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A Dream Island

The name means "Unfortunate Christmas". It is located only 8 km off the north coast of Cebu. It has a blindingly white bounty beach, which is one of the best in the Philippines. Time stands still as soon you step into this "Pacific Island Dream. Its exceptional 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 panoramic rocky coastline and is an attractive 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.

Malapascua Island Just a few kilometers off the north tip of Cebu lies Malapascua Island, home to a traditional fishing community of around 3500 people. Surrounded by white sandy beaches broken up by small rocky outcrops, Malapascua must be one of the least spoilt tourist spots in the Philippines. Tourism is still relatively new in Malapascua, the island has a handful of resorts and a couple of dive operators but for the locals life is much as it always was.

Most visitors are divers or backpackers, coming to seek out some of the Philippines newest dive spots. Labeled as the next Boracay by the Lonely Planet, Malapascua has everything for the traveling diver. The island takes about 3 hours to walk round and fantastic views can be seen from the lighthouse. The locals are interested to meet foreigners and like to find out your name and were you come from. The island is suitable for families and young children.

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Malapascua Island-North Point
Gato Island
Monad Shoal
Calanggaman Island
Doña Marilyn Wreck
Don Macario Wreck

Chocolate Island
Tapilon Japanese Wreck
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How to Get There
There are three airlines flying to Cebu daily - Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

There are regular ferries to Cebu pier from almost all the islands of the Philippines.

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