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Malapascua


INTRO:



Known as the little Boracay. The small island Malapascua is located about seven kilometers north-east of Cebu and about 25 kilometers west of Leyte, home to a traditional fishing community of around 3500 people. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, broken up by small rocky outcrops. Tourism is still new in Malapascua. The island has a handful of resorts and a couple of dive operators, but for the locals life is much as it always was. Malapascua Island is also known as Logon Island, named after Barangay Logon, the main village in the southern part of the island.


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MUST SEE/ACTIVITIES:


Sites:

The powdery white sand..the rocky outcrops..sunsets..sunrise..
               
this place is perfect for beach addicts and photography enthusiasts
       


Activities
    snorkelling:
       you need to hire a boat... a local there offered me 500 for the boat trip (25 persons can fit inside) and
snorkelling....you can rent a snorkelling gear for 100..


trip around the island - hire a motor bike...
this would cost you 150/hour..
ask the driver to take you to los bamboos the
view there is breathtaking!
entrance is 20.00

      view from los bamboo's cliff
ofcourse swim!
i had this fondest memory in malapascua when while i was sitting neck deep in the water, i felt something biting my big toe... when i looked down i saw this 2-inch fish who looked like bumping it's head to my toe... i tried to shoo the fish away
and i kept moving to my left but the fish keeps following me....hahaha cute fish..... i was laughing the whole time.....too bad i
wasn't able to capture my adventure with that tiny fish *lol*...
note to self: bring a piece of bread next time...
relax with a good book

diving!
and see some tresher sharks and other marine life...




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FOOD and RESTOS:
the famous maldito's... visit this place for a taste of night life at malapascua



GING-GING'S EATERY - now this isn't a fancy resto but the food is good and cheap!
(i ended up eating all my meals here)
egg cheese omelette = Php30.00
meal = Php45.00 - 70.00
sandwiches = Php30.00 - 50.00
softdrinks = 15.00


if you want a little fancy restaurant try LA ISLA BONITA


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HOTEL and ACCOMODATIONS
SUNSET RESORT - beach front


during my visit (2004) they only have 2 cottages and the rate is at 500 during off peak
and 900 during peak season...... the cottage can fit in 4 people comfortably......
but this resort doesn't have it's own generator so you'll be in the dark from 11:30pm until the sun rises........


BLUE WATER - this resort has beach front rooms and they have a 24-hour electricity
contact nos. = 0927.490.9011 / (6332).437.1050
rates:
500 for 2 (cottages
750 for 4
400 for 2 room at the back




BLUE CORALS - perched on a hill with 24-hr electricity
contact nos. = 0927.494.7161 / 0927.433.1529
rates:
3,500 for 4 w/ a/c (2,800 during off peak season)
2,000 for 4 fan room
800 for 2 fan room (during off peak season)




DANAO RESORT (formerly sunrise resort)
800 - for a cottage, good for 4



LOS BAMBOOS - if you want it a little isolated this is the place....
they have fresh water so you won't have that salty taste when you take a bath....
contact nos. = 0927.890.6222 / 032.253.2937
rates:
900 for 2 (650 during off season)
1,200 for 4 (900 durin off season)
20 = entrance fee if visiting




MANGROVE - another isolated resort...
the resort has beautiful gardens and their own lagoon
rooms usually have themes
contact nos. = 0916.218.5534
$80 = kasbah/banyan/safari(family)
Php600 = native rooms
Php1,280 = duplex A
Php2,580 = duplex B
Php3,880 = BC 1
$79 = BC 2
$79 = BC 3
$12 = additional bed



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NIGHTLIFE
try maldito's
it's almost at the back of blue waters and is beside white sand bungalows resort...
maldito's is at the other side of bounty beach...


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OFF THE BEATEN PATH


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TOURIST TRAPS


WARNINGS OR DANGERS
there are little creatures there that can be too friendly - mosquitos

i had a tiny incident of jellyfish stinging me...but not to worry just wash it with water
and alcohol and the stinging sensation is gone in seconds.....
but my friends didn't have this same incident so i guess i just got lucky with the jellyfish *lol*


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GETTING THERE and AROUND
Transpo:
Fly to Cebu City - www.philippineairlines.com
take a bus from Cebu Northern Terminal - Php100
take "d rough riders" bus because this bus would take you directly to maya
other buses make a detour to hagnaya which would give you additional 30 min travel time.
"d rough riders" leaves at 5am and 6am...the last "d rough riders" and cebu autobus
leaves at noon...
when you reach the Maya wharf take a pumpboat to take you to Malapascua island (30.00)

Travel Time:
    from manila to cebu (by air) - 45 mins to 1 hour
    from cebu northern terminal to maya wharf - 4 hrs
    from maya wharf to malapascua - 30-45 mins


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Culture


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PACKING LIST
your swimsuit
snorkelling gear
goggles
life vest
sunblock
your favorite shades
flip flops
sarong or malong
hair conditioner
body moisturizer
after sun lotion/moisturizer/etc
camera
memory/CF card/rolls of film

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SHOPPING:
there's not much shopping to do except for souvenir shirts
try white island bungalows and blue waters for souvenir shirts
t-shirt ranges from 250 to 300....blue waters also have sandos
there are also swim suits/shorts/malong at maldito's


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GENERAL TIPS:
# the island doesn't have a 24-hour electricity. So if you're the type who is afraid of
the dark i suggest you book for a resort with own generator.....

# also bring flashlights...

# and mosquito repellant



Visit these links if you plan to go to malapascua:
    malapascua.net
    marlin's malapascua gallery
     malapascua island


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