This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Malapascua Island. To help you make friends with Malapascua Island before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
A small island, Malapascua is one of Philippines' top diving destinations. It is located in the northern part of Cebu and going here is literally leaving behind the usual comfort and convenience of life. In exchange is a paradise-like beach, free from rowdy tourists.
Its name comes from "Mal Pascua," which means " Bad Easter." The Spaniards who first ruled the Philippines way back in the fifteenth century, named it after very bad weather stranded a group of Spaniards on the island one Christmas; its old name, Logon, is still the name given to its town proper.
Malapascua is small enough that you can walk through it within two hours. It first rose to prominence in the diving scene way back in the nineties and is still a favorite among many divers. This island is perfect those who want to enjoy an off-the-beaten-path kind of destination. One of the great things to do here is dive with thresher sharks; the underwater environment is also home to many marine species like mantra rays. If you like to just laze along the beach, its famous white-sand beach is called Bounty Beach. With its laid-back atmosphere and unspoilt beach, the island of Malapascua is one of Philippine's most sought-after destinations.
Because of its size, there are few choices for accommodation. The good news, however, is that there are places to stay for backpackers. These hostels in Malapascua Island have kitchen facilities, clean rooms, and even Wi-Fi. They are located in the town center, giving backpackers quick access to food and entertainment. Some diving centers also have dorm-type accommodations with backpacker-friendly rates. These Malapascua hostel accommodations are not just affordable, but also a great place to meet fellow sun worshippers.
Written by local enthusiast for Malapascua Island hostelsvcaulin