Sunday, November 13, 2016

Malapascua, Kalanggaman & Bantayan Island

At first I didn't really know that this 3 island are possible in only 3 days. It was a choice between Kalanggaman or Bantayan island but after googling (not to mention salivating) them separately, I stumble upon some blogs that both of this paradise are on the northern part of cebu & yes they are accessible by land with only a few hours apart. Of course being the wanderlust, I decided to go to this two islands no matter what..since I cant choose between them anyway, why not both?haha 

So what am I doing in Malapascua? This island will serve as a starting point since we are taking the route of Malapascua-Kalanggaman-Malapascua-Bantayan island. I think most blogs did the Bantayan-Malapascua-Kalanggaman-Malapascua, I just did it the other way around because we want Bantayan to be our last stop. 

Upon arrival in Malapascua, a lot of local/guide will offer Kalanggaman day tour package (Php 800.00/head) with lunch included so no need to make a reservation. We arrive around 8 in the morning & went straight to Little Mermaid Dive Resort (good thing they allowed us to check-in early, well a little reluctantly) to take a quick bath since the tour will start at 9:00 am.

Kalanggaman Island

Travel time from Malapascua to Kalanggaman was around 2 hours but trust me it was worth it once you see the island.

Ang ganda ng Pilipinas!!!

I have to say the water here is so much better compared to Bantayan or maybe because this island was remotely accessible to the crowd & not yet fully developed. I do hope they can maintain the cleanliness of this island & not become so commercialized. If you want to stay here overnight, make sure to bring your own tent because there are no accommodation available in the island. Better yet inform the guide so they will know what time they will pick you up by the morning.

Malapascua Island

We stayed in Little Mermaid Dive Resort but I'm not sure if they have their own website. I just booked under or you can also try Agoda for various hotels located in Malapascua. We never get the chance to explore Malapascua though because of time constraints but I heard the place is a good diving spot & almost all the hotels offer diving lesson. So if you have free time, do explore this place because it certainly have a lot to offer.

Little Mermaid Dive Resort-the hotel where we stayed

Bantayan Island

Prior to this trip, I had a hard time choosing on our accommodation since there are a lot of nice hotels/beach front scattered in the island. Normally I don't mind roughing it up but since we are only staying overnight, might as well made the most of it & decided to stay in Kota Beach Resort. You can check & book directly in their website. Click the link here for more info My only complaints in their resort was that they have a slow service to all their guest, check-in time was supposed to be 2:00PM but we were allowed inside our room at around 3:00PM since they are short-staffed. They did upgrade our room though to compensate us for the inconvenience so it was all good.
Trivia:  If you watch the movie Camp Sawi, this is where the cast stayed & filmed most of the scenes. Well it does look like I just stepped out of the movie.

Gusto ko bilhin yung buong isla choz!
No I'm not broken...just broke😅

Here's my itinerary for 4Days/3Nights last Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2016. Take note that this is still without airfare, food & souvenir/pasalubong. 

Oct. 29

Flight from Manila to Cebu
(Taxi from airport to North Cebu Bus Terminal)

Go to North Cebu Bus Terminal & Ride a Ceres
Bus/Van (Est. travel time 4-5hrs going to Maya Port)

Php 180.00

                Php 200.00  
Oct. 30





Maya Port to Malapascua
(Est. travel time 30-40 min.)

Boat (small) ride transfer to Big Boat

Big Boat to Malapascua

ETA in Malapascua
(Early check-in Little Mermaid Dive Resort-Php1,400.00/night)

ETD Malapascua going to Kalanggaman
(Day Tour Package w/ lunch)

ETA Kalanggaman Island
(Entrance Fee)

ETD from Kalanggaman to Malapascua

Arrival in Mapascua

***Free Time***

Php 20.00

Php 100.00

Php 700.00

Php 800.00

Php 150.00
Oct. 31





ETD from Malapascua to Maya Port
(Est. travel time 30-40 min.)

Big Boat to Maya Port

Boat (small) ride transfer

ETA in Maya Port-Ride bus/jeep going to Bogo Public Market/Don Pedro
(Est. travel time 1.5hrs)

Ride a tricycle from Bogo Public Market to Hagnaya Port (Est. travel time 20 min.)

