Hello fellow quickescapies, quickers, quickies! Yeah, I prefer the latter – quickies. Way catchy and very wholesome.
Anyway, I remembered this trip to be a bit tricky. My friends and I found a promo fare bound for Cebu and heck yeah booked it. Question was, will we be going North or South of Cebu? Since we’re more of beach guys, we picked north – where Malapascua and Bantayan lie. Then came another question, would it be Malapascua or Bantayan? The deciding factor was – Malapascua offered cliff jumping!
So let the quick escape begins…
We arrived on the island at past noon – hungry as we were, this spectacle eradicated anything we endured during the long trip.
And so we gave in to our grumbling stomachs… How can you not sit and eat here? I mean, seriously?
After lunch, we availed the island tour package and hopped on the banca.
The tour’s last stop was the island’s infamous cliff (that’s why we’re here in the first place). But seeing the cliff from our banca made my guts turned.
I have never cliff jumped in my life and from my point of view (yes I’m the one with the sweaty green stripes shirt on) this couldn’t be fun as I was scared to death.
After of almost an hour of contemplating on the edge of the cliff, my friends and I decided to give it a go. I mentioned that we will definitely regret this if we don’t jump. I was the most scared among all of us and yet I was the first to jump!!! One off my bucket list!
Rise and shine! Normally when I’m on vacation, I usually wake up very early. I just savor every minute of my stay – I can always sleep on my bed and at work (kidding!) so why waste precious time in your hotel, right?
Since we’re already in the northern tip of Cebu, we took another tour taking us to Kalanggaman Island, Leyte. Oh boy, this was definitely one for the books…
I have never seen a sand bar as beautiful as that! What.A.View.
We headed back to Malapascua before dusk just in time for a disco-han in the area. Locals from all generations were seen losing themselves to the tune of Dayang – Dayang.
A few days before we got to Malapascua, this ship got to its shore first. We asked for the specifics but the locals said that the incident was already taken cared of.
And this dog definitely don’t give a shhhh.
Whenever I see your shores, I always feel an itch on my feet. I would love to go back and explore you more, Malapascua.
Here’s our itinerary for the trip:
6:00 am – Arrival: Mactan International Airport
Breakfast at McDonalds for a change (and since it’s early and no one else is open, yup justifying our action)
Cab to North Bus Terminal (around 20 mins)
7:30 am – touchdown terminal
8:00 am – bus made its way to our destination
4 – 4.5 hour bus ride to Daanbantayan port (170php per person)
45 minute boat ride from Daanbantayan to Malapascua port (50php per person)
~12:45 pm arrival at Malapascua
Check in: Blue Corals Resort (600 php per person inclusive of breakfast)
1:00 – 6:00 pm Island Tour via boat ride (300 php per person)
Cliff jumping is FREE!!!!
Dinner by the beach (price ranges from 200 – 500 php)
9:00 am – check out then transfer to Bantigue Cove
Motorcycle rent to Bantigue 25php per pax (one way)
Check in is 400php per pax. You can opt not to change hotel during your stay, we just decided to witness local disco in Bantigue.
Motorcycle rent to Malapascua port
2 hour boat ride to Kalanggaman, Leyte (800 php per pax inclusive of lunch and drink)
11:30 am – arrival at Kalanggaman
Swimming, picture taking, boat rentals, epic white sand bar
4:00 pm – departure from island
6:00 pm – arrival at Malapascua
Dinner by the beach (since this is the last night we tried the buffet at 300 php)
Motorcycle rent to Bantigue
6:00 – 10:00 am Swimming, Photo Op
11:00 am – Motorcycle rent back to port
Souvenir hunting then lunch
12:00 nn – Boat ride to Daanbantayan port
1:00 – 6:00 pm Bus ride back to Cebu city
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm last minute city shopping
10:00 pm – flight back to MNL
Php 1,200 – Airfare roundtrip
Day 1: Php 1,470 (breakdown below)
Breakfast at McDonald’s: 150
Cab to Terminal: 200 (50/pax)
Bus Fare: 170
Boat Fare: 50
Check In (Blue Corals): 600/pax
Island Tour: 300/pax
Day 2: Php 2,600
Motorcycle rentals: 100
Check in (Bantigue): 400/pax
Kalanggaman Tour: 800/pax
Pasalubong hunting: 1000
Beers at Local Disco: 300 (approx 6)
Day 3: Php 1,870
Pasalubong hunting round 2: 500
Boat fare back to Daanbantayan: 50
Bus to Cebu City: 170
Chips for the road: 100
Cebu City last minute shopping: 800
TOTAL EXPENSES: Php 7,200 (airfare included)
Photo Credits to Carlo Garcia