MALAPASCUA ISLAND FOR NON-DIVERS
A tiny dot of an island above Cebu, Malapascua is known for being one of the top diving locations in The Philippines. Thresher Sharks galore! Of course, The Philippines is an orgy of “top dive spots” so if you’re here to dive you’ll be very spoilt indeed. But if you’re reading this we’ll assume you’re not a diver and you’ve heard that Malapascua is all dive, dive, dive and you’re wondering what the hell you're going to do all day…
We did too.
Malapascua is so chilled that if your day doesn't revolve around diving, your schedule will look something like this: eat, beach, swim, repeat. If you’d like to repeat said schedule in a different location, may we suggest Kalanggaman Island?
As far as beaches in Malapascua go, there are 2 beaches you’ll be hanging out on:
- Bounty Beach: There is a bloody good chance your hotel will be on / close to this beach. It’s really quite stunning but you will struggle to find a stretch of beach not occupied by a hotel. A bit annoying really. The sea is very blue and the swimming is heavenly and food is always close by. Winning!
- Poblacion Beach: A pretty little beach a few minutes away from Bounty. It’s a perfect crescent lined with local houses, businesses and a few small hotels. The beach is pretty but the water is very shallow so the swimming isn't great but one of our favourite restaurants is on this beach, sooo…
That brings us to the food.
In our two very chilled out weeks in Malapascua we ate everywhere in the search for a really wonderful meal. Sadly it was all a bit “meh”. The “must go” was without doubt Angelina’s which you will find in the far corner of Poblacion beach. Okay, so Angelina’s is Italian, which isn't exactly on the Must Eat list when you’re on an island in the Philippines. Especially when you’re trying to reign in your gut before another day on the beach but fuck it ‘eh… Angelina’s is heavenly. The food is gorgeous. The service is great, the coffee is great, the restaurant itself is great, the dogs are great. You get the picture.
If you’re sick to death of being horizontal (a complaint we will never have) and fancy moving those very relaxed muscles, walking around the island in the blistering heat is actually a fabulous day out.
GO ON, GET LOST!
Of course, thats the only way you’re going to see the beautiful island because detailed maps and direct roads don’t exist here. Armed with sunscreen and a LOT of water, expect to find long winding roads, hidden beaches, playful children and chatty locals. A man and his cock were particularly friendly and had us talking for hours. Aah the things we now know about the cock in question…