Malapascua Island, with white sand beaches and crystal clear water, is a perfect place for beach vacations if you want to be relieved from stress and leave all the worries in the city. If Oslob is famous for whale shark watching, Malpascua is also known for thresher shark watching.
Sting rays and hammerhead sharks are also among the common visitors in the island that’s why it’s a favorite hub of divers. There are also boats for rent if you want to go snorkeling. Payment is 500 pesos for two persons and 1000 pesos for more than two persons. Complete snorkeling equipment will already be provided.
How to Go to Malapascua Island
From Cebu North Bus Terminal, ride a bus headed to Maya Port via Daan Bantayan. Maya Port is the last bus stop. Malapascua is just 15 to 20 minutes away from the port so they only use boats. Be sure to come early since they won’t travel if they don’t have passengers. Malapascua is just a small island so once you reach the place, the beach resorts are only one minute walk from the docking area.
Slam’s Garden and Beach Resort
Slam’s Garden and Beach Resort is one of the resorts there and was my choice when I visited the island. I’ve rented a fan room worth 1500 pesos per night. The room is really a lot better than the room I’ve rented in Lagunde Beach Resort in Oslob considering that I’ve paid the same amount.
The door, windows, floor, bed and furniture are all clean and in good condition. They even provide a safety lock for your money and valuables. The restroom is also great and there’s a partition between the toilet and the shower area. They even have a clean lavatory. Towels and basic toiletries are also provided.
They resort also has a bar and a restaurant. I’ve tried eating at their restaurant for breakfast and I loved the food so I recommend the restaurant to future visitors.
Telephone Numbers: (00-63) 905 343 3495 & (00-630 926 785 3743
The only drawback of the resort is it’s not really a beachfront resort. You’ll have to walk for a few minutes in order to get to the better side of the beach for swimming. The best beachfront resorts are located in bounty beach. However, I still enjoyed my stay at Slam’s Resort because of the good accommodation and service.
The island is not that quiet and boring and not really noisy so it’s good for people who want a fun and relaxing vacation. The only problem I see is there are too much seaweeds growing and they destroy what could have been great sand bars during low-tide.
Nevertheless, the place is still nice and there are fish even in the shallow part of the sea.
Bounty Beach is a part of Malapascua Island where there is a wider stretch of white sand. The sand in this area is also finer. The following among the best resorts in bounty beach:
There are many restaurants in the island but the most affordable place is Mabuhay Food Restaurant. Their main dishes are around 95 pesos. The food was just average but the mango shake served to me was tasteless. The service is also very slow and my order arrived after 45 minutes. There were lots of flies and the staff does nothing about it. The table cloth was also dirty.
Aside from the restaurant at Slam’s Garden & Beach Resort, I could also recommend the restaurant at Exotic Dive Resort. They offer European and Asian food and the ambience there is really nice especially at night.
I’ve had a great and fun vacation at Malapascua and leaving the island was hard. I’ve had a lot good memories that I will always treasure.