What I think is more important is the fact that we can still have some time together four years after college. That even we do not see each other every day unlike when we were still in the university, nothing has changed. Still the same loud and fun-loving people whom I cherish. And on how we still prefer spontaneous trips and uncertainty.
Yes, you’re right. If we’re friends on FB or instagram, you would know that I am about to share my experience last Monday, May 26th, in Malapascua Island. So the initial plan of summer outing was concocted during a random get together dinner at a Korean Meatshop in A.S. Fortuna. We didn’t plan on the itinerary or accommodation. Just the place and date. And for some unknown reason, majority of the people present happened to not visit Malapascua Island just yet. Hence, the place.
So the date finally arrived and I was surprised to know how prepared my friends were. They brought tents, butane, cooker, pots, silverwares, and other necessities. All set for possible camping. Yay! But before reaching the island, you need to have bus ride that was a quite long, approximately 4-5 hours. We rode in a Ceres bus bound for Maya Port in Daan Bantayan. As of this writing, the fare was Php163.00 and Php180.00 one way ticket for non-airconed and airconed bus, respectively. After the ride, you need to ride a pumpboat from Maya Port to Malapascua Island. We paid for Php100.00. The pumpboats are of the standard size, the ones used in island hopping and can accommodate 10-20 people.
Alas! We finally arrived on the island internationally known as a diving spot and for thresher sharks. On a personal note, I find this place better than Camotes Island. Maybe because the island is much smaller compared to the previous. And another thing that I appreciated is the electricity and connectivity. In Camotes, water supply is of shortage. I’ve been in the island twice and I experienced worrying about water supply twice as well. Not to mention, the series of brownouts that happened to us on my second visit. So having the assurance of continuous utility supply in an island makes the whole experience better.
Going back to my novel-ish story, I believe that I mentioned we were more into spontaneity so that includes having no reservations whatsoever in any hotels or resorts in Malapascua. There were few locals who helped us by suggesting some good place to stay with. And making the long story of walking more than 20 minutes under scorching heat of the sun short, we have chosen Malapascua Legend Water Sports and Resort. It is one of the two resorts that have swimming pool on top of the beach front location.
For those people who wanted to save money, it’s recommended to bring your own food. Their bars and restos’ price range is around Php 250-500.00 and that is only one dish. It also helped that the resort personnels were good and understanding to us. We managed to scour some discount in our rooms and borrow grill for free. And for diving enthusiasts, I suggest you try asking for discounts, too. We had not tried scubadiving nor free diving but we happened to witness on how a foreigner managed to negotiate the price. For locals and foreigners alike, it is always best to know some basic information especially on pricing to prevent succumbing in paying more.
Saving tips aside, here are some of the photos taken from smartphone cameras and tablets. We may have used inferior gadgets but the beauty of Malapascua Island is undeniably magnificent. Even a friend of mine was in awe of its serene ambiance and clear waters. He never expected that such beauty existed in the North of Cebu. So have some time to visit your nearest tourist spot. You may be missing what others are appreciating.