Daanbantayan News

  • Orange Group Philippines Malapascua Thresher Shark

    Thresher sharks are large lamniform sharks of the family Alopiidae found in all temperate and tropical oceans of the world; the family contains four species, all within the genus Alopias. Wikipedia

  • Cebu Malapascua Above Water

    In order to get to Malapascua from Bohol for more scuba diving, we needed to transit through Cebu City on Cebu Island. Since Elizabeth is describing the diving in another post, this post is about food, transit, and running away from dogs.

    We only used Cebu as a transit connection, so we didn't take in any of the city's (or island's) cultural sights. Instead, we focused on eating and drinking (surprise!).

    Eating and Drinking in Cebu

    On our first stop through Cebu, we stopped at Zubuchon, which apparently has good pork (lechon). Anthony Bourdain said so, and Elizabeth agreed. I can't r ...

  • A Tribute To The Chief At The Haladaya Festival Of Daanbantayan

    Aside from celebrating the feast day of the patron saint of a town, festivals in the towns of Cebu also pay homage to a significant event or leader of the community in the past. One of these festivals that honor a revered leader is the Haladaya Festival of Daanbantayan.

    Datu Daya of Kandaya

    The Haladaya Festival of Daanbantayan not only celebrates the feast day of St. Rose de Lima, it also pays homage to Datu Daya. In fact, the name Haladaya means "Halad kang Datu Daya." Datu Daya is a legendary chieftain who was the leader of the first Malaysian settlers in Cebu. He was the ruler of Kan ...

  • Diving With Thresher Sharks In The Philippines

    Malapascua, an island in the Philippines so little you can barely see it on the map of the country, is known by divers worldwide. Besides being a tropical paradise with an idyllic scenery visitors all over the world come to this island to dive with the famous Thresher Sharks. Enough reasons for me to pay a visit.

    Thresher Sharks

    The "Indiana Jones" of the ocean is known for its long whip-like tail which makes them able to hunt and jump out of the water. Unfortunately like many other sharks and animals for that matter, Thresher Sharks make up one of the world's most vulnerable and threat ...

  • Thresher Sharks In Malapascua Island Philippines

    Mention Malapascua Island and two words come to mind - Thresher Shark. This is the only place where divers are able to consistently spot thresher sharks with a 99.7 percentage. That's pretty high considering sharks actually swim and the ocean is a huge ass place. Monad Shoal is the dive site to be in to view these magnificent creatures.

    It's quite a bitch to travel to Malapascua from Kuala Lumpur. Thank God for the newly opened Air Asia 3 hour direct flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Cebu. Three hours to fly to Cebu.

    Have someone from the Malapascua Island dive centre pick you up from Ceb ...

  • Malapascua Island Outing 2016

    "The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach." - Henry Beston


    North Bus to Maya Port 4-5 hours
    Maya Port to Malapascua 30 mins - 1 hour

    Main Expenses
    •Colon to North Bus 01K Jeepney - 8.00
    •North Bus to Maya Port
    Regular Bus -131.00 (Student) / 163.00 (Regular)
    Aircon Bus - 160.00 (Student) / 200.00 (Regular)
    •Maya Port to Malapascua 100.00
    •Purple Snapper
    2200.00 (Good for 10 - 15 person / Negotiable)
    •Island Hopping
    1500.00 (Good for 10 - ...