With the common sightings of Thresher Sharks in Monad Shoal, Malapascua Island has become a divers’ paradise. But worry no more, non-divers like me may also enjoy the island’s diverse marine world through snorkeling.
It was raining during our boat ride to Malapascua but when I texted our boatman, Kuya Jevie, he assured us that the rain will eventually stop and we may proceed with our snorkeling later in the afternoon. True enough, the rain stopped and the sun showed his mighty rays even before we had our lunch at Ging-ging’s.
After lunch, Kuya Jevie fetched us in front of our resort and entrusted us to his brother and his son, Arvin to bring us to the snorkeling sites of Malapascua. Our first stop was the Coral Garden. I honestly don’t like the quality of corals in Coral Garden. Maybe because I’m struggling to find my comfortable stance. As if being a non-swimmer is not enough, the big waves in the area pushed us far away from our boat. We had to wave for Arvin to bring us back to our boat since our life vest and constant peddling was not enough.
We then moved on to the site of 50ft. cliff diving. As we are not that brave to jump from the cliff, we induced Arvin to leap while we snorkel and watch him. I enjoyed snorkeling around the area than in Coral Garden. The water was calmer and the combination of hard and soft corals in its shallow waters reminded me of my snorkeling in Balicasag.
Our next stop was in Guimbitayan, fronting Malapascua lighthouse, whose main attraction is the sunken ship from WWII. From our boat, we could already see parts of the wrecked Japanese ship’s skeleton. With the help of our dear guide, Arvin, I swam to the end of the skeleton which is just 2 ft deep. Today, the remains of the ship has been covered by corals where hermit crabs and small fishes frequently show up.
The sunken ship was reminiscent of the ghostly images of “The Discovery of Titanic”, a book about how the Titanic remains were found. It was a scary yet satisfying swim as it was my first time to see wrecked ship in person.
Dakit-dakit island was supposed to be our last destination for snorkeling but we passed it up because of the strong waves. As per our request, we were dropped in Barrio Logon where the locals reside instead of in front of Cocobana Beach Resort.
Snorkeling Contact Information:
- Jevie Diano – +639-26-516-7712 (UPDATED 04.10.14)
- Snorkeling Fee: 250.00 Php / pax (inclusive of life vest and Coral Garden sanctuary fee)
- Snorkeling Gears: 100.00 Php. We had our own mask so we did not pay for the gears.
Kuya Jevie’s service is worth recommending. Although he is not the one who accompanied us during our snorkeling in Malapascua, he entrusted us to his affectionate son. You can really see that they really just wanted to help us. In fact, Kuya Jevie welcomed us as the paddle boat that brought us to Malapascua arrived and escorted us to our hotel. Arvin also walked us back to our hotel after our snorkeling trip and accompanied us during our trip to the lighthouse and Bantigue Cove. He even helped us in haggling for our souvenirs and our boat back to mainland Cebu!
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