ETA in Hagnaya Port-Boat going to Bantayan Island/Sta. Fe Port
(Est. travel time 1hr)

ETA in Bantayan Island
(Free Shuttle from Sta. Fe Port)

***Check-in at Kota Beach Resort***
(Php 1,540.00/night)

Explore Bantayan Island
(Snorkeling, Biking, Tricycle tour)

Php 100.00

Php 20.00

Php 80.00

Php 20.00

Php 180.00

Php 770.00

Php 350.00
Nov. 1



Island Hopping (Php 800.00 for the whole boat)

Check-out (Free Shuttle to Sta. Fe Port)

Boat from Sta. Fe Port to Hagnaya Port

ETA in Hagnaya Port-Ride bus going back to Cebu City (Est. travel time 4hrs)

ETA in Cebu City (Taxi from Terminal to Cebu airport)

Php 400.00

Php 180.00

Php 200.00

Php 180.00

Php 4,630.00


  1. Hi all. Anyone who wants to join our Kalanggaman overnight tour on June 2-3 or June 3-4. Contact me para po makamura tayo sa boat since 2 lang po. 09776269399.. Thanks

    1. Hi! I think ok lang khit 2 lang kayo, nung pumunta kami ng Kalanggaman 2 lang din kami ng friend ko..may public boat available going to Kalanggaman from Malapascua Island worth Php 800.00 each (Day tour package with lunch included). If you want to stay overnight in Kalanggaman, bring your own tent & other basic amenities since there's no accommodation available in the island. You can also coordinate with the tour guide/boatmen so they know what time they will pick you up in the morning. Enjoy! :)

    2. I'm going to tacloban sa May 25-30. I wanna visit kalanggaman din. Baka solo lang ako or may maisama akong isang friend na taga tacloban.Do you have the number kung saan pwede magpa arrange ng day tour? Salamat po.

    3. I'm going to tacloban sa May 25-30. I wanna visit kalanggaman din. Baka solo lang ako or may maisama akong isang friend na taga tacloban.Do you have the number kung saan pwede magpa arrange ng day tour? Salamat po.

    4. Hi Andrei! Yung samin po kc we came from Malapascua (Northern Cebu) going to Kalanggaman so we just arranged the day tour on the spot since maraming bangkero nagooffer ng day tour. We were in a big pump boat & I think we were around 50pax or more. I'm not sure if it's the same case if you're coming from Tacloban but you can inquire to Palompon Ecotours office for reservations & boat schedule. You may contact them at +639173037269. Also just my unsolicited advice, try to be there as early as you can, so you can join other big groups if you're coming solo hehe Hope it helps!

  2. hello, saan banda yung public boat from malapascua to kalanggaman? and any contact po sa tour (island/inland) sa bantayan?

    1. Hi! Yung public boat papuntang Kalanggaman andun mismo sa tapat ng mga hotels or sa pier pa lang. Sila po mismo yung lalapit sayo pra magoffer ng tour package nila kya hindi ka na mahassle. Just be there early kc maaga ang start ng tour, before 9am dpat andun na kayo.

      Sa Bantayan naman you can arrange it with your hotel..sila mismo may inooffer na island hopping so less hassle na rin po. Hope it helps :)

    2. thanks for the reply,
      more questions (sorry na...)
      any idea kung what time ang last trip from Bantayan to Hagnaya Port,, then from hagnaya to cebu ?
      and napansin ko lang ma seaweed ba yung -ber months? 1st week of sept kasi kami pupunta... salamat ulit :)

    3. Its ok :) The last trip from Bantayan (Sta. Fe) to Hagnaya is around 5:30-6:00PM. I think hindi nman nauubusan ng bus sa hagnaya port to cater sa mga pasahere galing bantayan.

      Nung pumunta kami ndi nman maseaweed..although medyo lubog yung tubig sa bantayan pero keri lang nman hehe

    4. Hi im very confuse, maybe someone can help me, ill be starting at cebu city going bantayan island then malapascua island then Kalanggaman island but my exit airport is tacloban? Is it possible from malapascua going kalanggaman then going to tacloban? Is there any tour or pump boat trasport you from that route? Hope someone can help me.thankyou..

    5. Hi! If you're going to Kalanggaman from Malapascua, the boat designated there usually offers round trip routeso your end point will also be Malapascua. If your exit airport is Tacloban, probably it's better to ask the locals there or the boatmen if they know someone who offers a route from Kalanggaman to Palompon port (Tacloban) so they can arranged it for you. Hope that helps.

  3. Hi goodmorning. ask ko lang anong oras po ang last trip from malaspascua to maya? :) Thanks po

    1. Hi! The last trip from Malapascua to Maya port is around 3pm. :)

  4. Nice place for the people who are crazy after wandering and touring new destinations. I think there would be great parking opportunities as well. meet and greet stansted

  5. Spending some time in Malapascua before you head to Kalanggaman Island would be a great choice if you are looking to have more fun!

  6. Hello after reading your blog. Can I ask which is Better? Kalanggaman or Bantayan?
    Thank You.