Thinking of catching summer before it ends? Make all snug with your best swimwear for a paradise island off the northern tip of Cebu is just a few hours away.
GETTING THERE. Malapascua Island is tucked in the southeastern seaboard of the shores of Daanbantayan, it is 4 hours away by bus (Cebu North Bus Terminal at P160-P165) and two hours away by private car. Drop off point is in Maya wharf. From there, take a 30-minute boat ride (P80) to Malapascua Island. Some resorts in the island offer boat ride and pick-up from the city to guests as part of the accommodation package.
FEATURE. Its powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters are at par with that of Boracay Island. For years, this island paradise has become a venue of international convergence primarily to those who share the love and passion for underwater life because of its excellent diving spots. It is very accessible to other breathtaking diving spots like Gato Island, Kemod Shoal and Monad Shoal. Apart from being a world-class diving destination, it is also lures tourists both local and foreign guests who seek fun and adventure or just for pure tranquility.
ACCOMODATION. There are a number of lodging options to choose from depending on your budget. Check online for a list of resorts in the island or you can just make your way to the island and pitch a tent.
ONLINE SITES TO CHECK: www.gotomalapascua.com, www.malapascua.net, www.malapascua-diving.com
TRIVIA. Divers from all-over the world visit the island to see the endangered thresher shark and the giant manta rays that can be found around the island’s water.
SUGBO TIP. It is always best to explore on foot but if you want to see more of the island, rent a boat and reconnoiter unto the rock formations that lined the island’s edges especially on the northern seaboard. Just be sure to check weather forecast and take note of the sea tides before visiting the island.
(Published in Sugbo News)