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Malapascua Island

It is relatively new to the international market, but already rates highly on the list of the world’s best beaches. This tiny island has a dazzlingly white bounty beach, which is one of the best in the Philippines. Time stands still as soon you step into this “Pacific Island Dream”. Malapascua Island is popular to tourists who love to swim and snorkel. This has also become a major dive centre, well-known for the crowds of harvester sharks using the marine highway between Cebu and Leyte islands. Its extraordinary long white beach stretches around the south-east coast of the island facing Cebu, Leyte and Biliran.
The other side of the island has a more bird’s-eye rocky coastline and is an elegant alternative for the ever-popular white beach. Malapascua also called “Logon” is located about 8 km. northeast of Cebu mainland and 25 km. west of Leyte.
Some of the tourist says, it is the new Boracay. Far from as crowded as the famous Boracay, yet simply accessible from Cebu’s international airport, this little paradise has everything the sun-worshipper or adventurer seek out. Take a dive in the crystal clear ocean at the break of a World War II Japaneese ship, go snorkeling among the fishes at the many coral reefs surrounding the island, take a tour around the island, or just relax in the white sand and let the wind in the palm trees soothe you to sleep.
Driest climate is between Feruary-May, but okay for the rest of the year but with mostly short period of rain. Once you’ve gone here you’ll always keep coming back.
Malapascua is also long-familiar among the international dive society. Divers travel here to meet the friendly Thresher shark. These are big and up to 6 meters, but safe to humans. The Thresher lives in very deep waters but show up daily at Monad Shoal to be cleaned by cleaner fish. This is one of the few places in the world where we can have a glimpse of this splendid fish close-up at only 23 meters distance downward.
If you want to enjoy island hopping in malapascua, hiring a banca, that is a local outrigger boat, for a day will make some of the remoter islands around Malapascua easy to get to. Take a packed lunch, a lot of drinks and spend some hours on the water accompanied by dolphins with a bit of fortune.

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