Malapascua Island, Philippines.
Every time I hear someone say the name, the song ‘I like to move it move it’ comes in to my head. Don’t you think it has a striking resemblance to Madagascar?
Unfortunately this small island, North of Cebu, doesn’t have any talking lions but there are a lot of other things it has to offer.
Water activities (And they’re super cheap!)
Other than the obvious of swimming in the sea, the serene clear waters of Malapascua makes the island a divers paradise.
You can swim with white tip and thresher sharks (if your trips not cancelled that is..).
There are diving shops all around the island as the area is famous for two main dives.
In the early morning you can catch sight of the Thresher Sharks feeding. Alternatively, if your not so much of an early bird, you can take a day trip to Gato Island to swim with White Tip sharks and through an underwater cave.
We opted for a place called Sea Slug Divers to go diving at Gato Island. It’s the cheapest we found at 1200php (under £20) per fun dive. That includes the equipment too.
Unfortunately they cancelled our trip last minute on the morning of our dive. Something about a broken boat and no dive shops heading to Gato that day? I’m still not certain of what the woman was actually trying to explain. Anyway, this was our last day on Malapascua so unfortunately there was no shark diving for us!
Because of the beaches low tides there are lots of great snorkelling areas around the island.
We explored 3 different areas of Malapascua including the WWII shipwreck.
Stay inland as much as you can and food tends to be cheaper.
There are lots of ‘eateries’ a couple of roads back from the beach.
Just behind Cocobana resort on the beach there’s a place called Ging Gings restaurant. They do poached eggs, yay! It’s super cheap here and the food is good so do try this place out.
If you head down to the beachfront, you can expect an expensive meal. Over a backpackers budget. In Ging Gings we got our breakfast and lunch for same price as one breakfast on the beach!
If you really want to eat by the beach though, head to Oscars restaurant where you can eat while looking out at the sea for a reasonable price. Their chicken tomato and pesto in brown bread was amazing.
My lunch and drink was less than £3 too, cheap on this island!
Like most places in the Philippines, Malapascua has barely any nightlife. The south eastern side of the Bounty Beach has a couple more ‘bars’ if you would call them that. Generally it’s just very chilled restaurants with quiet music. Perfect for a group card game of Shithead!
Other than all that you can lay on the beautiful white sands while sipping pins coladas without a worry in the world. It’s the perfect place for that.
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