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How to Go to Malapascua Island, Cebu Philippines

One of the best spot in the Philippines to relax and enjoy your vacation is Malapascua Island especially to those who love scuba diving.
The island is well known for the thresher shark (year round) and manta ray (seasonal). Aside from diving you can also enjoy snorkelling, swimming, Cliff jumping, Island hopping or just walking/roaming around the place.

Malapascua  island is located at the Northern part of Cebu of Daan Bantayan, Cebu Philippines

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This breathtaking place can be reached via a Ceres Bus or V-Hire starting point at Cebu North Bus Terminal located in Subangdaku, Mandaue City to Maya Port in Daan Bantayan, Cebu.

Cebu North Bus Terminal is the hub for all North Bound transportation in Cebu, Philippines.  

If you are coming from Cebu Mactan International Airport, you can reach the bus terminal by hiring a taxi. Some Malapascua resorts can arrange for a one-way transfer including boat trip; they can pick you up in the airport and bring you to Malapascua.

Or,  if you are on a budget, from Mactan Airport, ride the yellow airport multicab that is bound for Mactan Marina Mall. Then, opposite Marina Mall, ride a jeepney bound for Mandaue City.  In Guizo, Mandaue City, transfer to a 21A Jeepney. Inform the jeepney driver to drop you at the North Bus Terminal.

Are you starting your trip from Cebu City? In this case, you may take a taxi or PUJ (01K) in going to the Cebu North Bus Terminal.



Bus Departure Schedule North Terminal to Maya Port

It operates 24 hrs daily with 30 minutes interval of departure.

The estimated Travel time from Cebu North bus Terminal to Maya Port is around 4 hours but sometimes it takes longer than the expected travel period because of the heavy traffic in Mandaue City and Municipality of Consolacion.

Maya Port to Cebu Bus Departure Schedule

Bus schedule starts at 12:00 AM and the last trip is 6:00PM   with an interval of 30 minutes for every bus departure.

Ceres Bus Fare Rate

Non Aircon-Php170.00


Upon reaching Maya Port you can ride a public boat or a private boat going to Malapascua Island.

Malaspascua Boat Departure Schedule

The public boat trip starts at 6:30AM and the last trip is at 3:00 PM. Sailing period to the island is 30 minutes only. The departure time is not fixed because it will only sail once the desired number of passengers or cargoes is met.

If you cannot catch the public boat you can hire/rent a private boat.

Malapascua Boat Fare Rate

Public boat fare-Php100.00

Private boat -Php1, 500.00 up

How to Get to Cebu, Philippines

Getting to Cebu can be done via domestic airline flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. PAL and Cebu Pacific has several daily trips to Cebu from Manila, Davao, Clark, Puerto Princesa and several other Philippine airports.

Also, you may travel by boat or ferries to Cebu from Manila, Bohol, Dumaguete and from many places in the Visayas and Mindanao. Shipping companies like 2Go Travel, Cokaliong, Lite Ferries, Super Shuttle Ferry have daily trips to and from Cebu.

Travel Tip

When you travel to Malapascua, bring cash as there are no banks and ATM machines in the island and only few establishments accept credit card for payment.

Hope this travel guide is helpful during your visit in MALAPASCUA island!

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