Where on Earth can you find a place that is like Christmas all year round? Well except for the North Pole where you can find Saint Nick Claus 🙂
116 kilometers on the northern most tip of Cebu you can find a small island with pristine white sands and the most ubermazing diving spots where you can find thresher sharks, mantas and gorgeous coral gardens. a mere 4 hour bus ride from Cebu City and a 30 minute boat ride you can dip your toes on fine white sand and pretend it is snow except the sun blazes up above and there are no lil elves running around.
cap: sunrise view from the beach, early morning ritual of fishermen coming back after a night of catching fish
Malapascua literally translates to Like Christmas, and like Christmas, you enjoy the warm lovely smiles of the locals and tourists on holiday, though during off season like September, most of the island visitors are foreigners.
we stayed at the Tepanee, a lovely resort with villas set on slowly rising hills and facing a private bech cove that is not accessible to the general public unless you pay for the entrance fee.
caption: early morning swim in your own private beach cove where you can see coral beds and fish near the shore.
caption: or you can laze in one of the resorts lining the public beach and get a massage.
caption: we decided to get breakfast in Ocean Vide where for 450 pesos you have adequate choices to jumpstart your day, and the view is just amazing seeing the diving boats get ready for the day’s dive.
caption: Tepanee has resident cats, yes cats and they are soo adorable! found it funny that the adjacent resort Angelina also had 6 chihuahuas, talk about competition
caption: the breakfast view of the resort restaurant set on a cliff overlooking the public beach and the village
caption: interiors of Amihan, the resort restaurant. we didn’t really get the chance to sample their food except for the breakfast, and the only reason we went there was because we wanted to see the view
caption: Amihan during dusk as viewed from the beach front
caption: the view from our villa, n top of the hill, overlooking the private cove
Caption: panoramic view of the beach and village from the cliffside restaurant during breakfast =)
Caption: mr sunshine
This post purposely doesn’t give instructions how to get to Malapascua, that is part of the challenge and adventure. Google is your friend. =)