Malapascua Island (Philippines)

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Malapascua Island cruise port


Local Time
07:31 16 Oct 2018

11.32964 N, 124.11401 E

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Malapascua is an island located in The Philippines (Visayan Sea), located approx 7 km (4 ml) across a shallow strait from Cebu Island's northernmost tip. The island is quite small, only around 2,5 x 1 km (1,55 x 0,6 ml), and has 8 hamlets.

  • Malapascua Island became popular fairly recently (during the early 1990s) as a diving destination. Prior to it, the isle was famous for its vast white sand Bounty Beach.
  • Malapascua is famous for its excellent dive spots (coral gardens and coral walls), as well as further-out Gato Island, Kemod Shoal and Monad Shoal. The latter is an underwater plateau where manta rays and thresher sharks can regularly be seen.
  • Most of the islanders derive livelihood from tourism, but some still rely on fishing and farming. Tourism's growth has also increased local immigration to Malapascua, thus the search for housing. The lack of a pier for larger boats, because of financial constraints, keeps a brake on building growth.
  • Religiously, Malapascua or barangay Logon is considered to be the place where Virgin de los Desamparados made a miracle in 1890 when the island had just 9 households. The miracle was said to be a piece of wood which had never burnt.
  • Devotees from various parts of the country and abroad come during island's feast days on May 11-12. The chapel was initially made of coconut palm and leaves but it is currently made of steel and cement.
  • Number-one dive site on Malapascua Island is Monad Shoal, which is a natural cleaning station for fish situated 7,8 km (4,8 ml) from the island. The place is best known as the only in the world where thresher sharks are regularly seen just before sunrise. 

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Cruise ships to Malapascua Island dock (anchor) at Logon - port town on the southwestern coast.

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