Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island 2
Malapascua Island, southern end
Malapascua Island is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful islands, situated 8km off the north coast of Cebu. Malapascua is becoming known worldwide for its fantastic diving and beautiful white sand beach. If you’re looking for white sand, crystal blue water, and spectacular diving, then this is the destination for you.

Malapascua is a relatively quiet island which makes it the perfect destination to get away. It is still much less developed than the more “touristy” places like Boracay and Puerto Galera. And it is small – in fact it only takes around 3 hours to walk around the entire island. As of 2012, Malapascua has a population of around 11,000 people.

Malapascua Island, Bounty Beach
Malapascua Island, Bounty Beach

On arrival at Malapascua the first thing many visitors will notice is Bounty Beach. Most of the resorts, restaurants and dive shops are nestled amongst palm trees along this main beach. It has been recognized as one of the best beaches in the Philippines.

Telegraph.co.uk said it was the best beach, “There is stiff competition for mantle of best beach across the thousands of islands of the Philippines. The coral gardens of Malapascua perhaps give it the edge; divers flock here to see the thresher sharks and manta rays feed among its spectacular reefs.”

Malapascua Island enjoys good weather most of the year-round. Even typhoon season is not a major concern as most typhoons in the Philippines pass further to the north of Malapascua.