Monthly archives: May 2016


Polambato - Ferry to Palompon
  MAY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had made my way from Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island and stayed in the BLUE CORALS BEACH RESORT for 10 nights. As I say in my post about Malapascua, you only really come to this island for SCUBA diving. It was time to move on to Biliran Island. But, first, I had to get to Ormoc. BANGKA TO MAYA: If you are staying in the ‘Green Zone‘, it is an easy walk to the port. Make your way to the small wooden building that sits over the water. The bangkas leave […]

Malapascua – Philippines – To Ormoc



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MAY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Bantayan Island and include: Transport from Bantayan to my Malapascua hotel 1 night in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room (breakfast included) 10 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room (breakfast included) Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment 5 SCUBA Dives CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island, Malapascua Information, and Where To Stay On Malapascua. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON […]

Malapascua – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs



Malapascua - Blue Corals - Bay East 2
  MAY 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Malapascua Island is located just off the north coast of Cebu Island, Philippines. Malapascua Island is a well known SCUBA Diving destination. As with Port Barton, El Nido, Coron, Boracay and Panglao … its popularity reflects in its prices. For GRANDPAckers, Malapascua is expensive (yet still affordable). Read on … GETTING THERE: I made my own way from Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island by Ferry, Ceres Aircon bus and Bangka. The ferry from Bantayan to Hagnaya leaves every 1-2 hours, takes 1.5 hours, and costs PHP175 each including the PHP5 Terminal Fee. At the Hagnaya Ferry Port, you […]

Malapascua – Philippines – Information



Malapascua Route Map
MAY 2016: Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: As with many other destinations in The Philippines, the cost of pre-booking nice accommodation online was too high for a GRANDPAcking Budget. Malapascua Island prices were comparable with El Nido, Boracay, Panglao and Bantayan prices. High. Very high. Accommodation in The Philippines ‘known tourist destinations’ is, generally, a problem for GRANDPAckers … the accommodation is poor value for money. Everywhere. Anything less than PHP900 per night is likely to be backpacker rather than GRANDPAcker Standard. PHP2400 / day is our total GRANDPAcking Daily Budget! As a rule, I try and keep accommodation costs to no more than 50% of our Budget; this […]

Malapascua – Philippines – Where To Stay



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MAY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Panglao, Bohol Island and include: Transport from Panglao to my Cebu City hotel 2 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard Aircon Room in Cebu City Transport from Cebu City to my Bantayan Island hotel 8 nights in a ‘below’ GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room on the Beach 7 days Scooter hire plus petrol Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Panglao to Cebu City, Cebu City to Bantayan Island, Bantayan Information, and Where To Stay On Bantayan. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs […]

Bantayan – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs



Malapascua - To Shore
  MAY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had made my way from Cebu City to Bantayan Island and stayed in the KOTA BEACH RESORT on Bantayan for 8 nights. I was pleasantly surprised by Bantayan. I liked the place. Bantayan has made it into my Retirement REVIEWS. It was time to say goodbye to my friends and to move on to Malapascua Island. HOTEL TO FERRY: I was up at 5:00am, showered & packed, and on the street by 6:15am. There was 1 Trike waiting outside the front of my hotel. The Trike ride to the Ferry Terminal should […]

Bantayan – Philippines – To Malapascua