So, I’ve been remiss with my blogging again, haven’t I?
Anyway, summer has been awesome so far. Despite the heat, there’s just so much to look forward to, and by the looks of it, everyone has found their way to the beach. I don’t blame them, the heat has been unbearable so the only recourse is to go to the nearest water source.
My barkada and I skipped the usual Laboracay festivities (once is enough, I tell you!) and went instead to the relatively unknown island of Malapascua, Cebu. Although places like these are a bit harder to get to than Boracay, there’s a certain charm in knowing that you’re in a place only few people have been to.
Malapascua Island is about 3 ½ hours away from Cebu City. That’s three hours of land travel from the city to Maya Port at the northernmost tip of Cebu, and then about 30-45 minutes by boat from Maya to Malapascua, depending on how calm the waters are. Boat fare is about Php 80 – 100 per person. No need to worry about the length of travel too, as the beautiful scenery of Northern Cebu will surely peak your interest. (We kept stopping just so my friends could take pictures!)
Once you get to the island, you will be greeted by white sand and quaint little resorts, most of which offer diving lessons and diving trips. Actually, diving is mostly why people go to Malapascua. There are four shipwrecks around the area, and it boasts of Monad Shoal, which is an area that elusive Thresher Sharks often frequent. Of course, this goes without saying, the island has got some very beautiful marine life.
We stayed at the Little Mermaid Dive Resort, right in front of the beach. Actually, most resorts are beachfront, so it really makes no difference where you stay. The good thing about Little Mermaid though, was that it was beside Ocean Vida, which was where we spent most of our time hanging out, all thanks to their super comfortable beach chairs.
Didn’t get to explore much of the island because we were too content laying on the beach and enjoying the water. Oh! One thing that I liked too was the clean water! It had none of the icky Boracay lumot. Just be careful of the boats coming in an out though. Unlike Boracay, they don’t have one central port for all the boats travelling to and from the island. Well, it proved to be a good thing for me come Day 3, because I ended up swimming under the shade of the boats, no thanks to my really, really bad sunburn. Hahaha.