The Best Places To Stay in Malapascua, Philippines

Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines
Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines | © unterwegs / Shutterstock

While the island’s name means “Bad Christmas,” the tiny island of Malapascua is far from being a disappointment. Its white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and beaming marine life make it a favorite dive spot. If you’re planning a trip to this tiny island, check out these accommodations.

Blue Corals Beach Resort

If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation and peaceful, scenic views on the tiny, yet spectacular island of Malapascua, then Blue Corals Beach Resort is a top choice. Only a short boat ride away from Cebu’s northernmost tip, this beachfront hotel is located on the tip of Bounty Beach—a beach hailed by foreign publications as one of the country’s best. They’re open 24 hours to accommodate guests coming in late at night and welcome them in their spacious rooms and bungalows.

Moonlight Resort

Moonlight Resort takes pride in being the only resort in the world-famous island that offers fresh water showers. Its laid-back atmosphere invites travelers to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, you get a taste of the serene life; take a swim in the crystal clear water or sunbathe on the white sandy beach, while surrounded by coconut trees. Amidst its simplicity, fill your tummy with a delicacy from a wide selection of international cuisine at their in-house restaurant.

Mangrove Oriental Resort

Nestled in a secluded cove within the island, known for its world-class diving spots, Mangrove Oriental Resort offers a relaxing ambiance and is a fantastic destination for water activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming. Find shipwrecks, see manta rays and thresher sharks, or look at the colorful coral gardens underneath the pristine water. The resort provides elegantly designed cottages. Travelers can also do other leisure activities, as the resort has a small library, bar, and a restaurant that serves beloved local and Western dishes.

Evolution Beach and Dive Resort

All resorts within the island have a single objective: to maintain the wondrous beauty of Malapascua and highlight that the island is the best dive spot in the Philippines. This is why Evolution Beach and Dive Resort provides guests with equipment, facilities, and world-class services for seasoned and newbie divers. At this resort, tourists can enjoy fun diving or tech diving and even take scuba courses. The resort is also home to The Craic, one of the most highly-rated restaurants in Malapascua that serves delicious homemade and vegetarian dishes.

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort

Pamper yourself in a tropical destination that offers first-class facilities and services guaranteed to make your trip relaxing and memorable. As the pioneer dive resort on the island, Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort opened its doors to the public in 1998. Since then, they’ve been proud of their laid-back charm and have become the leading dive spot in Malapascua. The resort also has an international restaurant, a sea view bar, a coffee corner that serves the freshest brewed coffee on the island, and a bakery that offers mouth-watering pastries.

Malapascua Starlight Resort

Only a five-minute stroll from the famous Bounty Beach, you will find privacy and relaxation in Malapascua Starlight Resort’s luxurious rooms at budget-friendly rates. During your stay, you have the option to cook your own meals and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, as the resort’s main gate is in front of the island’s public market. No problem if you can’t cook though, as they have an open air kitchen, a resort store, and a bar that serves ice cold beverages.

Little Mermaid Dive Resort

As one of the best places to spot thresher sharks, Little Mermaid Dive Resort ensures that guests get the most out of their stay in Malapascua Island by making diving easy. They provide diving, SSI and PADI courses, as well as internships so guests can easily learn how to dive. If you’d like to chill at the beach and catch a spectacular view of the sunset, it’s possible to enjoy the view within their beachfront restaurant or your hotel room.

Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort

Catering to travelers of all ages, Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort has 20 spacious rooms for solo backpackers or groups of friends and family members. Guests have the option to choose from rooms with an ocean view or a garden view. By offering nice balconies with great views, guests can experience solace and enjoy accommodation with the finest standards and quality of service. Plus, they have a beach bar where their warm and friendly staff serve good food and drinks.

Slam’s Garden Resort

Located on Malapascua’s Logon Beach, Slam’s Garden Resort provides 26 modern rooms that are spacious enough to accommodate guests looking for relaxation and enjoyment on the beach. Apart from giving tourists the chance to take on various water activities and explore adventures on the island, the resort also has a garden bar and pub where guests can enjoy cocktails, beer, and other drinks. The resort is also located near popular establishments, such as El Barko, a boat-shaped club and restaurant where guests can meet and mingle with fellow travelers.

Malapascua Beach and Dive Resort

At Malapascua Beach and Dive Resort, travelers of all ages are welcome—whether solo backpackers, groups of friends, or honeymooners who are searching for relaxation and peace of mind. Look forward to what the island has to offer while chilling and relaxing within the comforts of the resort. Find fresh ingredients at their beach bar and enjoy famous Filipino dishes, such as lechon (“roasted suckling pig). And, let the staff show you a cruise that will be the highlight of your experience!

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