The old alien here is prone for impulse travels. One of which is the weekend travel I had to Malaspascua Island and apparently decided on the last-minute to visit Kalanggaman Island as well.
Malapascua is one of the smallest inhabited island of the Philippines. It only measures 2.5 by 1 kilometer located 6.8 kilometers northeast of Cebu island. Malapascua is the home of tresher sharks, manta rays, and diverse coral species and is a very famous dive site.
Streets are narrow and public transport is a habal-habal. The island is powered with a generator set and street lights were battery powered using solar panels. There have been rotating brown outs when I was there so be sure to bring flash lights when you wish to visit.
How to get there:
♥ Your first point must be in Cebu City. From Cebu North Terminal Bus, ride a bus or a passenger van to Maya Port, Daanbantayan. The bus/van will take you directly to Maya’s newest seaport as it is the last stop of the trip. The fare for the bus is Php163 for non aircon and Php190 for aircon. It will take 4 to 5 hours of travel. However, the passenger van will only take 3 to 4 hours of travel with Php200 for the fare.
♥ From Maya Port, board a passenger boat to Malapascua Island. There are trips every 30 minutes from 05:00AM to 03:00PM. Trips schedules could extend until 04:30PM depending on the passenger count. You can also charter a boat for Php1,500.
There are a lot of classy hotels in the island but if you’re looking for cheap ones, you can ask the locals. Since this is a random trip, I haven’t booked any accommodation. It’s a suicide travel, I know. When I reached Malapascua, I asked some locals for affordable places to stay and they told me that most resorts were already full. Fortunately, they helped me find a place to stay with a very reasonable price. Price ranges from Php400 to Php2000, by the way.
I was also able to visit the light house. Take the habal habal for Php30 per way. The view was superb up there.
The island is amazing. It is very relaxing and the locals were really friendly. Friendliest beach island I have ever been to. The sunset view was mesmeric.
Earlier that day, I was approached by a local tour guide for an island hopping trip the next day. Island hopping in Malapascua has three stops e.g. Dakit-dakit, Coral Garden, and Japanese Shipwreck for Php1,200. If you’re going to take the island hopping in group, fixed price will be Php500 per head. He also offered a Kalanggaman Island day trip.
By the way, there are a lot of activities to do in Malapascua. You can also do some cliff diving and of course, diving.
So I picked the Kalanggaman Island day trip. Kalanggaman Island is already part of Palompon, Leyte. The fixed price all over the island was Php800 and an entrance fee of Php150 then sums up for Php950. Lunch was included on the package. I can say that the Php800 for the trip was really worth it. Also, the lunch was amazing.
How to get there:
♥ From Malapascua Island, board a boat to Kalanggaman Island. The boat usually leaves at 09:00AM and the traverse will take around an hour.
You can see the beautiful innocence of the island form a far. It’s a little crowded and has no electricity and water source. I suggest that you bring lots and lots of drinking water with you.
I stayed there for good 4 hours and reached back Malapascua Island at 04:30PM just in time for the last boat trip to Maya. Reaching Maya Port, a van to Cebu City is waiting so there’s not enough hassle for me.
The alien is very happy. 🙂 Malaspacua Island and Kalanggaman Island were officially off my bucket list.