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How to get to Malapascua Island in the Philippines and what to do on a budget!

Our first stop on our journey in the Philippines was to head out of Lapu Lapu and make our way to the beautiful island of Malapascua in Cebu region. To get to Malapascua is a bit tricky from Cebu City. You must take a very long bus ride and a few taxi rides or a very expensive Grab or private taxi ride for 4-5 hours. After an extremely few stressful days of traveling and some bumps in the road, we decided to suck it up and pay the 50 US dollars for the private taxi ride. After learning a bit more about Cebu and the Filipinos we learned how safe and cheap the buses were. I recommenced if you fly into Cebu International airport and are going to Malapascua just do some research on the Cebu bus system as it is safe and relatively easy. Here you can find more information about the local bus. Cebu Bus Schedule . Whether you are taking the bus or a taxi, make sure you arrive to the pier before 5pm as that is when the last boat leaves and their are only local boats to and from the pier in Maya on the northern tip pf the island.

Once we arrived by public boat we met an awesome Filipino family that ended up staying in contact with us and inviting us on a private sunset snorkel trip! Everyone is so kind, i love it! We settled into our adorable guest house ran by lady boys called the Romantic Place Guest House. It was super cute, and the staff was so kind to us and the rates were some of the most affordable on the island. There are no motor bikes or cars for rent on Malapascua so you must walk, ride a bike, or take motor bike taxis. They are cheap so its convenient way to explore the island and you can easily wave them down. Sometimes locals will even give you a ride for a few picos. We walked everywhere because the island is small and easy to do so.

Some of our days were spent relaxing on the white sand beaches and soaking up the sun ans some were spent renting a boat from a local. This was a super fun day we had a boat to ourselves and got to snorkel in many different places. He took us to a Japanese ship wreck, and he even took us to the famous Lapu Lapu jumping cliff. The cliffs were scary to me but of course sawyer had no problem doing back flips off the highest point. It took me a about twenty minutes till I finally decided to jump but it is very safe and deep. The snorkeling wasn’t the best but there was a lot of beautiful fish to be seen and A LOT of starfish! By renting a boat from a local we avoided the expensive prices of a "snorkel tour" that most islands sell. The best perk was that it was private and the only downfall is that no lunch was included but we packed our own!

  We also went diving, but we learned the hard way and it can be hard to find a dive shop that has availability as the island is small and there are only a handful of dive shops. Luckily, we found one! It was our first dive after eight months of not diving and it was amazing! The reef and corals were so colorful, and the fish were plentiful! If I ever came back I would spend a lot more time diving than snorkeling as it was a lot better. Unfortunately, I ran into some ear problems after diving, so I was unable to do the 5 am, thrasher shark dive with Sawyer but he had quite the experience and the island is famous for it. Besides being busy with other divers, the sharks were beautiful and majestic and well worth getting up at the crack of dawn for! Plus, who doesn’t like watching the sunrise over the ocean on a boat. Scuba diving on Malapscua was not that expensive and compared to prices on the other Filipino islands. If you were already certified it was about 40 US dollars and that included all your gear. Sometimes if you bundle and do multiple dives with a shop, they will give you a even cheaper deal! We always do that if we plan to dive more than once.

If you are looking for delicious authentic Filipino food, check out Anns Eatery! Not only is she a great host and cook, she is now a friend. Her veggie curry is so yummy, I could eat it every day (which I pretty much did). If you’re lucky, she will take a photo with you for her wall! Sawyer loved her adobo, and her fresh juices are also a must and some of the best on the island. Also, her prices are some of the best and some places on the island are expensive for the Philippines because of how small the island is! 

Our favorite beach was bounty beach and the beautiful Langub. Langub is picture perfect with white sand and of course…. palm trees and blue water! The best part is nobody is there, probably because it is off the beaten path but those are the best finds! If you want to enjoy a beautiful island sunset check out Barrio Beach! The sunsets were incredible and we spent almost every night enjoying them. Malapascua is a beautiful paradise and worth making the adventure too. The night life is mellow but there are only a handful of bars that get wild when the sun goes down. My favorite part of the island was how local it felt, we got to watch a basketball tournament with hundreds of locals rooting of their favorite teams. It was great fun and I didn't even now what they were saying! Malapscua is 100% worth the long bus ride and effort to get to the little paradise!


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