bucket list of any diver because is the only place in the world where divers can reliably sight thresher sharks on a regular basis.

How to get there:

The nearest airport to Malapascua Island is Mactan-Cebu International airport.

From Cebu airport, you’ll need to travel to Maya in the north of Cebu and take a boat across to Malapascua.

The journey from Cebu City or Mactan to Maya port takes around 3-4 hours.

The crossing from Maya to Malapascua takes only 30 minutes.

When to go

High season – from December to May. Christmas, New Year and Easter are the most busiest times of the year.

Low Season/Rainy Season –  From June to November

Diving Season –  Thresher Sharks and Manta Rays can be spotted year round but the best seasons for Manta rays are Winter and Spring. The best time of the year to see Hammerhead Sharks is from December to April.


Thresher sharks, manta rays, healthy coral reefs, wrecks or macro, Malapascua island has something for every diver.


The best dive sites are:


  • Bantayan Island – widely considered as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. Bantayan is famed for its fine white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters.


  • Monad Shoal – the most famous dive site on the island and the best spot for thresher sharks sightings


  • Gato Island – marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary which boats an amazing variety of marine life.


  • Butong Bato – An underwater pinnacle site home to a large school of resident batfish as well as vibrant corals and macro.


  • Lapus Lapus – a kaleidoscopic site with the best corals in Malapascua where you can find macro critters and a variety of reef fish.


  • Chocolate Island – A must-go site for macro photographers.

ATMs and Internet

There’s no ATMs on Malapascua Island, so stack up cash before you arrive.
Although most of the hotels on the islands provide free Wi-Fi, the connections is usually very slow or intermittent.

Activities for non-divers

Asides from scuba diving, there are a variety of activities for non-divers in Malapascua Island.

Malapascua is known for its pristine white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and bordered by coconut trees. The best beaches on the islands are: Langub Beach, Logon beach and the most popular Bounty beach.

Walking around the island is the best way to explore all the beaches. Malapascua can be circumnavigated by foot in a day.

You can also rent a bike if you want to explore the interior of the island and experience the real filipino life in the villages.

You can go climb to the top of Malapascua Lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the sunset.

If you are a thrill seeker, there are several spots to go cliff jumping.

You can hire a boat and go island hopping around Malapascua. There are a couple of good spots for snorkeling and untouched islands with secluded beaches.

Where to stay

The best resort in Malapascua is Tapanee Beach Resort.

It’s an intimate and welcoming beach resort where you will have the opportunity to spend an unforgettable holiday of relaxation and diving. The resort has tastefully furnished rooms and cottages overlooking the ocean.

Besides Tapanee Beach Resort, there are other mid-range and native-style accommodation whose price ranges from PHP 500 and PHP 5,000 per night.