Malapascua

ฤดูท่องเที่ยว The Philippines has two seasons: "rainy season" (July-December) and "dry season" (January to June). Luckily, it doesn't mean that it always rains in rainy season - in fact we can go for months in rainy season with very little rain. As Malapascua is away from the mountains we experience much less rainfall that Cebu City. We are rarely affected by typhoons, which tend to pass near to Luzon in the north of the Philippines.High season (December to April) means less chance of rain, but also more people and sometimes higher prices. Hottest time is from March - May. If you want to meet lots of people and have a livelier social life this is the best time.We get mild typhoons year round, but more so in low season (Jul-Dec). However, they do not usually hit us hard and we can almost always dive. It is hard to predict year to year. We can go 1-2 months with barely a day of rain in low season.Water temperature varies from 27-30 degrees for most of the year. From December - February it is usually 24-26 degrees although it does not drop every year.Thresher Sharks used to be more seasonal but are now seen consistently year round. Hammerheads are seen December-April with April being the best month for schools. However these are only tendencies and can change from year to year. Contact us to find out the latest information.Your chance of seeing sharks is not as good during major holidays as there are always many divers around. These holidays include Christmas, Western New Year (Jan 1), Chinese New Year, Easter, Thai New Year (April 14) and May 1. It is best if you can avoid these times if possible.
สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ Thresher shark sightings are the best they have ever been!
The huge diversity of marine life in Malapascua includes thresher sharks, hammerhead sharks, whitetip sharks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, cuttlefish, endless crustacean species, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and much more...

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Spain first laid claim to the 7,107 islands of the Philippines in 1511 and named them for King Philip II of Spain. England briefly occupied the islands from 1762-3, and the U.S. laid claim in 1898. Japan took over during WWII, and independence was finally granted in 1946. It has been a politically turbulent country ever since.

U.S. occupation left the legacy of the English tongue, Marlboro cigarettes and basketball. English is widely spoken throughout the country and signs, official documents etc are all in English, although the main language of Malapascua is Visayan (Cebuano).


Malapascua Island is just off the north tip of Cebu (
see on Google maps below). it is about 2km by 0.5km, and you can walk around it in 1-2 hours. It has a population of around 4000, most of whom live off tourism, fishing, boat building or coconuts.
Malpascua Island

The name Malapascua means 'Bad Christmas' in Cebuano. Legend has it that it was so named because the Spanish first landed here one stormy Christmas Day in the 1500's. There is some debate about the name because although 'mal' definitely means 'bad,' 'pasco' means Christmas in the local language of Cebuano but 'pascua' in Spanish means Easter. So perhaps it was a stormy Easter after all.

Malapascua was first 'discovered' by present-day foreigners over 30 years ago, when Swiss national, Freddy of Cocobana Resort bought land. Ten years later he opened the island's very first resort. Freddy is not a diver, but at the same time dive safaris were coming up from Cebu and making the first ever dives with thresher sharks. Malapascua quickly became known as a premier dive destination in the Philippines and divers starting visiting regularly.

Today, Malapascua remains a beautiful, sleepy island, as yet unspoiled by tourism, with white sandy beaches, lush green palm trees and surrounded by clear blue waters.

There are no cars on the island and most buildings are only one floor high. The locals are friendly and like to say hello and chat. They may even invite you to their homes for dinner, or at least to sit down, join them singing songs and playing guitar, and toast each other with a rum and coke.

The Philippines has received a lot of bad publicity over the years and some people think it is unsafe to visit. This image is based on only a few isolated events and does not reflect the whole country. Filipinos are mostly devout Catholics due to the Spanish influence and Muslims are a small minority, the extremists smaller still.

The Philippines is generally very safe and the only place to avoid is Mindanao in the far south - an isolated area far away from Malapascua. Cebu itself is populated by very Catholic, very friendly, Filipinos.

As with anywhere, keep your belongings and money in a secure place, although theft is not a big problem in Cebu. Tourists are not a target for the thieves in the way they are in most major tourist areas. Nevertheless, use hotel safes, and be careful when leaving money and cameras in your room. Do not leave anything outside your room at night.

  • SIM cards are widely available in Malapascua for mobile phones. Globe is best for Malapascua.
  • The Philippines uses USA style plugs - flat, vertical two pin plugs. Its voltage is different from the US - 220v at 60Hz. 24 hour electric has recently arrived in Malapascua and is now available in most resorts and island-wide.
  • There is rarely toilet tissue or water in public toilets so take your own. Tampons are hard to find, so bring a sufficient supply. You may be able to buy them at some of the pharmacies in the bigger shopping malls in Cebu (Rose Pharmacy is best).
  • A free 30 day tourist visa is standard on arrival in the Philippines for most nationalities.
  • The currency of the Philippines is the peso.
  • US$ cash is easiest to change on the island. However, it is best to get pesos in Cebu. You can change money at some banks (BDO and Metrobank),or money changers in the shopping malls (SM, Ayala or Robinson's). You can also withdraw cash through an ATM bank machine. There is one at the airport. If you are getting a taxi or transfer to Malapascua, just ask your driver to stop at an ATM machine. There are no ATMs in Malapascua. The nearest ATM is in Bogo, over an hour away.

การเดินทาง

สามารถบินตรงจาก กรุงเทพ-เซบู (Cebu) หรืออาจไปต่อเครื่องที่ มะนิลา (Manila) โดยปกติแล้วหากซื้อแพคเกจดำน้ำจากร้านดำน้ำ จะมีบริการรถรับส่งจากท่าอากาศยานเซบู-ท่าเรือ ใช้เวลานั่งรถประมาณ 3-4 ชั่วโมง ขึ้นอยู่กับสภาพการจราจร และนั่งเรือไปยังเกาะมาลาปัสกัวอีกประมาณ 45 นาที

การรักษาพยาบาล

There are very few health related problems on Malapascua among tourists. Bottled drinking water is available everywhere on the island and we provide cheap refills to cut down on the environmental impact of plastic bottles.

There is no malaria on Malapascua. The mosquito borne disease dengue fever is around, but it is rarely caught by tourists. Even so, it wise to avoid mosquito bites and cover up or use repellant. We have found, apart from the more poisonous DEET-based products, that Jungle Juice, Avon Skin-so-Soft and plain antiseptic soap work well. A tiny pot of Tiger Balm is great to take away that itch if you do get bitten.

There is no doctor on Malapascua. Basic medications, including antibiotics, are usually available although it is always a good idea to carry a basic first aid kit. Of course we have a first aid kit in the dive shop and on the boat.

The nearest hospital is in Daan Bantayan, which is on the mainland and takes about an hour to reach. The nearest recompression chamber is in Cebu and helicopter evacuation is available if necessary.

การรักษาพยาบาล

There are very few health related problems on Malapascua among tourists. Bottled drinking water is available everywhere on the island and we provide cheap refills to cut down on the environmental impact of plastic bottles.

There is no malaria on Malapascua. The mosquito borne disease dengue fever is around, but it is rarely caught by tourists. Even so, it wise to avoid mosquito bites and cover up or use repellant. We have found, apart from the more poisonous DEET-based products, that Jungle Juice, Avon Skin-so-Soft and plain antiseptic soap work well. A tiny pot of Tiger Balm is great to take away that itch if you do get bitten.

There is no doctor on Malapascua. Basic medications, including antibiotics, are usually available although it is always a good idea to carry a basic first aid kit. Of course we have a first aid kit in the dive shop and on the boat.

The nearest hospital is in Daan Bantayan, which is on the mainland and takes about an hour to reach. The nearest recompression chamber is in Cebu and helicopter evacuation is available if necessary.