Malapascua is located in the Philippines just off the north tip of Cebu Island.
Most people get to Malapascua via Cebu City. From Cebu, take a bus or car up to the port of Maya, then a boat over to Malapascua. The road is very rough in places but it is getting better as the government slowly implements its improvement plans for northern Cebu.
The easy way
If you have a booking on Malapascua, have your resort or dive shop arrange a private taxi and boat transfer. Average price is around US$70-$100 for a one way transfer. They will pick you up at the airport and bring you all the way there. Mostly this is very reliable but bring the cell phone number of the resort just in case.
You can also arrange a taxi in Cebu. This will cost anywhere up to PHP 4,000 but you may be able to get a good deal. Just make sure he actually knows the way! Often these city drivers get lost near the end and a three hour journey takes five.
Once in Maya you can hire a private boat (P1000 and up), or just wait for the public boat (P50). This takes 30 minutes.
The saving-your-pennies way (for the adventurous)
Take a taxi to the Northern Bus Terminal.
Take a bus to Maya. Ceres buses are the best, they are the big yellow ones. Rough Riders live up to their name. Cost is P60.
This will take you all the way to Maya port, so just get off at the end of the line.
From there, go to the little ticket booth at the end of the pier and they will help you get the next public boat. There is no fixed boat schedule as the boats wait until they are full to leave. The last boat usually leaves around sundown. Price for a public boat is P50.
BEWARE of scams at Maya, the touts can be merciless. They will tell you that there are no more boats going to Maya, but it is usually not true. The last boat usually leaves between 6 and 7pm. You may have to wait for a while, but you can usually get across for P50. If you want to go straight away, you can hire a private boat for P1000. If it is late or bad weather or the captain just does not want to go, expect to pay up to P2000.
Keep some small change in pesos. You may need it for porters. Also, if it is low tide, you will have to get a small rowing boat ("boaty") to the banka ferry. This costs 10-20 pesos per person and per bag.
If you arrive really late, ask someone for the Abba guesthouse, which is very basic but close. Or get in touch with Skip's beach resort which is about 10 minutes away. They have a sign at the dock with all the necessary info. They have AC rooms for a very reasonable price (P700 and P1200) as well as lots of free facilities.
how to get to cebu
You can get to Cebu by plane or ferry. There are many different ways of traveling around the Philippines, and those below are just a few of the easiest. Be aware that routes and schedules change constantly.
From cities including:
- Puerto Princessa
- Caticlan (Borocay)
Domestic Airlines: Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines Airlines, Zest Air
International Airlines (Direct to Cebu)
There are other international airlines that fly to Manila and from there there you can get one of the many daily flights to Cebu. Try KLM, Emirates, Thai, Qantas Kuwait Airways, Royal Brunei, South East Asian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air Macau, Asian Spirit, Hong Kong Express, Gulf Air, EVA Air, Northwest Airlines, China Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Asiana Airlines, Etihad Airways, Tiger Airways, Korean Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air Niugini, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Continental Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines , China Southern, Air Asia, and Vietnam Airlines.
Cebu Pacific Airlines are a local low cost airline who are constantly introducing new international flights. At the time of writing they fly to Brunei, Bangkok, Beijing, Busan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpar, Macao, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Taipai and Shanghai.
There are ferries to Cebu from Manila, Bohol (Tagbilaran), Leyte and Negros (Dumaguete). There are ferries from other places as well, check locally for details.