The first image Malapascua offers will stay with you 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 image changes the last years, because Malapascua business is really exploding, more and more concrete build hotel-like buildings coming 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. Malapascua lays 8km off the north of Cebu, has an original community of about 4000 inhabitants (2012 - 11,000 inhabitants!).
Cebuano is the common language here, followed by Filipino. Most of the staff at the resorts and dive shops speak English fluently. Some locals speak enough to get by.
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), and South East point
Malapascua is a prime diving destination.
The waters off the island offers some of the most exciting extreme dives in the Philippines, with adrenaline pumping adventure, thresher sharks, hammerhead 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.
Dive centers include:
- 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.
- Malapascua Exotic Dive & Beach Resort (IDC Centre) Bounty Beach, ☎ +63(0)406-5428 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The first Dive Resort on the Island. Offers all in one - accommodation, restaurant, bar, diveshop, travel service, etc. This eco-friendly resort, that has its own recycling plant and 24-hours generator, offers first 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 courses. It is one of the most flexible dive shops we have come accross. 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.
- Thresher Shark Divers Thresher Shark Divers, ☎ +63(0)9276123359 (email@example.com). Daily thresher shark dives, manta dives, corals, wrecks, macro and muck diving. PADI 5 Stars IDC Center with a full range of course from beginner to Instructor. Also available: Diving Internships and Technical Diving.
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.
A walk or a tour unto the whole Island will take you about 3 hours. One way or another it's main resource is the sea: divers and fishermen work side by side with force of compromises.
There is a newly built basic medical clinic on Malapascua Island, close by to the Barangay Hall. That little clinic is now operating since 2012, but a doctor comes only every Saturday. In case of a serious injury one would have to go to Bliss Hospital, in Daanbantayan, which may take several hours, depending on oceanic conditions, as well as road traffic.
For divers, the next decompression chamber is far away in Lahug, Cebu City, military hospital.