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Honeymoon on Malapascua Island and day trip to kalanggaman Island

Feb, 26 || No Comments |

Malapascua beach at sunsetMalapascua’s chill out beach during sunset

7th February 2016 – it’s time to celebrate our honeymoon and what wouldn’t be nicer going back to the Philippines for this moment. I had aweeks – woohoo! We booked a flight with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong to Cebu. Try to grab their big promos!

Wating on Cathay Pacific's take off in Zürich heading to Hong KongWating on Cathay Pacific’s take off in Zürich heading to Hong Kong

The flight with Cathay Pacific was great and also their meals. Suprisingly they even served Häagen Dazs ice cream in economy. Why not :-) Due our final destination Cebu and to avoid a much higher ticket fee, we had a 9 hour layover in Hong Kong. Unfortunately it was just Chinese New Year and all the shops and malls were closed. The city center looked abandoned.

Early morning arrival in Hong KongEarly morning arrival in Hong Kong

After our layover we just had about a 3 hour connecting flight from Hong Kong to Cebu. Unfortunately there aren’t many direct international flights going to Cebu. But if possible try to avoid NAIA International Airport in Manila! A lot of scam is going on there and the airport is just terrible, especially if you need to change terminals. Arrived in Cebu we stayed again at the Ace Penzionne on Mactan Island, very close to Emelny’s family.

After 3 nights in Cebu we left towards Malapascua Island. The easiest way going from Cebu to Maya pier (Malapascua Island) is by taxi (takes about 3.5 hours). They will charge you at least 3’000-3’200 PHP or more. If you get a taxi, make sure they will drop you at new and not at the old pier. At the old pier there are only few boats and it can happen that the boat owner will overcharge you instead of only this 100 PHP fare or you have to wait for hours until the boat is full. Alternatively and much cheaper is going there by bus (takes about 5-6 hours). You need to board a bus from Cebu’s North Bus Terminal going to Bogo and change the Bus going to Maya Pier. It can happen that there are direct buses going to Maya Pier only with a stop in Bogo. In case of doubt ask the driver. The one way bus fare (with air condition) is about 180 PHP.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Make sure you bring enough cash to Malapascua. There aren’t any ATM’s on the Island. Withdraw your cash in Cebu or in Bogo at Super Metro Mall just 2 min walk from Bogo bus station. Some Hotels offer withdraws by creditcard but charge about 9 % (nine) additional fees on top. A good thing is also to book and pay your hotel ahead and use www.agoda.com (With Agoda the most hotels are prepaid by credit card) instead of www.booking.com. In any case book your hotel early. Malapascua is demanded (especially during holy weeks and high season) and there aren’t that many hotels with reasonable prices. We stayed at Hippocampus Beach and Dive Resort, a basic and cozy place to be.

In every case make sure you arrive before 5 pm, otherwise you will not find any boats going to Malapascua and you need to charter a private boat for at least 2’500 PHP.

Old Maya pier going to MalapascuaOld Maya pier going to Malapascua

Boat going from Maya Pier to Malapascua IslandBoat going from Maya Pier to Malapascua Island

Hippocampus Beach and Dive Resort, Garden viewHippocampus Beach and Dive Resort, Garden view

Hippocampus Beach and Dive Resort, breakfast on the first floor with beautiful sea viewHippocampus Beach and Dive Resort, breakfast on the first floor with beautiful sea view

Hippocampus Restaurant at the beachHippocampus Restaurant at the beach

Lazy dog at the receptionLazy dog at the reception

The restaurants on Malpascua Island’s aren’t the cheapest in the Philippines. If you walk around you will find some cheaper options. We found a nice one at the beach (just at the beginning of Bounty beach on the very left side but unfortunately I forgot the name). Good drinking deals you get during happy hour times everywhere around Bounty beach. Not straight at the beach and maybe a 5 Minutes walk away we found Ging Ging’s restaurant (find more informations on Tripadvisor). Great meals and very cheap prices.

Nice dinner at Ging Ging's Restaurant on Malapascua IslandNice dinner at Ging Ging’s Restaurant on Malapascua Island

Nice dinner at Ging Ging's Restaurant on Malapascua IslandNice dinner at Ging Ging’s Restaurant on Malapascua Island

Malapascua Beach at sunsetMalapascua beach at sunset

Once we decided to do a walking tour around or at least part of the island. We found nice view points from the lighthouse and met young kids which followed us half of our walk through their village. So funny. On Malapascua it’s still possible to find beaches with almost no tourists, so nice and relaxing. Bring some water with you, there aren’t everywhere some restaurants. From time to time you find a sari sari store. A little bit before sunset we walked back home around the beach. It was so beautiful and romantic.

