Malapascua Island: More Than Thresher Sharks

Brgy. Logon or commonly known as Malapascua Island is famous for its thresher sharks sightings all year round. However, this island has more than just thresher sharks to offer.

A recent trip to the island has made me witnessed the laid back and simple island life, the flock of both international and local tourists and how the residents openly accepted the foreigners who own most of the beach resorts.

The area of the island is small enough that walking around it would only take 4 to 5 hours. If you are not there for the sharks, you could visit the lighthouse at the other end of the island, walk along the long stretch of white sand in Bounty Beach, eat at Ging-Ging’s Restaurant, initiate a conversation with the locals or just lying on the sand with a book while waiting for the sunset.

Malapascua Island has been badly devastated by the super typhoon Yolanda 2 years ago and the damages are still visible today. Listening to the stories of Kuya Dodong, resident and one of the makers of wooden thresher shark souvenirs, about their experience during the typhoon was terrifying and unimaginably scary. He said the typhoon left almost all houses on the island roofless. He was just thankful that the landfall was in the morning which could have been worst if it happened in the evening.

Before going back to Cebu City, I went to the lighthouse and one thing that is quite disappointing was the unpaved and lot of pothole road. This could benefit both locals and tourists if addressed by the barangay officials.

I just stayed for 1 night and would definitely come back here soon and hopefully will try diving. If you are planning your early summer trip to Malapascua Island, just took a bus at the North Bus Terminal going to Maya for P175.00. Travel time may take 4 to 5 hours. From there, you can hop on a boat going to the island for P100.00.

Enjoy!

The Island

White sand residential area
White sand residential area
Oh! Just kids on their normal day.
Oh! Just kids on their normal day.
Alert! Pothole ahead.
Alert! Pothole ahead.
Unpaved road.
Unpaved road.
Two sides of Malapascua Island
Two sides of Malapascua Island
Preparing for island hopping
Preparing for island hopping
Blue is <3
Blue is <3
Affordable Ging-Ging's Restaurant. It they could get rid of the flies, the meal should have been more delicious.
Affordable Ging-Ging’s Restaurant. It they could get rid of the flies, the meal should have been more delicious.
Just don't, please.
Just don’t, please.
Wooden thresher shark
Wooden thresher shark
Beachfront
Beachfront
Boats.
Boats.

 

Boats. Boats everywhere.

P15.00/MB for excess usage
P15.00/MB for excess usage
This boat is used to haul passengers when low tide.
This boat is used to haul passengers when low tide.
Fisherman's bestfriend
Fisherman’s bestfriend
Boooooaatss!
Boooooaatss!
Sea of boats.
Sea of boats.

 

The Lighthouse

Lighthouse
Lighthouse
White sand viewed from the Lighthouse
White sand viewed from the Lighthouse
The lighthouse from afar.
The lighthouse from afar.

 

The People

Boatmen
Boatmen
The island kids
The island kids
Kuya Dodong and his small business
Kuya Dodong and his small business
Bantay Dagat
Bantay Dagat
Store
Store
...^_^...
…^_^…
Who needs shoes when you are in Malapascua
Who needs shoes when you are in Malapascua
Groceries from the mainland
Groceries from the mainland
Fisherman fixing his net
Fisherman fixing his net
Welcome to the happy people of Malapascua Island
Welcome to the happy people of Malapascua Island

 

Beaches

Malapascua Legend
Malapascua Legend
Aabana Beach Resort
Aabana Beach Resort
Evolution
Evolution
Beach resort early in the morning
Beach resort early in the morning
White sand beach
White sand beach

 

Sunrise and Sunset

The sun was shy in the morning.
The sun was shy in the morning.
Sunset at around 4:00PM
Sunset at around 4:00PM
Beautiful sunset.
Beautiful sunset.
Waiting patiently for this beauty.
Waiting patiently for this beauty.

The author J-Boy Cagumbay

Full stack web developer at Batmaid. Native Boholano. Lives in Poland. Loves to Travel. Hobbyist Photographer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *