Malapascua (Philippines)

Malapascua Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Island of Magic & Thresher Sharks

Dive with Thresher Sharks
Soak up the Island Paradise
Friendly locals

Malapascua is a petite island located off the northern tip of Cebu in the Philippine archipelago. Only reachable by a 30 minute boat ride from Maya Port, it has a bit of that ‘off the beaten path’ feeling in spite of the fact that it is a popular destination for divers hoping to catch a glimpse of the thresher shark and its distinctive long tail. Malapascua is home to the first shark and manta ray sanctuary in the Philippines, and it is pretty much guaranteed that you will see sharks daily - music to any aficionado’s ears.

Narrow dirt paths (no cars, just motorbikes!) wind their way across the island, which is a whopping 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 Km) long by about a half mile wide (1 Km); making it the perfect place for a bit of exploring. Veer off the dive resort studded coast, and wander inland to find a colourful village still recovering from a devastating typhoon that swept through in 2013 - one that levelled almost everything on the island.

Patchwork houses, purple taro pastries, little shacks selling grilled meat on sticks and bottles of Horse beer, groups of laughing children, friendly island dogs, and tethered roosters in almost every yard. Who knows -perhaps you will even lose some money at one of the local cockfights.

What Malapascua lacks in the way of pristine beaches on which to while away the hours, it makes up for with an abundance of welcoming smiles and rustic charm that is irresistibly endearing.

Consider visiting during the off - season for a quieter, ‘private island’ experience.

(Malapascua has no medical facilities or ATMs... go prepared!)

Guest Review by Lara - [Review by LaraM]

Key info

  • Malapascua is a region in Philippines. It is situated at an altitude of 33ft and the best airport to fly into is CEB (Mactan Cebu International, Cebu)
  • The main spoken language here is Filipino, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP)

Malapascua Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

84 86 88 90 90 90 88 90 90 88 88 86

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

7.3 4.6 4 3.8 5.6 7.1 7.8 7.5 7.7 9.5 10.7 9.5

More Malapascua travel resources

If you would like to learn more about this destination you can head to the original and full length 2 part article from our guest reviewer - Lara's site entitled: The Magic of Malapascua (part 1) & (Part 2)

You can connect with Lara via Twitter & Facebook Page.

For some more info & research head to

If you want all the diving info, you can head here.

Here is a wonderful write up about the diving aspect of this island with some stunning images to wet your appetite Scuber Diver Life.

And as always, here's Wikitravel

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