Malapascua Island walk at the LighthouseMalapascua Island walk at the Lighthouse

Malapascua Island walking through the villageMalapascua Island walking through the village

Malapascua Island walking through the villageMalapascua Island walking through the village

Malapascua Island walking through the village met some local kidsMalapascua Island walking through the village and met some local kids

Malapascua Island walk at a lonely beachMalapascua Island walk at a lonely beach

Malapascua Island walk at a lonely beachMalapascua Island walk at a lonely beach

Malapascua Island walk through the villageMalapascua Island walk through the village

Malapascua Island walk pig and roosterMalapascua Island walk, pig and rooster

Malapascua Island walk another nice beachMalapascua Island walk, another nice beach

Malapascua Island walk more roostersMalapascua Island walk, more roosters

Malapascua Island walk at the end, enjoying the sunsetMalapascua Island walk at the end, enjoying the sunset

Another day we did a fishing boat snorkeling tour for about 2 hours around the island. the boat captain was recommend through one of our staff from the hotel. We paid 300 PHP and the fuel for the trip (for the boat).

Fishing Boat tour around Malapascua Island with Papa and SonFishing boat tour around Malapascua Island with Papa and Son

Fishing Boat tour around Malapascua Island with Papa and SonFishing boat tour around Malapascua Island with Papa and Son

Fishing Boat tour around Malapascua Island, beautiful beach viewFishing boat tour around Malapascua Island, beautiful beach view

Here you find some more pictures from Malapascua Island:

Nicest Beach part on Malapascua Island around Exotic Island Dive and Beach ResortNicest beach part on Malapascua Island around Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort

Nicest Beach part on Malapascua Island around Exotic Island Dive and Beach ResortNicest beach part on Malapascua Island around Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort

Valentinsdinner on Malapascua IslandValentinsdinner on Malapascua Island

During our stay on Malapascua we visited Kalanggaman Island (find more information here on tripadvisor) as a day trip. Kalanggaman Island is close to Leyte. We asked some diveshops which charged quite high prices for going there or they finally cancelled their trip. We found in the early morning some boats which were leaving towards Kalanggaman Island and we could join a tourist boat for PHP 500 per per person (additional each PHP 300 for the buffet and it was all worth it). The boat ride takes about 1.5 hours one way depends on the weather conditions. On the island there is another entrance fee (foreigners PHP 500, locals (Philippinos) PHP 150). It’s possible to do snorkeling but in my opinion there wasn’t a lot to see. Better enjoy the beaches, relax and take some pictures. Fortunately during our stay it wasn’t that crowded. It’s even possible to stay overnight (here you find additional information and the latest news about the Island). There are some basic but bring your own toilet paper :-D.

Day trip to wonderful Kalanggaman IslandDay trip to wonderful Kalanggaman Island

Day trip to wonderful Kalanggaman IslandDay trip to wonderful Kalanggaman Island

Day trip to wonderful Kalanggaman IslandDay trip to wonderful Kalanggaman Island

Our new office on Kalanggaman Island, unfortunately no wifiOur new office on Kalanggaman Island, unfortunately no wifi :-D

Day trip to wonderful Kalanggaman Island, on the sandbarDay trip to wonderful Kalanggaman Island, on the sandbar

Pic at the Kalanggaman Island signPic at the Kalanggaman Island sign

After 6 days on Malapascua Island we left towards Bantayan Island. We got some very cheap offers leaving there by boat straight to Bantayan Island but we have been warned that it’s not really save. Especially if they’re just leaving with a small fishing boat. The sea is rough and it’s dangerous. So we left back by boat to mailand Daanbantayan at Maya pier (this time we arrived at the new pier which was better). A AC bus was already waiting and took us for a very small money (around 30 PHP) back to Bogo. Arrived in Bogo we visited again the Metro supermarket to withdraw cash and buying some more food and drinks. At Bogo bus station we waited 15 minutes until the next bus arrived. They’re running quite frequently so no worries about missing a bus and it’s only about 11 Km to Hagnaya pier.

Bus from Bogo driving to Hagnaya pier (Bantayan Island)Bus from Bogo driving to Hagnaya pier (Bantayan Island)

Thanks for reading. See you next time on Bantayan Island.

 

Find here some more information about Malapascua Island:

Hotel overview Malapascua Island (Agoda)

Tripadvisor restaurant and attraction guide

Lonely Planet Island guide

 

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