Cebu 1 - Malapascua

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
Trip End Mar 26, 2009

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We arrived on the iland of Cebu and after two quick nights in Cebu city we made our way to a tiny island off the northen tip called Malapascua.  As we arrived on the ferry across we could see palm trees and crystal clear shallow water in a picturesque bay.  We had read about some budget accomodation on the main beach which was on the other side of the island. After a 10 minute sweaty walk with our bags we got to Mike and Dioses little resort.

We met the owner Mike a really friendly german guy who is building the place up. Its an amazing little place, he had created a garden on the sand with all sorts of plants and flowers, palm trees with an overload of coconuts.  He offered us a cheap room next to his all the coconuts and hot chocolate free of charge we wanted !.. he had two banca boats he was restoring and further down near the seas edge he had two little chairs to just sit and watch the stars on the white sand.  His helper charito was a lovely local lady that made us breakfast every morning and introduced us to Halo Halo and amazing fruit mix with Ice and milk.  Later on other islands they had the same but not as good and once they even stuch sweetcorn in it !? eerr

Mike the owner went away for 4 days and left the place to us !.  Malapascua only has electricity from 6 to 11pm.  The island was so friendly, everyone always saying hi, children playing and animals everywhere.
The second night we had a small typhoon and a powercut, we sat in the dark drinking hot chocolate and just giggling.  The days to follow were sunny and hot.  We went on a snorkling trip which was great, we got Fran back in the water again, who used to be nervous and now loved it!  I managed to cut my head on a rock and she fell out the boat but landed on a the nahing steps LOL  The next day I maged to teach Fran to swim a bit .. starting with doggy paddle for 10 meters.. well done Fran!

On valentines day we went for drinks. Drinking along the beach was beautiful, with a few lovely uncrowded bars right on the sand.  We ended up joining some other travellers, they left and we carried on with locals.. with Fran ending up behind the bar changing music and dancing with the girls haha.

Ive never been diving but always a bit nervous but curious.  I managed to find a taster session where I could do a 45 min dive almost straight away.  I was really nervous but loved it!.. the feeling of flying underwater was amazing. It was just me and my instructor, we saw all sorts of life including a family of clown fish.. it was a great experience.

We ended up staying 6 days in total as we loved it here so much. Malapascua was un touristy, beautiful and good fun.  We were really sad to leave this place.. but onwards and upwards
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