Introduction to Malapascua Island
At first glance Malapascua Island is the quintessential paradise island – a never ending white sandy beach, thousands of coconut trees drooping over the foreshore where the lapping azure ocean counts out the passing of time. And for visitors to Malapascua Island this is the reality.
However Malapascua Island is also a very real, very vibrant part of The Philippines. Home to an estimated 5000 people, Malapascua Island is a living, breathing community where life has remained more or less unchanged for generations.
With the growth of tourism on Malapascua Island, there has been an increase in opportunity for many locals. However many residents of Malapascua Island still fish for sustenance. The beach is dotted with small outriggers and often fish lie preserving in the sun.
Accommodation for many on Malapascua Island remains rudimentary and traditional – Nipa Huts built from local materials. Very few of these have running water or electricity, although 24 hour power arrived on Malapascua Island in December 2009 and bit by bit is being made available to all residents of Malapascua Island.
Water is still sourced from ground wells, with locals using buckets or improvised vessels to ferry water to their homes. In the morning many wells on Malapascua Island are busy with soap lathered locals deftly washing whilst maintaining modesty.
Weather conditions in Malapascua Island
- Hottest time is from March – May
- Mild typhoons year round, but more so in low season (Jul-Dec)
- Water temperature varies from 27-30 degrees for most of the year
- December – February it is usually 24-26 degrees
- Thresher Sharks and mantas seen consistently year round.
- Hammerheads are seen December-April with April being the best month for schools
Best Time to Dive Malapascua
|Best Dive Season||December to April|
All year round diving but high season is from December to April due to less chance of rain.