“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud
Philippines consist of 7,641 islands, and I’m not quite sure if there’s a single soul who was able to explore all these, not even our navy I suppose.
One of my goals when I started traveling is to explore at least 1% of the total islands my country has! Ok my goal may sound achievable for you but for me it is an accomplishment already. I have a full time job which requires me to report 8hrs a day, 5times a week, and I don’t intend to leave the corporate world to become a digital nomad, it’s not my cup of tea.
I prefer balance, and balance for me is to keep earning for a living while enjoying my job, at the same time I have the pleasure to leave and go on a holiday whenever I wanted and feel like. And when I say a holiday it means at least 2weeks exploring a new place.
One of the places I visited was Malapascua Island in the northern most part of Cebu island. Malapascua is in the Visayan Sea and is administratively part of the peninsular barangay of Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu. The land area is quite small, about 2.5km x 1km and has eight hamlets within the island.
Several decades ago, the island is known for its white sand beach and was formerly called Bounty beach because of the bountiful, lovely coral gardens and walls. Then in the early 1990s it became, and until now a popular dive destination. Some popular dive sites near the island is Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be sighted.
The best months to visit Malapascua is during dry season between the months of December-April wherein chances of rainfall and typhoon is low. I visited the place in 4th week of January because tourist volume is still low. December, March-April are the peak season. The quickest way to reach Malapascua is to fly to Cebu directly through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City just outside Cebu City. From the airport, board a private vehicle or a public bus to New Maya Port. Travel time from Cebu City to New Maya Port is around 4 hours. Then get on a boat going to Malapascua Island, it is a 30min to a 1-hr trip depending on the type of boat.
Take a look at the photos I’ve taken during my stay in the island, they are not so creatively and artistically done ( never thought of sharing these) compared to some of my works, nonetheless, it gives you a real feel and deal, unlike other photos where in reality did not meet expectations 🙂
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” – Anne Lamott