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Getting To Malapascua Island

Pickup and Transport from Cebu to Thresher Shark Divers

We will arrange for a driver to meet you at the airport or your hotel in Cebu City and bring you to Malapascua Island by private taxi and private boat.

Number of
people  
Price each way PHP  
1-2
4,500
3-5
6,000

There are private porters in Maya to carry your bag. We include the cost of porters in your transfer.
If it is low tide, you will need to take a small boat to the main boat.
Cost of small boat and porters is also included in the price, please do not pay them directly.

Total travel time approx 3-4 hours depending on traffic.

We can also make arrangements for transport from other locations in Cebu.

Please note that with changing fuel costs, prices may change without notice.

Come by Yourself

Cebu City to Maya (north tip of Cebu)

Taxi

3000-5000 pesos

2.5 hours Standard airport taxi price is 4,800 at time of writing
Bus 150-200 pesos 4-5 hours Yellow Ceres or Rough Riders. Leave from Northern Bus Terminal (*Schedule)

Maya to Malapascua Island

Private Boat 1000-1500+ pesos 30 mins Price depends on time of day.
Ask the boat to take you to Thresher Shark Divers.
Public Boat 80 pesos + small boat and porter fees at both ends 30 mins You will have to wait until the boat is full for departure. Try to be in Maya before 5pm or you may have to stay in Maya or take a private boat.

If you have porters carry your luggage, expect to pay 20 pesos per bag
If it is low tide, you will need to take a small boat to the main boat, this costs extra

We are very centrally located on Malapascua. If you come by yourself and arrive at the beach by public boat, you will probably land on Logon beach near the Italian Restaurant. You can ask anyone where we are, or go to the right onto Bounty Beach, about 30 meters to the right. Blue Coral is the big resort on the cliffs to the right of the beach as you face the sea. We are 20m down the beach, the first big building you come to. Even if you are not diving or staying with us, feel free to leave your bags with us while you find a room. We are always happy to help travelers with information about the island and show you around the various resorts.

Quick tips if coming be yourself:

In Maya: If getting a public boat, they will try and get you to pay the highest price possible. Boats have no fixed schedule and will leave when they are full and they have enough paying customers to justify the crossing. If you are happy to wait until the boat is full this should not be a problem. If you want to leave right away, be prepared to pay extra to account for the missing bodies. Beware of scams in Maya and don't pay more that 1,500 for a boat crossing unless it it bad weather.
In Malapascua:
If coming by yourself: avoid the 'commissioners' that meet the boat in Malapascua, they are not licensed (whatever they might tell you). They are paid to take you to certain businesses and may give false information about everyone else.

Bus Schedule

At the time of writing the non AC buses run every 20-30 minutes to and from Cebu. AC buses run every 1-2 hours. Hours are as follows:

Cebu to Maya: 24 hours
Maya to Cebu: 1am to 6pm (no buses from 6pm to 1am)

The non-AC buses do not stop and take about 4 hours. The AC buses stop along the way and take 5 or more hours.

Please note that this information may change at any time and is not reliable, so you should double check if you have a flight to catch or other deadline.

Cost is approximately P180

Other transport options:

Cebu to Bogo by AC bus
V-Hire - air conditioned minivan. Leaves from SM or Ayala shopping malls

Bogo to Maya by
Jeepney / motorcycle taxi / bus

Getting to Cebu City

Flights: Cebu-Mactan International Airport has international flights through Hong Kong, Singapore, Doha (Qatar) ,Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), Taipei and Shanghai.

International Airlines

International via other airports

  • Other airlines arrive at Manila, such as Lufthansa and Emirates. It is easy to get a connecting internal flight to Cebu, there are many each day. Excess baggage costs will probably apply, but the cost is usually quite low.

Domestic Airlines: Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines Airlines

  • Connections can be made through Manila, Caticlan (Boracay), Puerto Princessa (Coron), Clark, Iloilo, Davao, Surigao and other Philippine cities

Ferries: There are daily ferries to/from Cebu and Manila, Tagbilaran (Alona Beach/Bohol), Negros (Dumaguete) and Leyte among others. Ferry schedules change often so reconfirm departure times you get from guidebooks. There is also a daily boat from Leyte to Maya (departure approx 7am). There are ferries from other places as well, check locally for details.

Money

THERE ARE NO ATMS ON MALAPASCUA!!!

FEW PLACES ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS!!!

We accept credit at TSD and in Oscar's Bar and Restaurant, so any diving extras and all your food can drink can be paid by credit card. Find out more about money on Malapascua

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At Thresher Shark DIvers & Oscar's Restaurant

 

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